Since the COVID-19 epidemic began, theaters have shuttered their doors while the ghost light shines 24-7. Instantly theater professionals were out of work. Unlike other industries, theater will take a long time to bounce back.
Like many playwrights, I have lost productions to the suspension of live theater. DINNER THEATER was to be produced in April by Stage Door Productions in Fredericksburg, VA. That production has moved online. A production of BROAD DAYLIGHT is scheduled this fall at the Kraine Theater in New York City (my first NYC production since IT IS DONE in 2011-12) but that is also up in the air. And who knows what else will be postponed or canceled in the coming months or even years.
The good news: many of my plays are available for purchase to read. Here is a complete list of all full length plays, one acts, and monologues available for purchase:
Friday, October 18 @ 8:15pm Saturday, October 19 @ 6:40pm Sunday, October 20 @ 7:00pm Monday, October 21 @ 6:00pm Tuesday, October 22 @ 6:00pm Wednesday, October 23 @ 6:00pm Thursday, October 24 @ 6:00pm
Arena Cinelounge 6464 Sunset Blvd. – Lobby level Hollywood, CA
Here are the reviews so far: “Alex Goldberg accomplished something very special with his quirky dark comedy… an off-kilter caper that ambitiously stimulates with sharpened wit underlined by indescribable poignancy… Goldberg’s indie darling Closure is delightfully cogent in its peppered presentation making it one of the most robust and refreshing comedies released this year.” Frank Ochieng, Flick Feast
“There have been plenty of movies that have skewered the sunbaked air of Los Angeles and the strange people who breathe it – Mick Jackson’s L.A. Story and Robert Altman’s The Player remain two of my favorites – but folks, if you find somewhere showing writer-director Alex Goldberg’s Closure…you might want to catch this whimsical gem – and make room for its sardonically witty fish-out-of-Midwestern-water tale on the Hollywood-as-another-planet list.” Elias Savada, Film International
The short play DINNER THEATER, a 25-minute dark comedy about a couple and their recently adjusted sexual boundaries, will have two different productions in the coming months and is in competition for a third.
The play has also made the British Theatre Challenge Short List of the Sky Blue Theatre Company in London. 30 plays made the list (out of nearly 300 submissions). The top five plays will be selected later this month for a production in the fall.
This play was developed at The Actors Studio Playwright/Director Unit West and at Antaeus Theatre Company‘s Playwrights Lab
Theatre40’s production of IT IS DONE opened January 17th and the critic’s are loving it:
“This mystery is so well written, you will be kept guessing until near the end when the truth is revealed and IT IS DONE.” Shari Barrett, Broadway World
“Alex Goldberg’s play is pure entertainment. It is a well-crafted character-driven play that unexpectedly moves in a number of directions up through the final moments of terrifying unpredictability.” Joe Straw, Joe Straw #9
“Terrific performances and some gasp-worthy twists make Alex Goldberg’s excursion into the outer limits one of T40’s best.” Steven Stanley, Stage Scene L.A.
“Alex Goldberg has created a play that will, from start to finish, surprise, fascinate and grab you by the throat. Go!” Ingrid Wilmot, Will Call
“IT IS DONE is a scary, funny, creepy, cunning show which will grip, surprise, and entertain at the same time.” Elaine Mura, Splash Magazine.
Only seven performances remain. Tickets can be purchased at Theatre40’s website.
Closure‘s fifth film festival was its Texas Premiere in the Austin Indie Fest. The movie took home three awards, including Best Screenplay for Alex Goldberg, Best Actress for Catia Ojeda, and the Audience Award for Best Feature!
This marks the sixth festival award in five festivals.
Writer/Director Alex Goldberg, Actress Catia Ojeda, and Producer Beau Genot.
Closure had its Los Angeles (and West Coast) premiere on Thursday, November 1st in The 18th Annual Valley Film Festival at the Laemmle in North Hollywood.
From left; Producer Beau Genot, actor Herb Hall, composer Jamie Christopherson, producer Katie Rosin, writer/director Alex Goldberg, actress Catia Ojeda, actress Milena Govich, and actor Marcelo Tubert.
Hundreds filled the largest theater in the multiplex, including cast, crew, friends, and families.
Line for Closure screening (photo: Kristen Moser)
At the end of the festival the movie won the Ten Degrees Hotter Award for Best Narrative Feature Film.
Catia Ojeda, Alex Goldberg, and Beau Genot, and our trophy!
This is our third award in four festivals. Next stop for the movie: Austin Indie Fest, Saturday November 10th.