In exchange for offering classes to the church's congregation multi-ethnic congregation, the Rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church has arranged for the Write Act Repertory Company to set up a new home in one of the church's historic buildings. With the blessing of councilwoman Jackie Goldberg, the 100-year-old Hollywood church is being restored to its original elegance, coinciding with the continuing efforts to return the city of Hollywood to its former place of prominence.
Write Act is presently putting the finishing touches on its 99-seat theatre, which is housed in a two-story building with room for offices and classrooms. Classes in acting, music, playwriting and all technical aspects of theatre production will be held here, taught by company professionals.
"Beginning a relationship with the Write Act Repertory Company seemed natural because our two communities, in many ways, share common purposes and dreams," said Rev. Jaime Edwards Acton. "We are both trying to create authentic community through song, laughter, drama and story-telling. I am confident that we are alike in many more ways than we are different."
For its inaugural season at St. Stephen's, Write Act will present the world premiere of Ellen Byron's Old Sins, Long Shadows on Oct. 22. The play deals with a feuding Kentucky family and is directed by Anthony Di Pietro. The run is through Dec. 4.
The Theatre at St. Stephen's is located at 6128 Yucca St. For tickets and information call (323) 655-TKTS. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent