Oliver Mayer On Yerma in the Desert

Oliver Mayer

I really enjoyed my interview with Los Angeles playwright and professor of dramatic writing at USC School of Theatre, Oliver Mayer (Blade to the Heat), who is bringing to the stage, Yerma in the Desert.

Angela Ortíz and Mayer

Yerma In the Desert is inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s play Yerma, but brings the story into an immediate present informed by current issues of immigration, racism, sexual identity and gender inequality. That makes Mayer’s message is particularly important at this moment in American history.

Lorca himself means so much in this historical/political/cultural moment for us—he was murdered in 1936 by Spanish fascists for being gay, and for being a cultural lightning rod for the times—who wrote about characters fighting the constraints of cultural and political fascism.

Oliver Mayer

We’re not there (yet), but these themes are back in our daily lives making headlines.

“As I have not worried to be born, I do not worry to die.”

— Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca, known as Federico García Lorca, a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director.

Yerma In The DesertSynopsis: Yerma is desperate for a child, but her husband Juan shies from her touch. How can she reconcile her urge for motherhood, maintain her sense of honor, and still do her job without going mad?

Set in an elite university, Yerma in the Desert focuses on the custodial and public safety staff who clean up the mess and tell no tales in a Trumpian dystopia where personal grudges lead to deportation and worse.

Using the music of The Five Stairsteps, Juan Luis Guerra and Ricky Martin, the play creates a world both romantic and deadly.

Even in this dry place, Yerma craves the wet closeness of love.

The Urban Theatre Movement is producing Yerma in the Desert at Greenway Court Theatre with Marlene Forte and Edgar Landa co-directing. It opens on November 17 and will run for 5 weeks with performance on Friday and Saturday at 8P and a matinee show on Saturdays. For ticket information, click here.

Now sit back and listen in on our conversation.

Downsizing Trailer

DownsizingWatch the new trailer for Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, and Kristen Wiig. Directed by Alexander Payne.

Downsizing is in theaters December 22.

Justice League Advance Screening Passes!

JUSTICE LEAGUE

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Giveaway! In FIVE CITIES (South Gate, Cicero, New York, Miami, Houston), we have 3 pairs in each city of an advance screening of Justice League!

The screenings will be taking place on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30P local time.

• Winner will receive guaranteed seats and be admitted via guestlist check-in
• Winner should arrive no later than 6:50PM to claim their guaranteed seats
• Guaranteed seats are forfeited to the general line after 6:50PM

South Gate, CA (3 pairs) • Cicero, IL (3 pairs) • New York, NY (3 pairs) • Miami, FL (3 pairs) • Houston, TX (3 pairs)

What do you have to do to enter the contest? Just click here and send us an e-mail with your name and location by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 at 6P (PT).

Share your excitement using #JusticeLeague and #SeFijaOnline. ENJOY!

Pacific Rim Uprising Poster

The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. Coming in march 2018.

The Shape of Water New Poster

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water-another-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones.

Film opens nationally December 22.

 

The Bad Moms are Back!

Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, Oona Laurence, A Bad Moms ChristmasYES! The Bad Moms are back! This time around their moms pay them a visit…just in time for the holidays.

The film is just a HOOT! It was just as much fun as the first one, Bad Moms. We thought Susan, Christine and Cheryl were fantastic as the older mom’s.

We enjoyed every moment of the film. It’s a great escape of over the top fun!

YES! just what a few of us needed.

Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, and Oona Laurence. Directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

 

Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, Oona Laurence, A Bad Moms Christmas Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, Oona Laurence, A Bad Moms Christmas Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, Oona Laurence, A Bad Moms Christmas

Thor: Ragnarok In Theaters Now!

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok! We loved it! It was so much fun to watch, more laughter than we expected. Watching the interaction between the old and new characters was nice.

Cate Blanchett nearly steals the movie. She’s so frickin good as Hela! And Tessa Thompson “Valkyrie” is my new super hero.

Starring: Chris HemsworthTom HiddlestonCate BlanchettMark RuffaloTessa ThompsonTaika WaititiJaimie AlexanderIdris Elba, and many more.

Thor: Ragnarok is a fun movie!

FOX Fall Season 2017 – Interviews Part 1

A conversation with Gotham’s Robin Lord Taylor and Crystal Reed on the new 4th season.

We had a lively conversation with these two funny actresses, Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz, who talked to us about the fourth season of their show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Brand-New Look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. 

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio Del ToroStar Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson.     

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15.

Fast and Quick Giveaway, The Hitman’s Bodyguard!

The Hitmans Bodyguard

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We have THREE copies of The Hitman’s Bodyguard for three lucky winners, the hilarious action-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. Would you like to win a copy of The Hitman’s Bodyguard? Then just click here to send us an email with your name and address (no P.O. Box). And that’s all!

We’ll draw the winners at 6P (PT), Monday, November 6! Get GOING!

The Hitman’s Bodyguard arrives on Digital HD November 7 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD November 21 from Lionsgate.

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