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2017 Press

New York Times – Robert Schenkkan and Building the Wall

Washington Post – Theatre in the Time of Trump

BBC Newshour Interview with Robert Schenkkan

Playbill – Fountain Theatre 2017-2018 Season

The Guardian – Robert Schenkkan Interviewed

BroadwayWorld.com – Block Party and CITIZEN

BroadwayWorld.com – Fountain Theatre 2017-2018 Season

American Theatre Magazine – Fountain Theatre 2017-2018 Season

Playbill – Fountain Theatre Receives Special Gift

BroadwayWorld – 2017 RapDev Programming

CITIZEN will be Remounted by Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas in May 2017

2016 Press

2016 7th Annual Eddon Awards – December 30, 2016

LAObserved – Don Shirley’s Theatrical Highlights of 2016 – December 26, 2016

BroadwayWorld Announcement about CITIZEN – December 21, 2016

CITIZEN will be Remounted by Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas in May 2017 – December 20, 2016

@ThisStageMagazine article: Trio of Lesser Known Williams Plays – August 12, 2016

Los Angeles Times – Tennessee Williams: What Three Lesser Known Works Say About the Playwright’s Legacy – August 8, 2016

Review for CITIZEN in Charleston, South Carolina – June 5, 2016

American Theatre Magazine article on CITIZEN – June 3, 2016

Los Angeles Times’ Charles McNulty highlights from the past decade – January 9, 2016

Bitter Lemons’ Earnest Kearney’s Best of Los Angeles Theatre 2015 – January 4, 2016

2015 Press

Huffington Post Top Ten 2015 L.A. Theatre Productions – December 29, 2015

The Bitter Lemons’ Top Rated Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2015 – December 24, 2015

Los Angeles Times Best Theater of 2015, Charles McNulty – December 12, 2015

Jewish Journal Article on Director Simon Levy – November 24, 2015

Los Angeles Times Feature – Stephen Sachs and 25th Anniversary – August 21, 2015

TVolution Flamenco Review – 8/1/2015

2014 Press

BACK STAGE Article: 9 99-Seat Companies That Put L.A. Theater on the Map

LOS ANGELES TIMES Interview with Tarell Alvin McCraney

LOS ANGELES TIMES article about the passing of Diana Gibson – August 3, 2014

STAGE RAW article about Diana Gibson – July 28, 2014

BAKERSFIELD MIST, by Stephen Sachs, opens in London at the Duchess Theatre on May 27, 2014,
starring Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid.  Los Angeles Times

CULTURAL WEEKLY interview with Stephen Sachs, May 7, 2014

 

Recent Awards

2016

Fountain Theatre General

StageSceneLA “Scenie Awards”: Year’s Best Intimate Theaters

TVolution Best of 2016: Forever Flamenco

Dream Catcher

StageSceneLA “Scenie Awards”: Outstanding Performance in a Two-Hander (Intimate Theater), Elizabeth Frances and Brian Tichnell; Outstanding Lighting Designer, Luke Moyer; Composer of the Year, Peter Bayne; Scenic Designer of the Year, Jeffrey McLaughlin.

The 2016 Annual Ticketholder Awards: Best Production of 2016; Best Actor in a Play (Runners-up), Brian Tichnell; Best Actress in a Play (Runners-up), Elizabeth Frances; Best Playwright (Runners-up), Stephen Sachs; Best Direction of a Play (Runners-up), Cameron Watson; Best Lighting Design (Runners-up), Luke Moyer; Best Sound Design (Runners-up), Peter Bayne.

My Manana Comes

StageSceneLA “Scenie Awards”: Outstanding Production, Comedy-Drama (Intimate Theater); Outstanding Cast Ensemble Performance, Comedy-Drama (Intimate Theater), Richard Azurdia, Pablo Castelblanco, Peter Pasco, and Lawrence Stallings; Outstanding Direction, Comedy-Drama (Intimate Theater), Armando Molina; Outstanding Production Design (Intimate Theater).

LAObserved – Don Shirley’s Theatrical Highlights of 2016

Ovation Award Nominations: Best Production (Intimate Theatre), Acting Ensemble of a Play (Richard Azurdia, Pablo Castelblanco, Peter Pasco, and Lawrence Stallings), Scenic Design (Intimate Theatre), Michael Navarro.

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nomination: Best Scenic Design, Michael Navarro.

Baby Doll

StageSceneLA “Scenie Awards”: Outstanding Production, Comedy (Intimate Theater); Star-Making Performance (Play), Lindsay LaVanchy; Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor, Comedy (Intimate Theater), John Prosky; Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role, Comedy (Intimate Theater), Daniel Bess; Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role, Comedy (Intimate Theater), Karen Kondazian; Outstanding Direction, Simon Levy; Outstanding Production Design (Intimate Theater); Outstanding Fight Choreography, Mike Mahaffey; Scenic Designer of the Year, Jeffrey McLaughlin.

7th Annual Eddon Awards (Don Grigware): Best Production: Play; Best Director, Simon Levy; Best Ensemble: Lindsay LaVanchy, John Prosky, Daniel Bess, Karen Kondazian, and George Roland.

Huffington Post – Top Ten 2016 L.A. Theatre Productions (Brad Schreiber)

The 2016 Annual Ticketholder Awards (Travis Michael Holder): Best Revival Production of 2016; Best Actress in a Play (Runners-up), Lindsay LaVanchy; Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Runners-up), Karen Kondazian; Best Adaptation or Translation (Runners-up), Pierre Laville and Emily Mann; Best Direction of a Play (Runners-up), Simon Levy; Best Lighting Design (Runners-up), Luke Moyer; Best Sound Design (Runners-up), Peter Bayne.

2015

Fountain Theatre General

The Bitter Lemons’ Top Rated Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2015 – Honorable Mention, Best Season
StageSceneLA “Scenie Awards”: The Year’s Top 8 Intimate Theatres
Bitter Lemons’ Earnest Kearney’s Best of Los Angeles Theater 2015

Reborning

Huffington Post Top Ten 2015 Theatre Productions: #1
StageSceneLA “Scenie Awards”: Outstanding Drama (Intimate Theater); Ensemble Cast, Drama (Intimate Theatre) Kristin Carey, Ryan Doucette, Joanna Strapp; Performance by a Lead Actress (Intimate Theatre) Joanna Strapp; Direction of a Drama (Intimate Theatre) Simon Levy; Composer of the Year Peter Bayne.
Robby Awards for Excellence in Theater 2015: Best Drama; Best Actress (Joanna Strapp); Best Supporting Actor (Ryan Doucette); Best Supporting Actress (Kristin Carey); Best Playwriting (Zayd Dohrn).

I And You

StageSceneLA “Scenie Awards”: The Year’s Top 8 Productions, PLAY; Performance in a Play Jennifer Finch,  Matthew Hancock; Lead Performance, Duo Ensemble, (Intimate Theatre) Jennifer Finch and Matthew Hancock; Direction of a Comedy/Drama, (Intimate Theatre) Robin Larsen.
Los Angeles Post “10 Most” of 2015: Most Surprising (In a Good Way)

Citizen: An American Lyric

Huffington Post Top Ten 2015 Theatre Productions: #9
Stage Raw Awards: Best Adaptation, Stephen Sachs.
2015 TicketHolder Awards: Special Achievements, Anastasia Coon, Movement.
2015 TicketHolder Awards (Runners-Up): Best Production of 2015; Best Ensemble Cast in a Play, Bernard K. Addison, Leith Burke, Tina Lifford, Tony Maggio, Simone Missick, Lisa Pescia; Best Adaptation or Translation, Stephen Sachs; Best Direction of a Play, Shirley Jo Finney; Best CGI/Video Design, Yee Eun Nam.
Bitter Lemons’ Earnest Kearney’s Best of Los Angeles Theater 2015
Stage Raw Nomination: Best Adaptation, Stephen Sachs.

The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek

Los Angeles Times’ Best Theater of 2015, Charles McNulty
The Bitter Lemons’ Top Rated Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2015 – Highest Rated Production of 2015
ArtsInLA 2015 Sage Awards: Best Production; Best Playwriting (Athol Fugard); Best Direction (Simon Levy); Best Ensemble Performance (Gilbert Glenn Brown, Thomas Silcott, Philip Solomon, Suanne Spoke).
2015 TicketHolder Awards: Best Production of 2015; Best Ensemble Cast in a Play, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Thomas Silcott, Philip Solomon, Suanne Spoke; New Discovery 2015, Philip Solomon; Best Playwright, Athol Fugard; Best Direction of a Play, Simon Levy.
StageSceneLA “Scenie Awards”: Outstanding Production, Drama (Intimate Theater);  Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor, Drama (Intimate Theater), Gilbert Glenn Brown and Thomas Silcott; Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress, Drama (Intimate Theater), Suanne Spoke; Outstanding Performance by a Child Actor, Philip Solomon; Outstanding Direction, Simon Levy; Outstanding Production Design (Intimate Theater); Scenic Designer of the Year, Jeffrey McLaughlin.
2015 TicketHolder Awards (Runners-Up):  Best Costume Design, Naila Aladdin Sanders; Best Sound Design, Peter Bayne.
Bitter Lemons’ Earnest Kearney’s Best of Los Angeles Theater 2015
Stage Raw Nominations: Best Actor, Thomas Silcott; Best Supporting Actress, Suanne Spoke; Best Ensemble, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Thomas Silcott, Philip Solomon, Suanne Spoke.

2014

Fountain Theatre General

Ovation Award: Best Season (“The Normal Heart,” “My Name is Asher Lev,” and “The Brothers Size”).
Bitter Lemons: Best Season (“My Name is Asher Lev,” “The Brothers Size,” and “Broomstick”).

Broomstick

StageSceneLA “Scenie Awards”: Outstanding Production, Solo Performance; Best Solo Performance  Jenny O’Hara; Direction of a Solo Performance Stephen Sachs; Production Design (Intimate Theatre); Scenic & Properties Design of the Year Andrew Hammer (set) and Misty Carlisle (properties).
2014 TicketHolder Awards: Special Achievements, Prop Design (Misty Carlisle).
ArtsInLA Sage Awards: Best Set Design (Andrew Hammer); Best Sound Design (Peter Bayne).
2014 TicketHolder Awards (Runners-Up): Best Production; Best Solo Performance (Jenny O’Hara); Best Playwright (John Biguenet); Best Direction (Stephen Sachs); Best Set Design (Andrew Hammer); Best Lighting Design (Jennifer Edwards); Best Sound Design (Peter Bayne).
2015 Stage Raw Nominations: Solo Performance (Jenny O’Hara); Best Production Design.

The Brothers Size

L.A. Weekly: Best L.A. Theater Productions 2014
StageSceneLA Awards: Best Director (Shirley Jo Finney); Best Ensemble Cast, Drama (Gilbert Glenn Brown, Matthew Hancock, Theodore Perkins; Best Choreography, Play (Ameenah Kaplan); Best Props Design (Misty Carlisle); Memorable Lighting Design (Pablo Santiago); Sound Design/Composer of the Year (Peter Bayne); Best Scenic Designer (Hana S. Kim).
2014 TicketHolder Awards: Top Ten Productions; Best Ensemble (Gilbert Glenn Brown, Matthew Hancock, Theodore Perkins).
2014 TicketHolder Awards (Runners-Up): Best Playwright, (Tarell Alvin McCraney); Best Direction, Shirley Jo Finney; Best Choreography (Ameenah Kaplan).
2015 Stage Raw Awards: Best Lighting Design (Pablo Santiago).
Ovation Award Nominations: Best Ensemble (Gilbert Glenn Brown, Matthew Hancock, Theodore Perkins); Best Choreography (Ameenah Kaplan).
2014 NAACP Theater Awards nominations: Best Ensemble (Gilbert Glenn Brown, Matthew Hancock, Theodore Perkins); Best Playwright (Tarell Alvin McCraney); Best Director (Shirley Jo Finney); Best Choreography (Ameenah Kaplan).
2015 Stage Raw Nominations: Production of the Year; Best Ensemble (Gilbert Glenn Brown, Matthew Hancock, Theodore Perkins); Best Direction (Shirley Jo Finney); Best Supporting Actor (Theodore Perkins); Best Choreography (Ameenah Kaplan); Best Lighting (Pablo Santiago); Best Original Music (Peter Bayne).

My Name is Asher Lev

StageSceneLA Awards:  Best Production, Drama; Best Director, Drama (Stephen Sachs); Best Lead Actor, Drama (Jason Karasev); Best Performance, Featured Actor (Joel Polis); Best Performance, Featured Actress (Anna Khaja); Best Costume Design (Shon LeBlanc); Best Lighting Design (Ric Zimmerman); Best Props Design (Misty Carlisle); Best Scenic Design (Jeff McLaughlin).
2014 EDDON Awards: Best Direction (Stephen Sachs); Best Ensemble (Jason Karasev, Anna Khaja, Joel Polis).
ReviewPlays.com Best of 2014: Best Production; Best Playwright (Aaron Posner); Best Director (Stephen Sachs).
2015 Stage Raw Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Joel Polis).
Ovation Award Nominations: Best Production, Best Lead Actress (Anna Khaja), Best Ensemble (Jason Karasev, Anna Khaja, Joel Polis).
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Joel Polis).
2015 Stage Raw Nominations: Best Direction (Stephen Sachs); Best Supporting Actress (Anna Khaja); Best Supporting Actor (Joel Polis); Best Adaptation (Aaron Posner)

2013

Fountain Theatre General

CBS LA: “LA’s Best Small Performing Arts Theaters.”
Ovation Award Nomination: Best Season (“The Blue Iris,” “In the Red and Brown Water,” “On the Spectrum,” “Heart Song”).

The Normal Heart

Huffington Post: Top Ten L.A. Theatre Productions of 2013.
FrontiersLA.com: 2013 Top Ten List.
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards: Best Production (Revival); Best Actor (Tim Cummings); Best Video Design (Adam Flemming).
BroadwayWorld.com Awards: Best Actor (Tim Cummings); Best Sound Design (Peter Bayne).
2013 EDDON Awards: Best Production; Best Lead Performances (Tim Cummings and Bill Brochtrup); Best Featured Performance (Lisa Pelikan).
StageSceneLA Awards: Production of the Year; Best Director, Drama (Simon Levy); Best Performance, Lead Actor (Tim Cummings); Best Performance, Lead Actor (Bill Brochtrup); Best Performance, Featured Actress (Lisa Pelikan); Best Performance by an Understudy (Ray Paolantonio); Best Performance, Featured Actor (Matt Gottlieb); Best Performance, Featured Actor (Fred Koehler); Best Performance, Featured Actor (Stephen O’Mahoney); Memorable Performances, Featured Actor (Dan Shaked & Jeff Witzke); Best Props Design (Misty Carlisle); Sound Design/Composer of the Year (Peter Bayne).
LA Weekly Awards nominations: Revival Production of the Year; Best Direction (Simon Levy); Leading Male Performance (Tim Cummings and Bill Brochtrup); Best Supporting Performance Female (Lisa Pelikan); Best Supporting Performance Male (Verton R. Banks, Matt Gottlieb, Fred Koehler).
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards nominations: Best Production (Revival); Best Actor (Tim Cummings); Best Sound Design (Peter Bayne); Best Video Design (Adam Flemming).
Ticketholder Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Bill Brochtrup).
Tickeholder Awards (Runners-Up): Special Encore Presentation Award for Production; Best Supporting Actors (Matt Gottlieb, Fred Koehler, Stephen O’Mahoney); Best Supporting Actress (Lisa Pelikan); Best Lighting (R. Christopher Stokes); Best CGI/Video Design (Adam Flemming).

Heart Song

LA Weekly Awards nominations: Leading Female Performance (Pamela Dunlap).
2013 Tickeholder Awards (Runners-Up): Special Encore Presentation Award for Production, Best Actress (Pamela Dunlap), Best Playwright (Stephen Sachs).
2014 NAACP Theater Awards nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Juanita Jennings), Best Choreography (Maria Bermudez).

2012

Fountain Theatre General

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle: The Polly Warfield Award for Best Season 2012 (“El Nogalar,” “Cyrano,” “The Blue Iris,” “In the Red and Brown Water”).
BitterLemons: Best Season (“El Nogalar,” “Cyrano,” “The Blue Iris,” “In the Red and Brown Water”).

In the Red and Brown Water (2012/2013)

Los Angeles Times: Best in Theater 2012.
LA Weekly: 10 Most Memorable Theater Moments of 2012.
BitterLemons: Best of Los Angeles Theater 2012.
LA Stage Times: Highlights of 2012 Theater.
Back Stage: Standout Theater Performances of 2012, Ensemble.
Ovation Award: Best Director (Shirley Jo Finney).
LA Weekly Theater Awards: Best Female Performance (Diarra Kilpatrick), Special Commendation, Composer (Peter Bayne).
2013 NAACP Theater Awards: Best Director – Local (Shirley Jo Finney), Best Lead Female – Local (Diarra Kilpatrick)
Don Grigware Eddon Awards: Best Production, Best Director (Shirley Jo Finney), Best Lead Performance (Diarra Kilpatrick).
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Awards: Best Ensemble, Best Director (Shirley Jo Finney).
LA Weekly Theater Award nominations: Best Production, Leading Female Performance (Diarra Kilpatrick), Adaptation (Tarell Alvin McCraney), Costume Design (Naila Aladdin Sanders), Sound Design (Peter Bayne), Special Commendation, Composer (Peter Bayne).
NAACP Theater Award nominations: Best Producer (Deborah Lawlor and Stephen Sachs), Best Director (Shirley Jo Finney), Best Lead Actress (Diarra Kilpatrick), Best Supporting Actress (Iona Morris), Best Supporting Actor (Gilbert Glenn Brown), Best Choreography (Ameenah Kaplan), Best Costumes (Naila Aladdin Sanders), Best Lighting (Jose Lopez).
Ovation Award nominations: Best Production, Best Director (Shirley Jo Finney), Best Ensemble, Best Lead Actress (Diarra Kilpatrick), Best Featured Actress (Iona Morris and Peggy Ann Blow), Special Ovation to Jeff Teeter for Video Design.

The Blue Iris

2012 Ticketholder Awards (Runners-Up): Top 10 Play Productions, Best Actor (Morlan Higgins), Best Actress (Julanne Chidi Hill), Best Playwright (Athol Fugard), Best Set Design (Jeff McLaughlin), Best Costume Design (Naila Aladdin Sanders), Best Sound Design (Peter Bayne), Best Prop Design (Misty Carlisle).
LA Weekly Theater Award Nominations: Ensemble, Supporting Female Performance (Jacqueline Schultz), Sound Design (Peter Bayne).
NAACP Theater Award Nominations: Best Costumes (Naila Aladdin Sanders), Best Lighting (Jeffrey R. McLaughlin).

Cyrano

LA Stage Times: Highlights of 2012 Theater.
Back Stage: Standout Theater Performances of 2012 (Troy Kotsur).
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Awards: Best Production (Stephen Sachs), Best Adaptation (Stephen Sachs), Best Director (Simon Levy), Best Actor (Troy Kotsur).
2012 Ticketholder Awards: Top 10 Play Productions.
2012 Ticketholder Awards (Runners-Up): Best Actor (Troy Kotsur), Best Supporting Actor (Paul Raci), Best Adaptation (Stephen Sachs), Best Direction (Simon Levy), Best Video Design (Jeffrey Elias Teeter).
OVATION Award Nominations: Best New Play (Stephen Sachs), Lead Male Performance (Troy Kotsur).