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OCPA Studios closes its season at Hunger Artists Theatre with the reading of an epic comedy by Ken La Salle, “A Pound of Flesh & The Devil.” “A Pound of Flesh & The Devil” will appear at Hunger Artists Theatre on October 15th at 4pm. Admission is free. For complete directions on how to get to the theater, check the Hunger Artists website at

“A Pound of Flesh & The Devil” was originally inspired by La Salle’s love for silent features, which in this case was Clarence Brown’s drama “Flesh and The Devil” starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. “Flesh and The Devil” was, in turn, inspired by a stage play – but La Salle assures his audience that neither featured zombies nor the kind of twisted hilarity Ken La Salle’s comedies are becoming known for.

La Salle has gathered together a cast of LA and Orange county stage veterans and brilliant newcomers for this reading: Paul Jasser, Stephanie Schulz, Jeff Cheezum, Angelia Formisano, Rick Kopps, Carmen Guo, Tony Carnaghi, and Vicky Pearson. Paul Jasser recently appeared in the OC-Centric New Play Festival’s production of “In Search of Reason.” He has also appeared on Hunger Artist’s stage in “The Ballad of Don Q.” Stephanie Schulz is no stranger to Ken LaSalle’s plays, nor is she a stranger to the stage. You can see see her perform at The Gallery Theatre’s production of “Suspense Radio” running now until October 30. Jeff Cheezum was last seen as Delmount in “The Miss Firecracker Contest” at the Huntington Beach Playhouse and prior to that he played multiple characters in “Almost, Maine” at the Long Beach Playhouse. Angelia Formisano is a Junior at Chapman University where she is receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance. She was recently seen on the Chapman University stage in their production of “Urinetown” and Ken La Salle’s “The Myth of the Cubicle.” Rick Kopps last appeared in Ken La Salle’s “The Myth of the Cubicle” at Chapman University and, starting on December 2nd, will appear in Monkey Wrench Collective’s final production “THEATRE UNCUT”. Carmen Guo is a resident artist with Panndora Productions with performance credits in many theatres throughout Orange and L.A. counties. She is a graduate of SCR’s Professional Conservatory and has studied with Steppenwolf West. Tony Carnaghi is a master of the voice-over. You should hear Tony in The Gallery Theatre’s newest Halloween production “Suspense Radio”, featuring the works of Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe. Vicky Pearson is certainly no stranger to Ken La Salle’s plays and steps onto the stage for the first time with “A Pound of Flesh & The Devil.”

“A Pound of Flesh & The Devil” will appear at Hunger Artists Theatre on October 15th at 4pm. Admission is free. OCPA Studio’s second season of informal readings has included some of the best plays by local writers. Both organizations are enthusiastic about bringing new and exciting theater to Orange County.

The Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA) began on April 1, 1995 with an informal meeting in an oncologist’s office in Anaheim. Since then, OCPA has become the fundamental group for playwrights in O.C., presenting staged readings and productions of plays at venues such as the Hunger Artists Theatre, the Vanguard Theatre, Rude Guerrilla Theatre Company, STAGESTheatre, Chapman University, the Curtis Theatre, and Newport Theatre Arts Center. OCPA playwrights have been produced across the United States, and have won national and regional playwrighting awards. You can find the OCPA website at

Hunger Artists Theatre Company was founded in 1996 and is the first Orange County based alternative theater. Located on the east end of Fullerton’s vibrant Theatre Community, Hunger Artists has transformed an industrial warehouse into an unexpected art-house gem. This intimate storefront theatre seats 50 and stages an array of alternative theatrical entertainment. The Hunger Artists have a long tradition of premiering local playwrights from Fengar Gael’s “The Cantor’s Tale” to Johnna Adams’s “Cockfighters” and “Sans Merci”. Focusing on innovative storytelling and producing thought-provoking art, The Hunger Artists pride themselves on hosting an annual playwriting festival, “Beyond Convention” to push the boundaries of traditional theater.


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