EXCERPT of Press Release - Via Broadwayworld.com
After a wildly successful first year, Paul Stein and THE SOLO COLLECTIVE (L.A.'s only Solo Collective company) in residence at VS. THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to announce its second annual SOLO COLLECTIVE, with three solo shows performing this Fall: Opening with the World Premiere of Antonio Sacre's THE STORYTELLER; a special return engagement of Drew Droege's BRIGHT PATTERNS AND BOLD COLORS and closing with the world premiere of Carla Cackowski's GAL INVINCIBLE. Antonio Sacre in THE STORYTELLER, directed by Paul Stein, will preview on Sunday, September 7 and will open on Friday, September 12 at 8pm and run through Sunday, September 28 at the new home of VS. Theatre Company, 5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Antonio Sacre - THE STORYTELLER (World Premiere)
Sun 9/7 (preview)
Fri 9/12 at 8pm (Opening night)
Sundays 9/14, 9/21 & 9/28 at 7pm
Additional Friday 9/26 at 8pm
Special Return Engagement of
Drew Droege's BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS
Three nights only!
Sunday October 12 at 7p
Tuesday, October 14 & Thursday October 16 at 8pm
Carla Cackowski - GAL INVINCIBLE (World Premiere)
Four dates, Sundays at 7pm
November 16 & 23 and December 7 & 14
Ticket prices are $17.00 for all performances. Preview Tickets are $14.00. Tickets are available online at www.thesolocollective.com or www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 323-739-4411.
Under the leadership of Paul Stein, The Solo Collective unites acclaimed solo artists to form an innovative company devoted exclusively to one-person performance. These 7 writer/performers are dedicated to supporting one another and delivering one-of-a-kind theater experiences. In residence at VS. Theatre in Los Angeles, The Solo Collective realizes one-person productions created by its' members with assistance from its' members. In their first season in 2013, The Solo Collective produced four World Premiere Solo Plays: Antonio Sacre's "Let Them Eat Meat", Brendan Hunt's "Five Years Since Amsterdam, Carla Cackowski "Sweatlodged" and Drew Droege's "Bright Colors and Bold Patterns". Additionally, The Solo Collective hosted 'six first-time soloists' and gave them the opportunity to perform original monologues in the company's development series called "LA VOICES".
VS. Theatre Company, a Not-For-Profit 501c-(3) Public Benefit Corporation, is a small, dedicated group of passionate artists devoted to producing original works and Los Angeles Premieres by the best contemporary playwrights in America. VS. was founded in 2004 based on a passion for riveting stories and live performance in an intimate setting. Recently named "one of the top theatre companies of the last decade" by the LA Weekly, VS. has produced or co-produced major contemporary playwrights including John Patrick Shanley, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Adam Rapp, Itamar Moses, and Neil LaBute. To date, VS. has produced or co-produced fourteen plays. Standouts include: the West Coast Premere of Keith Bunin's The Credeaux Canvas, which ran for nearly six months and played to sold out houses every night; In Arabia We'd All Be Kings (a co-production with The Elephant Theatre Company), named Best Production by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle in 2008; On An Average Day, produced in Los Angeles and Chicago, garnering Critic's Choice in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Backstage, and won or was nominated for several Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and Joseph Jefferson Awards; Blackbird by Adam Rapp which was nominated for three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards including two for Best Lead Actor and three LA Weekly Awards including Best Production.
Most recently, The Los Angeles Premiere of Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat, a co-production with the Ford Theatre as part of the Ford's prestigious 2011 [Inside] The Ford Winter Partnership Program. The Mercy Seat won two Backstage Reader's Choice Awards for Outstanding Performance and Production, won or was nominated for several LA Weekly Awards, and was voted a "Top Ten of The Year" by the Los Angeles Times. For more info, visit www.vstheatre.org.