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  • Beauty and the Beast

    The timeless quality of the story of a young girl who falls in love with a beast spans time and geography, so it is no wonder it has been the subject of fairy tales, novels, and theater worldwide. Musical Theatre West, having finally been given permissi...
  • Dixie's Tupperware Party

    Outrageous and audacious, Dixie Longate hosts her very special Tupperware party in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the GeffenPlayhouse. As the audience enters, Dixie herself greets each patron with a nametag to wear and the tantalizing hint that th...
  • Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter

    "I…devoted…time and thought to this illusion…. it was…trickery. I devised it to show…what can be done along these lines…do not jump to the conclusion that… things you see are…‘supernatural,’ or the work of ‘spirits,’ just because...
  • Jack Lemmon Returns

    In 2006, Chris Lemmon penned a memoir, A Twist of Lemmon. It’s a tribute to his father, Jack Lemmon. Eight years henceforth, the younger Lemmon has collaborated with Hershey Felder, a prolific playwright, musician, actor, and director. Adapting the me...
  • The Country House

    Most of the appeal of this Donald Margulies play is in the upper-crust Berkshires home this family of actors has created. The ceiling doesn’t leak during summer downpours, the doors and windows remain open because no baddies are around to pilfer or ma...
  • The Fantasticks

    Edmond Rostand’s 1894 play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) was the inspiration for Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’ musical The Fantasticks. (Rostand’s conceit was itself a convolution of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.) The Fantasticks premiered O...
  • Center Theatre Group Announces the 11th Season at the Kirk Douglas

    2014-2015 Douglas Season is Jam-Packed with 10 Exciting Events David Mamet’s Explosive “Race” The Goodman Theatre’s World Premiere Production of Rebecca Gilman’s “Luna Gale” A ‘Remix’ of Culture Clash’s Popular “Chavez Ravine” ...
  • Hollywood Fringe Festival Opens Today

    Festival Kicks Off After Record-Breaking Preview Weekend Hollywood, CA-- The fifth annual Hollywood Fringe Festival opens today after a week of previews that topped previous ticketing records for the festival. The festival has already sold over 50% more...
  • The Love List

    Norm Foster is a Canadian Playwright whom critics have compared, favorably or unfavorably, to America’s own Neil Simon. And if Foster’s 2003 comedy The Love List is any indication, Foster’s feel for the funny-bone is just as acute as ole Doc Simon...
  • PEN/MAN/SHIP

    PEN/MAN/SHIP by Christina Anderson is a new play being presented at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco under the direction of Ryan Guzzo Purcell. Anderson's tale presents a world-of-the-play with well-defined characterizations, historical and social sy...
  • Elvis '68

    Elvis Presley was a social and cultural phenomenon. His swiveling hips, magnetic charisma, and intuitive gift for rhythm, Blues, and Gospel made him a major musical innovator and earned him the title of the King of Rock ‘n Roll. But after The Beatles...
  • Tartuffe

    It was titled and re-titled – first as Tartuffe, then as The Impostor, and then as The Hypocrite. Today we’ve returned to calling it by the lead character’s name, Tartuffe. Initially staged in 1664, Tartuffe is arguably French dramatist Moliere’...
  • Emma Goldman: Love, Anarchy and Other Affairs

    She was praised as an iconic free-thinking “rebel woman” by acolytes. She was condemned by enemies as a promoter of violent revolution and perpetrator of political murder. But all could agree on this: Emma Goldman was a firebrand activist and uncomp...
  • Five Mile Lake

    Early in Rachel Bonds' latest play, Five Mile Lake (now in its debut at Costa Mesa's South Coast Repertory, through May 4), two characters trade dialogue that sounds similar to this: "People change," says one. The other replies with something such as, "...
  • James Darren Joins 30th Annual S.T.A.G.E. Event

    Movie, television and recording star JAMES DARREN is joining the All-Star company performing in the 30th Anniversary Spectacular, “S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the Movies” taking place one night only on Saturday, May 10th at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. ...
  • Red

    The self-tortured artist is a cliché. Yet, clichés persist because lives and times reaffirm their validity. Take Mark Rothko, for example. As depicted in John Logan’s psychological portrait, Red, the abstract impressionist painter famous in the 195...
  • Rest

    For such an existentially unnerving play, Samuel D. Hunter’s latest drama has a simple and rather benign title, Rest. As its premise, Rest displays a small cadre of characters – both employees and residents – who work and reside at a Northern Idah...
  • Every Five Minutes

    San Francisco’s Magic Theatre’s Artistic Director, Loretta Greco, has staged the world premiere of Linda McLean’s Every Five Minutes, but shortly into the performance I began to wonder why. The play concerns poor Mo (Rod Gnapp), who has been abdu...
  • Paul Robeson

    He was a graduate of Columbia Law School (1922). Before that, he attended Rutgers University on an academic scholarship, where he was an All-American football player, and the first African-American ever to enroll in the university. After his schooling w...
  • Reunion

    Gregory S Moss’s latest play, Reunion, is making its world debut, through March 30, on the Julianne Argyros Stage, at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Rep. It’s a two-hour peek into a trio of Gen Xers flashing back on their years together as high schoole...

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.