BURBANK, CA -- The fifth slate of one-act plays produced by Vagabond Players Theatre Co. since the group's founding in 1997 continues every Wednesday night through Jan. 20, 1999 at The Gene Bua Acting for Life Theatre in Burbank.
Grouped under the umbrella title of Death, Life, and In Between, the plays are Labor Pains by Michele Palermo, Hit By a Bus by Marsha Susan Myers, and Philip and Rowena by British playwright Gillian Plowman. The directors are Steve Garvin, Brian Gary and Lewis Hauser, respectively.
Featured in the plays are Wendi Berman, Linda Bousquet, Connor Evans, Ann Hodgekenson, Tim Holtwick, Michael Homeier, Jacee Jule, Alice Lunsford, Roz Witt, Tammy Wood and Keven Patrick Wright.
"The Vagabond Players is a self-producing company of actors, directors, writers, composers and technical artists committed to the professional production of quality classic and contemporary theatre works of passion, depth and humor that offer up various colors of the human experience in which we and our audiences all share," said a company spokesperson. "The company also pursues the development and production of original works of like quality, as well as the strengthening of each member's skills as artists in their respective areas."
The company takes its inspiration, and its name, from the original Vagabond Players, the little theatre company established in the American expatriate community in Paris in 1928 by Blanche Evonne Smith. Both Vagabond Players were and are aptly named. The 1928 company performed exclusively in the salons and ateliers of metropolitan Paris; the present Vagabonds mount productions in theatres, libraries and civic halls while pursuing the search for a permanent theatre home. Additionally, as part of the company's commitment to give back to the community, Vagabond donates all proceeds from one of the six performance nights from each production of plays to a local charity.
The Gene Bua Theatre is at 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd. For tickets and information, call (818) 980-8843.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent