Imagofest is a festival of one act plays written by Stella Adler - Los Angeles Alumni, Matt Sauter, Alex Aves, and Allan Smith under the tutelage of Playwright Timothy McNeil (recent work includes Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice “Anything.”
The mood of each play deals with universal, real life problems, divorce, suicide, and a bad relationship so the audience can identify with the subject matter.
Matt Sauter's, The Divorce Party, directed by Bonnie McNeil is about a
Monica ( Juliet Quintin-Archard), has an epiphany on her 40th birthday that she no longer wants to be married to her mundane, obnoxious husband, Terry ( Mike Daily). Stuck on her new life, Monica neglects to discover her soon-to-be ,memorable, birthday celebration when family members arrive to celebrate the inevitable, chaotic event.
The Other Side to Everything by Alex Aves; directed by May Quigley Goodman takes place on an evening in a cluttered apartment belonging to the depressive artist, Girl. On the brink of possibly doing something to herself. Girl ( Alex Aves) calls Boy, ( Nick Cimiluca) her on-again off-again boyfriend (who is married), over to help her get through the night. However, the emotional relationship boils into silliness, hatred, and lust as they go down memory lane.
The one-act bipolar play tosses and turns a volatile relationship from old lovers to friends but fails to flow mellifluously.
Twice on Sunday by Allan Smith; directed by Roger Mathey takes place in a San Francisco apartment. Estranged, big sister Catherine ( Alison Evans) comes to rescue little bother Matt ( Jeremiah Heitman) from a suicide gone-bad. Rebel brother is now paralyzed from the legs down and in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The siblings discuss their alienated past and try to reunite.
The mood was slightly lethargic and could have used cable jumpers to gain momentum.
Playwright - Tim McNeil has had a wide and varied career since arriving in Los Angeles. As an actor theater highlights include George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Stella Adler , Yevgeny in Los Muertos at the Elephant, Claudius in the Page 93 production of Hamlet at the Lillian, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, also at the Lillian, Jerry in Margaret at the Hudson Backstage, Walter in Crane, Mississippi at the Elephant, Horace in the Day I Stood Still, also at the Elephant, Henry Smalls in Small Days at the Hudson Backstage, and many more. Tim has written and had produced over 13 plays in Los Angeles including the aforementioned Los Muertos, Anything, Crane Mississippi, Margaret, Small Days (soon to be a motion picture), The Straight Bozo, and Freddie’s Dead, among others, all around town. Some have been critic’s choices, etc. His movie Anderson Gully is due to be shot at some point in 2008, which he is greatly excited about. In addition, he has also directed quite a few plays including King Lear at Stella Adler Theater, Beach Play at the Hudson ( Critic’s Choice), the Crucible at Stella Adler, The Diary of Anne Frank also at Stella Adler, Homebody/Kabul at the Studio C Theatre, among others. He has also been a teacher at the Stella Adler Academy for the past ten years. Tim was a founding member of the late great Page 93 Theater Ensemble and a proud member of Feckham Peckham Fulham Clapham.”
The Stella Adler Los Angeles A Conservatory for Actors, is a world renowned acting school located in the heart of Hollywood, California.
The Stella Adler Los Angeles offers extensive training for the serious actor in theatre, film, and television (on camera). The Stella Adler Technique grew out of Miss Adler’s personal work with Constantine Stanislavsky, the father of modern acting. This technique (or method of acting) has been studied by many of the worlds most notable actors, directors, and writers including Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Salma Hayek, Benico Del Toro, Holland Taylor, Gary Ross, Eric Stoltz, Mark Ruffalo, just to name a few.
For all performances, you can park at the Hollywood & Highland Center - $2 for 4 hours with Stella Adler validation.
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