For Immediate Release
Playwright Honored with Stage
Presentations in Los Angeles, New York
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Glendale and West Hollywood CA and New York City–The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights chose Lance Johnson’s ten-minute play, “Taming the Male Chauvinist” to be staged at their 2018 Play Reading Festival along with five others. Set in 1947, the play will be staged free of charge on Saturday, September 22, at 4:00 PM, at the Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. It will be read by different actors and produced by ALAP Vice Chair Rose Desena on Monday, October 15 in New York at Lucky Jack’s, 129 Orchard Street, on the lower east side.
The Pacific Palisades Theater in Southern California (www.TheatrePalisadees.com) honored and staged Johnson’s “Community Service” in 2016, and the National Marine Corps Heritage Foundation honored his “Community Service” for a distinguished play or screenplay dealing with U.S. Marine Corps heritage.” To honor the play and playwright, an engraved brick was placed in Semper Fi Park adjacent to the Museum in Quantico, VA.
Lance Johnson, a 50-year resident of California where he frequents the tri-corner area of Glendale that includes LaCanada-Flintridge and Pasadena, has appeared in movies, stage plays (best actor nominations), national commercials and TV, including a lead American role in a twenty-eight-part China TV production. He performed in Pacific Palisades Theatre’s The Best Man by Gore Vidal in which the Palisadian-Post said, “Lance Johnson is outstanding as…ex-president Art Hockstader.”
Johnson is also the author of the award-winning What Foreigners Need to Know About America from A to Z, endorsed by ambassadors from China to the US, and the US to China. It was also selected by American university hosts of Fulbright scholars as recommended reading and is now available in China in Simplified Chinese and the Ukraine in Ukrainian. The book is the result of his interest in travel and politics. He traveled or lived in 90 countries and 49 of the 50 states. His passport is fatter than a pocket-sized paperback book and his understanding of his own culture increased as he learned more about the cultures of others.
The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) offers opportunities to develop and showcase work including the New Works Lab, In Our Own Voices presented at bookstores and, with a grant from the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation, it sponsors a tour of short plays. In addition–with a grant from the city of West Hollywood—the organization sponsors the Pride Reading Festival showcasing readings of LGBTQ-themed plays during Gay Pride Month in June. Their website includes a Script Catalogue, where members list their plays available to theatres and producers around the world and production photos. They have members in over a dozen states and the District of Columbia.
This is the third year ALAP has produced this event in both Los Angeles and New York. To learn more about them and their activities and support for playwrights go to http://www.laplaywrights.org.
Learn more about the playwright and his various pursuits at: www.howtodoitfrugally.com/A_
Support materials are available on request including photos of the Marine Foundation Award Ceremony and Semper Fi Walk of Honor.
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