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Q&A with Ron West by Dan Berkowitz

An interview with writer/ director Ron West, whose “deLEARious” runs at Open Fist through December 16.

When I got the chance to talk to Gregg T. Daniel, I jumped at it, because I saw his production of August Wilson’s “Fences” at International City Theatre in Long Beach a few years ago, and it was terrific. I wasn’t the only one who thought that: he won a 2016 NAACP Best Director Award for the show, and nominations for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Ovation, and StageScene LA awards as well. His production of Samm-Art Williams’s “Home” will play at ICT through November 5.

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Dan Lee’s first play, “Bottomless,” received the R. E. Ross Trust award for an unproduced play in 2014. It was subsequently developed by Playwriting Australia, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, and the Melbourne Theatre Company, and is scheduled for production next year at 45downstairs in Melbourne. He is also writing two new works for Red Stitch as part of their INK writers program. He’s just flown in from Australia for the premiere of his play “Grey Nomad,” which will be at the Skylight Theatre through October 8. While he’s wildly jet-lagged, I’m going to throw a few questions at him…

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Rob Clare, born and trained in the UK, is an internationally recognized Shakespeare specialist, who has worked in Ireland, Austria, Germany, Australia, the US, and even in India, where he directed productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Julius Caesar,” and “Romeo and Juliet.” He has worked as a freelance verse and text coach with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has taught in the US at The Juilliard School, Yale, Brown, NYU Tisch, USC, and CSU Long Beach. His production of “As You Like It” is playing at Antaeus Theatre Company through September 10.

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A Q&A with playwright Dorothy Fortenberry, whose new play “Species Native to California” plays through June 11 at IAMA Theatre Company

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Murray Mednick is a pioneer of the off- and off-off-Broadway movements. “The Gary Plays,” a series of six plays he wrote, opens May 4.

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A conversation with actor and playwright Matt Chait, whose “Disinherit the Wind” opens March 3 at The Complex in Hollywood.

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Michael Michetti has won 2 Ovation Awards and 5 LA Drama Critic Circle Awards for directing. His production of Tom Jacobson’s “Captain of the Bible Quiz Team” runs through October 3 at Lutheran churches around town.

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Karen Rizzo is the author of “Mutual Philanthropy,” a new play in which a couple is invited to dinner by rich neighbors and complications ensue…

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Actors Rob Nagle and Deborah Puette star in “Please Don’t Ask About Becket,” by Wendy Graf which opens at Sacred Fools Theater Black Box on August 20.

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