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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 http://www.hungerartists.com/.

“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 http://www.ocplaywrights.org/.

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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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 http://www.hungerartists.com/.

 

OCPA Studios opened this summer with the tender hilarity of “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses” by Gene Fiskin and continued with the insightful drama of “Origami” by Andrea Sloan Pink.  As the final show for the season, “A Pound of Flesh & The Devil” brings an epic, historic comedy with a 21st century twist, an abundance of inappropriate sexuality… and zombies.

 

Ken La Salle’s work generally tilts towards the bizarre and twisted, and “A Pound of Flesh & The Devil” fits very well in those categories. You may have seen his comedy, “The Myth of the Cubicle” recently at the OC-Centric New Play Festival at Chapman University. Other plays recently produced included “The Spunk Taste of Hell” at Sacred Fools Theater and “Persecution Complex” at Theatre of NOTE. You can find an extensive interview with Ken, along with a copy of his play “Murielle’s Big Date” on the online magazine Connotation Press: http://connotationpress.com/drama/964-ken-la-salle-drama. E-books by Ken La Salle can be found on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. He is represented by Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency.

 

“A Pound of Flesh & The Devil” will appear at Hunger Artists Theatre on September 10th 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 http://www.ocplaywrights.org/.

 

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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OCPA Studios continues 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 http://www.hungerartists.com/.

“A Pound of Flesh & The Devil” is an epic, historic comedy that was directly inspired by the hit film “Flesh & The Devil” with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. “A Pound of Flesh & The Devil” skewers the historic melodrama with a 21st century twist, an abundance of inappropriate sexuality… and zombies.

Ken La Salle’s work generally tilts towards the bizarre and twisted, and “A Pound of Flesh & The Devil” fits very well in those categories. You may have seen his comedy, “The Myth of the Cubicle” recently at the OC-Centric New Play Festival at Chapman University. Other plays recently produced included “The Spunk Taste of Hell” at Sacred Fools Theater and “Persecution Complex” at Theatre of NOTE. You can find an extensive interview with Ken, along with a copy of his play “Murielle’s Big Date” on the online magazine Connotation Press: http://connotationpress.com/drama/964-ken-la-salle-drama. His books can be found in ebook format on Amazon.com (for the Kindle) and Smashwords.com (for all e-reader formats). He is represented by Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency.

“A Pound of Flesh & The Devil” will appear at Hunger Artists Theatre on September 10th 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 http://www.ocplaywrights.org/.

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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OCPA Studios continues at Hunger Artists Theatre with the reading of a new play by Andrea Sloan Pink, “Origami”. “Origami” will appear at Hunger Artists Theatre on September 10th at 4pm. Admission is free. For complete directions on how to get to the theater, check the Hunger Artists website at http://www.hungerartists.com/.

“Origami”, a winner of the 2007 Panndora Productions New Play Festival, explores what is folded and what unfolds. Ben, a mathematician, and his wife Leslie struggle to find the place where love and work meet when Ben’s parent’s revelation causes them to re-examine their life together.

Andrea Sloan Pink is a writer-producer working in theater and film. Her award-winning plays have seen performances throughout Southern California. Andrea received an MFA in screenwriting from the UCLA School of Film where her first play, The Physiology of Solar Flares, was produced as part of the Francis Ford Coppola One-Act Festival. She earned a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law and practiced entertainment, internet and technology law.

“Origami” will appear at Hunger Artists Theatre on September 10th at 4pm. Admission is free. OCPA Studio’s second season will extend through the end of the year, with informal readings of some of the best plays by local writers. Both organizations enthusiastically anticipate a season that will bring 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.

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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OCPA Studios opens its second season with a new home at Hunger Artists Theatre and a new play by Gene Fiskin, “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses” on July 23rd at 4pm. Admission is free. For complete directions on how to get to the theater, check the Hunger Artists website at http://www.hungerartists.com/.
For this informal reading, director Jill Johnson has assembled some of the finest acting talent in Orange County. Playing the part of Sal, will be Anaheim Hills resident Frank Valdez, who is no stranger to Orange County theater. Having just completed his first feature film, Rodger Loftis will appear as Stanley. David Pittman, last seen in Hunger Artists’ production of The Cantor’s Tale, plays the part of Plano. Veteran actress at Stages Theater, Patty Cumby appears as Esther. Cynthia Ryanen, a working actress for much of her adult life who earned a Best Performer award for her part in Hunger Artists’ production of Sans Merci, appears as Aubrey. These are just a few of the names you’ll see in Gene Fiskin’s “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses”.
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.
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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for immediate release
contact: Ken La Salle, ocpastudios@gmail.com, 714.902.5716

OCPA Studios opens its second season with a new home at Hunger Artists Theatre and a new play by Gene Fiskin, “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses”. “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses” will appear at Hunger Artists Theatre on July 23rd at 4pm. Admission is free. For complete directions on how to get to the theater, check the Hunger Artists website at http://www.hungerartists.com/.

“Bread, Cheese, and Kisses” is about finding love at any age and realizing you may also be a little full of yourself in the process. It is filled with the kind of wry humor and one-liners and warmth that any viewer of Gene’s other work has come to expect and love. After producing advertising campaigns for more than 200 major corporations, Gene joined the Orange County Playwrights Alliance, and has since written for the enjoyment of all with plays, short stories, novels, and screenplays. He has acted and directed as well.

Directing “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses” will be accomplished director and Hunger Artists Company member, Jill Johnson. Jill previously directed The Insanity of Mary Girard for Hunger Artist’s 2006 season. Having directed the Hunger Artists 2010 season opener, Sans Merci written by Johnna Adams, Johnson directed a second show in 2010 The Ballad of Don Q or The High Adventures of “Sixgun” Q by Yale alumnus Jason Lindner. She recently directed the Hunger Artists 15th year anniversary season opener The Cantor’s Tale written by Fengar Gael.

Bringing members of the Orange County Playwrights Alliance (ocplaywrights.wordpress.com) and Hunger Artists Theatre Company (http://www.hungerartists.com/) to collaborate together on one stage is exactly what OCPA Studios @ Hunger Artists strives to do. So what better way to kick off their first season together? “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses” will appear at Hunger Artists Theatre on July 23rd at 4pm. Admission is free. OCPA Studio’s second season will extend through the end of the year, with informal readings of some of the best plays by local writers. Both organizations enthusiastically anticipate a season that will bring 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.

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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for immediate release

contact: Ken La Salle, ocpastudios@gmail.com, 714.902.5716

April 8, 2011 – OCPA and Hunger Artists Theatre Company join together for a second season of OCPA Studios

OCPA Studios burst onto the Orange County stage last year with readings of the newest, most innovative theater around. Now, it’s time to do it again with a bigger and bolder second season.

OCPA, the Orange County Playwrights Alliance (ocplaywrights.wordpress.com) and Hunger Artists Theatre Company (http://www.hungerartists.com/) have announced that they will join forces to bring back this new style of staged readings. Informal and Un-Staged, OCPA Studios presents premiere readings from many of Orange County’s most talented playwrights with the talented actors and directors of one of Orange County’s premiere store-front theaters, Hunger Artists.

OCPA Studio’s second season will begin on July 23rd, with dates extending through the end of the year. Both organizations enthusiastically anticipate a season that will bring 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.

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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