Wednesday, June 15, 2011

REVIEWS: Praise for Preview!

We have been getting some great responses about our preview performance of Spring Awakening this past Thursday, June 9th so we wanted to share some of it with you!

"About thirty minutes into Spring Awakening, it seemed a possibility that this would
be THE show to talk about at the Fringe. Directors Dana Murphy and Patrick Riley used every inc
h of The Complex Hollywood’s Ruby Theatre, including the aisles and backstage;
the staging simply blazed with imagination and wonder. There was a palpable sense of excitement in the theatre...Patrick Riley and Jennifer Allcott lead an enthusiastic, unbridled and passionate cast." -Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema/ LA Bitter Lemons

"Lonesome No More does an outstanding job in bringing this piece to life with a vibrant, youthful energy and passion. Daring and edgy, the cast takes you on a ride as you witness the painful loss of innocence, made all the more tragic because of the older generation’s fear and shame of their own human nature. Don’t miss this show." -Gregory Crafts, Managing Director of LA company Theatre Unleashed

"Have you ever seen a production where the positive energy and passion of the cast made it impossible not to enjoy their performance? Lonesome No More’s production of Spring Awakening has energy and passion in spades." -Adam Emperor Southard, Playwright, Composer and Producer of the new musical GROUP also playing at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival

"full of fantastic actors that hit every note... Not one character in this play is a hero or a villain – it’s almost as if we are just watching a documentary on human nature... Go see this now, with the power of a thousand Gods." -Bryy Miller, Fringe 2010 Participant

We also got some wonderful constructive criticism from Tony Frankel that we appreciate and will take into consideration as we go into the official run of the show. One suggestion that particularly held our attention was this:

"As is sometimes the case with youthful companies, mania replaces subtlety; fresh exhuberance is exciting at first, but too much high energy or creative choices can be lulling to our senses...The directors are encouraged to keep up the wonderful staging; now they must dig into their work internally as much as they do externally." -Tony Frankel

We can't think of anything we would rather do as we move forward with the developement of the production!

If you would like to see these reviews in more detail, or purchase tickets to the show (they are going fast!), feel free to visit our HFF project page at:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fringe Friends: Cindy Marie Jenkins and "Voices From Chornobyl, Jr."

We're happy to continue our Fringe Friends feature with producer/writer/storyteller Cindy Marie Jenkins and Voices From Chornobyl, Jr. Cindy covered the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival heavily last year and is bringing a very inspiring new show to the 2011 roster. Voices From Chornobyl, Jr. is running June 11 - 26 at Fringe Central (ArtWorks Theatre & Studios, 6585 Santa Monica Blvd.)


Lonesome No More!: For those who might not know, what is your show about? Can you tell us a bit about how the original project came about?
Cindy Marie Jenkins: Our show Voices From Chornobyl Jr. is inspired by real interviews with people ten years after the Chornobyl accident. We take true experiences from real people and create a narrative focusing on a 9 year-old girl and how her life changes.
The original project happened because I was ignorant. A friend showed me the book of Svetlana Alexievich's Voices From Chernobyl, because she had seen the Prologue work as a monologue and I seemed be interested in that kind of work. The more I read, the more I wanted to encompass as many stories as possible. It's just a part of the world and history that we don't remember often enough to learn its lessons.

LNM: Why did you decide to make a children's version of the original play?
CMJ: I'd always kind of thought about it, but it wasn't until Co-Producer Rachel Stoll and I were discussing how to broaden the audience and all of the possibilities, and she suggested the new program Fringe Family at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The younger people are, the less likely they are to have been taught about Chornobyl, and the children's version holds the same encouragement toward self-educating that the now-adult script does. It's all just to get people learning about their world.

LNM: What have the challenges been thus far in the adaptation?
CMJ: We have a video of the team's reactions after our very first reading on the website (http://voicesfromchornobyl.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/story-of-the-script-vfc-jr/) and it truly has been a journey. The original script has the characters jumping in and out of time, sometimes in scenes and sometimes direct address, and for VFC jr. it really became about telling the story through Katya's eyes. She has a lot of questions and her parents can't talk to her about it or they'll get in trouble with the authorities. So this story is now a little more about the tension created within families and on earth can parents talk to their children about subjects that sometimes even they don't understand?

LNM: What have the triumphs been in the development of your project?
CMJ: Finding this amazing team. We've always had a strong ensemble, and at first all of our actors for the 'adult' script were going to perform the same roles in this interactive children's version. Schedules fell out of order, and then I realized in March that I wanted a director so I could focus on the writing and outreach. Now we still have regular ensemble member Kappa Victoria Wood, who plays the young girl, and this new phenomenally talented group of people, all dedicated to the story and bringing a whole new light into it, new ideas and new questions. Another major triumph was reaching out to my fellow Fringers and Arts Education community, who brought two amazing women on as our stage managers. Add our team members, plus Kozak our Director, Corwin the Sound God, all those wonderful people who joined us at Fringe Central to record some foley on short notice--well, I really can't feel more supported through this journey.

LNM: What do you hope to accomplish with your Fringe run?
CMJ: This project has always been about awareness, sharing stories that otherwise may not be heard. With our April Awareness Events, we were successful in consistently bringing new people and new audience to these survivors' stories, and branching out beyond the theatrical community to create a meaningful experience in the theatre for those who aren't in the habit of attending shows. For the Fringe, we want to expand our reach and broach this new audience of young people. The main story of our play is that people should ask questions of the world around them. So if people leave a little curiouser and with some questions and more of an idea of life in another part of the world, we will consider the Fringe run a success!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Fringe Friends: Coeurage Theatre and "The Trouble With Words"

June is upon us, and with it comes the event we've all been waiting for: The Hollywood Fringe Festival! Leading up to the festival, we will be featuring our "Fringe Friends" - other companies and shows participating in this year's Hollywood Fringe that we have had the privilege to get to know over the past year.

We're starting "Fringe Friends" with Coeurage Theatre's Communications Director, Gedaly Guberek. Coeurage Theatre, who had a very successful run in the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival, is presenting a new musical "The Trouble With Words" at the Actor's Circle Theater June 10 - 25.


Lonesome No More!: Tell us about your show for the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Gedaly Guberek: The Trouble With Words is a World Premier Musical by Gregory Nabours. It is a song cycle, much like Jason Robert Brown's "Songs For  A New World," where the show doesn't follow one plot, but each song is its own independent story. It is a play that explores people's relationship with each other and the words they use to communicate. 

LNM: What inspired you to create a new musical (or song cycle) for the Fringe? 
GG: Greg had been working on the piece for a while. This year for fringe we wanted to do something new and unique, the Festival of New American Musicals is happening, and the show needed a production. The timing was just right.

LNM: What are the challenges presented there that are not presented with a straight show?
GG: It's a whole different set of skills to put on a musical for both the cast, crew, and company staff. There's time to be scheduled for music rehearsals, finding studio space for dance rehearsals, sound and acoustic issues to take care of in the theatre... oh, and the fact that there's a band. There's just a lot more people and resources involved so it's trickier to coordinate.

LNM: Coeurage Theatre also participated in the 2010 Hollywood Fringe. Can you tell as a bit about what the last year's been like for you between the two Fringes?
GG: I feel like last year's Fringe served as a big springboard for us. It really help the company learn about the community and vice versa. The quality of work improved because of that... and we did a lot of work. We produced 2 shows at last year's festival. Between then and now we have produced 7 shows, moved to a new theatre, built a new website, and many other steps to move the company forward. I think this summer will be another springboard for the company to progress further.

LNM: What advice would you give a first-time Fringer?
GG: Connect: Meet everyone, see everyone's show, hang out at fringe central all the time, hand out your flyers to everyone you meet, make new friends. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Spring Awakening: Featured on BehindtheFringe.com!

BehindTheFringe.com profiles Fringe Festivals all over the world - Orlando to Chicago, Camden to Brighton and more. Last week they featured Spring Awakening - check it out here!

Meet: Mikie Beatty

Michael (Mikie) Beatty is an actor, adventurer and lover of life native to northern California and living in Los Angeles. He started his acting career at 7, cast by AMT and Music Circus out of Sacramento. He studied Acting and Theatre Arts (and anthropology) at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he gained a love for Shakespeare and joined the ranks of Shakespeare Santa Cruz in 2006. Credits with SSC include Sleeping BeautyCinderellaAs You Like It,King Lear and The Tempest. Upon moving to Los Angeles Mikie originated the role of Jason Matthews in the original stage hit ELEVATOR, and was awarded Broadway World's Best Non-Equity Actor for Southern California in 2010. Onscreen, he works as lead host and regular on Disney Channel's Disney 365 and has also starred in several short films including new work from Finite Films, Sam Griffith and Lanfia Tara. Mikie is proud and honored to create with Lonesome No More! and the cast of Spring Awakening! Come watch!

Mikie can be seen onstage as Moritz in Lonesome No More! Theatre's production of Spring Awakening.