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  • Cinderella/ La Cenerentola

    For generations Rossini's La Cenerentola was a seldom performed rarity hidden in the shadow of his perennially popular, Barbiere di Siviglia. Luckily for us the bel canto revival of last half-century and the rise of well trained singers, particularly me...
  • Master Class

    Though Master Class was written by Terrence McNally just eighteen years ago, in 1995, it already has an illustrious history. Initially staged by the Philadelphia Theatre Company in collaboration with Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, the show quickly asc...
  • End of the Rainbow

    Elvis Presley and Judy Garland are two shining multimedia stars whom imitators and impersonators have made careers out of embodying. What’s more, throngs of adulating fans will surely keep the artistry of these unique performers alive much longer than...
  • Having It All

    Though it debuted last year at the No Ho Arts Center, in North Hollywood, where as a premiere musical it was nominated for seven Ovation Awards, Having it All began in 1982 as a nonfiction book by Helen Gurley Brown. Its subtitle, "Love, Success, Sex, M...
  • Tribes

    Billy is deaf, born into a hearing family. He has never learned sign language, instead lip-reading the manifold mealtime conversations swirling around him. As he admits late in Nina Raine’s play, he has long been unable to grasp much of those conversa...
  • The Flying Dutchman

    With THE FLYING DUTCHMAN (Der fliegende Hollander), Wagner reached his artistic coming-of-age and produced the first opera that sounds and feels authentically Wagnerian. Part myth and part ghost story, this tale of a cursed Dutchman seeking salvation th...
  • Paradise: A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy

      With book and music by Bill Robertson, Tom Sage and Cliff Wagner, Paradise:  A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy – currently in production at Santa Monica’s Ruskin Theatre, through March 30 – is a unique,  musical farce that’s sort of a mixt...
  • Walking the Tightrope

    Though it was previously workshopped in Philadelphia, the current 70-minute staging at Los Angeles’ 24th Street Theatre constitutes the American debut of English dramatist Mike Kinney’s Walking the Tightrope in a full professional production (throug...
  • Walking the Tightrope

    Though it was previously workshopped in Philadelphia, the current 70-minute staging at Los Angeles’ 24th Street Theatre constitutes the American debut of English dramatist Mike Kinney’s Walking the Tightrope in a full professional production (throug...
  • Oklahoma!

    Based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs, the musical Oklahoma! was the first collaboration of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The original Broadway production opened March, 1943; it ran for over 2,240 perfor...
  • Chinglish

    “Chinglish” is what it’s called when the spoken or written English language is mixed, mashed, modified, or mutilated with or by the Chinese language."Chinglish," typically used as a pejorative or depreciative term, is also referred to as “Sinici...
  • Backbeat

    Backbeat, based on Iain Softely’s 1994 film of the same title, is not a musical play about The Beatles as the exquisitely consummate rock ‘n roll band that has become the stuff of legend in modern day musicology. It takes place way before the lore o...
  • Around the World in 80 Days

    That renowned "Father of Science Fiction," Jules Verne was both prolific and prophetic. In 54 novels, collectively titled Voyages Extraordinaires, which includes Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Paris in the 20th Cen...
  • Clybourne Park

      Currently offered by San Diego Repertory Theatre, Bruce Norris’ Tony and Pulitzer awards-winning play, Clybourne Park, begins where Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama, A Raisin in the Sun, ended. In Hansberry’s play, a black family, the Youngers,...
  • Chapter Two

      Chapter Two, which premiered in 1977 at Los Angeles’s Ahmanson Theatre, is Neil Simon’s sixteenth play. He has now written nearly three dozen plays and almost as many screenplays (mostly adapted from his play scripts). But, Chapter Two was the pro...
  • The Motherf**ker with the Hat

    Millinery and haberdashery are not often topics of the dramatic arts. But when headwear is bundled-up in the subjects of love, loyalty, and addiction, theatrical stakes can be substantially raised, if not particularly elevated. Such is the case with Ste...
  • Medieval Times: Dinner and Tournament

    Historians partition the medieval period into categories such as the “Six Ages” or the “Four Empires.” The medieval epoch – also known as the Middle Ages – is generally thought to have lasted from 476 to 1500 A.D. Jousting is a martial com...
  • Hansel and Gretel

      First published as a fairytale in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm, Hansel and Gretel is a story taken from German folklore. And in spite of the two cherubic youngsters, for whom the story is named, and regardless of cottages built of gingerbread and cake...
  • Anything Goes

      Anything Goes, now in production at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre, through January 6, has music and lyrics by the great Cole Porter. The musical’s initial book is by Guy Bolton and P.G. Woodhouse. Later, due to a real-life, headline grabbing, ship...
  • The Ultimate Christmas Show

    So you think the holidays have become too serious? What with multiple rituals—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Saturnalia, just to name the more familiar— frantic gift shopping, politically correct carols, and ballets about nutcrackers, this time o...

Spotlight

Laguna Playhouse Announces Ellen Richard as its Interim Executive Director

May 3, 2016…Laguna Beach, Calif…Laguna Playhouse Board of Directors announced today that, later this month, Ellen Richard will be joining Laguna Playhouse as its Interim Executive Director. The Playhouse announced late last year that it was undertaking a national search guided by Arts Consulting Group (ACG) for an Executive Director to succeed Karen Wood who had held this position for the past eight years.

Commenting on the appointment Joe Hanauer and Paul Singarella, Co-Chairmens of the Board of Directors, said “In the midst of our search we encountered this wonderful opportunity to engage Ellen while we continue to seek appropriate long-term leadership. To have found someone with the extraordinary qualifications that Ellen has is thrilling. She is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer at New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company where she was Managing Director. Ellen also has strong successes in supervising the construction of theatres in New York and also in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater, a rare and valuable skill set considering the contemplated major remodel and expansion of the Laguna Playhouse.” Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham adds, “We are pleased and proud to have Ellen Richard, truly a rock-star in our field, join us as our interim Executive Director who will help guide the Playhouse during this transition.” Comments Ellen Richard, “I have quickly grown fond of Laguna Beach and the Playhouse. I embrace this extraordinary opportunity to join one of the country’s top regional theatres at this time in its remarkable 95-year history. I look forward to helping the Playhouse and working with their incredible Board of Trustees and Ann E. Wareham.”

ABOUT ELLEN RICHARD

Ellen Richard served as Executive Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 2010 through 2015.  During her tenure, Ms. Richard negotiated a deal to buy the Strand Theater in tech corridor of Mid-Market San Francisco, helped raise the $34,000 million to renovate and operate it and steered the design and construction for the project which opened in May of 2015. The complex featured two performance spaces and has won multiple awards.  She opened the 50 seat Costume Shop Theater, a 49-seat “black box” venue used for the company’s Master of Fine Arts students and for shows by other local companies.  Ms. Richard was also credited with expanding the company’s educational efforts, coming up with programs like the San Francisco Semester, which brings undergraduate acting students to ACT from around the world, and Stage Coach, a community theater mobile unit that reaches into diverse neighborhoods

She was also Executive Director of The Second Stage Theatre in New York City. During her tenure at Second Stage, which began in 2006 (through 2009), she was responsible for the purchase contract of the Helen Hayes Theatre, growth in subscription income of 48 percent, and growth in individual giving of 75 percent, as well as conceptualization of a highly successful gala format and “Second Generation,” a giving program through which donors enable deserving New York City youth to experience live theater. Under Ms. Richard’s leadership, Second Stage provided the initial home for the Broadway productions Everyday Rapture, Next to Normal, and The Little Dog Laughed.

From 1983 to 2005, Ms. Richard enjoyed a rich and varied career with Roundabout Theatre Company. The Roundabout that Ms. Richard joined was a small nonprofit theater company in bankruptcy. By the time she departed as Managing Director, Roundabout had become one of the country’s largest and most successful theater companies of its kind, with net assets in excess of $67 million dollars. Ms. Richard is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer, for Roundabout productions of Cabaret (1998), A View from the Bridge (1998), Side Man (1999), Nine (2003), Assassins (2004), and Glengarry Glen Ross (2005). As producer of more than 125 shows at Roundabout, she had direct supervision of all management and marketing functions. She created Roundabout’s “Theatre-PLUS” programs, which include singles, teachers, family, gay and lesbian, wine tasting, and the 7 p.m. “Early Curtain” series, all of which grew to represent more than 10 percent of Roundabout’s 40,000 subscribers.

As director of design and construction at Roundabout, Ms. Richard was responsible for more than $50 million of theater construction for 11 projects. She conceptualized the three permanent Roundabout stages — The Broadway venues of Studio 54 and the American Airlines Theatre, and the Off-Broadway venue The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre She directed the location search for Cabaret and oversaw the creation of the production’s environmental Kit Kat Klub. Prior to her tenure at Roundabout, Ms. Richard served as business manager of Westport Country Playhouse, theater manager for Stamford Center for the Arts, and business manager for Atlas Scenic Studio. She began her career working as a stagehand, sound designer, and scenic artist assistant.