FemFest Hub

All the info about our FemFest reading series.
a one-month long series of readings by/about Women.

Natural Shocks: A night of theatre activism
against gun violence

Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Andi Chapman
Starring Amy Pietz - Suanne Spoke - Sabina Zuniga Varela - Adenrele Ojo - Tracie Lockwood - Susan Wilder - Anna Khaja - Janet Song - Clarissa Thibeaux - Nicole DuPort - Makeda Declet - Jenny Soo - Yvonne Huff - Veralyn Jones - Jeanne Sakata

The Fountain Theatre is proud to partner with Rogue Machine Theatre, Echo Theatre Company, and Lower Depths Theatre Ensemble to bring their unique artistic visions, backgrounds, and incredible breadth of performance to this powerful, timely play.

Week 1: Jan 12 & 13
Performed by The Fountain Theatre cast.

Week 2: Jan 19 & 20
Performed by the Rogue Machine Theatre cast.

Week 3: Jan 26 & 27
Performed by the Echo Theatre Company cast.

Week 4: Feb 2 & 3
Performed by Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble cast.

Part of our FemFest series.


The Martyr of Moscow

Written by Stephanie Satie
Directed by Hannah Wolf
Starring Rob Brownstein, Amanda Carlin, Christina Carlisi, Kristen Egermeier, Marc Valera, Steven Robert Wollenberg

Jan 20, 7pm
A reading of the timely and troubling new play by writer/performer Stephanie Satie (Silent Witnesses) about murdered Soviet journalist Anna Politkovskaya and the impossible price one pays for telling the truth.

Part of our FemFest series.

Ms. Smith Goes To Washington

Written by Lewis R. Foster
Screenplay Sidney Buchman, Myles Connolly
Adapted by Stephen Sachs
Directed by Stephen Sachs
Starring Bellamy Young (Scandal) Joshua Malina (The West Wing, Scandal), Jeff Perry (Scandal) and more to be announced.

One night only.
LA City Hall.
Thurs Jan 24

A dazzling one-night celebrity reading of the classic 1939 screenplay “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” reimagined with Smith as a woman. An idealistic newly-appointed female Senator finds herself fighting corruption in male-dominated Washington.

Part of our FemFest series.

Body Beautiful

Written by Leigh Curran
Directed by John Achorn
Starring Jim Jansen, Leigh Curran, Valente Rodriguez, Joe Hernandez-Kolski,
Stage Directions: Jill Klein

Jan 26 2pm
Thayer, a psychotherapist, and Emma, a massage therapist, met in college, married and divorced in their mid-thirties when Thayer realized he was gay. Over time they became best friends. The play begins when they are 70 and single and decide to move back in together to see each other through their old age. Emma has never really fallen out of love with Thayer but she does her best to hide it until Thayer and one of his patients, Noel, a Mexican-American transman fall in love throwing sexual orientation, gender identity and true love into question for all concerned.

Part of our FemFest series.

Forever Flamenco by Kai Narezo

Directed by Kai Narezo
Produced by Deborah Lawlor Culver
Starring Kai Narezo, Vanessa Albalos, Briseyda Zárate, Jorge Perez Gonzales, Rufus Philpot

Sunday Jan. 27, 8PM
Kai Narezo – Guitar / Director
Vanessa Albalos – Dancer
Briseyda Zarate – Zárate
Jorge Perez Gonzales – Percussion
Rufus Philpot – Bass
Cante (Singer) TBA

The Last Nights of Scheherazade

Written by Paula Cizmar
Directed by Diana Wyenn

The Last Nights of Scheherazade
Weds Jan 30
A modern-day retelling of the Scheherazade story that takes on domestic violence; it’s about a young librarian who deals with her husband’s PTSD by escaping into stories; of course, she can’t escape forever as he gets more and more unhinged.

Little Theatre

Written by Justin Tanner
Directed by Lisa James
Starring Ryan Brophy, Jenny O'Hara, Patrick Stafford

Sat. Feb 2 2pm
A reading of a new play by award-winning playwright Justin Tanner (Pot Mom, Voice Lessons, El Niño) about the scene in the ’90s, and about his sometimes prickly relationship  with Cast Theatre artistic director Diana Gibson, who produced ten of his world premieres. (Gibson would later join the Fountain staff, where she was the subscriptions director for 15 years until her death in 2014.)

Part of our FemFest series.