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"Shrines" by Ashley Rose Wellman

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The Los Angeles Theatre Center

514 South Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Join us for a reading of PLAY LA writer Ashley Rose Wellman's new play "Shrines"! Presented by Echo Theater Company.

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A family stuck in the horrifying cycle of perpetual mourning throws a birthday party for a dead teenage girl. When the girl’s former high school sweetheart arrives and drops a major bombshell, the night descends into chaos and forces them to contend with deeply held trauma and disturbing secrets.

Written by Ashley Rose Wellman

Produced by Echo Theater Company

Directed by Anna LaMadrid

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West Liang, Tessa Slovis, Alison Martin, Daniel Hagen, Gloria Ines

Ashley Rose Wellman’s plays have been developed at Pasadena Playhouse, EST/LA, The Blank, Midnight Summit Ensemble, Red Cup Theatre Co., the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and a recent international production at Spinning Plates Co. in Melbourne, Australia. She is a two-time Finalist and two-time Semi-Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She is a member of New West at EST/LA, Antaeus Theatre Company Playwrights Lab, and the Barelight Writers Group. MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC.

DEDICATED TO NURTURING WRITERS AND PRODUCING NEW WORK, the multiple award- winning Echo Theater Company was anointed “Best Bet for Ballsy Original Plays” by the LA Weekly and was a recipient of a 2016 “Kilroy Cake Drop” — one of only 13 theaters in the country to be surprised by cakes to honor the efforts they are making to produce women and trans writers.

Most recently the company was nominated for 13 Stage Raw Awards. Additionally, they were awarded the Polly Warfield Award for “Excellent Season” by the LADCC while also winning two Ovation Awards for its production of Molly Smith Metzler’s CRY IT OUT, which was also chosen by both the L.A. Times and KCRW for their “Best of 2018” lists.

Anthony Byrnes (KCRW) said: “Echo Theater Company is on a fierce journey. They are choosing plays that are consistently challenging, and all have a deep conscience...If you wanted to pick one small theatre to add to your cultural roster — Echo is the consistent favorite.” While Charles McNulty wrote: “The Echo Theater Company production... [of GLORIA]...confirmed just how indispensable 99-seat theaters still are to a healthy theater ecology.”

Anna LaMadrid is a NY actor based in LA who is discovering her love for directing. She directed American Dream by Dipika Guha for Zeitgest, an evening of One-Acts curated by the Echo for its Associate Company. She is an Echo member and was last seen on the Echo stage playing Lizette in Boni Alvarez's play, Fixed. She recently received a Stage Raw Award for Best Comedy Performance for her role in the West Coast Premiere of Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops at Boston Court Theatre. www.anna-lamadrid.com

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