Burbank’s Grove Theater Center officials are accepting submissions of
original, unproduced plays for their New Play Initiative, a play
Four semifinalists will receive play readings, two finalists will
have staged readings and the winning script will be fully produced as
part of the theater company’s 10th anniversary season.
At each level, there are readings and cash royalty awards paid to
each playwright. The readings, staged readings and the final
production all will be directed by theater Artistic Director Kevin
Entry guidelines are available at www.gtc.org. Deadline for
submission is Dec. 15.
Over the past nine seasons, the theater company has produced 15
world premieres. Two have since been published and produced dozens of
times all over the country; one was videotaped for cable release and
toured the East Coast; eight transferred to extended runs in Los
Angeles; and one went on to have a reading at Manhattan Theater Club
featuring Richard Dreyfuss on its way to a possible Broadway run.
The Alliance Repertory Company presents the West Coast premiere of
“Shyness Is Nice,” opening at 8 p.m. Friday at the Alliance Theatre.
Playwright Marc Spitz is a senior writer at Spin magazine. His
writing on rock ‘n’ roll has also appeared in the New York Post, GQ,
the Washington Post, Nylon and Maxim.
Suzan Fellman directs the play about two very shy 30-year-old male
virgins who find out who they really are and what is truly important
to them after a drug deal goes wrong.
Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling (800) 595-4849. The
theater is at 3204 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Performers Herschel and Judy Fox will offer comedy and music laced
with Jewish humor from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Burbank Temple Emanu
In the 23 years they have been married, the Foxes have performed
for hundreds of audiences in North America.
As a singer and comedian, Herschel has performed on Broadway in
“Most Happy Fella” and “Pajama Game.” He is the cantor at Valley Beth
Shalom in Encino.
Judy has opened for Rodney Dangerfield, and for many years was a
popular headline singer on the New York supper club circuit,
including the Copacabana. She’s appeared in off-Broadway productions
of “Wizard of Oz” and “Sweet Charity.” Judy is the cantor for the
Synagogue for the Performing Arts.
For tickets, at $50 each, call Burbank Temple Emanu El at
A Dec. 13 performance of the interactive comedy “Late Nite
Catechism” will benefit programs at Providence High School.
The audience becomes the students as the “Sister” regales them
with her amusing but affectionate take on Catholic practices and
beliefs. It was written by Vicki Quade and Margaret Donovan.
The play begins at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 511
S. Buena Vista St.
For ticket prices and information, call 846-8141, ext. 408.
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