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Fountain Theatre wins 17 StageSceneLA Awards including Top Intimate Theatre

Matthew Hancock and Jennifer Finch in 'I And You'.

Matthew Hancock and Jennifer Finch in ‘I And You’.

Editor Steven Stanley today announced his recipients of the 2014-15 StageSceneLA Theatre Awards. The Fountain Theatre was awarded 16 citations for its 2014-15 productions of I And You, Reborning and Broomstick.  Steven Stanley’s StageSceneLA.com has spotlighted the best in Southern California theater since 2007.

  • The Year’s Top 8 Intimate Theatres – Fountain Theatre
  • The Year’s Top 8 Productions, PLAY –  I And You 
  • Outstanding Drama (Intimate Theater)  Reborning
  • Outstanding Production, Solo Performance Broomstick
  • Ensemble Cast, Drama (Intimate Theatre) Reborning
  • Performance in a Play Jennifer Finch,  Matthew Hancock, I and You
  • Lead Performance, Duo Ensemble, (Intimate Theatre) Jennifer Finch and Matthew Hancock, I and You
  • Performance by a Lead Actress (Intimate Theatre) Joanna Strapp, Reborning
  • Best Solo Performance  Jenny O’Hara, Broomstick
  • Direction of a Drama (Intimate Theatre) Simon Levy, Reborning
  • Direction of a Comedy/Drama, (Intimate Theatre) Robin Larsen, I  and You
  • Direction of a Solo Performance Stephen Sachs, Broomstick
  • Production Design (Intimate Theatre) Broomstick
  • Composer of the Year Peter Bayne, Reborning
  • Scenic & Properties Design of the Year Andrew Hammer (set) and Misty Carlisle (properties) for Broomstick

Click here for the full list of award recipients

To be eligible for a 2014-2015 Scenie, a production must have been one of the nearly 250 reviewed on StageSceneLA between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015.

Fountain Theatre Honored With 13 Nominations for First Annual Stage Raw Theater Awards

The Brothers Size

‘Gilbert Glenn Brown and Matthew Hancock in ‘The Brothers Size’

Stage Raw today announced its first Stage Raw Los Angeles Theater Awards, honoring professional excellence in theaters of up to 99 seats for the 2014 calendar year.  The Fountain Theatre has been honored with 13 nominations:

  • Production of the Year – The Brothers Size Size Size
  • Direction – Stephen Sachs, My Name is Asher Lev 
  • Direction – Shirley Jo Finney, The Brothers Size Brothers Size
  • Ensemble – The Brothers Size
  • Supporting Actress –  Anna Khaja, My Name is Asher Lev
  • Supporting Actor – Joel Polis, My Name Is Asher Lev
  • Supporting Actor – Theodore Perkins, The Brothers Size
  • Solo Performance – Jenny O’Hara, Broomstick 
  • Original MusicPeter Bayne, The Brothers Size
  • Choreography – Ameenah Kaplan, The Brothers Size 
  • Adaptation – Aaron Posner, My Name Is Asher Lev 
  • Lighting Design – Pablo Santiago, The Brothers Size 
  • Production Design – Broomstick 

Full list of nominees

Stage Raw Award Night is April 13th at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street, downtown Los Angeles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

2014: Another Unforgettable Year for the Fountain Theatre

Actors Jenny O'Hara and Tim Cummings after a performance of 'Broomstick' at the Fountain.

Actors Jenny O’Hara and Tim Cummings after a performance of ‘Broomstick’ at the Fountain.

3 Critic’s Choice Selections, Sold-Out Flamenco, London Opening, and Best Season Award Highlight Year

2014 was truly another unforgettable year for the Fountain Theatre.  It was a year of extraordinary growth and achievement.  

All three 2014 productions were honored as Critic’s Choice in the Los Angeles Times, our Forever Flamenco at the Ford gala was a sold-out success, and The Fountain was once again awarded the preeminent Ovation Award for Best Season in 2014. And the London production of Bakersfield Mist on the West End starring Kathleen Turner brought us international attention.

The year also brought the shadow of sadness with the loss of our longtime Subscriptions Director Diana Gibson. Her legacy lives on in the vivid memories she leaves behind, and in the Diana Gibson Subscriber Fund we created. 

Here are some of the highlights:

My Name is Asher Lev – Los Angeles Premiere. ‘Critic’s Choice’  Los Angeles Times. Extended sold out run. 

Forever Flamenco @ The Ford – Sold-out gala concert at the 1200-seat Ford Theatre.

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The Brothers Size – Los Angeles Premiere. ‘Critic’s Choice’ Los Angeles Times. Extended run. 

Playwright Tarell McCraney –  Discusses his play, The Brothers Size, at the Fountain Theatre.

Tarell McCraney and the company of The Brothers Size.

Tarell McCraney and the company of The Brothers Size.

Bakersfield Mist opens on the West End in London starring Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid.

BAKERSFIELD MIST London

Stephen Sachs and Deborah Lawlor outside The Duchess Theatre, London.

Gabby Lamm and Alice Kors – our two fabulous summer interns were terrific and helpful and launched our first Student Night at the Fountain.

Gabby Lamm and Alice Kors

Gabby Lamm and Alice Kors

Diana Gibson – The Fountain grieved the loss of our longtime Subscriptions Director, who passed away after a long illness.

Diana Gibson

Diana Gibson

Fountain Theatre wins BEST Award from the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.

BEST Award

Fountain Theatre wins the preeminent Ovation Award for BEST SEASON for overall excellence in 2014. 

Next year in 2015, we launch our 25th Anniversary Season. Join us as we continue on this remarkable journey together. 

Happy New Year

Set Designer Andrew Hammer Weaves a Magic Spell with ‘Broomstick’ at the Fountain Theatre

'Broomstick' set design by Andrew Hammer (photo by Ed Krieger)

‘Broomstick’ set design by Andrew Hammer (photo by Ed Krieger)

Jenny O’Hara’s mesmerizing solo performance in our acclaimed LA Premiere of Broomstick has been rightly hailed by critics as a “tour-de-force”.   The same can certainly be said of the extraordinary set design by Andrew Hammer. Andrew has created an absolutely enchanting witch’s cottage that is magically rich, detailed and charming and somehow manages to be both spooky and inviting at the same time. Audiences have been marveling and buzzing about the marvelous set after each performance. We thought you’d like to meet the guy who created the set — and all the buzz.

Andrew received his training at Pacific Conservatory Theatre and has designed sets throughout Southern California. In addition to set design, he is currently a paint and color specialist at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Andrew Hammer

Andrew Hammer

What drew you to accepting to design Broomstick? 

First and foremost, the setting of the script was really exciting to me. A Disney-esque witch’s cottage in the woods? What could be more interesting to design? The recommendation of the Fountain from designer Brad Kaye was also a huge coup.

When you first read the script, what did you think? 

My first reaction was “Oy Vey! It’s in verse?” But like so many works, it is an entirely different beast when it is read out loud by an actor. And with Jenny performing it? Well, she transforms it

What is your normal process in designing a set? Was Broomstick typical of your process or different?

Well, there really isn’t  a “normal” process. What was specifically atypical about the Broomstick process was that [director] Stephen Sachs had a very clear idea of what he wanted and also an amazing sketch to communicate it.  I’ve never received so much from a director before. A designer’s ultimate goal is to give the director what he wants, so it was like receiving Cliff’s Notes and made my job so much easier. Of course, I’m an artist and have a (GIANT) ego, so I did have some changes to make it my own. So much of the time,  directors don’t know what they want. They can tell you what they don’t want, but that’s usually after you’ve drawn it.

BROOMSTICK set SS 1

What were the challenges of designing the set? 

Unlike larger theaters that we learn about and cultivate our craft in at  school, 99-seat houses in LA  are always … well …  unique, small and never ideal spaces, almost never designed as theaters. I initially envision the set way too large, and then it is a process of scaling it down to something that can fit within the space, and serve all the needs of the show. I wanted the set to be able to “transform” when she is in the thick of her stories, but budget and time and other factors designated that most of that needed to happen through lighting.

What influences did you want to bring into your design? What elements were important to you?

Stephen was also specific that he wanted a Disney look, which is a look I know well. I wanted to make the Witch’s cottage quaint, and beautiful, in a spooky way. I wanted to physically manifest her lack of sanity presenting her cottage as messy, and look like a period episode of Hoarders.

BROOMSTICK set Halloween night photo FB

One of the fantastic elements of the set is all the marvelous and detailed set dressing. Where did all that terrific stuff come from?

I happen to be a Halloween aficionado, and I’ve been creating fake candles since I was eighteen so all of the candles and lanterns come from my own collection. I have [props/set dressing designer] Misty Carlisle to thank for letting me take over the set dressing, because I just went crazy with it. The endless amount of stuff onstage is a combination of the Fountain’s stock, borrowed items, and endless shopping at thrift stores. I like to get my hands dirty and don’t have the luxury of a greens man, so I took to nature to find branches, weeds and those pesky leaves that always get caught on Jenny’s dress.

BROOMSTICK set SS 2

How was your collaboration with the director and other designers?

Stephen is very clear at communicating what he wants, yet open to ideas. He’s very passionate and would very frequently perform moments of the show and describe what he wanted to happen. His excitement was infectious and made it very easy to get into. [Lighting designer] Jennifer Edwards and I have worked together so much, she is like a sister to me. I’m very spoiled that she’s realized that as long as I get what I want, I’m happy,  and everyone else is going to be better off. She still manages to give the director everything he needs, make the show look stunning, and with only 24 channels? It’s baffling.

Your set for Broomstick is earning rave reviews from critics and generating a lot of excited response from audiences who see it. Does that give you pleasure? How does it feel to have a set design that evokes such enthusiasm? 

Its very exciting, and it feels very good to get that praise. The finished set created a lot of very hard work for a lot of people, not just myself. There are moments when I feel people, and myself wondering… “Why are you creating this much work?” It’s wonderful to have that sigh of relief and realize that all the hard work has not gone unnoticed.

What is your current job at Disney Imagineering? What do you do? Do you enjoy it?

I’m a paint and color specialist with Imagineering and, yes,  I am loving it. It was a dream since I was a child to work there and, by now, it’s a really pleasant surprise to have it happen. Because of my background in design, I’ve already been given buying and set dressing opportunities.

What projects do you have coming up in the future?

Design projects as fun as Broomstick are rare, so right now I’m concentrating on being at Disney full time. I’m involved with a number of super secret projects right now, including Disneyland Shanghai, and have already been asked to go to Shanghai, which would be very exciting!

Broomstick ends Dec 14 (323) 663-1525 MORE INFO/Tickets

 

Fountain Supporters Enjoy ‘Broomstick’ Insider Event

5Gathering at Westwood Home of Dorothy and Stanley Wolpert 

A friendly group of Fountain Theatre supporters enjoyed a lovely evening of food, drinks and lively conversation Wednesday night at the beautiful Westwood home of Dorothy and Stanley Wolpert. The exclusive Fountain Insider Event also included the actress Jenny O’Hara and director Stephen Sachs of our current hit production of Broomstick and members of the Fountain staff. The evening was coordinated by Fountain Director of Development, Barbara Goodhill.

The social gathering was one of our ongoing Insider Events offered during the run of each of our productions. It provides the Fountain with the opportunity to give select Fountain Family members an exclusive ‘Inside Peek” at our current production and to express our gratitude and appreciation to those contributing at a determined level to the Fountain Fund.

In attendance at the Insider Event were hosts Dorothy and Stanley Wolpert, Fountain Co-Artistic Directors Deborah Lawlor and Stephen Sachs, Producing Director Simon Levy, Director of Development Barbara Goodhill; associate producer James Bennett, actress Jenny O’Hara; and Fountain Family members Jane AndersonAdrienne Brandriss, Brenda Marsh, Ashley and Debbie Posner, Evelyn Duboff,  Marianne Weil. 

Fountain Co-Artistic Director (and Broomstick director) Stephen Sachs opened the evening by expressing thanks to the supporters gathered and shared exciting news about what’s currently happening at the Fountain and events coming soon. Actress Jenny O’Hara then shared her insights and answered questions on the creative process of Broomstick. And our invited patrons added their own personal comments. Overall, a warm and heartfelt discussion was enjoyed by all. 

Our sincere thanks to Dorothy and Stanley Wolpert for hosting the event in their lovely home. We look forward to the next Insider Event for our next production of Reborning, in our upcoming season. Join us!

Snapshots from the ‘Broomstick’ Insider Event

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Special Performance of Hit Play ‘Broomstick’ Halloween Night at the Fountain Theatre

Wickedly Entertaining Tale About a Witch Features “Tour de Force” Performance by Jenny O’Hara

Jenny O'Hara in 'Broomstick' at the Fountain Theatre.

Jenny O’Hara in ‘Broomstick’ at the Fountain Theatre.

Trick or Treat! What better way to spend Halloween Night than with an old friend who is waiting to have you for dinner? Just be warned … this old friend has been known to toss more than just seasoned meat and vegetables into her boiling cauldron — eh, pot.

“It’s hard to imagine a better show to see 
this Halloween season.”  Stage and Cinema

BSK_A362_copyThis Halloween  Night! Catch the early 6pm performance of the critically acclaimed solo play Broomstick starring Stage/Film/TV actress Jenny O’Hara. The performance is a funny and sinister 80 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to go out and party/trick or treat.

Written by John Biguenet and directed by Stephen Sachs,  Broomstick has earned rave reviews everywhere, including hailed as Critic’s Choice in the Los Angeles Times. It’s the perfect Halloween event.

Make your Halloween Night a special evening you’ll never forget.

Friday, October 31, at 6pm.   Get tickets now.

You don’t want to disappoint  an old lady, do you? Specially not one with the power to cast magic spells …

Broomstick  Now Playing to Nov 30  (323) 663-1525  MORE

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Opening Night Party for the West Coast Premiere of ‘Broomstick’

Jenny O'Hara in 'Broomstick' at the Fountain Theatre

Jenny O’Hara in ‘Broomstick’ at the Fountain Theatre

The Fountain enjoyed a night of magic last Saturday, Oct 18th, with the opening night of the funny and sinister solo play Broomstick starring the bewitching Jenny O’Hara. The performance was wonderful and mesmerizing, followed by a lively catered reception upstairs in the cafe. Written by John Biguenet and directed by Stephen Sachs, Broomstick is a delightful play about an eccentric old lady who lives in the deep, dark woods who folks in town believe is a witch. A treat for the Halloween season, Broomstick runs to Nov 30th.

After the opening night performance, a party was held in our upstairs cafe highlighted with food, drink and hearty cheers of celebration.  Joining actress Jenny O’Hara at the party were the Fountain production and artistic team, director Stephen Sachs, producers Simon Levy and Deborah Lawlor, associate producer James Bennett, designers Andrew Hammer (set) and Jessica Edwards (lighting), dialect coach Tyler Seiple, Jenny’s daughter Sophie Ullett, friends Jane Anderson and Tess Ayers, actress Jacqueline Schultz, and Fountain subscribers and audience members. A great time was had by all.  

Enjoy These Snapshots from the Opening Night Party  

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