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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer, director, filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She co-created the unprecedented project 52 Films/52 Weeks: A Year in Filmmaking, where she and her partners, wrote, directed, produced and edited a film a week for an entire year. She currently has several independent film projects at various stages of development.  

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 04:26

Lonnie Hughes Presents: “Talking Trees”

Lonnie Hughes Presents: “Talking Trees” @ The Secret Rose Theatre


Talking Trees is a play about love and the avoidance of truth at all costs.

Two people are in love, a desperate and all-consuming love, the kind that nothing else will ever compare too. But this love is so rare and so precious that neither of them know how to keep it. Their fear of destroying what they have together keeps them doubting and afraid…how many of us have felt the same and one point in our lives. Added to this intensity is the fact that one of them is white, Angolina, born into a life of comfort and privilege and the other black, Edmund, from a far more humble background. Their lives are good, both are successful and fulfilled but the pressures of Angolina’s mother’s sly disapproval of the match and Edmunds constant feelings of inadequacy have them living in an atmosphere of doom.


Even now in our enlightened age, there are many among us, particularly in this country, who still frown on a mixed marriage…ridiculously. Although Angolina has nothing but love for Edmund she worries that his lack of strength can’t allow them to progress, to have children. Edmund lives in a state of constant self-doubt and together they tread a sadly treacherous path. They try counseling, some kind of new age “toga” therapy and their therapist sees how unsteady they are and offers some hope. But it’s heading in a pretty dire direction and as they keep more and more from each other that is where we meet them…


The story is familiar, but the telling of it stunningly strange and dreamlike. Its very, very funny too, which is interesting. How happy we are to laugh at pain so familiar to us. To see ourselves and our own psychosis in a play with actors living out our deepest fears. These actors finesse the story skillfully, with a brilliance that amply supports the writing. The story twists and turns back and forth through time and pulls on our heartstrings mercilessly. But it’s not in the least bit sentimental or syrupy, it’s far cleverer than that. The themes of love and loss and how we get in our own way all the time run strongly through it and there is some semblance of a resolution, although not so neatly as to betray the characters at all. DSC1967s

I really enjoyed it. The writing is excellent and challenging and bold. The actors are clearly given enough room to become real and engaging and full of life, the director trusts them and that is very apparent, bravo for that!

I highly recommend “Talking Trees.” The playwright has drawn vividly from his own life and that is the truth behind the story we see on stage. Art is, at it’s best, an imitation of all our lives and “Talking Trees” is a perfect example of when that works. Bravo!


It’s running until November 11th, so get a move on!

Written by Lonnie Hughes

Directed by Marjorie Lewit

Running October 12 through November 11, Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm The Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601


Edmund - Jahmone Duhaney

Angolina - Amy Braddock

Therapist - Vince Donvito

Thomas - Ray Tezanos

Woman - Lindsay Seim

Mrs Caudfeld - Barbera Ann Howard

Production Team:

Cameron Stark - Assistant Director

Joe Trupiano - Lighting Designer

Jasmine Fontes - Costumes

Kiko Yasuda - Choreographer

Jim Martyka - PR

Iffy Yang - Scenic Designer

Set Construction - Dave McManus, Joe Trupiano, Cameron Stark, Tommy Germanovich

Executive Producers - Wendy Siegel, Steven Siegel, Mindy Schneider, Michael Esser

Buddy Ebsen is a Hollywood legend…an icon.

This is my very first “Silence.”

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 03:35

Villainy - Or - H.H. Holmes Own Story

"Villainy - Or - H.H. Holmes Own Story," written by John Strysik and directed by Jeff G. Rack. 

Dean Productions Theatre Company presents “The Tempest,” written by William Shakespeare, directed by Rebecca Lynne. 

The Victory Theatre Center presents “Show Pony,” written by Judith Leora and directed by Tom Ormeny. 

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 03:51

Theatre 68 Presents “A Flock of Macaws”

Theatre 68 presents “A Flock of Macaws” written by Sam Henry Kass and directed by Ronnie Marmo. 

The Whitefire Theatre presents “Fall Shorts,” directed by Bryan Rasmussen and produced by Jake O’Flaherty.

Foothill Performing Arts Council presents “The Theory of Relativity,” written by Neil Bartram and Brian Hil, and produced and directed by Timothy Jon Borquez.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:50

Dragon Bait Productions Presents "Wolf Cub”

Dragon Bait Productions presents "Wolf Cub” written and directed by Che Walker.

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