The Year Of Difference

Don Schlossman and Rodney Rincon in The Divine Visitation of Joe Pikelsimer, directed by James Rice. (photo by Mickey Elliot)

Looking for something different to do this month? We have just the ticket! Here at Little Fish we’re in the middle of our annual Pick of the Vine frenzy.

This is, by far, our most popular show, because it’s so different. Instead of enjoying one delightful play, when you buy a ticket to Pick of the Vine, you get eight plays. You can laugh, and cry, and ponder the human condition, in 15-minute (or less) vignettes.

Wondering if you would like the short play experience? It was something our Managing Director, Stephanie Coltrin, wondered as well. This is her first year working on Pick of the Vine. She hadn’t directed one-acts since her college days, and she wasn’t quite sure what it would be like. But, guess what? It turned out to be fun. Everything is fun at Little Fish, Stephanie. You shouldn’t have worried.

And why was it fun? Instead of one set of characters, there were many, many different characters in different situations, saying different things in different ways. There was the same rehearsal time, but it was possible to focus more on all the little details, something that our crazy schedule doesn’t always allow.

We’re presenting 11 shows in 2013. That’s unheard of in a theater of our size. We’re crazy, but in a good way.

Having the extra time actually brought on a different danger – the danger of over-rehearsing; the danger of changing things just because you have the time to do it. There was one more difference: there were other directors to collaborate with and bring things back to sanity. Stephanie says it was fun not being the only person in charge.

So this is our year of differences at Little Fish; different seating configurations, different restroom facilities. And we hope to achieve a different temperature in the theatre this summer. And speaking of different, have you heard about Shakespeare by the Sea’s 2013 season? We’re doing two plays that we’ve never done before, and one of them is King John.

I love King John, and so will you. And so does Stephanie, who will be directing the production. Even if you’re a Shakespeare buff, you might not have seen this play, as it’s not performed very often. Why not, you may wonder. I don’t know. It’s a great story. Do not be afraid of the history plays, they are not dry, boring or confusing. They have fantastic characters and soaring language and will make you laugh, cry and ponder the human condition.

King John is often referred to as the least historical of his history plays. See? You’re starting to like it already. You don’t need to know any history to follow the story. It’s a play about power – who has power, who doesn’t have power, and who wants to make sure someone else doesn’t get power.

In February (but only through the 16th), we offer you eight plays you’ve never seen before for the price of one. This summer, we offer you one play you’ve [probably] never seen before, for free.

Mark your calendars and join us at the park this summer. It’s going to be amazing. spt

Sunday Matinees Come To Little Fish

Little Fish Theatre has expanded its playing space and installed newly remodeled restrooms. (photo provided by Little Fish Theatre)

It’s a Happy New Year at Little Fish! This is our 12th year providing magical theatrical experiences in downtown San Pedro. But we’re not just doing the same thing in 2013. We have big plans!

We have new ticket prices. Some prices went up, but others went down. And we added new ways to save. If you’re looking for a bargain, look no further. We have “First Look” tickets for the first two performances of every show for $5 off the regular admission price.

And we mixed up our schedule a bit, too. We know some of you can only come on the weekends, and some of you can only come during the week, and some of you just want a bit of variety. So all of our shows in 2013 will have at least two weekend and two midweek performances. And all of them will have Sunday matinees. That means we’ll have 11 matinees for all you Sunday afternoon theatre-goers, and you’ll finally be able to see all of our shows.

But the biggest changes are in the theatre itself. We repaired and remodeled our restrooms. Some of you who attended the last few performances of Present Laughter got a sneak peak. And some of you who attended not quite the last performances got to run across the alley and use the restrooms at The Whale & Ale because we ran into a few issues during the remodel (and a HUGE SHOUTOUT to Andrew Silber and The Whale & Ale for rescuing our patrons in their intermission of need). All the issues have been resolved now, and we have two fabulous new restrooms for you in 2013. Worth the price of admission just to see them.

We’re also expanding the space in the theatre itself. We moved a wall, reducing our shop space but giving us six-feet more for stage and seating. And we’re exploring our options for making that space more comfortable for everyone during the summer.

But not everything is changing. We’re still starting 2013 the same way we’ve started each season for the last 11 years – with Pick of the Vine.

This short play festival is an audience favorite. This year there is a visit from the divine being, a discussion about a name, some literary love, a view of Paris, a little bad karma, and more. A lot of folks worked really hard to select the country’s best short plays, just for you. So come on down to the theatre and see what’s new for 2013. We’re ready for you. spt

Pick of The Vine

Little Fish’s celebration of one-acts selected from hundreds of submissions from all over the world. Always eclectic and unexpected, this year’s choices are sure to tickle, tantalize and terrify.

Pick of The Vine

Little Fish’s celebration of one-acts selected from hundreds of submissions from all over the world. Always eclectic and unexpected, this year’s choices are sure to tickle, tantalize and terrify.

Sundays at 2pm and 7pm.

Pick of The Vine

Little Fish’s celebration of one-acts selected from hundreds of submissions from all over the world. Always eclectic and unexpected, this year’s choices are sure to tickle, tantalize and terrify.

Pick of The Vine

Little Fish’s celebration of one-acts selected from hundreds of submissions from all over the world. Always eclectic and unexpected, this year’s choices are sure to tickle, tantalize and terrify.

Sundays at 2pm & 7pm

Pick of The Vine

Little Fish’s celebration of one-acts selected from hundreds of submissions from all over the world. Always eclectic and unexpected, this year’s choices are sure to tickle, tantalize and terrify.