Padua Playwrights kicks off the 2020 season with a series of performances with Blackouts. A new virtual performance piece showcases writer and director Murray Mednick’s poetic gifts to address the Covid-19 crisis. BLACKOUTS combines streetwise lyricism and dry humor to bear on an infernal encounter with the health care system, American style. Explains Mednick, “BLACKOUTS is a partially autobiographical account of a recent surreal hospital stay.” Starring the award-winning actor Tony Abatemarco (The Mystery of Irma Vep, Four Fathers, the stellar cast also includes Youssif Kamal, Christopher Rivas, Shyla Lefner and Jon Gentry—BLACKOUTS will be presented live for viewers in two parts, June 5, 6, 7 (Part 1) and June 12, 13, 14 (Part 2). With BLACKOUTS, Mednick continues his lifelong exploration of theatre as a medium for truth telling and connection.
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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts InFocus: Canadian Cinema, Presented by the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, highlighting independent Canadian storytellers. Following the Canadian Cinema programs is a selection of shorts from NFMLA’s summer programming. Powered by Seed&Spark on their virtual festival platform, each screening will be followed by a live Q&A via Zoom. Special event sponsors include Telefilm Canada, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles and Mount Saint Mary’s University. The day begins with InFocus: Canadian Cinema’s documentary…