Word Now is a live storytelling show. Our storytellers are handpicked and tell personal stories around a theme. Produced by 3 time Emmy award winner, Mike Lawshé and Actress, Jill Remez in association with the Fremont Centre Theatre we present WORD Now every other
month for one night only. Our upcoming theme is FALL!
We have a special musical guest this month! Michael Mortilla
Mr. Mortilla is an L.A. based composer and sound designer working in theater, film, dance, and the concert hall. He has composed and performed in his own works under commissions from the Academy of Motion Pictures, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the 1996 Olympics, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Film Preservation Foundation, Turner Classic Movies, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, among others. Mr. Mortilla was, in fact, the last composer to collaborate directly in the studio with Martha Graham in a work for PBS, which was performed at the White House. In addition to over one thousand produced works, he is known internationally for his work in accompanying silent films. In January 2016, he became part of an exhibit at LACMA, performing for nearly nine hours, non-stop, and thus closing the “New Objectivity” exhibit. He served on the faculty at UC Santa Barbara as resident composer, teaching music for theater and dance and has guest lectured elsewhere, including CARATS. Mr. Mortilla’s score for Chaplin’s “The Rink” accompanied the world’s first broadcast of the feature film with sound (1997) presented by the American Film Institute.
Have you ever … Had a fall from Grace? Had a fall from Grace? Run through falling leaves in Autumn? Fallen in Love?
Our featured storytellers for Sunday, September 18th include:
Lan Tran A featured storyteller for The Moth, Lan Tran is the writer/ performer of three off-Broadway solo shows: How to Unravel Your Family, Elevator/Sex, and Smart Ass. Her writing has been anthologized in A New Literary History of America, Word and Image, Waking Up American, and Beyond Words.
Michael Patrick Duggan Michael Patrick Duggan is an author of YA fantasy fiction–he has a new novel coming out called ‘The Mysterious World of Oliver Goodwyck’. In addition, he is a cartoonist, comedian, and the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Storytelling Festival. The sorting hat placed him in Hufflepuff instead of Gryffindore. He’s still mulling over the lawsuit.
Kim Pendergest Kim Pendergest is a marketing professional by day and aspiring story-teller by night. She has been featured in Ghosts of the Internet live story-telling events and has published articles on nature and ecology for the Los Angeles Zoo. A New Jersey native, Kim has lived in Southern California for 20 years. She currently lives in Burbank with her 3 cats and accident-prone husband. She is excited to be sharing her story with Word Now for the first time.
Wendy Hammers Wendy Hammers is the creator and host of Tasty Words™, an LA based spoken word salon, now in it’s 15th year. Her book, Tous Mesregimes.Com, a how not to diet book, was published by Marabout Press. As an actress, she’s been featured on Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Sopranos; as a comic you may have seen her on Oprah and Craig Ferguson. www.wendyhammers.com
Erica Gerard is a writer, performer and Moth StorySlam winner. Originally from Tempe, Arizona, Erica honed her comedy chops writing and performing in a weekly sketch show with the nationally acclaimed Farce Side Comedy Hour at Arizona State University. She was an original cast member of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award winning musical, SF Follies, and appeared in several local independent films, including Doggie B. with Jane Weidlin and a very stoned George Clinton and the P Funk. Erica is a regular performer in the LA storytelling circuit, she is also a producer and host of This is Home, a podcast about untraditional families – launching this fall.
Jeff Giles is not an actor, writer, director or producer. Long a student of the sciences, he is now a corporate refugee seeking artistic expression. Finding encouragement from friends, Jeff made his debut in Pablo Marz’ and Mischa Fisher’s production Tell It. Matt Price is currently the head writer for “Regular Show” on the Cartoon Network. He won an Emmy for his writing on the show in 2012. Prior to that, Matt wrote for several shows on Comedy Central, most notably “Root of All Evil with Lewis Black.” As an actor, some of Matt’s favorite appearances were on “Men of a Certain Age,” “New Girl,” “The Office” and “Transparent.” He grew up in Evanston, IL, and he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Tamara and their unquestionably adorable daughter Hazel.