NUEA West member Ed King is in the PolySci Productions/Ron Richards dynamic production of Negritude. Featuring a diverse, wonderful cast in Monica Calhoun (The Best Man), Joe D. Jonz (most recently scene on the new hit series Cold Case), Tamara Curry, Jemal McNeil, Edward King III, Lamont Coleman, Ms. Landi Maduro, and sensational comedian Annie McKnight, Negritude is a thrilling theatrical ride of laughter and tears.
4305 Village Theatre, 4305 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park
Shows on 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, and 2/26, all at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 but discounts and industry comps are available – call 323-972-6412.
Shrink Rap, the Doug Cox comedy feature starring and produced by NUEA West member Kyle T. Heffner and starring alums Mark D Kaufman and Richard Kind has been chosen to compete in its third film festival, The Sarasota Florida Film Festival, January 23 to February 1st. Check the film out at www.shrinkrapthemovie.com and the festival at www.sarasotafilmfest.com.
Member Hassan Arawas is starring as Nicely Nicely in the upcoming production of Guys and Dolls from February 11th through April 3rd at the Glendale Centre Theatre. For more info go to www.glendalecentretheatre.com or call the box office at 818-244-8481.
In December, quite a few NUEA members were in theatrical productions around town. Member Andy Wolf was in The MET Theatre production of The Edge of Allegiance: Sometimes A Great Nation... written by E. Rudnick and directed by Joseph Beck. Andy Wolf also danced in "A Christmas Thrance" Theatre + Dance = Thrance, which was reviewed favorably in the LA Weekly. It was choreographed & directed by Jessica Schroeder and produced by Stephanie Bell at the McCadden Place Theatre. Member Rachel Errington was in A Pair by Moliere: The Man Hater and The Wise Ass Women, newly adapted & directed by Tony Tanner in the Great Hall, Plummer Park. And member Hassan Arawas co-created and co-starred in the two person show The Arab/Israeli Comedy Hour, along with NU alumna Roni Geva. Created in Cindy Gold's acting class at NU, the show ran at Chicago's ImprovOlympic for six months and then for two weeks at LA's ImprovOlympic.
NU alums are representing us well this awards season. As the one of Sex and the City’s Executive Producers, Cindy Chupack was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best TV Show, Musical or Comedy. For her work as “Karen” on Will & Grace, actress Megan Mullally was nominated for both a Golden Globe and two Screen Actor’s Guild Awards (one for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series). Actress Marge Helgenberger was nominated for a SAG Award as a member of the C.S.I. ensemble for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Actor David Schwimmer was nominated for a SAG Award as a member of the cast of Friends for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Writers Bruce McCoy and Michael Hitchcock were nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Best Comedy/Variety Series for their work on Mad TV. Writer Agnes Nixon was nominated for her work on All My Children for a WGA Award for Best Daytime Series. Congratulations everybody!
Actress Nicole Sullivan outlasted a bunch of other celebrities - including Ben Affleck, David Cross, Coolio, Shannon Elizabeth and fellow NU alum David Schwimmer, among others - in multiple hands of Texas Hold’em on the Bravo Network’s Celebrity Poker Showdown. Nicole, who feigned ignorance the entire time, fooled them all and brought home the championship which, in addition to bragging rights, netted $100,000 for her charity of choice, Alley Cat Allies. Congrats, Nicole!
Actor Robert Patrick Benedict has been cast as Judah in the mid-season comedy Come To Papa for NBC. Rob and his wife Mollie gave birth to their first child, Calvin Fox Benedict on Saturday, January 31st. Calvin and his parents are all doing well. Congrats, guys!.