Attack of the Second Bananas

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Celebration Theatre to Stage Reading of ATTACK OF THE SECOND BANANAS, 9/15
by Broadway World News Desk

CELEBRATION THEATRE presents as part of its New Works Reading Series... Gina Torrecilla's ATTACK OF THE SECOND BANANAS!!! Two beloved stage performers on the verge of TV stardom drop dead during their final performance. Friendship can be such a killer.

The cast of Attack Of The Second Bananas will feature: Cindy Sciacca, Nell Teare, Gregory Guy Gorden, Trevor Olsen, June Carryl, and Victoria Hoffman.

The show, directed by Ryan Bergmann, will run Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at The West Hollywood City Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente, West Hollywood (free parking for entire night after attending reading). Admission is free... with donations gratefully accepted.

Full article: http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/Celebration-Theatre-to-Stage-Reading-of-ATTACK-OF-THE-SECOND-BANANAS-915-20150908

Second Bananas

Astro Boy Extends!

Now EXTENDED through Sat, Aug 8!
Astro Boy Extension

GO! " ... a scintillating, invention-packed tour de force of visual wit, breathtaking acrobatic performance and sumptuous, seamlessly integrated, multimedia production design... a poignantly whimsical and critically savvy documentary homage to the man many consider to be the Japanese Walt Disney — manga master and anime pioneer Osamu Tezuka... "
- LA Weekly

"RECOMMENDED / TOP TEN / PICK OF THE WEEK ...spectacular... brilliantly creative... dazzling... delightful."
-Terry Morgan, Stage Raw

"... incredibly inventive... totally unique and truly spectacular... a matchless 70-minute thrill ride..."
-Travis Michael Holder, Arts in L.A.

"... most creative and inventive... a stellar cast and superbly talented artists... "
- ArtsBeatLA

Princess Rap Battle


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Check out my Wayne's World cameo in the newest PRINCESS RAP BATTLE with Daenerys Targaryen (Yvonne Strahovski) and Maleficent (Whitney Avalon). I had such a blast filming this with Whitney, Yvonne, and my partner in crime Garth (Brad Gage). The #PrincessRapBattle comedy series has over 50 MILLION VIEWS on YouTube and HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS more on websites including: HUFFINGTON POST, PEREZ HILTON, NERDIST, E!, COSMOPOLITAN, VARIETY, & MTV.

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PARTY ON! WE'RE NOT WORTHY!

Astro Boy and the God of Comics

I am thrilled to announce that I have been cast as an understudy for this cramazing (crazy + amazing) show at Sacred Fools Theater. Check it out!

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by Natsu Onoda Power
directed by Jaime Robledo (Watson, Stoneface, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
produced by Brian Wallis

JUNE 20 - JULY 25, 2015
Previews June 13-14 & 19  
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 7pm

Tickets: $25 (Previews: $15)
Friday, June 26: Donate What You Can (see below)
(310) 281-8337 or Buy Tickets Online

WEST COAST PREMIERE! This multimedia performance art piece tells the story of famed Japanese animator Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy, his most famous character. This West Coast Premiere features interactive video, live drawing and stylized movement. It’s a whimsical, retro sci-fi visual extravaganza that examines post-WWII fascination with technology and destruction, and the relationship between creation and creator.

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"The words ‘You’ve never seen anything like this before’ may sound cliché, but trust me, you have never seen anything like Astro Boy And The God Of Comics, a mind-boggling blend of fact and fantasy that weaves together human performers and live action with still-&-animated video projections, puppets, and most exciting of all, live cartooning by some skilled actors/pen-&-ink artists—all of which adds up to what is CERTAIN TO BE ONE OF THE SUMMER'S MOST GIGANTIC HITS."
- StageSceneLA

“A scintillating, invention-packed tour de force of visual wit, breathtaking acrobatic performance and sumptuous, seamlessly integrated, multimedia production design.”
- LA Weekly


CAST
Heather Schmidt as Astro Boy
West Liang as Osamu Tezuka

Ensemble: Zach Brown, Mandi Moss Holmes, Megumi Kabe, Anthony Li, Jaime Puckett & Marz Richards

UNDERSTUDIES
Erin Sanzo as Astro Boy
Scot Shamblin as Osamu Tezuka

Ensemble: Gregory Guy Gorden, Lisa Anne Nicolai & Aviva Pressman

#ILove99

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“Work is what you do for others, liebchen, art is what you do for yourself.”
– Stephen Sondheim,
Sunday in the Park with George

There is a massive threat to the continued existence of LA’s intimate theatres.

At issue is the right of Los Angeles artists to make their own decisions about where they choose to make their “art” while waiting for Hollywood to give them “work.”
Statement by Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle – February 26, 2015

Excerpt: “The cultural loss [from the proposed AEA plan] would be incalculable, affecting the hundreds of productions staged annually in Los Angeles. The economic loss of all the businesses interdependent on that production output is calculable, but even without the numbers being run, we believe the net impact on the city could be catastrophic.”

Fore more info visit
http://ilove99.org/

The Razzie Awards

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I'll be performing in the opening number at the internationally infamous 
Golden Raspberry Awards live on stage at The Montalban Theater.

The Razzie Awards
Saluting the worst that Hollywood has to offer.

The 35th Annual Razzies will be held on 
“Oscar Eve”, Saturday, February 21st @ 8pm.

www.razzies.com
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Jeffrey

Tonight I'll be reading the part of Jeffrey in Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey for Celebration Theatre. One of my favorite plays. $10 suggested donation. The space is the West Hollywood Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente (at the library - next to the coffee shop). Come join the fun!

The cast:
Jeffrey - Gregory Guy Gorden
Man 1 - Christopher Pearson
Man 2 - Marc Forget
Man 3 - Parnell Damone
Man 4 - Peter Pasco
Man 5 - Michael Shepperd
Man 6 - Kenny Kelleher
Woman - Samantha Kern

The Ghost of Gershwin

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I can currently be seen on stage in The Ghost of Gershwin: A New Old-Fashioned Musical.

Music by Wayland Pickard • Book by Doug Haverty
Lyrics by Laura Manning & Wayland Pickard

Based on an idea, “The Ghost of Gershwin” by Wayland Pickard

Additional lyrics by Doug Haverty
Orchestrations by Wayland Pickard

All new songs written in the style of George & Ira Gershwin

Directed by Jules Aaron

Choreography by Michele Bernath

With:
Jean Altadel
Emma-Jayne Appleyard
Kyle Bares
Andrew Bourgeois
Gregory Guy Gorden
Daniel Lench
Suzy London

Purchase Tickets:
www.theGROUPrep.com
Reservations & Information: (818) 763-5990

May 9, 2014 — June 22, 2014
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm • Sundays at 2:00pm
THE GROUP REP at The Lonny Chapman Theatre
10900 Burbank Boulevard, NoHo, CA 91601 • Free Parking

A struggling young composer is haunted by the music of George Gershwin ... until he meets the Ghost of Gershwin ... and his life is never the same again. Set in Brooklyn today, this romantic musical harkens back to the wacky world of the 1930s where the tenants of this apartment building are all involved in the arts. People burst into song and dance at the drop of a hat. This effervescent musical features all original songs, which are a delightful homage to the legacy of American icons George & Ira Gershwin. How would you feel if you got to meet your idol and ask him any question you wanted? And what if the answer had nothing to do with the question, but changed your life anyway? You’d sing, wouldn’t you?


REVIEWS for The Ghost of Gershwin:


"As Dennis, Mr. Gorden proves to be a real crowd pleaser with his overblown takes and reactions...along the lines of Gig Young and Tony Randall. There is a lot to sing about in the Group Rep’s The Ghost of Gershwin. It contains a bevy of freshly penned ditties that are nostalgic in tone and capture the style and essence of a bygone era perfectly. A new old-fashioned musical that even the ghost of Gershwin would be proud to call his own."
- Stage and Cinema

"Gorden makes Dennis a likable mess. The Ghost of Gershwin has much to sing about including a terrific musical score, sleek choreography, dynamite direction and a super talented cast."
-Grigware Reviews

"Gorden's duet with Bares, “Something Sleeping”, is amazingly touching and heartfelt... they have a nice onstage chemistry. A Wonderful Musical Fantasy Extravaganza!"
-The Geek Authority

"The cast is personable and charming. The book has the kooky offbeat feel of the 1930s era Gershwin musicals. Nice effort by all involved in creating an original Gershwin musical from the ground up."
- Haines His Way

"Great fun and thoroughly entertaining. Each and every actor in this great new musical gives us everything we want in a musical. You will be singing these new songs all the way home, and dancing your way back to see THE GHOST OF GERSHWIN again and again. This show is on its way to becoming a classic."
-NoHo Arts District

Speed Therapy Episode

Here's an episode of a very funny web series SPEED THERAPY by the brilliant Kate Bergeron that I got to work on a few months ago. Check it out and give it a like/subscribe!

Speed Therapy Trailer

Here's the trailer for a very funny web series SPEED THERAPY by the hilarious Kate Bergeron that I got to work on a few months ago. Episodes begin April 3rd. Check it out and give it a like/subscribe!

China: The Whole Enchilada!

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I'm thrilled to announce that I have been cast in Sacred Fools Theater Company's upcoming production of CHINA: THE WHOLE ENCHILADA! I can't wait to work with this amazing group of people. My ridiculously talented castmates are Gina Torrecilla and Andi Dema. The rock star creative team includes director Allison Bibicoff, producer Brian Wallis, as well as the writers of the show: Mark Brown and Paul Mirkovich (musical director for The Voice! & Cher). It's gonna be an absolute blast!

CHINA: THE WHOLE ENCHILADA!
FEB 4 - MARCH 12, 2014
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 8pm

WEST COAST PREMIERE! Ni Hao, amigos. Straight from being named Outstanding Musical at the New York International Fringe Festival, China is three white guys irreverently singing, dancing, and hysterically marching their way through five thousand occasionally misconstrued years of Chinese history in 90 minutes. One guy loves China, one is paranoid that China is going to overthrow the world at any minute, and the third keeps getting China confused with Japan. From the Han Dynasty to Han Solo... from Genghis Khan to Ricardo Montalban... remember, you can’t spell "Enchilada" without C.H.I.N.A.

How To Be Hot

I got to shoot another episode of a funny web series today. "How To Be Hot" was created by several of my classmates at Actors Comedy Studio. This episode was written by Kate Bergeron (from Speed Therapy) and I got to play the priest at her quaint outdoor wedding. Wackiness ensues.

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Speed Therapy

I had a fun day of filming an episode of a funny new web series "Speed Therapy" with my hilarious friend Kate Bergeron. Check Kate out in The Most Underrated Joys of Being Single which has over 2 million views on YouTube! Here's an on-set shot of us challenging each other to a hot dog eating competition.

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Actors Comedy Studio Showcase

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Last night I participated in a cramazing (crazy-amazing) comedy showcase for a sold-out crowd of casting & industry bigwigs at Actors Comedy Studio. Huge shout-out to my hilarious scene partner Elaine Mani Lee and our awesome instructor Todd Rohrbacher! And the after-party at the penthouse and roof-top pool formerly owned by Liberace was fittingly over-the-top!

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LIVE! From the Last Night of my Life

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Happy to announce that I've been cast as an understudy in
LIVE! FROM THE LAST NIGHT OF MY LIFE at Sacred Fools Theater Company.
Opening Nov. 15, 2013
I will be performing in LIVE! Friday Dec. 6th and Saturday Dec. 7th at 8:00 PM.
by Wayne Rawley
directed by JJ Mayes

LOS ANGELES PREMIERE! It’s going to be a long graveyard shift at the Gas and Get - the longest, in fact, of counter employee Doug Sample’s life, because it will also be his last. This night at a convenience store goes from deeply thoughtful conversations with a nonexistent God to solid gold dancing. Will Doug’s revelation that life is indeed glorious come in time to save him?

1000 Fans on Facebook!

I can't believe I have reached over 1000 fans on my facebook page. Thank you to each and every one of you! If you haven't yet joined the party, gimme a "like" and check it out!

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Best of Fringe Award & Extension

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Critics love The Real Housekeepers!

Charles McNulty of the LA Times calls it a “bite-sized musical candy bar.”
Ellen Dostal of Broadway World LA says "I had so much fun I’d definitely see it again.”
Steven Stanley of Stage Scene LA says it is “a sixty-minute-musical gem” with a “clever, funny book” and “catchy tunes.”

Best of Fringe Extension
Real Housekeepers is back with a vengeance every Friday and Saturday for the rest of July! 8PM at Theatre Asylum.

Click here for tickets and more info.

The Real Housekeepers of Studio City

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An original one-act musical
Book and Lyrics by Heidi Powers & Tom Moore
Music by Joe Greene
In a fantasy version of Studio City where all television characters live, a family’s Craigslist ad draws famous maids from sitcoms past and present. This original one-act musical is guaranteed to make you tap your toes… and tap into your retro TV nostalgia!

Here's the TRAILER for The Real Housekeepers of Studio City.


Me as Lurch - B&W
Click here for tickets and more info.


FYI: I am the male swing and playing Lurch at the following performances:
June 10th, 14th, 15th, 21st. — at Theatre Asylum.

Read a first-person perspective on the show's development from our writer Heidi Powers on LA Stage Times.




Forever (a parody of the novel by Judy Blume)

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Forever: An end of innocence
parody of the novel by Judy Blume

Fondue, eight-tracks, and gettin' groovy!

Written by Gerald McClanahan
Directed by Kiff Scholl

Produced by Brandon Clark and The Magnum Opus Players

Playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM
March 8th thru April 13

Actors Circle Theater
7313 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Tickets $15
Info and online sales @
www.magnumopusplayers.org

Reservations-
(323) 380-0649


It's 1975!
Patty Hearst is shooting up banks! The Jeffersons are movin' on up! Roe v Wade is the law of the land...and children's author Judy Blume writes her first 'Adult' novel: FOREVER

High School seniors Michael and Katherine share a perfect love that will last for all time. Michael's best friend Artie is also in love ...with Michael. Erica is in love with Artie, Sybil loves everybody and Jamie's dad loves her 'rug'.

As they fumble towards the ecstasy of going all the way for the first time, they learn that key parties, suicide, and heroin fueled ski weekends can never stand in the way of a love that will last... Forever!

Named as one of the ten most banned library books, and set amidst the innocence of white flight suburbia, this parody of a controversial masterpiece brings Judy Blume's story of first time love to its logical, debauched-'70s conclusion.

Oh, and by the way, it's one of the filthiest, smuttiest, teen novels ever published.


Starring-
Marianne Davis....................................Katherine
Jonas Dickson.........................................Michael
Sheila Karls................................................Jamie
Marty Yu.......................................................Artie
Julia Carpenter............................................Erica
Dana DeRuyck............................................Sybil
Jennifer Kenyon.........................Diana Danziger
Joel Scher........................Roger Danziger, Foxy
Gregory Guy Gorden.........Mr. Hailey, Ike, Theo

Neverwhere

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Tonight was the first rehearsal of an amazing show I am helping to produce at Sacred FoolsNeverwhere. The play is written by Robert Kauzlaric, adapted from the novel by Neil Gaiman, and being directed by Scott Leggett. I've been a fan of this novel for years and to be working on this show with this dream team is simply incredible. The cast is a bunch of freaking rock stars! And every time Neil Gaiman tweets about our production to his millions of followers… I have a little nerdgasm. More info to come… but here are the details:

April 5 - May 11, 2013 Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm Sundays @ 7pm
Tickets: $25 Ticket sales coming March 15

WEST COAST PREMIERE! 
When Richard Mayhew stops to care for an injured girl on the street, he is drawn into a nightmare shadow world beneath the city of London. To return to his normal life, Richard must brave countless trials, uncover the truth behind a dark conspiracy, and face the indomitable Great Beast. Journey to London Below with a rogues’ gallery of liars, outcasts and assassins, on a treacherous voyage to awaken the hero within.

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Gregory Guy Gorden (producer) & Neil Gaiman (author)




Read "In Between the Warp and Weft, or, A Sublime Monstrosity" - set designer Michael Schneider's blog post about his inspirations for the Neverwhere set

Follow our adventure on tumblr, twitter, and facebook.

CAST
Michael Holmes as Richard Mayhew
Paula Rhodes as Door
Ezra Buzzington as Croup
Bryan Krasner as Vandemar
Cassandra Vincent as Jessica
Marz Richards as Old Bailey/Earl
Jonathan Kells Phillips as Marquis de Carabas
Carlos Larkin as Islington
Devereau Chumrau as Hunter
Julia Griswold & Donnelle Fuller as Puppeteers/Ensemble

UNDERSTUDIES
Bryan Bellomo as Richard Mayhew
Alejandra Bursik-Cervantes as Door
Guy Picot as Croup
Scot Shamblin as Vandemar
Shaela Cook as Jessica
Mike Mahaffey as Old Bailey/Earl
Bob Simpson as Marquis de Carabas
Joshua Benton as Islington
Sondra Mayer as Hunter

CREW
Producer - Scott Leggett, David Mayes, Monica Greene, Marz Richards, Michael Holmes, Henry Dittman & Gregory Guy Gorden
Assistant Director - Natasha Norman
Stage Manager - Suze Campagna
Original Score - Ryan Johnson
Set Design - Michael Schneider
Sound Design - Mark McClain Wilson
Light Design - Matt Richter
Costume Design - Martin Morse
Prop Design - Justina Sexton, Cari Kenny & Kathy Bell Denton
Projection Design - Ben Rock & Anthony Backman
Puppet Design - Aaron Francis & Ted Blegen
Promotional Photography - Shaela Cook
Show Photography - Jessica Sherman Photography
Fight Choreography - Andrew Amani
Graphic Design - Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin

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