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Young playwrights and party-goers enjoy ‘Rap Dev’ final round at Fountain Theatre

5They came. They listened. They watched. They partied.

A packed house of young playwrights, colleagues and friends filled the Fountain last night for the final round of our Rapid Development Series (‘Rap Dev’) play reading series. Part new play development program, part social event, Rap Dev offers playwrights thirty years old and younger the opportunity to have scenes from their plays read by actors on stage at the Fountain. Audiences then vote for their favorite play each night, through a series of rounds, culminating in the winning play being awarded a fully staged reading of the entire script.  

In last night’s final round, the winning selection was from the play Before and After by Nicholas Pilapil. The scene was directed by Miranda Stewart, and featured Audry Cain, Rosie Narasaki, Nasi Nassiri, Kelsey Peterjohn, Jose Picado, and Julian Yuen.  

After the play readings, the crowd gathered upstairs in our cafe for the announcement of the winner and to enjoy the beer and snacks. The cafe was energized by the raucous laughter and chatter of young people mixing and networking. The social aspect of Rap Dev is an important element to the program’s success. 

Rap Dev is curated and hosted by its creators, Fountain Associate Producer James Bennett and Jessica Broutt. Check our Fountain website for future dates. Join us for the next round and party!  New play development has never been so fun.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: New plays and a party at ‘Rap Dev’ for young playwrights

IMG_20160212_213722The battle is on! Round One (Group A) of The Fountain’s Rapid Development Series (“Rap Dev”) for young playwrights was launched on Friday, Feb 12th. Part new play reading series for young people and part social gathering, Rap Dev squares off scenes from new work that is then voted on by the enthusiastic audience. The two plays doing combat Friday night were You Belong With Me Because You’re So Vain by Heider Tunarrosa and the winning play, The Kennedy Experiment by Amy Thorstenson.

As always, a lively party followed upstairs in our cafe. The dollar beers and buzz chat proved almost as popular as the plays.

Two other plays compete in Round One (Group B) Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. The two winning playwrights get to show off a little more of their plays in Round Two, on Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. The single surviving play wins two performances of a staged reading on the Fountain Theatre stage: Friday,March 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. 

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Rap Dev: Who says new play development for young writers can’t be fun?

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Eager young audience waits for RAP DEV to start.

Get a first look at the work of young, up-and-coming playwrights at Rapid Development (“Rap Dev”), the Fountain Theatre’s free, competition-style reading series designed to showcase the work of previously unproduced, Los Angeles-based playwrights under the age of 30.

Round One takes place over the course of two evenings, Friday,Feb, 12 at 8 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Each evening will feature one scene from two different plays, with the playwrights choosing the scenes they feel best represent their work. At the end of each night, the audience votes. Kind of like TV’s The Voice or America’s Got Talent.

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James Bennett & Jessica Broutt

Created and produced by James Bennett and Jessica Broutt, the Rap Dev readings are free, rowdy, informal, and followed by a lively party with food and plenty of drinks. Who says new play development can’t be fun? 

No wonder the Rap Dev events have been sold-out successes.

“We’re looking to find new plays and playwrights in the LA area,” says associate producer James Bennett. “And provide a fun and vibrant venue for others to experience them too.”

The Round One (Group A) plays squaring off this Friday, Feb 12, are:

  •  You Belong With Me Because You’re So Vain by Heider Tunarrosa. When a neurotic songwriter accidentally falls in love with his best friend’s ex-boyfriend, and he must decide between losing his best friend or the love of his life, he receives help from the imaginary versions of Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga to resolve this romantic dilemma.
  • The Kennedy Experiment by Amy Thorstenson. Aboard the International Space Station, a young cosmonaut faces an impossible choice. With the lives of his family, his patriotism, his complicated relationship with his war hero father, and World War Three all hanging in the balance, the last thing he needs to deal with is a ghost.  

Two other plays compete in Round One (Group B) Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. The two winning playwrights get to show off a little more of their plays in Round Two, on Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. The single surviving play wins two performances of a staged reading on the Fountain Theatre stage: Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Free admission to Rounds One and Two; tickets to the staged readings are $5.

Sound confusing? Check out the website.

Rap Dev turns new play development for young writers into a fun social event. Join us this Friday night. Check it out for yourself. Party down with some plays!

Fountain Theatre Awarded $10,500 Grant from the City of Los Angeles to Support New Play Development in 2015-16

Stephen Sachs, Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, and Deborah Lawlor

Stephen Sachs, LA Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, and Deborah Lawlor

The Fountain Theatre has been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,500 from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to support the creation, development and presentation of a new play in 2015-16.

“We deeply appreciate the support from the City of Los Angeles,” said Fountain Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs. “Particularly in these embattled times. The LA City Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs and our Councilman Mitch O’Farrell understand the importance of intimate theatre in Los Angeles.” 

Now celebrating its 25th year, the Fountain has a long and accomplished history of developing new plays that go on to enjoy successful lives beyond our intimate venue. Fountain projects have been produced across the United States, in London and throughout the UK, and around the world translated into other languages.  

Two world premieres of new plays are already slated for 2015: the world premiere stage adaptation of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs; and Freddie, an immersive theatre piece created by Deborah Lawlor, supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The future new play funded by this 2015-16 City Department of Cultural Affairs grant will be determined by projects in the Fountain’s development pipeline. 

“Creating new work is at the heart of our artistic mission,” adds Lawlor. “Our longtime partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs helps make that happen.” 

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Full House for ‘Rap Dev’ Series for Young Playwrights

Eager young audience waits for RAP DEV to start.

A packed house of excited and eager young people filled the Fountain Theatre last night with lively energy as the Fountain launched  its new play reading series, Rap Dev, serving playwrights thirty years old or younger. Created and produced by Fountain Associate Producer James Bennett and Jessica Broutt, Rap Dev (short for Rapid Development) is an informal, fast-moving evening that combines play development with social mixing.

Rap Dev offers a platform for young playwrights under 30 who may otherwise struggle to  get the opportunity to hear their new work read aloud in a professional setting.  At each Rap Dev event, a single 20-minute scene is read by professional actors from 2-3 new and unproduced plays introduced by each playwright. Each scene is selected by the writer to offer the best “snapshot” of the total script.  After all 3 scenes are read from each of the 3 plays, the audience votes for their favorite. The “winner” moves on to be eligible to compete with other plays in the series for the grand prize: a fully rehearsed and realized staged reading of the entire play on stage at the Fountain Theatre, with guidance from the professional staff. 

Short scenes from two new plays were read last night. Hands by Doc, featuring Verton Banks, Gilbert Glenn Brown and Adolphus Ward. And The Redhead is Coming by Bernardo Cubia, featuring Kirsten Kollander, Whitney Montgomery and Julian Silver.

As last night’s high-spirited gathering proved, Rap Dev is also a good time. The fun, informal atmosphere (not to mention the free beer) makes Rap Dev more than just a night of play readings. It’s a good party.

For more info on Rap Dev click here

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Fountain Theatre Awarded Grant to Create, Develop and Produce a New Play in 2015

Simon Levy, Stephen Sachs, Barbara Goodhill and Deborah Lawlor

Fountain Team: Simon Levy, Stephen Sachs, Barbara Goodhill and Deborah Lawlor

The Fountain Theatre has been awarded a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in the amount of $6,840 for the purpose of creating, developing and producing a new play in 2014-15. 

Since its founding in 1980, the acclaimed Fountain Theatre has been dedicated to creating and producing new plays that reflect the cultural diversity of Los Angeles and the nation. In twenty-four years of public service, the Fountain Theatre has presented over 100 productions of plays including 32 world premieres and 43 U.S./Regional premieres. 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell hailed the grant. “Thank you for your administrative diligence and artistic vision in providing Los Angeles residents with affordable, unique, and exciting opportunities.”  

“We deeply appreciate the years of ongoing support provided to the Fountain by the City of Los Angeles, ” beamed Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs. “Mayor Eric Garcetti was our former Councilmember and he remains a good friend of the Fountain.”  

Stephen Sachs and Deborah Lawlor with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

Stephen Sachs and Deborah Lawlor with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

The grant from the City of Los Angeles will support the creation and production of a new play at the Fountain Theatre in 2015. The coming year also happens to be the Fountain’s 25th Anniversary Season.