Stage Raw: California International Theatre Festival
The Nellie Olesons' John Cantwell has created a multimedia dance comedy thriller, which plays Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m. at Casita del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A.; thru July 24, cavernclubtheater.com. Photo by Gabriel Goldberg
CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL
Curated by Linda Purl and presented by the City of Calabasas, from July 17 to 25, the California International Theatre Festival features the American premiere of Stones by the Orto-Da Theatre Group from Israel; The American premiere of Tempting Providence by Robert Chafe, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador from Canada; Around the World in 80 Minutes, an apprentice performance; Essence of China: Beijing Opera De-Mystified, a Ghaffar Pourazar Demonstration; Cabaret: Catch the Light, performed by Michele Lee, The American Premiere of The Ring Road by Raymond Zhou from China; The End by Samuel Beckett, the Gare St Lazare Players from Ireland, directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett and performed by Conor Lovett; the documentary film Working with Pinter: And "Across the Borders - Mexico and Beyond: A Festival Wrap Party" with Santa Maria style BBQ and the music of Conjuto Hueypan. Tickets range from $30 - $45 and can be purchased here. VIP Festival Passports can be purchased for $150, which includes premium seating at all festival performances.
BROOKLYN, USA A true story based on real events of Murder Incorporated, the enforcement arm of America's crime syndicate. Write Act Theater, 6128 Yucca St., L.A.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru July 31. (323) 469-3113.
CIRCLE OF WILL Bill Cakmis and Jack Grapes' story of the "lost years" of William Shakespeare. Macha Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood; opens July 16; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Aug. 15, www.plays411.com/circleofwill. (323) 960-7822.
FABRIC Company of Angels presents Henry Ong's play about Thai garment workers exploited in El Monte. Alexandria Hotel, 501 S. Spring St., L.A.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 4:30 p.m.; thru Aug. 8. (866) 811-4111.
LOVE, CONNIE Multimedia dance comedy thriller by the Nellie Olesons' John Cantwell. Cavern Club Theater at Casita del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A.; opens July 16; Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m.; thru July 24, cavernclubtheater.com.
NANO NATION Poor Dog Group's investigation of the American Myth. Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; Fri., July 16, 9:30 p.m.; Sat., July 24, 10 p.m., brownpapertickets.com/event/119059. (800) 838-3006.
OTHELLO Presented by Shakespeare & Veterans. West Los Angeles Bandshell, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; Sat.-Sun., 6 p.m.; thru Aug. 8, shakespeareandveterans.org. (310) 694-7233.
PHIL THE VOID: THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Phil van Hest's one-man philosophical comedy. Elephant Theatre Lab, 1078 Lilian Way, L.A.; Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Aug. 7, philvanhest.com. (866) 811-
PLAY DATES Sam Wolfson's comedy of the sexes. Elephant Space Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; Thurs.-Sun., 8 p.m.; thru Aug. 1, plays411.com. (323) 960-7776.
PROCREATION World premiere of Justin Tanner's child-rearing comedy. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; opens July 16; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Aug. 15, plays411.com. (310) 477-2055.
RENDEZVOUS Lindsley Allen choreographs a burlesque with Commedia at King-King Club, 6555 Hollywood Blvd; last Thursday of every month, 9 p.m. (doors open at 8). (323) 960-5165
[title of show] "Musical about making a musical." Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, book by Hunter Bell. Celebration Theatre, 7051-B Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; opens July 16; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Sept. 5. (323) 957-1884.