The Fountain parking lot was transformed for the VIP evening.
Much about last Saturday night’s VIP performance of Cost of Living at the Fountain was out of the ordinary. Our exclusively invited guests drove up to the Fountain to discover a team of valet parking attendants waiting to park their cars for them. The performance of Martyna Majok’s funny and poignant play starred two fabulous actors with disabilities in lead roles — a first for our theatre. And the classy post-show reception was vibrantly staged in the outdoor parking lot, not in our upstairs cafe, to allow full access for our guests in wheelchairs.
What remained consistent that evening was the excellence of the work on stage and the support of our Fountain Family. The theatre brimmed with many of the generous Fountain donors, underwriters and producers who made our west coast premiere of this Pulitzer Prize winning play possible.
Executive Producers Barbara Herman and Susan Stockel were joined by Producing Underwriters Diana Buckhantz, Lois Tandy, and Miles and Joni Benickes. Other guests included Fountain Board members Karen Kondazian, Dick Motika, Jerrie Whitfield, as well as Marc and Aliza Guren, Cecile Keshishian, actor Alan Mandell, Beth Stoffmacher from the National Arts and Disability Center, and Peter L. Thompkins.
The delicious food was provided by Alligator Pear Catering. Long strands of newly installed lighting twinkled across the Fountain parking lot. The decorated outdoor setting provided a classy and delightful ambience for our invited guests and the Cost of Living company. Although this was the first time we transformed our parking lot into an outdoor soiree, judging by Saturday night’s success it won’t be the last.
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by Saif Saigol
As a theatre lover, I have often struggled to qualify the artistic value of a show. What, for example, separates a great, large-scale Broadway musical from a great, smaller, experimental work? When it comes to art, does more money equal more success? I received my answer last Saturday, at the designer run-through rehearsal of the Fountain’s Arrival & Departure: a successful play is one that leaves its audience thinking.
Art has the power to leave a lasting impact and change the way we think. That is exactly what I experienced after watching Arrival & Departure.
The play, at its core, follows the classic, impossible love-story of two star-crossed soul mates who have the universe standing between them. The 90-minute play is filled with heart-wrenchingly beautiful acting on the part of the ensemble and a fantastic script by Stephen Sachs. The artists invite us into their most intimate and vulnerable thoughts, thoughts that were born in a reality that they created out of nothing. It seemed impossible that such genuineness had been bred in only a few weeks of rehearsal – it is beyond inspiring to see what the Fountain team is capable of.
Personally, it was especially moving to experience the power and beauty of Deaf theatre for the first time. The show’s interwoven and unique mélange of ASL and Spoken English creates a dynamic and multi-dimensional artistic medium in which authenticity prevails. Deanne Bray and Troy Kotsur conveyed a degree of beauty, truth, and honesty in their signing that cannot be expressed in other forms of communication – it was almost like watching a dance. Especially moving was Bray’s ability to convey her character’s struggles with identity as a hard-of-hearing woman, switching back and forth between ASL and Spoken English.
The play struck me as a type of ‘deconstructed theatre’. The various forms of art involved – from ASL, to Spoken English, to movement, to staging – are separated but harmoniously married, each holding its own and conveying breath-taking emotion, but also supporting one another to create one beautiful piece. I left the rehearsal pondering the very nature of art, and the ways in which society often creates pigeon-holes for artists. Arrival & Departure was unlike anything I have experienced before – it is novel and unique, and conveys emotion in ways that don’t conform to exclusive norms. This, I believe, is the point of theatre, and I cannot wait for others to experience the magic of Arrival & Departure.
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Saif Saigol is the Development Intern at the Fountain Theatre.
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Tagged American Sign Language, Arrival & Departure, art, artists, ASL, deaf, deaf actors, Deanne Bray, Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles, Stephen Sachs, theater, theatre, Troy Kotsur
Cyrano Has Been Invited to New York!
But We Only Have 1 Week to Raise the Funds We Need. We are More Than Halfway There. Will You Help?
Congratulations to Michelle Montooth
Last week’s bonus contest winner! She won a romantic dinner for 2 at Le Petit Restaurant. Michelle says:
“Cyrano was one of the best theater experiences I’ve ever had. And since I’m a theatre junkie, that’s saying something.”
The Fountain’s co-production of Cyrano has been invited to New York. In just two weeks, our talented lead actors and artistic team will be performing for
The New York Theatre Workshop, the Tony-winning company that launched Rent, Dirty Blonde, Homebody/Kabul, Peter and the Starcatcher, Once,and more. This will be a staged reading for NY producers and investors with the goal of launching a NY production. To make this dream come true, we need you. Join Us!
Our Sold-Out Award-Winning Smash Hit Drew Rave Reviews and National Attention in LA
WINNER! 4 LA Drama Critics Circle Awards
including Best Play and Best Production
CRITIC’S CHOICE! – Los Angeles Times
“Irresistible! Consistently beautiful!
Critic’s Pick! – Backstage “GO!” – LA Weekly
“Perfection!” – SoCalTheatre
“A masterpiece!” – Examiner
“A powerhouse piece of theatre!” – StageHappenings
The Fountain Theatre is a non-profit organization. All Donations are tax deductible contributions.
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Tagged actors, American Sign Language, ASL, Broadway, Cyrano, Cyrano de Bergerac, deaf, deaf actors, deaf culture, deaf theatre, Deaf West Theatre, Fountain Theatre, fundraising, Indiegogo, Los Angeles, new plays, New York, New York Theatre Workshop, performing arts, plays, playwriting, Simon Levy, Stephen Sachs, theater, theatre, Troy Kotsur
Cyrano actors Troy Kotsur (Cyrano) and Erinn Anova (Roxy) on the arts interview program Creative Current.
Cyrano Final Extension! Must End July 29 (323) 663-1525 More Info
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Tagged American Sign Language, ASL, Creative Current, Cyrano, Cyrano de Bergerac, deaf, deaf actors, deaf theatre, Deaf West Theatre, deafness, Erinn Anova, Fountain Theatre, Julio Martinez, LAArtsStream, Los Angeles, new plays, plays, Simon Levy, Stephen Sachs, theater, Troy Kotsur, world premiere
Cyrano Final Extension! Must End July 29th! (323) 663-1525 More Info
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Tagged American Sign Language, ASL, Cyrano, Cyrano de Bergerac, deaf, deaf actors, deaf culture, Deaf West Theatre, deafness, Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles, new plays, plays, playwriting, sign language, Simon Levy, Stephen Sachs, theater, Troy Kotsur, world premiere