2 World Premieres, A Theatrical Release, & SO MUCH MORE!

Tell Me I’m Pretty – WORLD PREMIERE

Beyond the Usual and Bootleg Theater proudly present the world premiere of Tell Me I’m Pretty, a hilarious and riveting new show. Comedian, spoken word artist, and beatboxer Joshua Silverstein delivers and explosive mix of storytelling, spoken word, vocal percussion, and hip-hop that’s abundant with side-splitting humor and raw power. Accompanied by a three-piece band, Silverstein layers playful and riveting narratives grounded in personal experiences and nuanced by the complexities and contradictions surrounding race, gender, and poverty in America. If you are somehow not enticed by though, he reveals what it would have been like if Buster Keaton could beatbox!

Performances run Friday, April 8th – Saturday, May 7th
Every Thursday – Saturday @ 7:30pm at The Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057
General Admission tickets are $20 online pre-sale; $25 day of/at box office
Student & Senior discounts available

Written and Performed by Joshua Silverstein & Directed by Diana Wyenn
Guitar – Damian Curry; Drums – Gerry Doot; Bass – Erik Hallsey;
Video Designer – Matt Hill; Lighting Designer – Joey Guthman;
Sound Designer – Mark Holden; Graphic Designer – Jamais Vu;
Choreography & Scenic Design – Diana Wyenn; Production Stage Manager – Aaron Saldaña

For more information and tickets, visit the Tell Me I’m Pretty webpage.




While I’ll be helping to wow audiences at The Bootleg Theater, my NOTE family will be kicking off our 2016 season with yet another world premiere:
Phinneas Kiyomura’s Phrazzled!

Meet Phraz and Frasz, two different (or the same) “wannabe” writers battling ego, jealousy, love and doubt, as they strive for, and attempt to define, success in Hollywood. Set in the space adjacent to a TV production’s writers’ room, as their assistants juggle their daily, rote tasks and face the challenge of a blank page, they duo attempt to create the key that will open the door to that room. PHRAZZLED looks at life from two different viewpoints, and asks the more universal question: Who is telling the story of your life? And—can they write?

Phrazzled boasts an amazing mix of long-time NOTE members as well as new associates with both groups overflowing with award winning/nominated artistic talent.

Troy Blendell, Tony DeCarlo, Gina Garcia-Sharp, Andrea Ruth, Keith Hanson, Sierra Marcks and Will McFadden.

Written & Directed by Phinneas Kiyomura
Scenic Designer – Naomi Kasahara; Lighting Designer – Eb Madry;
Costume Designer – Kimberly Freed; Original Music & Sound Design – Dean Harada;
Prop Master – Hannah Dean; Fight Director – Mike Mahaffey;
Stage Manager – Stacy Benjamin; Asst. Stage Manager – Michelle Cullen

Produced for Theatre of NOTE by John Money

Previews Friday, April 8th & Saturday, April 9th @ 8pm
Runs Thursday, April 14th – Saturday, May 21st at
Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA
General Admission: $25; Students & Seniors: $20.

For more information and tickets visit the Theatre of NOTE website.



Kill Me, Deadly

From the mind of Bill Robens (A Mulholland Christmas Carol, Entropy, Rio Hondo,…), a stage production that amazed patrons and critics alike for so long at Theatre of NOTE that there was no place for it to go but up, and up it went. Today marks the theatrical release of the film noir comedy Kill Me, Deadly!

Four years in the making, after countless Facebook posts and passionate supporters, the film is now ready to be released to the world. Soon to be spread via VOD, DVD, and all the other nooks and crannies of the digital world, for one week only starting tonight, you can have the opportunity to witness this film on the big screen like the films of yesteryear.

Overflowing with and crafted by cherished Theatre of NOTE members, associates, and supporters such as Kirsten Vangsness, John Money, Dean Lemont, Keith Wilber, Darrett Sanders, Lynn Odell, Phinneas Kiyomura, Nicholas S. Williams, Kelly Egan, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Wendi West, Krystyna Loboda, Kimberly Freed, Keith Allan, and so many, MANY more.

Hear the luscious score, witness the gorgeous black and white imagery, and laugh at the wonderful characters and witty writing. Come be a part of history and view the film noir comedy Kill Me, Deadly in the historical Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre that originally opened in 1937.

April 1st – April 7th at
Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts 8556 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

For movie tickets and more information visit


Bad Jews

The month of June is booked for me as I perform my usual duties in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The deadline to be in the physical program is today but if you’re interested in participating in the HFF 2016 there’s still time! Vist to begin or complete your application process today! After the Fringe completes though I have no intention of slowing down. Within days of the awards ceremony I’ll be working once again with two talented artistic friends, Sigi Gradwohl & Sabrina Ann Llyod, to open Bad Jews at Theatre of NOTE. Here’s a glimpse for now to wet your appetites but be sure to stay tuned for more information and announcements as we near the opening date of the production.

by Joshua Harmon
A fierce, biting comedy about family, faith, and what you choose to believe when you’re chosen, BAD JEWS follows Daphna Feygenbaum, the self-proclaimed most devout Jew in her family. When her less observant cousin Liam arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom, bringing along a surprisingly non-Jewish element in the form of Melody, a hilarious and devastatingly funny battle of Old Testament proportions ignites. The Feygenbaums sharpen their wit, familial vitriol, and humor, making what The New York Times praises as,“the best comedy of the season!” and The New York Post calls, delicious, nasty, good fun!”


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