‘Rise & Shine’ Premiers at the Let Live Theater w/ special presentations; ‘Ride’ & ‘Gracie & Rose’

Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: I Thought I Was White

After months of work and numerous posts regarding the impending premier performance, the time has finally arrived! The talented Anil Kumar Bhardwaj‘s ‘Rise & Shine: I Thought I Was White‘ begins with a preview performance on Thursday, 9/12 and an opening performance on Friday, 9/13 at the Let Live Theatre. Directed by the amazing Reena Dutt and Produced by the outstanding Sara J. Fenton, ‘Rise & Shine‘ is a semi-autobiographical cautionary tale of how an Indian kid from Ohio eventually achieves spiritual enlightenment despite his own self-hatred. How did it form to begin with you may ask? Growing up in an area where there were no others like he and his family, he had made one critical assumption: He thought that he was white. ‘Rise & Shine‘ is the tale about a young man coming to terms with his parents, his culture, and ultimately himself. Told through the voices of his Punjabi immigrant family in the heartland of America, Anil‘s energetic and passionate performance shares a universal tale of bravery, connection, and self acceptance.

As if the production itself wasn’t enough to peak your interest, we’ve also assembled a multi-cultural and talented team to get the show ready to amaze all of our patrons. Set Designer: David Mauer, Lighting Designer: Ric Zimmerman, Projection Designer: David Beattie Patrick, Composer: Samrat Chakrabarti, Sound Designer: Cricket Myers, Choreographer: Shivani Thakkar, Graphic Design & Illustration: Brian Lara, Dramaturge: Che’Rae Adams, Press Representative: Ken Werther, Cinematography: Lock & Monkey Productions, Photography: Shutter Bug LA – Mobile Photo Studio, Opening Night Gala Producer: Jeni Pearsons, Opening Night Photography: Henning Fischer, & Stage Managed by me, Aaron Saldaña.

Rise & Shine: I Thought I Was White‘ runs Sept. 12 – Oct. 11, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm at the Let Live Theatre, 916A North Formosa Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Check the link below to go to the main site directly. Tickets are available now so be sure to get yours soon.



RIDE: A Meditation on Addiction‘ is an award winning solo show written and performed by Cheryl Rae. Intertwined with a personal story regarding the struggle with addiction itself, this compelling and engrossing tale combines non-linear storytelling, multimedia, and spoken word to create a show that is unforgettable. Having recently performed at the The Boetry Club and The Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe in New York, Cheryl will now be bringing her work to grace the stage of the Let Live Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 14 & 28 as part of the Rise & Shine – Sunday Special Presentations. Afterwards, she’s being asked to extend her performance to the SOSE Stage in November. For ticket information and more details, please visit the link below leading to her main production site or the Sunday Special Presentation page.


Gracie & Rose

Gracie & Rose‘, written and performed by Anastasia Coon, is an award winning tale that premiered in the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2013 and one of the few to be rewarded with a performance extension. Gracie and Rose love off the grid and live off the land in 1950’s Wyoming – where wild horses run free and appearances are deceiving. Gracie lives as George so she and Rose can be together. Is true love in the body worth the cost of living a lie in the world? Gracie and Rose fall in love without any idea what that means. As they contend with the intense demands of the land, the animals, and running a ranch, Rose wants to have a baby…with George. Performing for one night only on Sunday, Sept. 21 as part of the Rise & Shine – Sunday Special Presentations, ‘Gracie & Rose‘ will leave any patron fortunate enough to attend with a long lasting impression that will not fade away anytime soon. For ticket information and more details, please visit the link below leading to her main production site or the Sunday Special Presentation page.


Link: Rise & Shine: I Thought I Was White – Main Site

Link: Rise & Shine: Sunday Special Presentations – Site Page

Link: Ride – Main Site

Link: Gracie ‘n Rose – Main Site

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