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Isn't It Rich? The Dramatized Staged Reading of Victoria Looseleaf's Novell...
The dramatized staged reading of Victoria Looseleaf’s novella in verse, Isn’t It Rich? is an intoxicating and hilarious journey through one woman’s life, where fascinating people, exotic places and lush events jump off the page in profoundly human and deeply disturbing ways. Vivid, erotic and occasionally surreal, Isn’t It Rich? reveals a complex and vulnerable existence, as portrayed by three distinct personalities, all framed by our need for romantic connection. Think The Vagina Monologues for the 21st century, minus the politics but not the sex.
Award-winning international arts journalist and author, Victoria Looseleaf has been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times for nearly two decades, filing datelines from around the world. Looseleaf has also written for the New York Times, KCET Artbound, Reuters, Performances Magazine and her own blog, The Looseleaf Report. Her cable access TV show, The Looseleaf Report, aired for 22 years in Los Angeles and New York, with over 400 broadcast shows produced. A documentary on Looseleaf and her TV show is currently in pre-production, with award-winning filmmaker, Kenneth Hughes at the helm.
Directed by award-winning experimental theatre director Madeleine Dahm (The Wallis), Isn’t It Rich? features actors Hannah Chodos (The Actors' Gang), Gleason Bauer (Zoo District), and Bernadette Sullivan (Independent Shakespeare Company), with dance created and performed by Jasmine Albuquerque (WIFE), music by Emmy-nominated composer Rodrigo Amarante (Narcos theme), and lighting design by Ovation award-winner Bosco Flanagan (The Actors' Gang).
Isn't It Rich? has been praised by entertainment and cultural luminaries, including Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. O.J. Simpson) as, "beautiful autobiographical short stories full of wit and grace. Isn't It Rich? Indeed it is." Actor/artist/writer Mary Woronov, likened Victoria Looseleaf to a "tall, thin, female Bukowski with good skin..." and author/actor Sandra Tsing Loh (The Madwoman In The Volvo) called the book, “A hilarious, sparkling and rowdy Looseleaves Of Grass! A joyous yawp, with dry martinis, frozen swans and jeroboams of style. Huzzah that the best poetry can be fun again!”
Two performances only: October 8, 7:30 pm and October 9, 3 pm. Suggested donation, $10. (includes post- performance reception and drinks). For reservations, please call 213-840-1201 or email email@example.com.
(cover image by Katrien De Blauwer)