Monday, June 8, 2015

Ammunition Theatre Company and Chhibber Mann Productions Present 'Forgotten In America' on June 22 to Benefit My Friend's Place and 'Lost in America'


On Monday, June 22nd, the newest force in LA’s growing theatre scene, Ammunition Theatre Company (Ammo) and Chhibber Mann Productions will host "Forgotten in America," a play reading and fundraiser for My Friend’s Place – a homeless youth resource center and day shelter in Hollywood – and the documentary film Lost In America. The fundraiser will be held at the Renberg Theatre of the LA LGBT Center.

As part of their philanthropic mission, Ammo partners each season with a charity, non-profit or social justice organization. This season, the company is partnering with My Friend’s Place. The event will also be co-produced by Chhibber Mann Productions, an up-and-coming production company in LA that aims to connect audiences to entertainment that matters, using art as a medium for creating social change.

Ammo’s Philanthropic Chair Karla Mosley explains, “Part of our mission is to create a new normal in the way artists engage with their community. California has the largest homeless population in the country and many of those people are living here in LA." Chhibber Mann Productions co-founder Mike C. Manning emphasizes, "40-50% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, and these youth need our help." Co-Founder Vinny Chhibber continues,"With this event we are using art to bring awareness to these truths so that, ultimately, they can change.” Lost in America is the newest in a line of political documentary films produced by the company, in addition to their scripted content.

“We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with Ammunition Theatre Company,” says Susan Dutra of My Friend’s Place, an organization that has served over 1400 homeless youth in LA every year for 27 years. “The partnership not only brings much needed resources and awareness to our efforts to help homeless youth to find stability and self-sufficiency, but also much-appreciated volunteer leadership and creativity in supporting our creative arts programming, helping young people to transform their lives and find brighter futures away from the streets.”

The event will include a red carpet, hosted wine bar, and a staged reading of "Polaroid Stories," a compelling adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphosis set in the world of homeless youth. All of the money raised will be donated to My Friend’s Place and Lost In America, a documentary film with which director Rotimi Rainwater takes an unflinching look at the lives of homeless youth across America, examining why youth homelessness is such an epidemic and what some public figures and politicians are doing (or not doing) to change that.

To learn more about Ammunition Theatre Company and to purchase tickets to "Forgotten in America," please visit www.ammunitiontheatre.com.

Company Members Include: Malcolm Barrett, Julie Bersani, Ari Boyd, Carlton Byrd, Vinny Chhibber, Deborah S. Craig, Michael Feldman, Arjun Gupta, Tina Huang, Yara Martinez, Garrett Mercer, Karla Mosley, Brandon Scott, Karla Souza.

Expected to attend: Darin Brooks (The Bold and The Beautiful, Blue Mountain State), Arjun Gupta (How to Get Away with Murder, Nurse Jackie, The Magicians), Tina Huang (Rizzoli and Isles), Kelly Kruger (The Young and the Restless), Yara Martinez (Jane The Virgin, True Detective), Karla Mosley (The Bold and The Beautiful, Hart of Dixie), Mike C. Manning (Disney’s Cloud 9), Blake Cooper Griffin (Standing Up), Galadriel Stineman (The Middle), among others.

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