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An existential farce using magical realism, whimsy and clowning to tell the story of 9 campers who each seek something in the woods.
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Will you find what you’re looking for in the woods?

Three sets of campers, forced to share a single cramped campsite, must come to terms with their own crises, whether it be mysterious origami cranes, rapidly vanishing snacks, or overly zealous bird-watching husbands. Combining dark humor with magical realism, “The Last Croissant” will surprise you at every turn, subverting gender norms and upending theater stereotypes as it combines masterful design with unique storytelling.

Rehearsal for the staged reading of The Last Croissant. (Co-Produced with Inkwell Theatre)
Rehearsal for the staged reading of The Last Croissant. (Co-Produced with Inkwell Theatre)

Presented by The Attic Collective, a Los Angeles-based theater company, at The Broadwater, in this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.

June 6 - June 28, The Broadwater Main Stage.

The Team: 

Written by Veronica Tjioe

Directed by Rosie Glen-Lambert

Produced by Rebecca Carr, Rosie Glen-Lambert & Emma Niles

Featuring: Taylor Bennett, Brandon Blum, Tyler Bremer, Meg Cashel, Kat DeVoe-Peterson, Julia Finch, Luke Medina, Conor Murphy, Victoria Ortiz

With: Lex Gernon (Set Design), Rebecca Carr (Costume and Prop Design), Joey Guthman (Lighting Design), Corwin Evans (Sound Design), Amanda Garcia (Stage Manager).

Table-working The Last Croissant for the recent staged reading.
Table-working The Last Croissant for the recent staged reading.

About the production:

Contributing to this production creates space for exciting, whimsical-yet-earnest new theater in Los Angeles. While The Attic Collective already has a small budget in place for this production, to truly do it justice requires further support from the community! Every dollar you donate will directly translate to items you see on stage, be it props, costumes, set pieces or lighting equipment. Thank you so much for your support!

Behind-the-scenes of our promo video with lighting designer and Associate Artistic Director, Joey Guthman.
Behind-the-scenes of our promo video with lighting designer and Associate Artistic Director, Joey Guthman.

Why the Hollywood Fringe? 

As a new theater company in Los Angeles, it can be a challenge to be noticed. We feel that the scope of this festival is the perfect opportunity to reach the largest audience within the theater community and beyond. Hundreds of shows and thousands of artists will participate this year, and those are the exact people we want to notice our work! 

Additionally, our company has a specific focus on quality and design regardless of venue or circumstances. This festival will be an especially key opportunity for us to grow our fanbase while flexing our design muscles to create what we believe our fringe show can be!

Why "The Last Croissant"? 

We're so honored to be bringing the work of playwright and Attic Collective's Literary Manager, Veronica Tjioe, to life! There are many reasons to love "The Last Croissant" and we're particularly excited about the ways in which it navigates and talks about gender. 

So often (and for good reason) when we discuss gender on stage it is from a place of anger. Women, trans, and non-binary people rightfully stand on stage and demand to be given more space, serious opportunities, better monologues, and meatier roles. Discussing gender in that mode in theater is SO important. However, another valuable, and we think radical, way to fight for that cause is to cast people in gender-defying roles and allow them to be joyful. To say, “this is a woman in a pair of pants playing the role of a hilarious man who has joy and aspirations” is a radical way to ask an audience to interact with and explore gender. “The Last Croissant” brilliantly asks and allows its audience to divorce themselves from their expectations. 

Playwright, Veronice Tjioe, cheesin' at the staged reading of The Last Croissant.
Playwright, Veronice Tjioe, cheesin' at the staged reading of The Last Croissant.

About The Attic Collective:

The Attic Collective had its humble beginnings in 2013 with the creation of a devised performance in a residential attic in downtown Santa Cruz, California. After enjoying a wildly successful run in such an intimate space, a spark was ignited in the group to continue to work collaboratively to bring new theatrical pieces to life. In addition to the award-winning work that we have produced, our company strives to make itself a place for Los Angeles theatre artists to share ideas and practice their craft. 

The Attic Collective has hosted a number of free workshops for artists to come together and experiment with new forms of creation, always with the goal of fostering relationships and promoting new work. In 2019, we will continue to produce new work as well as provide these kinds of opportunities. Please consider donating to this production to help ensure the future of bold and imaginative new theatre in Los Angeles.

To keep up with The Attic Collective, check out our website, follow us on Facebook or on Instagram!

Meet The Attic Collective. Throwing it back to the first company meeting!
Meet The Attic Collective. Throwing it back to the first company meeting!

Risks and challenges

It's no secret that the Hollywood Fringe Festival is a difficult undertaking. We'll be working in a cramped space and the most difficult part of our process will be loading in and out of our theater before and after each show — but that's also part of the fun! "The Last Croissant" also calls for a lot of set pieces and props, from three full tents to fresh groceries for every show. This list of resources is a lot to tackle, but we have professional designers in our company who are up for the challenge. The Attic Collective has also participated in the Hollywood Fringe Festival before, too — our 2015 production "Dead Dog's Bone" won the Hollywood Fringe's Encore Producers Award.

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