In 1947 the Actors Studio was created in New York’s theater district and in 1967 Shelley Winters opened the Actors Studio West in Hollywood. Theatre was the deepest desire of every actor to perform in front of a live audience. Some of the greatest actors and directors walked through those doors. To name a few Marlon Brando,Elia Kazan James Dean , Sydney Pollack, Mark Rydell ,Martin Landau ,Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Rod Steiger ,Dustin Hoffman, Robert Duval,Estelle Parsons, Jessica Lange, Shelley Winters ,Marilyn Monroe, Ellen Burstyn, Doris Roberts Barbara Bain, Robert DeNiro and many more.
In Hollywood ,there is an Actors Studio Playwright /Directors Unit which meets every Monday night at the Greenway Court theatre and new plays are read and cast mostly from the Actors Studio members. You can feel the passion when you enter the theater.
Last year they started a short play series which ran from Thursday – Sunday and this year the theme is INFIDELITY in PIECES. I had wanted to go the opening this past Thursday but there are 3 film festivals happening which were a conflict. So tonight June 13 instead of watching the Tony awards on TV, I finally made it to the Greenway Court Theatre to a packed theater and saw my friends because I am also an Actors Studio member. We share so many memories from here and New York and are family.
The plays I saw were as follows:
“Take a Look” ,written by Dustin Lehren ,directed by Assad Kelada with actors Lane Compton and Kate Whitney.
“Of Puppies and Men”, written by Elisa Manzini, directed by Carmen Milito with actors Gina Ferranti and Raymond Cole
“Dinner Theatre”, written by Alex Goldberg, directed by Mitch Levine with actors Christopher Louis Parker and Patrick Quinlan and Dey Young.
“Locked and Loaded”, written by Gena Acosta, directed by Peter Flood with actors Jason Bowe and George Russo.
“Warren and the Polar Bear”, written by Jim Geoghan, directed by Stu Berg with Marc Cervania and Tom Badal
The talent presented by all involved was a joy and overwhelming and reminded me why as actors we all entered this business. It is not about being a movie star but doing something you love in front of a live audience and getting the praise immediately. I wish that we could have an encore of this past weekend and if I can make it happen I will, but we have more plays happening next weekend and please do yourself a big favor and attend. You will never be disappointed.
Greenway Court Theatre,544 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Full price ticket is $25.00 each
Full time Student with ID is $15.00