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September 25, 2015
25 Sep 2015



“Breathe” is the story of two teenagers (one black, one white) who are involved in separate acts of violence. The consequences each boy faces are based not only their crime, but also on the color of their skin. Using a combination of poetry and drama – Breathe explores tensions, decisions, and conditions that lead the boys to prison and the effect imprisonment has on their families.

Greenway Arts Alliance Presents


Written by Javon Johnson
Directed by Levy Lee Simon

Opens September 25, 2015


Brandon Armstrong
Wade Barrett
Walter Cox
Monifa Days
James Giordano
Dutch Hofstetter
John Marshall Jones
Blake Scott Lewis
Carrie Madsen
Kamahl Naiqui
Lyn Michele Ross
Sammie Wayne

Artistic Directors Pierson Blaetz and Whitney Weston
Producing Director Jason Bruffy
Associate Producer Cate Cundiff
Lighting Design Jeremy Pivnick
Set design Max Oken
Costume Design E.B. Brooks
Sound Design Will Mahood
Public Relations Ken Werther Publicity

Photo credits: Ty Donaldson

August 17, 2015
17 Aug 2015

Breathing Room

A humorous and lyrical tapestry of words, music, movement and quantum physics. A science teacher with a mysterious past (Charles Reese) and a visual artist overwhelmed by life (Eileen T’Kaye) explore our modern culture of “technological vertigo” in a series of playful and intriguing scenes infused with music — played live at every performance by playwright/composer Newmark on her trademark neon-green electric violin.

Talk back with the audience after the 2pm matinee on
Saturday Oct 10th.

Greenway Arts Alliance Presents
Mary Lou Newmark’s

Breathing Room

Opens  October 3, 2015

Written & Composed by Mary Lou Newmark
Directed by Dan Berkowitz
Produced & Stage Managed by Gary Thomas

Lighting Design by Jeremy Pivnik
Set Design by Max Oken
Sound Design by Mary Lou Newmark and Will Mahood
Choreography by Gary Thomas
Publicity by Lucy Pollak


Mary Lou Newmark
Charles Reese
Eileen T’Kaye

August 10, 2015
10 Aug 2015

‘’BREATHE” Open Auditions today and tomorrow 10am-6pm

Today AUG 10th-11th

We are having open auditions for our up coming show ‘’BREATHE’’

by Javon Johnson
directed by Levy Lee Simon

Synopsis “When two teenagers (one black, one white) are involved in separate acts of violence the consequences they face are based not only on evidence, but also on the color of their skin.” “Using a combination of urban poetry and dramatic action, Breathe explores the tensions, decisions and conditions that leads the boys to prison and the effect their imprisonment has on their families



(PRE-CAST) early forties, African-American construction manager, stern patriarch, a proud man.

  • JOHN FLEMING early forties, third generation Caucasian police officer, a by the book type conflicted by the heart.
  • LORETTA early forties, Isaac’s wife, African-American social worker, the emotional spine of her community and family.
  • ELLEN  early forties, John’s wife, Caucasian corporate busy body, evasive to conflict, a true patriot for traditional America.
  • CASEY seventeen year old son of John and Ellen, dyed or spiked hair, a methodically budding rebel in search of himself.
  • ANDRE  seventeen year old son of Isaac and Loretta, twisted hair or boldly cut, a good kid oppressed by a bad environment, a young flame that refuses to be put out.


Greenway Court Theatre
544 North Fairfax Avenue, LA, CA 90036
Free parking in the adjacent lot and street parking
WHEN: Monday, October 10th 10am – 6pm


July 25, 2015
25 Jul 2015

7 Easy Pieces

7 EASY PIECES is a series of short plays written and developed at the Actors Studio Playwright and Directors unit.

written by Jim Geoghan
directed by Al Bonadies

written by Eliza Manzini
directed by Raymond Cole

written by Louis Felder
directed by L Flint Esquerra

written by Deborah Pearl
directed by Iris Merlis

written by David Zimmerman
directed by Carmen Milito

written by Brad Schreiber
directed by Tommy

Dates: January 23-26th 2015


Robert Beddall, Marc Cervania, Jude Cicollela, Tim Farmer,

Edy Ganem, Kip Gilman, Jack Kehler, Julie Janney


July 24, 2015
24 Jul 2015

Part of The Plan – FUNDRAISER


Part of the Plan

With a donation of $40 or more,
you will receive an invitation to be in the audience of this very special presentation of PART OF THE PLAN, You will choose from one of six performances in the last two weeks in July, as long as seats remain available. There are only 99 seats per performance, so please act quickly on your contribution. Please donate generously and receive multiple invitations.

*Because space is limited, we cannot guarantee a seat for every donation.  Therefore, invitations to see Part of the Plan in person will be sent out in the order in which we receive your response, and will continue as long as seats are still available.  

Greenway Arts Alliance is a tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

If you would like to send a check to support this project, please mail to:

Greenway Arts Alliance
544 North Fairfax Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Put the following in the memo line:  POTP MUSICAL


Greenway Arts Alliance
& Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria

as they join forces to present


Book by Kate Atkinson & Karen Harris
Music & Lyrics by Dan Fogelberg

PART OF THE PLAN is a New Musical – an original story scored with the music and lyrics of the late, celebrated, singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg. The book, written by Kate Atkinson & Karen Harris, follows three decades in the lives of an adopted boy and the teenaged girl of privilege who was forced to give him up.
PART OF THE PLAN takes us through the boom times of post-World War II America, the social and sexual revolution of the 1960’s, and the political upheaval of the 1970’s.  And then fate steps in…
Our vision is to present a powerful story, told with heart and passion, and to bring Dan Fogelberg’s music to a generation who may not know his work, to those who may have forgotten his artistry, and to the die-hard fans who long to hear his music in all forms. 

Six Performances in Los Angeles!


Performances will be the last two weekends in July
FRIDAY, July 24 – 8pm
SUNDAY, July 26 – 7pm

THURSDAY, July 30 – 8pm
FRIDAY, July 31 – 8pm
SATURDAY, August 1 – 2pm
SUNDAY, August 2 – 7pm

Once you donate, you will receive an email
so that you can choose one of the performances to attend.

From the Part of the Plan team:
“We are entering a new stage in the development of our Broadway-bound musical. With the support of Greenway Arts Alliance and Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria, you have an opportunity to see it in a workshop-style environment, before we take it to a regional theatre.”

For more info on Part of the Plan musical, please visit our website.

July 11, 2015
11 Jul 2015

Inkslam 2015 WINNERS

INKSLAM 2015, LA’s premiere poetry festival.  After three days of panels, workshops and slams, we highlight for you who hold the crown for Indie slam and The team that now holds the title of WEST COAST CHAMPION of SPOKEN WORD!

Thursday, July 9th was a special presentation of  ”Founders Day!,” a night that the founders,

Dante Basco, Poetri Smith, ‘Brutha’ Gimel Hooper and Shihan Clief

shared stories and poems from the start of DPL and how they went from all sleeping in the same house, to starting this “poetry thing”, printing flyers at Kinkos, and talking to people at acting auditions. They built a tribe and a community that stands now as DPL, one of  the biggest poetry gatherings in the country that happens here at the Greenway Court Theater in Hollywood, every Tuesday.

Inkslamchamps 2015 san 2

Shout out to the 2015 Inkslam Team Champion, San Diego’s Elevated.

After the battle of eight teams, Poets from all over the country, San Diego’s own were the ones who came out on top!

Rudy Francisco, Joe Lime, Saint and Imani Cezanne of Team Elevated are now the 2015 West Coast Champion of Spoken Word. Congratulations!

Inkslamchamps 2015 san_

And Finally the indie slam Winner Crown and prize money goes to Ed Mabrey.

After a tie with Rudy Francisco, the people decided to let the two poets battle it out for one final round.

With a very heartfelt poem from Rudy Francisco, Ed Mabrey followed it up with freestyle that left nobody in the house sitting. Talking about the love and respect he had for every poet in the room and how our grandchildren would talk about this night!

Congratulations to The 2015 Ink Slam Indie Champ – @edmabrey Inkslamchamps 2015 san 3


June 27, 2015
27 Jun 2015

SHOUT! A Celebration of Queer Voices of Color

SATURDAY, June 27, 2015 – 2pm

A Performance cultivating space on how our diverse community can share thier creativity with the rest of the world and be heard.

Starring Alysha Wise, Edwin Bodney and Jaila Simms

May 19, 2015
19 May 2015


BWW Reviews: A Lovely Traditional 70th Anniversary Production of GLASS MENAGERIE at Greenway Court

by Don Grigware

BWW Reviews: A Lovely Traditional 70th Anniversary Production of GLASS MENAGERIE at Greenway Court

The Glass Menagerie/by Tennessee Williams/directed byJack Heller/Greenway Court Theatre/through June 14

For many, Tennessee WilliamsThe Glass Menagerieremains his finest play. Semi-autobiographical, the play takes place in St. Louis during the Depression and depicts the relationships between a restless alcoholic factory worker, wannabe writer, his overbearing mother and his psychologically deficient sister – all of which stems from Williams’ actual background. Williams finds his voice in Tom. (Brian Foyster)

Currently at the Greenway Court, Jack Heller directs a beautifully traditional production in honor of the play’s 70th anniversary. At the top Tom takes the guise of a merchant marine as narrator and introduces what is to follow as a memory play. His mother Amanda Wingfield (Lisa Richards) is a tower of Southern strength, pushing her children to become all that they can be, yet keeping them reliant on her and her traditional ways, clawing and needling to the point where Tom wants only to escape and join the merchant marine. Tom is a writer who works in a factory. He must support his mother and sister and is stuck without any other means of employment. Sister Laura (Kerry Knuppe) is a shy girl with a limp who keeps a glass menagerie as her only source of pleasure apart from an old worn out phonograph collection left to them by their father, a telephone man who up and left them, according to Tom, “he fell in love with long distance”. Amanda wants a husband for Laura and pesters Tom to bring home a gentleman caller, a possible suitor, as poor Laura is fast becoming an old maid with no prospects.

BWW Reviews: A Lovely Traditional 70th Anniversary Production of GLASS MENAGERIE at Greenway Court

The beauty of Williams’ writing is the that he creates within the darkly-lit memory play an easy access to reality and fantasy. There’s the shabby tenement in which the Wingfields live as well as their bare-bones wardrobe. Then, there are the dreamlike musical sounds from the old dance hall across the alley. Tom runs out at night and takes refuge at the movies, sort of like Laura tending to her glass animals. Even Amanda has her flights of fancy as she likes to live and talk about her girlhood with 17 gentleman callers, and bouquets and bouquets of jonquils flooding her home. Who wouldn’t want to escape the Depression and find some source of temporary comfort in a harmless pastime, as long as it doesn’t waste one’s existence? But, alas for Amanda and Laura, time is running out. The fourth character in the play Jim O’Conner (Patrick Joseph Rieger) brings reality into the apartment with his visit. His down.home good nature and enthusiasm for public speaking and technology make him a man on the up and up. Dissatisfied with the factory. he is trying, unlike Tom, whom he nicknames Shakespeare, to make something successful of his life. He dreams too, but at least attends night classes to help bring about some personal transition. Jim was a classmate of Tom and Laura’s in high school. Laura had a crush on him but because of her terrible shyness, could never tell him how she felt. When he comes to dinner and recognizes Laura for who she is, he boosts her self-confidence. Sadly, he is engaged to another, so this ‘dinner date’ with Laura is the only experience she will have with him.

BWW Reviews: A Lovely Traditional 70th Anniversary Production of GLASS MENAGERIE at Greenway Court

Under Jack Heller‘s loving direction, all the actors flesh out their characters magnificently and find their own breathing space within the confines of the limited scenario. Richards is a marvel as Amanda, the mother who lived to love her children. Without every going over the top, hers is a grounded, yet luminous performance with exuberantly lovely flights of fancy. Foyster keeps Tom completely believable as well, living each uncomfortable moment with a deeply felt need for freedom. Knuppe is perfect as Laura, evoking every nuance of self-consciousness and fear. Rieger offers the typical nice-guy qualities of the Gentleman Caller: extremely affable and open, most abundantly polite, with a glimmer of ego and self-confidence, just enough to set him apart from the others. All four actors render model performances.

Joel Daavid’s wonderful set design evokes the period to perfection. The old, run down apartment is replete with priceless nick-nacks, old furniture and props which give it a style all its own. Williams would be proud of this Glass Menagerie. It retains every syllable of his gorgeous poetry and because of the superb direction and performances, it is terribly entertaining, emotionally engaging and ultimately fulfilling. Don’t miss it!

BWW Reviews: A Lovely Traditional 70th Anniversary Production of GLASS MENAGERIE at Greenway Court


The Full Article
May 8, 2015
08 May 2015

The Glass Menagerie

Gritty, poetic, and occasionally hilarious, The Glass Menagerie was Tennessee Williams’ first major hit and remains to this day one of the greatest dramas in history. The Greenway Court Theater is proud to present the 70th Anniversary production of Williams’ masterpiece. Be sure to experience this revealing, new take on this American classic.

Set in the Great Depression on the brink of WWII, The Glass Menagerie tells the gripping story of The Wingfield family. The mother Amanda, a remnant of her gentile, southern past, fights to prepare her fragile daughter and restless son for the harsh world that awaits them. A former classmate of the siblings comes into their home for a brief, magical evening that will alter their lives forever.

Greenway Arts Alliance Presents

The Glass Menagerie

Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Jack Heller

Brian Foyster
Lisa Richards
Kerry Knuppe
Patrick Rieger
David Stanbra
Agatha Nowicki

Produced by Ty Donaldson
Co-Produced by Brian Foyster
Associate Produced by James Micheal Hughes
Set Design by
Joel Daavid
Lighting Design by Jeffrey Porter
Costume Design by Monica French
Property Design by Phi Tran
Sound Design by Jack Heller
Stage Managed by Thomas Zoeschg

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