Open Fist Theatre Company

FIRST LOOK FESTIVAL 2024

WHEN:

Wednesday, MAY 1 – Sunday, JUNE 2

WHAT:

For the next 5 weekends, Open Fist presents a series of readings of plays, both new and old, that speak to our “interesting times”. Post-show discussions will follow the first performance of each reading. We hope you’ll join us!

PAPER WALLS by Elliot Shoenman, directed by Randee Trabitz
1930s. Antisemitism and U. S. Immigration policy has a profound effect on the Goldman family.

AMERICAN PARADOX by Samuel Joseph, directed by Mitch Levine
A dark comedy about evangelical right-wing voters whose world view is shaped by “alternative facts”.

ART OF ARSON by Hutchins Foster, directed by Amanda Weier
Zelda Fanning has summoned her best friend and family to her house on what would have been her deceased husband’s seventieth birthday, as a wildfire encroaches.

WRITING ON THE WALL by Jill Remez, directed by Barbara Schofield
One family, two different generations, confront the rise of fascism in 1938 Danzig and 2021 Washington DC.

INTERLOCK by Patricia Goldstone, directed by Jeff Liu
A unique political thriller based on the life of Mark Lombardi, about a fame-hungry artist who makes a deal with the devil in the form of a crusading female politician.

*THE DEPTHS by Maxim Gorky, adapted & directed by Stephen Rockwell
A story of life on the street. “The face of humanity is found in the margins.”

*THE FIREBUGS written by Max Frisch, directed by John Gegenhuber
An “everyman” becomes accomplice to his own downfall.

REIGN OF TERROR by Matt Doherty, directed by Michael Sheppard
Days before the opening of a flagship production, a small arts organization is about to be put on blast for DEI violations.

RED ROCK REQUIEM by Chris Carver, directed by Lane Allison
In a saloon on the edge of nowhere, a young man discovers when lines are crossed, life is the only bargaining chip.

WHERE:

Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

PARKING: There is a free public lot P/1 south of the theatre as part of the AVX (Atwater Village Crossing) complex. Ample street parking is also available.

THIS WEEK THIS WEEK

WHEN:

Most Thursdays at 8PM

WHERE:

Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

PARKING: There is a free public lot P/1 south of the theatre as part of the AVX (Atwater Village Crossing) complex. Ample street parking is also available.

The Open Fist Theatre Company stands with the BIPOC community, including the AAPI people within it. We believe it is every human being’s right to participate equally in our institutions and communities – to be treated equally, to have their voices heard, and to have access to equal justice.

We are committed to being a part of the radical change that is needed to dismantle oppressive systems for good, specifically the system of white supremacy. We take a firm anti-racist stance and will not tolerate anything less than that in our role as storytellers and theatre-makers.

We are also committed to celebrating, uplifting, and centering the voices and stories of people of color, with the understanding that the theatre arts serve an important role in the movement towards inclusivity and liberation.

 

OFTC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

 

Open Fist Theatre Company believes it is every human being’s right to participate equally in our institutions and communities, to be treated equally under the Law, and to have access to equal justice. This is reflected by the company’s name, which combines the notion that an open spirit — embracing all people and ideas — is essential, with the idea that determination — signified by a fist — is necessary, if the theater is to remain a vital voice for social change and awareness. We are committed to being a part of the radical change that is needed to dismantle oppressive systems for good. Our policy is to take a firm anti-racist stance and will not tolerate anything less in our role as storytellers and theatre-makers.

 

Open Fist recognizes that past productions did not fully embrace or foster the diverse community we strive to create. We are addressing and correcting these inequities by becoming more deliberate in our inclusion of diverse artists and sharing these perspectives through the work we create. We continue to seek diverse voices for our Board and staff and challenge ourselves to speak to broader audiences. We have adopted a continuous learning mindset and understand that our racial equity work will evolve as we grow.

 

Open Fist Theatre Company remains committed to the creative empowerment of all its writers, directors, actors and designers; to sustaining a community that practices authentic inclusivity with the greatest possible diversity of age, race, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic backgrounds; and to engaging an audience of similar diversity in order to unlock the potential of imagination and storytelling to build a better world. Together, the Company and its patrons strive to nurture empathy by embracing and celebrating differences, and by affirming the value and agency of all human beings.