A star-studded line-up of actors have pitched in to help Laguna Playhouse bring the arts to people’s homes and to highlight the importance of keeping local theatre alive and thriving.

Actor Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years, Lombardi), long-standing Laguna Playhouse supporter, decided to harness the writing talents of dozens of well-known screen and stage actors to create original vignettes of three to ten minutes each. Enjoy the episodes below, you won’t want to miss a single one.

Peter Scolari - In Memoriam

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 12
Don Most * Mike Farrell * Judd Hirsch * Dorian Harewood 
* Sharon Lawrence * Hal Linden

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 11
Sky Lakota-Lynch * Dann Florek * Sean Astin * Joanna Kerns 
* Richard Kind * Paul Nakauchi

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 10
Patty McCormack * Michael Urie * Renee Elise Goldsberry * Michael Tucker 
* Ron Perlman * Patrick Duffy

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 9
Jonathan Banks * Gary Cole * Rupak Ginn * Elliott Gould 
* Linda Purl * J.K. Simmons

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 8
Jason Alexander * Rocky Carroll 
* Tony Denison * Edie Falco 
* Stephen Root * Robert Wuhl

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 7
Lisa Arrindell * R. Bruce Connelly
* Danica McKellar * Sam McMurray
* Saul Rubinek * Henry Winkler

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 6

Judith Light * Tucker Smallwood * Ray Abruzzo * Bruce Davison * Jill Eikenberry * Stacy Keach

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 5

Andre De Sheilds * Schuler Hensley * John Larroquette * Carolyn McCormick * Barbara Niven * Tony Todd 

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 4

Ed O’Neill * John Lithgow * Lorraine Toussaint * Tom Wright * Peter Scolari * Laurie Metcalf 

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 3

Joe Spano * John Cullum * Chris Sullivan * Dan Lauria * Christine Ebersole * Steve Harris

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 2

Bryan Cranston * Lou Diamond Phillips * Reno Wilson * Wendie Malick * Priscilla Lopez * Charles Shaughnessy

Keeping Live Theatre Alive - Episode 1

Kim Brockington * Tony Shalhoub * James Pickens, Jr. * Alfred Molina * Jodi Long * Joe Mantegna

Meet #theatre5alliance


Group to Use Original Writing by Actors to Call Attention to Importance of Theater Arts

LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 10, 2020 – Five theater organizations today announced the formation of the #theatre5alliance to bring the arts to people’s homes and to highlight the importance of keeping local theater alive and thriving.

The alliance is comprised of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Durango PlayFest, the Laguna Playhouse, the New Jersey Repertory Company and Seven Angels Theatre. Like similar groups nationwide, each of these organizations canceled their summer performances due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The alliance will harness the writing talents of dozens of well-known screen and stage actors to create original vignettes of three to ten minutes each. The project is the brainchild of actor Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years, Lombardi), who called upon friends in the industry to create videos of themselves reading works they’ve written under the banner “Keeping Live Theatre Alive.” He has brought in Filmmaker Jeremy Fletcher to edit individual videos of the actors and alliance members will be making them available on their websites starting August 29th, 2020.  Lauria is a longstanding supporter of local theater and of the alliance members.

“Every sector in society has been impacted negatively by COVID-19, including theaters,” Lauria said. “I wanted to raise awareness of the plight of these organizations while celebrating how actors are keeping their creative juices flowing.”

Actors committed to the project so far include Kim Brockington, Bryan Cranston, Bruce Davison, Andre De Shields, Judd Hirsch, Stacy Keach, Dan Lauria, John Larroquette, Judith Light, Hal Linden, John Lithgow, Jodi Long, Priscilla Lopez, Wendie Malick, Joe Mantegna, Carolyn McCormick, Patty McCormack, Laurie Metcalf, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Lou Diamond Phillips, James Pickens Jr, Stephen Root, Tony Shalhoub, Charles Shaughnessy, Peter Scolari, Joe Spano, Chris Sullivan, Reno Wilson, Henry Winkler, and Robert Wuhl. 

The content will be available to viewers by each theatre and they will use the vignettes in creative ways to raise awareness of their organizations as well as thank their patrons for their support during this difficult year.

For more information on each theatre’s programming plans, visit any of these theatre websites: Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Durango PlayFest, Laguna Playhouse, New Jersey Repertory, or Seven Angels Theatre.