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The Echo Theater Company is a group of actors, writers, directors, and producers dedicated to developing and presenting the work of playwrights at any and all levels.
Most recently The Echo produced a festival of World Premiere One-Acts and the World Premiere of Bryan Davidson's War Music. Other award winning premiere productions by The Echo include Bedfellows by Herman Daniel Farrell III, The Median Strip by Richard Strand, Home Grown by Rick Cleveland, A Devil Inside by David Lindsay-Abaire, Finder's Fee by Wesley Moore, A Thimble of Smoke by Elroyce D. Jones, and Wild Life by Bernardo Solano. The Echo presents an ongoing public reading series at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood in an effort to expose emerging and established playwrights to new audiences. Plays read in the series include: Hilly Hicks Jr.'s Artists & Criminals; Tanya Barfield's Pecan Tan; Adam Rapp's Finer Noble Gases and Nocturne; Bryan Davidson's War Music; David Lindsay-Abaire's A Devil Inside, Fuddy Meers, and Dotting and Dancing; Keith Bunin's The King of Clocks; Neena Beber's Tomorrowland; Leah Ryan's Short Order; Napoleon Ellsworth's Farewell Undertaker; Amy Freed's The Psychic of Savages; Kira Obolensky's The Adventures of Herculina and Lobster Alice; Cusi Cram's Landlocked; Quincy Long's Year of the Baby and Aux Cops; Erin Cressida Wilson's Hurricane; Lucy Thurber's Where We're Born; Joe DiPietro's Over the Rainbow and Through the Woods; Rick Cleveland's HomeGrown and Danny Bouncing; Elroyce D. Jones' A Thimble of Smoke; Bernardo Solano's Wild Life and Dominion; Todd Alcott's The User's Waltz; Keith Huff's Harry's Way; Richard Strand's Median Strip; Carlyle Brown's The Pool Room; Laura Quinn's The White Room; Gordon Dahlquist's The Secret Machine; Heather McCutchen's Alabama Rain; Karl Gajdusek's Spin; and Adam LeFevre's Ethiopian Tooth. In addition to reading series, The Echo has ongoing relationships with playwrights through The Echo Writers Unit, a monthly forum for the development and support of Los Angeles based playwrights. To further our commitment to developing and nurturing playwrights, The Echo founded The Ojai Playwrights Conference in 1997. Similar to The OÃ¢Â Â Neill Conference in Connecticut, Ojai is a two-week retreat for writers where writers workshop new material alongside directors and actors culminating in a staged reading performance for the community. Writers such as Christopher Durang, David Ives, Jessica Goldberg, Deborah Laufer, Ari Roth and Heather Dundas have participated in this nationally-reputed program. In 1997, Showtime Network rewarded The Echo for its work with writers by granting the company several first-look development deals. In association with Dreamyard LA, The Echo founded ActOut, a theater outreach program for incarcerated youth. Members of the Echo and Dreamyard visit Camp Kilpatrick, a probation camp for youthful offenders aged 13-18, where they teach classes in acting, improvisation, and playwrighting. Through the nurturing of writers and their work, The Echo seeks to engage audiences in dialogue. The Echo also aims to extend itself to people and places with which the theater has lost touch and attempts to enrich the community by nourishing and supporting theater that both mirrors and challenges it. The Echo Theater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, CA.
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