“O’Neill’s Ghosts” Play at The Odyssey Theatre – Opens Sept. 5th

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September 5th – 8PM (Limited Engagement)

Performances: Thurs.- Sat. 8PM – Sun. 2PM

The Odyssey Theatre

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O’Neill’s Ghosts, written by award-winning playwright Jovanka Bach, is told from the tormented perspective of Eugene O’Neill as he struggles with his latest writing while being haunted by the ghosts of his alcoholic-suicidal son, Bud; his career-plagued father, James; his dope-fiend mother, Ella; and debauched older brother Jamie. O’Neill suffers pangs of conscience while ravaging his family’s troubled history as plot fodder for his many plays, but it doesn’t stop him from pushing the pen.

The drama is set in 1912, in a coastal Connecticut home. As O’Neill arduously tries to concentrate on his latest work, he is haunted by the years of paternal neglect toward his eldest son, Eugene O’Neill Jr. (Bud). This relationship is reminiscent of the interactions with his own father James, mother Ella and brother Jamie. In the meanwhile, his long-suffering but dutiful wife, Carlotta struggles to uphold his privacy. The interruptions include a series of frantic calls from the family attorney concerning Eugene’s and Carlotta’s overwrought concern for their ailing dog. From her own perspective, the family’s surly Irish maid, Maude, grows even more disgusted as she tries to make sense of the family’s dysfunction.

Sadly neither O’Neill’s father, his mother, nor his brother can impress upon him enough to change the way he interacts with his own son, Bud. The more he tries to impress his father, the more Bud’s spirit deteriorates as it becomes evident that his father will never take the time from his calling to accept him into his world. And, just as O’Neill seems to have an epiphany, it is all too late as Bud takes his own life. But, the show must go on as they say, and O’Neill continues to bury himself in his work.

Featured as Eugene O’Neill is John DiFusco, with a supporting cast of Dana Kelly, Michael Vaccaro, Lisa Thayer, Penny Orloff, Tom Groenwald and Tanya Starcevich.

The production is designed by Jaret Sacrey, with lighting and sound by Kent Inasy and stage management by Joe Morrissey. Poster designs by Lara Starcevich.

“Leading Lady” by L. K. Thayer

It’s like I’ve been using paint thinner, like life is too thick on the
canvas so I have to thin it out so it’s not so loud and bumpy. I
wrestle with the color palette, infra red for super sonic visual
orgasms of mayhem and moonshine. Someone cut the mustard,
I need that deviled egg paprika thing. I spent years in dark theatres,
no wonder I have a hard time with reality, the pretending is so much
richer, safer, freeze dried…like ice cubes in an ice tray, I belonged
somewhere and had to know my entrance and exit. Yes it was the fast lane,
the someone discover me lane, hoping someone would trip over me in
traffic school or notice me as I took their drink order hoping they left me
a big tip. Back to the theatre… it was so nice living someone else’s life,
having some else’s dialogue, acting out someone else’s drama and being
able to drop it at the door. My own life is another story, I’m the leading lady
trying to learn my blocking, remember direction, remember my lines, that’s
really it. That’s what it all comes down to, what’s your motivation,
make sure they hear you in the back row, and remember to stay in your light.

Photo & Poem by L. K. Thayer

© 2011

Last Weekend!! Jack Grapes & Cast in his play “Circle Of Will”

Photo by Alexis Rhrone Fancher

Jack Grape’s Shakespeare play, “Circle of Will” flat-out flabbergasted me!!” – Lisa Segal

CIRCLE OF WILL opens July 15th for previews and July 16th and 17th and
18th official opening for critics. Would love you to come that opening
weekend to whoop and hollar so the critics will write their review
with lots of whooping and hollaring. We run for 5 weeks with the last
show on August 15th.

National Public Radio called CIRCLE OF WILL “a spectacular
tour-de-force,” and the San Francisco Chronicle said it was “the
cleverest original work seen in a long time.”
We run for only 5 weeks, so hope you can see it.
You can make reservations at
www.plays411.com/circleofwill
or by phone
323-960-7822

Written by Jack Grapes

Previews
Thursday, July 15 at 8 PM

Runs
Fri, Jul 16 – Sun, Aug 15
Thurs, Fri, Sat 8 PM
Sunday 7 PM

Show Calendar

BUY TICKETS
$20 Preview
$30 Regular Performances
Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun

Special Show Info
Running time: 90 minutes.

Macha Theatre

1107 No. Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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See You there!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

“AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE” by Ty Granderson Jones

A TRAGEDY IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE
OF TREASONABLE DOUBT.
TIS’ THE FINAL CURTAIN….
THIS PLAY OF SURREAL
STRIFE.
O.J.’S LIFE.
THE WIND
OF THE END
WILL BLOW
ORENTHAL OTHELLO,
SAY IT AIN’T SO—
THIS STAGE
OF NICOLE’S PAGE.
OH! DESDAMONA
THERE’S NO ENCORE
FOR YOUR SPIRIT SOARING SOUL.
A LOST DREAM
OF A MURDER SCENE.
IT’S
AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE.

Ty Granderson Jones

All Rights Reserved

© 1995

(Happy Birthday from The Juice Bar Ty!!)

“HOMELESS” by Bill Duke

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Nobody ever really cares
that
a bird has wings
as long as it flies
as
long as it dips
and swoops
and sings
Nobody really cares

Nobody ever really cares
whether
a
flower grows
as long
as it doesn’t
develop a nose
as long
as
a rose
is
a rose
is
a rose
that
throws us kisses
when
a
soft breeze blows
Nobody really cares

Nobody seems to really care
about the other’s pain
for we
must laugh
and dance
and sing
and not remind us
of
anything
that resembles fears
that
we’ve
secretly tried to cover
by
pretending
to be
devoted lovers
of
everything
except
ourselves
just
bridges
made
of
oyster shells
so
when
the bridge collapses
and
you fall
and
break
on
velvet blue concrete
you thought
was
a lake
just
chalk it up
as
another mistake
because
nobody
really
cares

Bill Duke

All Rights Reserved

© 2010