Activist Theater Company, Thursday Night Theater Club, Announces Second Production
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Activist theater company, Thursday Night Theater Club (@TNTheaterClub) continues its inaugural season with Eric Ulloa‘s “26 PEBBLES” on December 13, at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. The Borderline Bar Victims Fund by Ventura County Community Foundation will receive a percentage of each ticket sold during the 10 week run.
“26 Pebbles” tells the story of how the people of Newtown, CT began to heal after the heartbreaking Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. The December 13 opening performance occurs on the eve of the tragedy’s sixth anniversary.
“The tragic December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School… which took the lives of 20 children and six adults, is examined with relatable earnestness and resilience in Eric Ulloa‘s touching…new play.” — MostMetro.com, February 8, 2017
The season will continue with back-to-back plays including The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance and Nuts by Tom Topor. Bringing new life to the classic morality play format, artistic directors Alice L. Walker and Tom Vitorino founded Thursday Night Theater Club with the intention of bringing timely and timeless works to the Los Angeles area. Their grounded authentic approach to performance has garnered them great support as their first show, Arthur Miller‘s A View From The Bridge saw audience members returning to see the show four and five times.
“We want to showcase plays that get into that moldable part of you, that perhaps make you question your assumptions and question your own views on ethics and policy.” says Walker. “We are creating an immersive experience that feels lived out for the first time in front of your eyes- as though you are inside the story. That sort of inclusion is what I find most moving, and most rare as an audience member.”
The company donates a portion of each ticket sold to a relevant charitable organization based on the themes of each play performed. The Borderline Bar Victims Fund established by Ventura County Community Foundation in response to the Thousand Oaks, CA shooting that killed 12 people on November 8, 2018, will be the second recipient.
Walker continues, “There is fabulous theater in LA, but it isn’t always financially accessible,” noting that ticket prices for live theater in the area can be a barrier. “We’re performing every Thursday. When you leave, we want you to think ‘Yes! this is something I can do’, and then we’ll see you again ten weeks later.”
Tickets are now on sale starting at $25 at www.thursdaynighttheaterclub.com. The production opens December 13, and plays on Thursday nights through February 14, 2019 at El Portal Theatre: 5269 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood.
Alice L. Walker is directing “26 Pebbles.” The show features Ethan Mikael, Jessica Swan, Christy Lee Hughes, Dawn Marie, Jerry O’Donnell, Mark Morante, Valerie Henderson, Robin Roth, Jeremy Falla, and Nathan Wallace, Albert Santorio, Eric Ruane, Grant Anstine, David Revazishvili, and Catherine Batcha.
More info on the cast can be found here: https://www.thursdaynighttheaterclub.com/hero)
Established in 2018 as an artistic response to social injustice, Thursday Night Theater Club’s mission is to ferociously explore morality plays that toy with ethics, law, and social constructs, while taking an active role in the local community. Co-artistic directors, Alice L. Walker and Tom Vitorino, helm the endeavor with a passion for exploring the human experience, no matter the medium. The company performs Thursdays at the El Portal Theater, one of Los Angeles’s most beautiful historic spaces.
For more information & tickets: www.thursdaynighttheaterclub.com