If you’re a teenage girl, know a teenage girl, were a teenage girl, or want to know what makes teenage girls tick (Teenage boys, take note), scribble a purple marker reminder on your arm to see Bloody Red Heart.
The play is an adaptation of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write About What Fires Up Their Lives Today, a collection of essays written by girls thirteen to nineteen and edited by Amy Goldwasser, an editorial consultant and freelance writer for publications such as Elle and Seventeen. Goldwasser was working with the Lower Eastside Girls Club and was so inspired by the girls’ writing that she decided to collect the essays for a book, which was published in 2007. The only criteria for submission to the book (and for a recent, local contest to have an essay included in the L.A. play) was that it had to be true.
Goldwasser and Tom Bryant adapted the book into the script (directed by Leslie Ferreira), which changes from show to show, but every word is written by a teenage girl. (All of the characters are played by teenage girls as well.) Audience members expecting wall- to-wall angst and lots of black nail polish will be surprised to learn that when Wasserman put out the call for submissions, she posted the following:
“*Hint: Because it’s always easier to write about WHAT’S WRONG, you’ll have a better shot at being selected if you choose to write about WHAT’S RIGHT in your life. ANYTHING HAPPY? ANYTHING GOING WELL? ANYTHING MAKE YOU LAUGH OR FEEL GOOD?”
Who wouldn’t pay good money to hear about happy teenage girls?
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….
NOTE: There is a Westside run in November and
a SHORT Eastside run in December
Bloody Red Heart
November 4 through 21 @ the Odyssey Theater
Sat & Sun: 2pm
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
(310) 477-2055 x2 or OdysseyTheatre
Adults $20 – $25
December 2 – 4 @
LACC Theatre Academy
Los Angeles City College
855 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles 90029
Thursday, December 2nd @ 3:30PM (Reception following show)
Friday, December 3rd @ 8:00PM
Saturday, December 4th
Tickets: $8 – $12