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World Premiere
L.A. Weekly “GO!”
By Lisa Loomer
Directed by Michael Matthews
The Road on Magnolia

Fri, Sept 11 at 8PM (free preview!)
Sat, Sept 12 at 8PM (free preview!)
Sun, Sept 13 at 2PM (free preview!)
Weds, Sept 16 at 8PM
Thurs, Sept 17 at 8PM

Opens September 18, 2015
Performances Fri 8PM, Sat 8PM, Sun 2PM


HOMEFREE is a dark urban fairy tale about three cast-out teens and the flip side of the American dream. Franklin, Breezy, JJ.  Kicked out for being gay, for being pretty, for being nuts.  Their journey is crazy, funny and frightening, beginning in a conservative city in Oregon – where grandma’s house is a meth house, where bed’s an underpass, and the safest place you can wander is the mall. When tragedy hits, they travel to another America.  An idyllic liberal town, right smack in the forest.   But is there shelter here?  Or is home each other?   And, when push comes to shove, as it always does … is each other enough?


The Road on Magnolia
10747 Magnolia Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601


BREEZY – Gabriela Ortega
FRANKLIN – Lockne O’Brien
JJ – Barret Lewis
40s MALE – Steve Apostolina
SHANNON – Chelsea Averill
AARON – Donald Russell
40s FEMALE – Elizabeth Herron


BREEZY U/S – Morgan Shay Smith
40s MALE U/S – Kris Frost
AARON U/S – Aaron Fentress


“GO! HOMEFREE is a ravishing, high-velocity play about teens having a seriously bad time. A top-notch cast and production values make it a seamlessly lustrous ride.” – L.A. Weekly

“Hip-hop-infused, sometimes harrowing and always engaging… Loomer’s mature talent for exploring social issues through intimate, tightly constructed personal stories is apparent in a polished debut.” – L.A. Times

“WOW! Electrifying! Non-stop dramatic tension tempered by moments of humor and… grace. As timely as this week’s headlines… one of Fall 2015’s must-see productions.” – Stage Scene LA

“Excellent! HOMEFREE is a dark urban fairy tale… Loomer’s uncompromising script reveals the trio’s bleak survival through coarse, visceral language, but finds lovely moments of emotional subtlety. The entire cast is superb.” – Tolucan Times

“The Road Theatre never, ever disappoints! Three kids who take care of each other, who love each other, and just happen to be homeless… beautifully fleshed out by Loomer’s words and the actors’ riveting work. I highly recommend this beautiful and moving play.” – NoHoArtsDistrict.com

“Provocative! Loomer finds humor in the tragic circumstances of the outcasts while at the same time capturing their heartaches.” – SFV Media



Lisa Loomer’s plays, including LIVING OUT, THE WAITING ROOM; DISTRACTED; CAFÉ VIDA; EXPECTING ISABEL; TWO THINGS YOU DON’T TALK ABOUT AT DINNER, BIRDS, BOCÓN!; MARIA! MARIA, MARIA, MARIA; and BROKEN HEARTS have been produced at such theatres as The Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, The Kennedy Center, Seattle Rep, Denver Theater Center, La Jolla Playhouse, OSF, Trinity Repertory, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cornerstone, and, in New York, at The Roundabout, The Vineyard, Second Stage, Intar, and The Public Theater. Her work has also been produced in Mexico, Israel, Egypt and Germany. She’s a two-time winner of the American Theatre Critics Award, and has also received awards from the Kennedy Center, the Imagen Foundation, the Jane Chambers Award (twice), and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, among others.   Her newest play, ROE, about Roe v Wade, will premiere at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2016. Currently, she is writing the book for a musical for Broadway.


Michael Matthews’ credits include: (Los Angeles) Sons of the Prophet (LA Premiere), Psyche; a Modern Rock Opera (World Premiere), Funny Girl (3D Theatricals, Ovation Nomination Best Director), Peter Pan; The Boy Who Hated Mothers (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; LA Premiere), Justin Love (LADCC Award, Best Musical; World Premiere),  Very Still and Hard To See (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; World Premiere), The Color Purple, The Musical (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards Best Director and Best Production, Musical), What’s Wrong With Angry?(Ovation Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play), Take Me Out! (Ovation Nomination Best DirectorNAACP Award Best Director), The Women of Brewster Place, the Musical (Ovation Nomination Best Director, NAACP Award Best Director, Ovation Award Best Production, Musical; West Coast Premiere), Beautiful Thing (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Production, Play), and The Bacchae (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Production, Play) (Broadway) Butley (Assistant Director) (ChicagoWhat’s Wrong With Angry? (Jeff Nominations, Best Director and Best Production), In The Blood (Jeff Nominations, Best Director and Best Production), Porcelain (Jeff Nomination, Best Director), The Judas Kiss (Chicago Premiere), Being 11 (World Premiere), and …for colored girls who have considered suicide…  Michael is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, National Shakespeare Conservatory, NY, and an alumnus of Director’s Lab West 2008.