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Casting Set for “Block Party” at KDT

la-et-cm-kirk-douglas-theatre-season-20140603-700x472Casting is finalized for three local productions being presented as part of Center Theatre Group’s inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre. Center Theatre Group will remount Coeurage Theatre Company’s production of “Failure: A Love Story,” The Fountain Theatre’s production of “Citizen: An American Lyric” and The Echo Theater Company’s production of “Dry Land” for Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Block Party runs April 14 through May 21. The three shows have the full support of Center Theatre Group and its staff in order to fund, stage and market each production.
“Failure: A Love Story” from Coeurage Theatre Company will begin previews April 14, open April 16 and close April 23. Written by Philip Dawkins and directed by Michael Matthews, the show chronicles the lives, loves and deaths of the three Fail sisters and the one man who fell in love with each of them. Set against the backdrop of 1920s Chicago, this touching, whimsical tale explores the impermanence of life and the permanence of love.
The cast of “Failure: A Love Story” includes Joe Calarco, June Carryl, Cristina Gerla, Kristina Johnson, Margaret Katch, Denver Milord, Gregory Nabours, Theodore Perkins, Kurt Quinn, Brandon Ruiter, Nicole Shalhoub, Gina Torrecilla and Brittney S. Wheeler. Scenic design is by JR Bruce, costume design is by Allison Dillard and lighting design is by Matthew Brian Denman. Emily Abbott is the production stage manager.
“Citizen: An American Lyric” from The Fountain Theatre will begin previews April 28, open April 30 and close May 7. Adapted for the stage by Fountain Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs and directed by Shirley Jo Finney, “Citizen” fuses poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image in a provocative stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s internationally acclaimed book of poetry about everyday acts of racism in America.
The cast of “Citizen: An American Lyric” includes Bernard K. Addison, Leith Burke, Tony Maggio, Simone Missick, Monnae Michaell and Lisa Pescia. Scenic and media design is by Yee Eun Nam, costume design is by Naila Aladdin-Sanders, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago and sound design is by Peter Bayne. Anastasia Coon is the movement director and Shawna Voragen is the production stage manager.
“Dry Land” from The Echo Theater Company will begin previews May 12, open on May 14 and close on May 21. Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Alana Dietze, it is a haunting play about female friendship and an abortion that takes place in the locker room of a central Florida high school. Written when Spiegel was just 21 years old, the play is a deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes and bonds of teenage girls.
The cast of “Dry Land” includes Daniel Hagen, Ben Horwitz, Connor Kelly-Eiding, Teagan Rose and Jenny Soo. The cast also includes Jacqueline Besson and Alexandra Freeman as well as USC School of Dramatic Arts students Francesca O’Hern, Bukola Ogunmola, Sidne Phillips and Tessa Hope Slovis. Scenic design is by Amanda Knehans, costume design is by Elena Flores, lighting design is by Justin Huen and sound design is by Jeff Gardner. Anna Engelsman is the production stage manager.

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