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ASK THEATER PROJECTS' COMMON GROUND festival, starting this week at UCLA's Macgowan Hall, focuses on the art of performance, rather than on the script-based orientation of ASK's other programs. (ASK Theater Projects is a national, privately endowed theater-support organization.) “We have expanded what we would define as theater,” says executive director Kym Eisner. The performances are all free, but reservations are required to guarantee seating. The festival's reservation line is (310) 478-9ASK. On the docket this year:
Appino and a collection of enthusiastic collaborators have synthesized this story with the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus to create what they describe as a mythic knock-down, drag-out mobile grudge match. Appino, with composers David Russell and Kevin Joyce, dance captain/ choreographer Tina LaPadula, and a host of singers, dancers and actors, will perform a 20- to 30-minute excerpt from the project. (Thurs., June 24, 9 p.m.; Sun., June 27, 3:30 p.m.)
In addition to all the shows, ASK will host its second annual Theater Fair on Saturday and Sunday afternoon directly outside Macgowan Hall, where representatives from theaters all over Los Angeles will be available to answer questions and provide information on their seasons, submission processes and opportunities to get involved. Food, live music and “other surprises” will be included.