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Thanks From Hanks

Chris Rivera, Hamish Linklater and Tom Hanks in HENRY IV

Chris Rivera, Hamish Linklater and Tom Hanks in HENRY IV

Our award show co-producer Bob Verini received a note of thanks from Tom Hanks, who was unable to accept his award for Lead Performance in person Monday night at our 50th anniversary award celebration at Pasadena Playhouse. With his permission, we share it with you and offer him, and all of our award winners, our hearty congratulations on your outstanding work this past year. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

Dear Bob,

We had such a magical month last June, under the stars and among the trees of the Japanese Garden at the V.A. doing Henry IV* – we all felt that something special was happening, live, just before the sun went down right up to about (ugh) 3-hours later. I think we kept folks in their seats, under their free blankets!

To get a nod for Falstaff from you and your peers makes for a lovely moment. Thank you. The only negative is that I was not able to see the works of MaameYaa Boafo, Kasey Mahaffy, Alex Nee, and Conrad Ricamora. Now I’ll keep an eye out for them.

All good things,

Tom Hanks

*Henry IV was produced by The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

NICE FISH at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles


Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

“Think of the prose poem as the box, perhaps the lunch box dad brought home at night,” writes down-to-earth poet Louis Jenkins in the program notes to Nice Fish, a unique (and to my mind brilliant) collaborative work by Jenkins and renowned performer Mark Rylance.
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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

What do we hope for when we head out to the theater? Even if it’s entertainment, or meaning, our deepest purpose is elusive.
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Now running through March 25

MAGIC FRUIT – Cornerstone Theater Company at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

Photo by Jenny Graham

Photo by Jenny Graham

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

Magic Fruit is the latest (and last) offering in the Cornerstone Theater Company’s Hunger Cycle of nine plays exploring “hunger, justice and food equity issues.” It opens with sisters Tami (Cristina Frias) and Kiko (Rachael Portillo), frantic and bedraggled, stumbling through a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles in search of refuge from a shadowy serpentine monster — hunger itself.
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Margaret Gray – LA Times

Mozart’s final opera, “The Magic Flute,” is not only one of the most frequently revived and crowd-pleasing of his works, but also possibly the most difficult to summarize. Read more…

Now running through December 10