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Taming of the Shrew Churl

It’s Venus 2020 and women run the show up here. Men are welcome as long as they’re supportive and kind and don’t misbehave. When one does….it makes headlines. Catalino (aka Cat) can’t help himself: he’s wild, a disruptor and he’s angry at the imbalance of power on Venus. It’s been rough. He’s outnumbered by women, including his mother. He’s her firstborn and she must marry him off before her younger son can marry one of his many rich lady fans. Enter Petruchia, an uber-aggressive, over-caffeinated Mary Poppins, and refugee from Earth looking for an equal up here – so rare these days. The men here are not what she’s used to. But she has to play a game in order to prove she can handle him.

Presented by Los Angeles Drama Club and
the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation

Saturday, December 8th and Sunday December 9th at 4 pm
JEWEL’S ROOM AT Catch One – 4067 Pico Blvd LA 90019

Pay-what-you-can at the door (Suggested donation: $10)
Advance reservations: $10

Thanks to our generous sponsors

LADC is proud to announce that the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation is an official sponsor of Shakespeare Youth Festival LA. The Foundation’s generous donation makes it possible for all children to participate in this life-changing experience, and we are grateful for their generosity.

The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation’s mission is to follow through with the late Jack Oakie’s wish, “Give the money to the kids,” by scholarships for deserving film and theater students at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Mrs. Oakie instructed the Trustees of the Foundation to keep her husband’s legacy alive and enhance the value of visual performing arts education. We are honored that the Foundation will be supporting our theater students – their donation will fund scholarships and financial aid for our bi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival LA.

Both Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie were active participants in and during the famous Golden Age of Hollywood. Between them, they acted in more than 122 films over a 60-year period. Their contributions to acting and comedy can now be passed on to a new generation with the help of their Foundation scholarships.

Announcing our 2018-2019 Season

We are excited to announce our 2018-2019 Shakespeare Youth Festival LA season! If you are new to Los Angeles Drama Club, then you must click here to schedule a phone interview before registering. We look forward to speaking with you.

SYFLA Fall – Taming of the Shrew Churl

What happens when Petruchia, a single-minded young woman, determined to marry well, meets Jake, otherwise known as the Shrew … er, that is, the Churl? His younger brother Bianco has all the girls in a tizzy, but thanks to the messed up social order of the land, they can’t do anything about it until Jake is married off. We’re subverted the established opinions and “schools of thought” on the already controversial “Taming of the Shrew” by reversing the genders, turning conventional concepts on their 16th century heads.
4th through 9th grade

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YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS WORKSHOP

Our young playwrights will work at the center of a creative team of professional writers, directors and actors and will receive true professional support and a glimpse into the process of play making!  The young playwrights will hone their one-act plays over the course of the workshop, working from the initial isolation of writing to the collaborative process involved in making their script into a living, breathing play. The workshop will culminate in a script-in-hand public reading of their new plays.
7th grade and up

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SYFLA Winter/Spring – As You Like It

Evil Duke Frederick is not a nice guy. After a rigged wrestling match goes sour, Rosalind and friends escape the rigidity and nastiness of the cruel city, where they were the victims of arbitrary and unfair rules, for the Forest of Arden, where “Do Unto Others” is the law of the land, and where a cast of eccentric characters are all just trying to find someone to love. Our youngest Players will have a great challenge exploring one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies!
2nd through 7th grade

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SYFLA Winter/Spring – Cymbeline

Whatever your favorite Shakespearean plot device may be, it probably shows up in Cymbeline! Mistaken identity? Check. Girls dressed as boys? Check. Long lost family members reuniting? Check. Young lovers torn apart by class issues? Check. Nefarious tricksters? Check. Battle scenes? Check. Gods descending from Olympus at the last minute to set things right? Yes, that, too! We can’t wait to explore all the fantastic characters in this Shakespeare Smoothie.
4th through 9th grade

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SYFLA Winter/Spring – Henry IV

Our combining of Part I and Part II, custom crafted for our teen ensemble, will not only explore King Henry IV, his renegade son and heir to the throne Hal, and Hal’s roguish friend Falstaff, but will also highlight the women in the story – Mistress Quickly, Doll Tearsheet, Lady Percy, and Lady Mortimer.
8th through 12th grade

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LADC Players in Whitley Heights

It was a gorgeous Sunday morning, and the park behind the Hollywood Heritage Museum was filled with Shakespeare. Several dozen neighborhood residents turned out for “Shakespeare in Our Park,” sponsored by the Whitley Heights Civic Association. After a rousing opening, featuring some stirring sword fighting by Master Teacher Kila Packett as Shakespeare and Brandon Nagle as Marlowe, our troupe performed selections from several Shakespeare plays, and, in between, got the audience into the act learning Shakespeare insults, theater games and even some Stage Combat moves.

We were honored to have a representative from Councilman David Ryu’s office, who presented Blaire and Julia with Certificates of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles.

Thank you to Greg Orson and Patty Dryden for making this stellar event possible!

If you are interested in Los Angeles Drama Club performing at your school, community center, festival, etc, please email us for more information!!

 

Summer with LADC 2018

Registration is now open for Summer with LADC 2018 – a fantastic way to introduce kids to Shakespeare!

Each session meets from 9 to 3, Monday through Friday, and culminates with a recital, sharing the work with parents, friends and the community.

We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Shakespeare Youth Festival 2018

ILLSPOKEN: THE PEOPLE VS. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Don’t miss the third play in LADC’s original “Spoken” trilogy, by LADC founder and artistic director Blaire Baron. Shakespeare’s villains are tired of their terrible reputations, and they decide to take action by suing their creator, Shakespeare. Join them, as they struggle to decide what is more important, reputation … or fame …

The Broadwater Second Stage – 6320 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90038
Saturday, March 10 & March 17

8 pm
Sunday, March 11 & March 18
2 pm
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KING LEAR
Family loyalty, legacy and reputation are life and death matters with this affluent Hollywood family who discover just how close they are to the homeless community that surrounds their luxurious “palaces.”

The Broadwater Second Stage – 6320 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90038
Saturday, March 10 & March 17

2 pm
Sunday, March 11 & March 18
6 pm
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TIMON OF ATHENS
First a philanthropist, then a bitter misanthropist. In fact, Timon’s character arc is the opposite of Dickens’ Ebenezar Scrooge. He throws decadent parties with merriment and dancing as he tosses his money to alleged friends. He ignores his accountant. And when he goes broke, he is stunned that no one is there for him. Audiences of all ages connect to Shakespeare’s rarely seen morality play on generosity and loyalty and friendship!

Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles 90016
Saturday, February 24 & Sunday, February 25

Saturday, March 3 & Sunday, March 4
1 pm
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JULIUS CAESAR
Who is the hero and who is the villain in Shakespeare’s frighteningly current Julius Caesar? Or is there someone behind the curtain? Travel back to the 60s, and the days of The Manchurian Candidate and the Cold War with us as we see that everything old is new again …

Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles 90016
Saturday, February 24 & Sunday, February 25

Sunday, March 4
4 pm
Friday, March 2
7 pm
This show has closed

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Shakespeare Youth Festival Los Angeles is proud to be supported by

LADC in residency at GALA

We are thrilled to announce that Los Angeles Drama Club is now part of the After School program at Girls Academic Leadership Academy, the first all-girls school within Los Angeles Unified School District! We feel that LADC’s mission is an ideal compliment to GALA’s mission – to graduate girls with a strong, confident, and independent voice, with collaborative and compassionate leadership skills, and with a sense of self and community.

Spring Performance – MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Generally considered one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, Much Ado mixes lots of hilarious antics with some scenery-chewing near-tragedy.  Please join us for the merriment …

Presented April 26th and 27th at 5 pm in the Corwin Theater on the LA High campus
(enter on Rimpau or West, and follow the signs)

If you are a GALA student interested in participating, please CLICK HERE.

If you would like to learn how LADC can come to your school, please CLICK HERE.

Celebrate 2017, and Support 2018!!

2017 was a banner year for Los Angeles Drama Club – just take a look at some of our accomplishments:

SHAKESPEARE YOUTH FESTIVAL LA 2017

  • More than $25,000 in financial aid awarded in 2017 meant that there were no financial barriers to a child participating in Shakespeare Youth Festival LA.
  • Children from more than 40 schools all over Los Angeles took part in our programs this year.
  • We performed three plays in repertory for our Spring 2017 season – 45 youth played 81 characters in fourteen public performances.

HELP US CONTINUE THE MAGIC

OUR AUDIENCE

  • 38% of our audience was attending their first LADC production.
  • 28% have attended more than five different productions.
  • Our audiences came from all over Los Angeles, with 44 different zip codes represented.
  • Shakespeare is for all ages – 18% of our audience was under 18. 17% was over 60.

SUPPORT SYFLA 2018

SUMMER WITH LOS ANGELES DRAMA CLUB

  • This Summer, more than 75 kids took part, from 33 zip codes.
  • 65% of the registrations received a full or partial scholarship.
  • We awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships this Summer.
  • We performed six recitals, with 21 Shakespeare scenes, 6 scenes by contemporary playwrights, 9 musical numbers, 10 short plays written by our young playwrights, and countless Shakespearean insults!

LET’S MAKE IT 100 KIDS IN 2018

THE FUTURE

  • We are currently rehearsing four plays, including one original World Premiere, to be presented for Shakespeare Youth Festival LA 2018.
  • We are in residence at Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA), preparing for a full production of The Tempest, to be presented in December.
  • We worked with students at Episcopal School Los Angeles (ESLA), as they began their study of Midsummer Night’s Dream, and are in discussions with four more schools to become a part of their curriculum.
  • Our Artistic Director, Blaire Baron, is preparing for a trip to Africa in the Spring, to bring our work to Botswana as a part of the Botswana School Project!

While LADC is proud to be supported by a number of government entities, foundations and community organizations, individual contributions make up the majority of our support. With your support, youth in Los Angeles (and soon, Botswana!) can continue to grow up with William Shakespeare!

LADC in residency at GALA

We are thrilled to announce that Los Angeles Drama Club is now part of the After School program at Girls Academic Leadership Academy, the first all-girls school within Los Angeles Unified School District! We feel that LADC’s mission is an ideal compliment to GALA’s mission – to graduate girls with a strong, confident, and independent voice, with collaborative and compassionate leadership skills, and with a sense of self and community.

We’ll be exploring one of Shakespeare’s most magical plays, The Tempest. A shipwreck, a mysterious island, kings, sprites, monsters, power grabs … and repentance. Performance is scheduled for Thursday, December 7th.

If you are a GALA student interested in participating, please CLICK HERE.

If you would like to learn how LADC can come to your school, please CLICK HERE.

Summer Recitals Every Friday!!

Our Summer season is in full swing, with a new recital every Friday afternoon!! Come join us as our students share their work – it’s extraordinary what our young performers accomplish in just one week!

Friday, June 30 at 2 pm
3RD ANNUAL YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

Friday, July 14 at 2 pm
SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE
Total immersion for our young actors (2nd through 9th grade)

Friday, July 21 at 2 pm
BEYOND SHAKESPEARE
Our middle & high school students explore other playwrights with the same passion for language as Shakespeare

Friday, July 28 at 2 pm
SHAKESPEARE AND SONG
Celebrating the music (both figurative and literal) in Shakespeare’s works

Friday, August 4 at 2 pm
SHAKESPEARE AND THE GREEKS
Join us as we explore Greek myth and philosophy, Shakespeare-style

“Unspoken: Shakespeare’s Personae in Peril” at Hollywood Fringe

Get your tickets today for Blaire Baron Larsen’s original script, which was plucked from 150 applicants for the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival Scholarship Award, “for its themes of social marginalization, literacy preservation, and the play’s homage to the life of a stage actor,” says the playwright. “Our multi-cultural cast ranges from actors, ages 12 to 60, and you don’t often see that range onstage.”

Featuring performances by Larsen (AKA Miss Blaire), LADC teaching artists Will Gressman and Kila Packett, and LADC student Players Nadia Trinidad and Michael Goodman, Unspoken was originally conceived for Shakespeare Youth Festival LA, Fall 2015. Also featured in this production are Keith Barber, Ida Darvish, Brian Graves, Juliette Jeffers, Rochelle Leffler, and Brandon Nagle.

The play, directed by award-winning theatre veteran Matthew Singletary, features various minor Shakespearean “characters” held inexplicably in an Actor’s Greenroom until the discovery that they could be permanently cut unless their relevance is justified at a Tribunal. “It’s a bittersweet comedy, whose noteworthy theme embraces all marginalized people and groups having to claim their right to exist in a rapidly intolerant society,” affirms Singletary.

Performances
Saturday, June 3 @ 4 pm
Friday, June 9 @ 9 pm
Sunday, June 11 @ 7 pm
Saturday, June 17 @ 5:30 pm

Tickets are $12 and available by visiting online at www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/4559. All performances will be at the Underground Theatre 1314 Wilton Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028.

Summer with LADC – Register!

We are happy to announce that registration is open for Summer with LADC 2017 – a fantastic way to introduce kids to Shakespeare! Each session meets from 9 to 3, Monday through Friday, and culminates with a recital, sharing the work with parents, friends and the community. We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Shakespeare Youth Festival 2017 – A Season of Revenge

The Box Office is open for Shakespeare Youth Festival LA 2017: A Season of Revenge. Purchase your tickets today for Titus Andronicus, Merchant of Venice and Hamlet.

Titus Andronicus

Saturday, April 22 & 29 at 1 pm
Sunday, April 23 & 30 at 5 pm

Merchant of Venice

Saturday, April 22 & 29 at 5 pm
Sunday, April 23 & 30 at 1 pm

Hamlet

Yorick Cast:
Aidan Lapp – Hamlet
Julia Eschenasy – Gertrude
Caroline Ellis  – Polonius
Arianna Mah-Candelaria – Laertes

Hecuba Cast:
Liam Larsen – Hamlet
Milan Levy – Gertrude
Jesse Waldman  – Polonius
Hazel Sepenuk – Laertes

All Performances:
Chris Venegas – Claudius
Sonny Moskowitz – Horatio
Jalen Tennyson – Ophelia
Juliette Millar – Marcellus/First Player/Osric
Vivian Wolfson – Rosencrantz
Samara Rice – Guildenstern

Friday, May 5 at 7:30 pm – Yorick
Saturday, May 6 at 3 pm – Hecuba
Sunday, May 7 at 4 pm – Yorick

Friday, May 12 at 7:30 pm – Hecuba
Saturday, May 13 at 3 pm – Yorick
Sunday, May 14 at 4 pm – Hecuba

 

 

 

SYFLA 2017 in rehearsal

Our Players are currently hard at work rehearsing Titus Andronicus: The Musical, Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet – all will be presented in April and May.

Titus Andronicus: The Musical
Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd.
April 22 & 29 at 1 pm
April 23 & 30 at 5 pm

Merchant of Venice
Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd.
April 22 & 29 at 5 pm
April 23 & 30 at 1 pm

Hamlet
Underground Theater – 1314 N. Wilton Pl.
May 5 & 12 at 7:30 pm
May 7 & 13 at 3 pm
May 8 & 14 at 4 pm

 

LADC AT LAPL

Los Angeles Drama Club was honored to be invited to perform at three branches of Los Angeles Public Library in January.

On January 21, seven of our Players traveled with Ms. Julia & Mr. Esdras to present An Afternoon with Shakespeare at the Woodland Hills Public Library.  In addition to performances of scenes from Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, Troilus & Cressida/Trojan Women, and Henry V, our audience enjoyed learning stage combat moves, theater games, iambic pentameter and, everyone’s favorite, Shakespearean insults.

On January 28, we had the honor of performing Shakespeare’s Malicious Monarchs in the beautiful Mark Taper Auditorium at the downtown Central Library. Sixteen of our Players performed as some of Shakespeare’s most frightening and diabolical rulers, and those who supported them and opposed them.

After the Central Library performance, nine of our Players continued on to the Washington-Irving Library where we capped off their Shakespeare Festival. After enjoying some Shakespeare-themed snacks, we performed to an enthusiastic and packed house, who loved being asked to insult the Players, Shakespeare Style!

To learn how you can have Los Angeles Drama Club perform for your organization, visit our Willful Minors page.