Ten To Life, The Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, And The Final Season

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I got word from Philip Chung down at the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble about their latest show (and the World Premiere) called "Ten To Life" that I wanted to make sure and get posted on up because it looks and sounds like it's going cool as hell:

under the artistic direction of Philip W. Chung & Chil Kong
proudly presents the world premiere of

Written & Produced by
Nic Cha Kim, Annette Lee, Tim Lounibos & Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Alberto Isaac

Starring: Peggy Ahn, Feodor Chin, Ewan Chung, Elpidio Ebuen, Emily Kuroda, Jully Lee, Janet Song, Carin Chea, Vincent Gabucan, Junko Goda & Joon Lee

A census agent exposes a family's perverse, hidden secret...
A desperate loser turns to experimental surgery to seduce his high school crush...
A happy homemaker struggles against an ancient evil that lurks in plain sight...
A controlling psychologist must protect his life’s love from her memories...
Lodestone kicks off its final season with four twisted one-acts touching on the bizarre and unnatural.
It's been ten years... Time to pay.

May 2-June 7, 2009
Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
Low-Priced $8 previews, April 30 and May 1, 8pm

$16 general admission
$14 students and seniors (w/valid ID)
$12 (groups of 10+)
All Sunday matinees (except June 7) are pay-what-you-can ($1 minimum)
$25 May 2 opening night gala performance (w/post-show reception)

GTC Burbank
1111-B W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91506

The theatre is in George Izay Park between S. Victory Bl. and N. Griffith Park Bl. Park near the jet plane at 1111 W. Olive and walk past the Olive Recreation Center. The theatre is behind the rec center; the entrance faces the softball fields.
If that doesn't get you down in the seats checking out some what I'm sure is going to be some great stage I'm not sure what else will.

At the same time I also wanted to post up the press release about the Lodestone's Tenth - and yes - final season (which is just another reason to get on out and see some history before it's gone).


Lodestone’s 2008-09 Tenth Anniversary Season of “Beginnings and Endings” Will Be Its Last

LOS ANGELES, CA – Lodestone Theatre Ensemble kicks off its Tenth Anniversary with a season devoted to the theme of “Beginnings and Endings.” The 2008-09 season will also be the final one for the Asian American theatre company.

“Lodestone was always intended to be a finite thing,” says Co-Artistic Director Chil Kong. “A couple of years ago, we decided that the tenth year was a good time to stop. We felt we hit our artistic stride and achieved the goals we set for ourselves. If you’re going to go out, why not go out at your peak?”

Lodestone was founded in 1999 by Alexandra Bokyun Chun, Philip W. Chung, Chil Kong and Tim Lounibos.

The company’s first mainstage production of Judy Soo Hoo’s TEXAS premiered in Fall 1999. Since then, Lodestone has produced close to a hundred events from mainstage productions to readings, workshops and special fundraisers. Almost every play that has graced the mainstage has been a world premiere. The Tenth Anniversary season will feature two world premieres developed and written specifically for the occasion, as well as a revival of a musical exploring relevant themes:

* The World Premiere of TEN TO LIFE by Nic Cha Kim (Trapezoid), Annette Lee (A Dirty Secret Between the Toes), Tim Lounibos (Lodestone cofounder) & Judy Soo Hoo (Texas, Solve For X)

Four original twisted one-acts by Lodestone veterans to commemorate Lodestone Theatre Ensemble’s ten disturbing years.

* The Revival of CLOSER THAN EVER a musical revue with words by Richard Maltby, Jr. and music by David Shire directed by Chil Kong (The Mikado Project)

Conceived by Steven Scott Smith, this dialogue-free two-act musical features songs that are stories unto themselves dealing with such diverse topics as security, aging, mid-life crisis, second marriages, working couples and unrequited love. In other words, perfect for an anniversary season devoted to beginnings and

By Philip W. Chung (The Golden Hour)

Ten years ago, the super high-achieving Grace Kim had a nervous breakdown and still can’t face the outside world. But when her sister returns to visit for the holidays with her unorthodox fiancĂ©, Grace's life undergoes a profound change. A new play about falling in love with your sister's future husband, beginnings/endings and
what to do if you suspect you were born on the wrong planet.
For more information, visit http://www.lodestonetheatre.org/ or www.myspace.com/lodestonetheatre and make sure to give it up for ten years of putting Asian American faces out on the stage.