The City of Calabasas is opening its doors to the world by hosting the California International Theatre Festival August 20 through 23. Featuring performances at various venues throughout the city, the Festival will provide a rare opportunity to see unique artists from across the globe. Festival Director Linda Purl is tremendously excited about the upcoming events. “Last year we did it at the Rubicon Theatre and had a wonderful time. This year, with the city’s support, we have access to two different theatres of 200 and 400 seats.”
First up on Thursday the 20th is Irishman Conor Lovett’s one-man adaptation of “Moby Dick.” Says Purl, “Conor is an extraordinary actor. The show he did for us last year went on to an off-Broadway run, so we’re really looking forward to this year’s performance.” Friday the 21st will feature an intimate and hysterically funny audience with legendary British actor Sir Donald Sinden of the Royal Shakespeare Company. On Saturday, Israel sends its finest with Ofer Amram’s “Tale of a Lonely Man,” a wordless performance with original music and exquisite puppetry. First-class London cabaret artist Giselle Wolfe shares her muse later that same evening. The Festival closes out on Sunday with “A Taste of Calabasas meets Café Burlesq-O!”
“One of the great joys of curating this festival was traveling the world and finding that as theatre artists, we have a lot more in common than not.” says Purl. “And the City of Calabasas has such fabulous restaurants and hotels. This is a perfect opportunity for the world to see what Southern California has to offer.”
Tickets for individual events or a VIP Festival Passport for The California International Theatre Festival can be purchased through their website, www.CITFestival.org or by calling 800-341-2766.