On Sunday, August 21, a reading took place of a new edit of William Shakespeare's Richard III. The venue was Theatre Unleashed, 11031 Camarillo St, North Hollywood, CA 91602.

This version, dubbed R III, is scheduled for production by Actaeon Players sometime in 2017. Rendered by Acteaon dramaturg David MacDowell Blue, this version hopefully will offer a fresh look at this popular classic, but remaining true to the original text. All the lines are by Shakespeare, for example (even if some of them aren't from this specific play).

Taking part were: Elisabeth Anne C. Fenning, Gordon Schlichter, Stephen Anthony Bailey, Kevin Alai, Vincent Cusimano, Steven Alloway, Michelle Danyn, Jason Britt, Anna Gion, Amanda Dyba, PJ Megaw and Katie Mapel.

Actaeon's Entry in the 2016 Hollywood Fringe!

An original work by company member Elissa Anne Polansky, Vincent Deconstructed follows Vincent van Gogh from a cell in a French insane asylum into the most important -- and fantastic -- adventure of his life. An Italian seaport, spiritually hungry dockworkers, and the one woman Vincent ever truly loved confront him with the tangled threads of his life.

Auditions notices to come. Eight performances only, between June 9 and June 26, 2016. Tix here.

 

Just in time for Halloween comes Actaeon Player's production of Carmilla, based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu's classic tale of lesbian love between a young lonely girl and an old, lonely vampire girl.

You can purchase tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2282927

The Actaeon Players is pleased to announce auditions for its second full production:  Carmilla by David MacDowell Blue based on the famous novella by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu. This adaptation had a successful run at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater in March 2014 and an award-winning one in Auburn, New York in October 2014.

Auditions for a new production take place Saturday August 22 from 2pm until 7pm, and on Sunday August 23 also from 2pm until 7pm at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre and Cafe ( 2106 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027). We will be seeing people in pairs or groups of three for approximately twenty five  minutes each. Sides will be provided. To schedule a time, please contact us at auditions@actaeonplayers.com or call David at (323) 608-2470. Please be prompt in replying to messages.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm, Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, Nov. 6, 7 and Sundays at 3pm Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8.  Here is the cast breakdown:

  • Laura Fontaine (female 19-26) Intelligent young woman raised in isolation with her father. LEAD.
  • Captain Martin (male 30s-50s) Attorney with the British army. LEAD
  • Carmilla (female 20s) mysterious young woman in love with Laura. LEAD
  • Fontaine (male 60s) Laura’s father, a retired academic.
  • Madame Perradon (female 40s-70s) Governess, preferably with French accent.
  • The Countess (female 40s-60s) Carmilla’s supposed mother, secretive and glamorous
  • Carlsberg (male 50s-70s) Wandering salesman, possibly Jewish.
  • Spielsdorf (male 60s) retired army officer, now an occultist and member of the SS.
  • Ingrid Vordenberg (female 20s) radio announcer.

The play is set immediately before and soon after the Second World War.

 

 

 

Actaeon Players' first production is Amelia's Going Down, a world premiere at the Elephant Space in the Asylum Theatre complex, as part of the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Written and directed by Mark Hein, Amelia's Going Down explores how our choices shape our lives, as a group of artists gather at a studio to do a radio play about what might have happened to Amelia Earhart.

For details about the cast kindly click on Artists.