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  • Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

    “What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles, and me?” Except for the heroine’s exact age and the musical references, these first lines from the 19...
  • Henry Prego Sings Sinatra: Live From the Sands

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  • Neil Patrick Harris Directs Nothing to Hide

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  • Wonderettes Sequel Releases New Cast Album

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  • Han Nah

      Since the celebrated television series M*A*S*H ended its 13-year run in 1983, rarely, if ever, has the Korean War been the focus of a script – not for TV, in film or on stage. It’s little wonder that that mid-century Asian conflict is referred t...
  • 42nd Street

    Best known as a 1933 movie musical spotlighting Busby Berkeley’s spectacular choreography, 42nd Street began as a novel, authored by Bradford Ropes. It wasn’t until 1980 that 42nd Street was transfigured into a stage musical – with a book by Micha...
  • November

    Dramatist David Mamet’s 2008 play, November, is a frail political farce that is lacking in substance and nearly devoid of genuine comedy. What it does have, along with its A-list cast – which includes Ed Begley Jr. and Felicity Huffman – is plenty...
  • HBO's "Ethel"

    Emmy Award-winning documentarian Rory Kennedy – Ms. Kennedy won Television’s top trophy of achievement for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special for her 2007 HBO film, “Ghost of Abu Ghraib” – has now created a most moving celluloid account of her moth...
  • Seminar

    Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar had its Broadway premiere in November of 2011. It starred British Actor Alan Rickman in the role of a reputed writing guru who is charging aspiring scribes $5,000 apiece to take part in his brutal 10-week fiction writing semin...
  • Ain't Misbehavin'

    Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz, and originally directed by Maltby, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a vivacious musical revue that pays homage to the African-American musicians of the 1920s and 30s who comprised part of what is now referred...
  • Krapp's Last Tape

    Krapp’s Last Tape is a one-act play by that enigmatic 20th century scribe Samuel Beckett. It has one actor onstage for less than an hour. During that nearly sixty minutes under the scrutiny of the limelight, the character, named Krapp, celebrates his ...
  • The 39 Steps

    Though The 39 Steps is a melodramatic novel, first published 1915 and authored by John Buchan, it is probably best known as a 1935 film by that master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. In the early 2000s, Patrick Barlow adapted the novel and screenplay to ...
  • The Two Foscari

    With the Verdi Bicentennial fast approaching, many opera companies will choose to celebrate by delving into some of his early, more obscure, operas. LA Opera has chosen to blaze that trail by opening their 2012 – 2013 Season with I Due Foscari (The Tw...
  • Glengarry Glen Ross

      It is no accident of the times that finds Artistic Director Christopher Ashley staging and directing La Jolla Playhouse’s riveting production of Glengarry Glen Ross. Fit for our time and place is David Mamet’s acerbic, darkly humorous, slice of li...
  • Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History

    First there was Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. It was a thin but readable study of character actors from cinema’s Golden Age. Now, author Manny Pacheco gives us more of the same in his sequel treatise, Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten Histor...
  • How Obama Got His Groove Back

    We’ve heard President Obama carry a tune at the Apollo Theater recently. Now, thanks to the zany imaginations of Nicholas Zill and Derek Jeremiah Reid, we are treated to a comedy conceit that has Mr. Obama (Derek Jeremiah Reid) pining to be a soul sin...
  • Pasadena Playhouse Announces Exciting Changes

      Sheila Grether-Marion, Chair of The Pasadena Playhouse Board of Directors, made three important announcements today. Elizabeth Doran, currently the Managing Director of The Actor’s Gang, will join The Playhouse as its new Executive Director on S...
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    Joan Didion warns that it’s going to happen to us too. Didion first cautioned about one of life’s unwelcomed guarantees in her 2005 memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. It chronicles Didion’s encounters with the raw existential emotion of grief, ...

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.