Runaway Home

Written by Jeremy J. Kamps
Directed by Shirley Jo Finney
Produced by Stephen Sachs, Simon Levy, Deborah Lawlor.
Starring Leith Burke, Jeris Poindexter, Armando Rey, Maya Lynne Robinson, Camille Spirlin, Brian Tichnell, Karen Malina White


Sept 16 – Nov 5
Previews 9/13-15
Sat 8pm – Sun 2pm – Pay What You Want Mon 8pm


RAVE!Los Angeles Times – “ENTERTAINING! POIGNANT!… Kamps has a way with dialogue and the Louisiana patois, and under Shirley Jo Finney’s sensitive direction, the actors inhabit their characters with endearing naturalism… conveys a poignant sense of the human suffering that follows a natural disaster — long after the cameras have stopped rolling and the world has turned its attention elsewhere.” – Margaret Gray

RAVE!Stage RawRECOMMENDED! TOP TEN! – “Director Shirley Jo Finney has given us a richly textured tapestry of life in the aftermath of Katrina assembling a strong cast and deploying it with verve, sympathy and humor.” – Neal Weaver

RAVE!On Stage and Screen – “BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, POWERFUL PLAY… Every aspect of the production contributes to a comprehensive, authentic depiction of a vivid community. The set (Stephanie Kerley Schwartz) is detailed and specific, and beautifully used by director Shirley Jo Finney, who utilizes every inch of the space and makes powerful choices in an impressive example of smart direction elevating already strong material… Runaway Home combines many strong elements into a snapshot of a specific moment in time that manages to feel universal and relevant.” – Erin Conley

RAVE!Discover Hollywood Magazine – “SUPER-TALENTED! SUPERB!… Leaves the audience with new awareness and renewed sympathy for the lingering tragedy of post-Katrina New Orleans.” – Bill Garry

RAVE! – ““INTENSEINTIMATE TOUCHING… Shirley Jo Finney ably directs her talented and committed cast.” – Gil Kaan

RAVE!Gia On the MoveRECOMMENDED!“PRESCIENT AND RIGHT ON POINT… poignant, empathetic and insightful.” — Tracey Paleo

RAVE! – “TOUR-DE-FORCE… could not possibly be more urgently important… Kamps’ fascinatingly gritty and yet uplifting morality tale has here been raised to remarkable artistic heights by director Shirley Jo Finney.” –  Travis Michael Holder

RAVE!Hollywood Times – “GO SEE!… ‘Runaway Home’ couldn’t be more timely… The actors in this production were perfectly cast. They all gave REMARKABLE PERFORMANCES.” – Meg Taylor

RAVE!People’s World – “A HOME RUN!… “POWERFUL AND POETIC… Once again, The Fountain Theatre hits it out of the ballpark” — Eric Gordon

New Orleans, three years after Hurricane Katrina. 14 year-old runaway Kali embarks on a journey to pick through the wreckage of what used to be her life. Rhyming, stealing, and scamming her way through the still-destroyed neighborhood, she grapples with the real cost of what she lost and is forced to confront the higher risk of moving forward. A funny, moving, and powerful new play about community and the power of family.

Runaway Home

BREAKING IT DOWN Theatre as Social Action-S

Karen began her career as an artist, actor, and arts administrator in NYC (The Women’s Project and Productions),Chicago (Striding Lion Performance Group, Healthworks Theatre, Afterschool Matters) and most recently in Los Angeles as the Executive Director of the Arts High Foundation, raising the funds for the arts programs at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), a tuition free, conservatory-framed public high school that has graduated thousands of artist-scholars since 1985. With a strong background in fundraising and development in the arts, advocacy and education, Karen recognizes that art, education and communication are integral to a civil and constructive culture and possess the tools to unlock a greater conversation within the larger architecture of our society. Through first-hand experience in the classroom, community and arts landscape, Karen understands the critical need and advocates for accessible arts education and experiences for all communities and considers it her great privilege to work to help identify, guide and create access for the artists’ voices in every community to be heard, amplified and woven into the fabric of our society. She holds a M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University, Los Angeles, M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College, Chicago and a B.A. in Theatre from The College of Wooster, Ohio.

PRESS – Press Release – August 8, 2017 – Announcement about Hurricane Harvey Relief – September 6, 2017

Los Angeles Times’ Week Ahead – September 10, 2017

This Stage LA Announcement – September 14, 2017

On Stage and Screen – Review – September 17, 2017 – Photo Flash – September 18, 2017

Stage Raw – Review – September 19, 2017

Capital and Main – Review – September 22, 2017

KBPK – Radio Interview w/Jeremy Kamps – September 22, 2017

Park LaBrea/Beverly Press – Hurricane Harvey Relief – September 24, 2017

CBS Los Angeles – Best Events – September 24, 2017 – Review – September 25, 2017

Gia On The Move – Review – September 27, 2017

KPFK – Radio Interview w/cast members – September 29, 2017 – Review – September 30, 2017

Hollywood Times – Review – October 2, 2017

Theatre Spoken Here – Review – October 3, 2017

Los Angeles Times – Review – October 6, 2017

People’s World – Review – October 6, 2017

KRLA 870AM – Interview with Camille Spirlin – October 16, 2017

Stage Scene LA – Review – October 16, 2017

The Tvolution – Review – October 23, 2017