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Events before our departure:

Legendary Bingo Fundraiser: Tuesday, June 18
Come with friends! Have fun! Win prizes! Full menu and bar!
Hamburger Mary’s 8288 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
June 18 at 7:00pm  

Includes bingo cards for all games played for that show.
Reserve in advance by emailing info@fempire-kv.com

Mess: July 5, 6, 7
Benefiting NOTE’s upcoming production of Driving Wilde, this solo show is getting a facelift for Fringe–you haven’t seen this version before!
Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
July 5 and 6 at 8:00pm & July 7 at 7:00pm

Cleo, Theo & Wu: July 21, 22, 23
Workshopping our streamlined, 60-minute iteration before we hit the road! Get a sneak peek at what the Edinburgh Fringe audiences will be seeing.
Thymele Arts, 5481 Santa Monica Blvd, East Hollywood, CA 90029
July 21 at 7:00pm;  July 22 and 23 at 8:00pm


By Kirsten Vangsness
Directed by Lisa Sanaye Dring

We all are a mess, I guess. In Mess, Kirsten Vangsness of Criminal Minds explores the non-linearity of time, visible quantum objects, monsters, kittens and Christian rock.

August 2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 24

Cleo, Theo & Wu

By Kirsten Vangsness
Directed by Lisa Sanaye Dring

Lucy (Kirsten Vangsness of Criminal Minds) is just trying to work out how to be the best cool girl, lady boss, and all around woman she can be when suddenly, the fate of universe is in her hands. Never fear! Space creatures and the forgotten women of history are teaming up to get Lucy on track. Careening through time and place on a heroine’s journey with the women who are more than what the HIStorians have you believe.

August 1, 3-4, 6-7, 9-10, 12-13, 16-17, 19, 22-23

Creative Team

Writer: Kirsten Vangsness

KIRSTEN VANGSNESS (Playwright) started writing in 5th grade because she read Harriet the Spy, developed a huge crush on Harriet, and thought the only way to win her heart would be by learning to write.

After college, she began writing her own monologues for casting director workshops which then bloomed into writing plays. The 2012 production of Vangsness’ Potential Space earned her a nomination for the LA Weekly Award Best Playwright of the Year. Author Neil Gaiman decreed her solo play Mess, which she developed at NOTE, as his “favorite one-person show.”

She has co-written four episodes of the CBS drama Criminal Minds and is currently finishing her third pilot for ABC with her writing partner, Phinny Kiyomura.

She has been awarded the Open Fist Excellence in the Arts Award and the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. Vangsness has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and in the book AIRMAIL: Taking Women of Letters To The World.

Director: Lisa Sanaye Dring

LISA SANAYE DRING (Director) has worked with Asolo Repertory Theatre, Humana Festival, One Year Lease, Bread and Puppet Theater, East West Players, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playpenn, Bootleg Theater, The Blank, Sacred Fools, SCF at Son of Semele and Circle X Theatre Co.

Last fall she co-wrote Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, produced by Rogue Artists and East West Players. This summer she directed Ray Yamanouchi’s Tha Chink-Mart at Playpenn and co-founded Rogue Artists Ensemble’s Rogue Lab, a nine-month writers’ residency culminating in a festival of new hyper-theatrical plays.

Lisa earned a BA from USC, apprenticed at Actors Theatre of Louisville and sprinkled in some learning in CalArts’ Critical Studies MFA program.


Scenic Design: Amanda Knehans

Lighting Designer: Julien V. Elstob 

Sound Designer: Cricket S. Meyer

Costume Designer: Beryl Brachman 

Projection Designer: Sam Clevenger

Properties Designer: Jennifer Flack

Graphic Designer: Caitlin Craggs 

Produced for NOTE


Kirsten Vangsness, Kendra Chell, Eric Emery, Jarrod Fergeson,

Jessica Hanna, John Money


Kirsten Vangsness

Jennifer Flack
“Cleo 17”

Joel Scher

Tamara Perry
“Cleo 1”

Hiwa Chow Elms

Gene Michael Barrera
“Caesar, Zhao”

Justin Okin
“Ivan, Mark Antony”

Cat Chengery


For information:


Theatre of NOTE

1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Show Info

Mess: Aug  2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 24

Cleo, Theo & Wu
Aug  1, 3-4, 6-7, 9-10, 12-13, 16-17, 19, 22-23

Curtain: 20:15

2018 Season

Year of the Rooster

February 16–March 24

For The Love Of
or the Roller Derby Play

April 20–May 26

Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood

August 17–September 22

Cleo, Theo & Wu

November 1-December 8

Theatre of NOTE 
1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028 

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