Letters from Young Gay Men is a project that was inspired by Rilke’s Letters to a young poet. A show that brings a unique intimacy between the gay youth and elders of the community. These are very special letters performed by an amazing cast - these words crack the heart and forge the soul. Performing at Studio C Artists - 6448 Santa Monica Blvd. LA. CA. 90038 as part of the Lambda Literary Festival.
Special Opening Night performance for Lambda Literary Festival on Thursday March 9th at 7pm. Free admission.
Directed by John Coppola, the cast consists of Charles Anteby, Jeffrey Willie, Terry Houlihan, Joseph Baken, Matthew Benjamin Ramos and Jordan Santoro.
Conceived and Edited by Brian Gleason
Based on the book "Letters to A Young Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Produced by Bertha Rodriguez and Matthew Quinn
“LETTERS FROM YOUNG GAY MEN” will be performed in Studio C Artists - 6448 Santa Monica Blvd. LA. CA. 90038.
Running time: 60 minutes. All performances are $25 (Except March 9 which is free.)
“LETTERS FROM YOUNG GAY MEN”
DIRECTED BY: John Coppola
Matthew Benjamin Ramos
DATES: March 9, 2017 – April 2, 2017
PERFORMANCES: 60 minutes (no intermission)
Lambda Literary Festival Los Angeles is a celebration of contemporary voices honoring and expanding on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and readers in Southern California.
Lambda Literary Foundation believes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published and read.
Rise Up And Shout!, co-founded by Don Kilherner, founder of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Mark Thompson, former editor of The Advocate Magazine, is a mentoring project for young LGBT artists in the Los Angeles area. Elders from the LGBT community work with youth in a year-long effort culminating in a performance/coming out event at the Barnsdall Theater in Hollywood. Rise Up And Shout! has produced four showcase events, one documentary film (aired on the Sundance Channel), and has just completed its first book Letters To Young Gay Men, on which this stage production is based.
Brian Gleason is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist working in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is a longtime activist and leader in the gay community in that city, where he also works as Executive Director and Producer for Rise Up And Shout!, a mentoring organization for LGBT youth. Brian is also a Ph.D. candidate in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Brian has published essays in White Crane Journal, a magazine of gay culture; and In Times Like These, How We Pray, a book of essays edited by the late Malcolm Boyd.
John Coppola was born in Brooklyn, NY, and has had a multifaceted career as a director, producer, actor and teacher. He began his acting career over twenty years ago while attending Yale’s prestigious Dramat Purple Crayon. He has appeared on Broadway numerous times (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, American Buffalo) and in films such as Into the Paradise, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap, and You Gotta Leave Your Mark. As a director, John has helmed over 40 theatrical productions in New York, Los Angeles, and abroad. The movie Possibility, which he directed, took the Grand Jury Prize for short film at the New York International Film and Video Festival. As part of Studio C Artists, John offers private coaching to a thriving group of students, established actors, and movie stars.
Based in Los Angeles, Studio C Artists is a production, casting, and arts education company founded by director John Coppola and producer Michael Sonntag. The production unit focuses on film and television – primarily features, documentaries, scripted series, and web series. In addition, Studio C Artists develops projects for the stage, with the intention of working some of them into material for the screen. Studio C Artists Casting is a full service film and television casting office located in the heart of Hollywood. The casting group specializes in both theatrical and commercial casting. The Acting & Filmmaking Institute is an all-encompassing acting studio, which offers a curriculum of acting classes, career-related seminars, and filmmaking workshops. The curriculum emphasizes The New Approach – a unique formula taught only at Studio C, which has been cultivated and perfected over the last 20 years. Studio C Artists’ clients range from up-and-coming actors to major film and television stars, and are represented by some of Hollywood’s busiest agents and managers. For more information, visit www.studiocartists.com.
THEATER ASYLUM/COMBINED ARTFORM - Matthew Quinn (Executive Producer) has been involved in theater production and venue management for over 20 years in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He created Combined Artform in 1998 with Producer Bertha Rodriguez to produce full and co-productions, explore multi-media, including live online internet programming and be active members in the performance community. For Combined Artform, stand out productions include Santaland Diaries (now in its 15th year at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco), BLINK & You Might Miss Me, Jane Austen Unscripted (w/Impro Theatre), A Tuna Christmas, Pulp Shakespeare, How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse- US Version and Tilted Frame. Matthew and Bertha are active supporters of the Hollywood Fringe Festival where as a venue they hosted 30% of the 2015/2016 festival. In 2010, Matthew started the Asylum’s Best of the Fringe (ENCORE Awards) and in 2016 BEYOND ENCORES. From the ENCORES, he has co-produced extensions of Pulp Shakespeare, Pokemusical, Sunny Afternoon, Meet & Greet and WOMEN (w/Beth Dies), Suicide Notes and Pick of the Fringe (nominated for best variety 2015).