Cino Nights



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LOS ANGELES – Due to popular demand, Rising Phoenix Repertory (Daniel Talbott, Artistic Director) has announced that it will add a 5pm showing to its evening of world-premieres of three short plays by Amy Berryman, Larry Powell, and Helen Shang. Written on the theme of Haunted Hollywood, the plays have been commissioned by the company to be performed at Larry Edmunds Bookshop in downtown Hollywood on Sunday November 3rd at 5pm and 7pm.

RPR company member Lovell Holder and RPR Artistic Associate Addie Talbott will direct and produce the plays, featuring a cast includes Aria Alpert Adjani, Ian Bamberg, Ashley Monique Butler, Mark Larson, Roger Q. Mason, Ellen Neary, Susan Louise O’Connor, Mandy Olsen, and Annie Worden.

Continuing in the tradition of their acclaimed Cino Nights series in New York, Rising Phoenix Rep recently produced two sold out site-specific theatrical events at Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Los Angeles with one full length play and seven short world-premiere plays commissioned from some of theater’s top contemporary writers.

The plays will be performed one night only, on Sunday, November 3rd, with showings at 5pm and 7pm. The 7pm show is currently SOLD OUT, but there will be a waiting list that can be joined by emailing ahead or in person a half hour before curtain.

The performance will be at:
Larry Edmunds Bookshop
6644 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

To make reservations, email with name and number of seats desired.
*Seating is extremely limited – you will receive an email to let you know if the reservation is confirmed or if the evening is sold out.

The price of admission is the purchase of a book, script, or poster from the Larry Edmunds Bookshop. The house will open 30 minutes before the performance to allow patrons to check in, make a purchase, and receive their tickets at the register. All proceeds go to the bookshop.

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Amy Berryman is a writer and actor originally from Seattle. Her play The Whole of You was recently performed as part of Cino Nights at the Larry Edmunds, directed by Daniel Talbott. Her full length plays include Walden (Great Plains Theatre Conference 2019, Premiere Play Festival Runner Up 2019, Last Frontier Theatre Festival 2018), The New Galileos (O’Neill Finalist 2019, Playwrights Realm Fellowship Finalist 2018, Mach 33 Science Driven Plays Semi-Finalist 2019, developed in Amios’ First Draughts series) and Three Year Summer. Her short plays have been seen in Amios’ SHOTZ and Barrington Collective in NYC. The short film she wrote, co-produced, and starred in, “You Are Everywhere” premiered in New York Shorts Fest and won “Best Short Drama” in the LA Short Film Festival. As an actor, she was recently seen off-Broadway in The Convent by Jessica Dickey with Rattlestick/Rising Phoenix Rep. @amyrberryman

Larry Powell is a writer, actor, director and producer born and raised in South Central LA. As an actor he’s originated and premiered roles in some of the most exciting new plays in America including The Christians by Lucas Hnath, The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, Father Comes Home From The Wars by Suzan Lori Parks, Seared by Theresa Rebeck, Brokeology by Nathan Louis Jackson, Curve of Departure by Rachel Bonds, and While I Yet Live by Billy Porter, to name a few. He is a two-time Ovation Award nominee, three time NAACP Theatre Award Nominee, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Award Nominee, two-time LA Drama Critics Circle Award Winner, as well as an Audelco and Audie award nominee. You can check him out as Lawrence in the movie The Browsing Effect (now available on streaming services). Larry is also a published playwright and professional screenwriter. He most recently finished writing on upcoming feature film, BARS, and his play Lost Dog will premiere in Los Angeles at Los Angeles Theatre Center Spring 2020. As a director he has worked with several contemporary playwrights on exciting new works, has directed his own film project Mother’s Milk, and has been mentored by the likes of Michele Shay, Robert O’Hara and Phylicia Rashad (Assistant Director; Center Theatre Group’s production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; LA Drama Critics Circle Award). He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama.

Helen Shang is a TV and feature writer with an affinity for dark genre. She was born in Beijing, China, and at the age of six immigrated to California, where her family immersed her in the English language by taking her to the movies. But because her parents didn’t know what movie ratings were (there were no ratings in China), Helen started her cinematic journey with classics such as BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Thanks to this early exposure, Helen fell in love with writing horror as a way of exploring her emotional truths. Helen began her screenwriting career on NBC’s HANNIBAL, and has worked on Netflix’s 13 REASONS WHY and Amazon’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS. She is now a producer on CBS All Access’s THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH.

Lovell Holder graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University. He then received his MFA from Brown University. Feature Film: Ian MacAllister-McDonald’s Some Freaks (producer; starring Thomas Mann, Lily Mae Harrington, Tony nominee Marin Ireland; available on Netflix); Loserville (director/producer/co-writer; with Tony winner Sara Ramirez, starring Darby Stanchfield, Matt McGorry); Robert Jury’s Working Man (producer; starring Oscar nominee Talia Shire, Peter Gerety). Short Film: Olivia Hamilton’s Surrogate (producer, alongside Oscar winner Damien Chazelle); Daniel Talbott’s You Say Hello (director/producer); Roger Q. Mason’s Softer (director/producer). LA Theater: Echo Theater Company, LATC, Son of Semele, Chalk Rep. Regional Theater: Trinity Repertory Company, McCarter Theater Center.

Addie Johnson Talbott is an actor, producer, director, and nonfiction writer. Addie works as an executive producer with Rising Phoenix Rep, piece by piece/ Weathervane, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater – recently on The Convent and Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait in New York and Slipping and Thieves in Los Angeles. In LA, she served as associate producer for CTG’s 50th Anniversary, Development Director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference, and headed the Echo Theater Writers Lab. She directed Vietnamese Wedding by Maria Irene Fornes as part of Cino Nights at the University of Washington, and will be directing Envy by Mia Ellis for Son of Semele this fall. She is an artistic associate of Rising Phoenix Rep and the associate theater editor of The Brooklyn Rail.

Daniel Talbott is a writer, director, actor, and a Lucille Lortel and Obie Award winning theater producer. He’s currently a writer on The Conners on ABC; was a writer for Weinstein Company and Spike TV on The Mist, based on the Stephen King novella; and his hour-long drama pilot Summer was optioned and in development with Sonar and Killer Films. His television series Rome, Georgia was recently purchased by Wiip Television, and he is in development with Jim Parsons’ company That’s Wonderful Productions for a feature, Yosemite (Golden Palm for Best Screenplay – Beverly Hills Film Fest; Best Feature Screenplay – LA Indie Film Fest and Katra Film Series). He is on the lit team of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and is the artistic director of Rising Phoenix Rep. He most recently directed the Off-Broadway premiere of Jessica Dickey’s The Convent, and his plays include Nick and Zoe (Arctic Group/IRT), Slipping (Rattlestick, The Side Project), Yosemite (Rattlestick), Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (Rattlestick/piece by piece, Encore), What Happened When (Rattlestick, Rising Phoenix Rep/Echo Theater Company), Someone Brought Me (Quince Productions), Mike and Seth (Quince, Encore, The Side Project), Extraordinary Things (RPR), and Gray (Your Name Here). Other directing work includes Ugly Little Sister (NYU), First Born (The Actors Studio), Thieves (Weathervane/RPR/Rattlestick), F**king Immaculate (RPR), A Fable (Rattlestick), Scarcity (Rattlestick/Hill Town Plays), Lake Water (Neighborhood Productions), Eightythree Down (Hard Sparks), Much Ado About Nothing (Boomerang), and Squealer (Lesser America). He is co-writing a new play with Lucy Thurber titled The Land of Ghosts and was recently commissioned by Echo Theater Company for their 2020 season, and is creating, co-writing and directing the Confession Project. He received a 2011 Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship and was named one of 15 People of the Year by He is a graduate of Juilliard, a proud member of Echo Theater Company, and a member of the Actors Studio.

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award, Caffe Cino Fellowship, and New York Innovative Theatre Award, Rising Phoenix Repertory was founded in 1999 by Artistic Director Daniel Talbott, and produces primarily new plays – both in the Indie Theatre and Off-Broadway – in traditional spaces and site-specifically around New York City and regionally. Recent productions include The Convent by Jessica Dickey (produced with Weathervane and Rattlestick), Thieves (with Weathervane), A Fable (with piece by piece productions and Rattlestick), the Lucille Lortel Award-winning Off-Broadway run of All the Rage (with piece by piece and The Barrow Group), 3C (with piece by piece and Rattlestick), Elective Affinities (produced site-specifically with piece by piece and Soho Rep), Slipping (with piece by piece and Rattlestick), and Too Much Memory (with piece by piece), which transferred to the New York Theatre Workshop’s Fourth Street Theatre after winning the FringeNYC award for Outstanding Play in 2008. Rising Phoenix Repertory produces an ongoing series called Cino Nights, inspired by Joe Cino and his Caffe Cino – one of the original birthplaces of Off-Off-Broadway theatre – for which the company has commissioned over twenty playwrights to write new, full-length plays, which are fully produced site-specifically on a shoestring budget. Two volumes of Cino Nights plays have been published by The New York Theatre Experience, and the company publishes an ongoing theater magazine called Caffe Cino (edited by Talbott and Steve McMahon), available in bookstores and online. Rising Phoenix Rep serves as a home base for a company of theatre professionals that encourages an open exchange of work and ideas within the greater theatre community.