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Check out Avital's most recent projects and other goings on.

DEAR MOMMA: A Love Letter

I am delighted to be working with long-time collaborator Megan Sweigert on a workshop of the new play she wrote, DEAR MOMMA: A Love Letter.  The play features a greek chorus of Megans, excavating the life of Megan's mother who left this world too soon.  DEAR MOMMA will perform at the Alberta Little Church this Jan 30-Feb 8 as part of Portland's Fertile Ground Festival of New Work.  Stay tuned for more details soon!

Jewish Theatre Collaborative studies narrative adaptation

Avital Shira at work during Jewish Theatre Collaborative's master class workshop with Jane Jones.  Photo by Fridericke Heuer.

This past weekend, I organized a two-day masterclass workshop for the Jewish Theatre Collaborative acting ensemble and core company with Book-It Repertory Theatre's Co-Artistic Director Jane Jones.  Jane has been a mentor and inspiration to me for a number of years, and I had the privilege of working with her at Book-It when I interned there in 2011.  We spent the full day on Saturday learning about how to bring point-of-view to narrative in a way that makes it as active as possible onstage.  Sunday, we went to task adapting poems, letters, and scenes from novels for performance.  Check out Book-It Repertory Theatre's wonderful work at http://book-it.org.

Los Angeles Confidential Previews THE EARNEST PROJECT

Here's some more great press for THE EARNEST PROJECT, performing at the Los Angeles Athletic Club this October 17-25:  http://la-confidential-magazine.com/the-latest/pursuits/postings/the-earnest-project-oscar-wilde-laac

Reserve your tickets now at www.theearnestproject.com!


Simone McAlonen (Cecily Cardew), Philip Orazio (Algernon Moncrieff), Taylor Fisher (Gwendolen Fairfax), Austin Hillebrecht (John Worthing)

Photo by Shinyume