California International Theatre Festival

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Country and Region United StatesCalifornia
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Calabasas, California, USA
Festival Contact Information

California International Theatre Festival
11684 Ventura Blvd.
P. O. Box 978
Studio City, CA 91604 USA

Festival Description

The international theatre festival takes place annually in Calabasas with the aim of reaching out to the community and broadening their understanding of cultural diversity. The performing arts program includes international artists in a program of theatre, talks, and cabaret. The festival seeks to stimulate cultural exchange through the shared experience of the human condition with its rich educational and outreach programs in addition to the performances.

Festival Dates May 17 - 21, 2012
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Festival Events:

International Programming 2012:
  • Thursday-Friday, May 17-18, 8:00pm
    • THE BEAR TRAP, By Daniel R. Lillford
      A West Coast Premiere
      A staged reading, community outreach presentation with Spotlight The Arts Foundation
      Directed by Matt Henerson
      Australian playwright Lilliford creates a thoroughly modern family that gathers to settle their family estate. As a storm brews outside, a storm of equal measure ensues within the household as they face their collective past in true Chekhovian flavor. This hysterical romp explores the marriage of love and family dysfunction and let’s us know we are not alone. Join the fun!
  • Saturday, May 19, 2:00pm
    • The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer, Written by Máire Clerkin
      Directed by Dan O’Connor (Impro Theatre Artistic Director).
      This uproarious play by Máire Clerkin captures the excitement of Irish dancing amid astounding bursts of rhythm and physical theatre. This ugly-duckling-never-quite-swan recounts her experiences of sex and booze and rock and roll…like only a convent-educated, Irish-Catholic girl can. “Glorious riffs of Irish dance…animated impersonations and snapshot transitions…a world Clerkin captures so meticulously - GO” —Stephen Leigh Morris, LA Weekly
      “An entertaining, informative blend of storytelling…a fine time”
      —Melanie N. Lee,
  • Saturday, May 19, 8:00pm/Monday, May 21, 8:00pm
    • A Happy End, By Iddo Ntenanyahu
      A West Coast Premiere
      A Staged Reading directed by Ami Dayan
      Featuring: Bruce Davison, Zuzana Stivinova, Clair Baker (Scheduled to perform)
      The setting is Berlin 1932, days after the elections which will soon bring Hitler to power. Mark Erdmann is an acclaimed Jewish physicist, the head of the atomic lab at the University of Berlin. His wife Leah, an avid consumer of the city’s rich cultural life, is involved in an extramarital affair. The signs of impending danger are increasing, but the power of self-delusion cannot be easily overcome as the Jewish couple ponders whether to seek an unknown future outside Germany or to stay put and succumb to a fate known to us in hindsight.
      “A superb play with much food for thought. Shakes us to the core.”
      —Globes (Israel)
      “Four stars…Interesting and well done…Refreshing…Contains powerful parallels to our own times”
      —Yedioth Aharonoth (Israel)
      “Circulating such plays is oxygen for our theater…Makes us feel under our skin how we ourselves could have been there in Germany of 1932”
      —Teatro (Italy)
  • Sunday, May 20, 2:00pm
    • To the Top
      Speaker: Dr. Julius J. Budnick
      A West Coast Premiere
      Acclaimed mountaineer Dr. Julius J. Budnick takes his audience on a pictographic journey to the top of Mount Everest as he recounts his and his teammates successful summit via the treacherous North Face. He talks of his encounters and more importantly life lessons gleaned through his life changing adventure in Nepal.
  • Sunday, May 20, 5:00pm
      Dance Theatre Concert
      Performed and Created by Lonny Joseph Gordon and Beijing Opera Master Ghaffar Pourazar
      A West Coast Premiere
      American Kabuki Master Lonny Joseph Gordon and Iranian Beijing Opera Master Ghaffar Pourazar combine forces to perform in the disciplines of Kabuki and Beijing Opera. These artists show the universality of all great theatre as it reflects on the human experience and addresses the nature of our responses, passions and deeds, to the journey. Using a unique combination of performance art, text, vocalization, classical Japanese and Chinese Dance, hip hop, and visceral acting, ANCIENT meets UTTERLY MODERN causes the viewer to pause, to reflect and to see the possibilities of the powers we possess to create positive change.


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Slideshow photo credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Essence of China, Beijing Opera, Photo Gaochung Good
    • Festival Logo
    • Working with Pinter, Harold-Harry
    • Stones, photo by Roy Flower
    • TNL’ s Tempting Providence, sleeping Deidre Gillard-Rowlings (NurseBennett); Darryl Hopkins (Angus Bennett), photo by Derek Butt
    • Michele Lee, performing in Catch the Light
    • The End, Conor Lovett


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