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July 2016

Episode 15: Belushi, Bette and Beverly Hills

chairsThe process by which one place stops being home and another starts — it’s a mysterious thing. It happens, most often, when we’re not paying attention. And sometimes, as it did for comedy writer and transplanted East Coaster Janis Hirsch, it happens in stages. First she started to feel at home in Los Angeles; but it was only later, after a series of addresses and a run-in or two with Bette Davis, that she landed in the exact place that would be, finally, her home.

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  • “Domestic Fun (a),” by Ernest Tomlinson
  • “Prismatone,” by Podington Bear
  • “Wook,” by Podington Bear
  • “Star Prizes (a),” by Tony Kinsey
  • “Lena Sequence,” by Roberto Prgiado
  • “Jackie,” by Podington Bear
  • “Fashion on Parade,” by Ronald Hanmer
  • “Playmate,” by Podington Bear

Thanks to Janis Hirsch and Larry Shulman. 

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Episode 14: Rose, Mercedes and The Days Of The Dead


Actress/writer/artist Rose Portillo lives in the house she was born into, in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles. It’s the annual scene of her legendary Day Of the Dead parties, and it was the setting for her family’s story of ascension, assimilation and culture clash — as well as the long, wary dance of accommodation, spanning life and death, that Rose has performed with the formidable spirit of her grandmother, Mercedes Mendoza Portillo.



Altar photo from Day Of The Dead 2009 (upper left) courtesy of CJ Gronner.

Thanks to Rose Portillo, Roger Bowers and Mark B. Perry. To learn more about Young Theaterworks, go here. 

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