Rattlestick West offically launches with the 2015 Fall Festival
Yes. We are the NoHo Theatre District. Why? Well, with more than 20 theatres in a square mile and many more theatre companies calling North Hollywood home, we have the highest concentration of theatres outside of New York City. Let’s welcome Rattlestick West to the neighborhood at their home at the Sherry Theater. They launch with a new play by Scott Caan, “The Performance of Heartbreak : An Epilogue,” about a distressed Hollywood writer who enlists the help of his street wise friend at the crossroads of a life altering decision. Also slated for their Fall Festival are One Acts from the James Franco’s acting and film school Studio 4, a film festival and much, much more!
While working on a play at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2014, Scott Haze and James Franco decided to join forces with David Van Asselt, Artistic Director of Rattlestick, to create Rattlestick West. Rattlestick, known for its work with emerging American artists, has produced over 90 world premieres in its 20 year history. Haze, founder of The Sherry Theater in Los Angeles, brought in his producing partner Lukas Behnken and the Sherry team with over 10 years of doing theater in L.A. to form this new bi-coastal collective.
The mission: seek out unique new voices, work with new and emerging playwrights, establish a home where playwrights have the ability to work with actors to explore and hone their art. More than that, we are looking to create an environment where all kinds of discovery becomes possible, through stage, film and innovative media, where the borders of art collide, and inspiration can thrive.
In this coming season Rattlestick West will produce five plays at the Sherry Theater, including works by Scott Caan, Daniel Talbott, and a chamber musical with songs co-written by Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik to a script of Ms. Vega’s based on Carson McCullers’ life.
Rattlestick is also co-producing with the Boston Court Theatre, Seven Spots on The Sun by Martín Zimmerman, at the Boston Court in Pasadena.
Rattlestick West calls the Sherry Theater home, a theater that is specifically designed with the intention of bringing an intimate, audience friendly theater to the NoHo Arts District community. Founded in 2006 by Scott Haze and Lukas Behnken, the Sherry is located at 11052 Magnolia Blvd. (between Lankershim and Vineland) in North Hollywood. Scott Haze named the venue after his mother and his vision is to provide a venue where actors enjoy creating and presenting original and innovative material, a place where talent in every aspect of theater will thrive.
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