NewStuffProductions is all about presenting new stuff. Jack Messenger and Lois Bourgon have been performing, directing and producing plays and musicals in the Los Angeles South Bay for almost 40 years. We've seen just about everything and so have you! So now we bring you "new stuff" - former hit Broadway and off-Broadway shows you may have heard of and always wanted to see. Jack's “THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS” is an original passion play about the NRA and gun control. It represents a fresh activist platform for new works and is available for outside production.
Have you ever known a person who touched every part of your life? Have you ever loved someone over distance and time? Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III invite you to share their unique story as they grow together through the power of the pen.
Ms. Melissa Gardner and Mr. Andrew Makepeace Ladd III invite you to share in their 50-year love affair.
"LOVE LETTERS" LIVE! on YouTube
Friday, June 19th at 7:30pm PT
Starring Lois Bourgon and Jack Messenger
Produced by NewStuff Productions and Bitten From The Apple Productions:
Directed by Andrew Appel
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DISTRACTED | Summer 2018
Lisa Loomer's ("Living Out", "The Waiting Room") searing Broadway comedy about one family's journey to find a solution for their 9-year old son's Attention Deficit Disorder. They seek the help of psychiatrists, educational therapists, occupational therapists, homeopaths and a cowboy boot-wearing New Mexico guru for answers. In the end, the key that unlocks the door is found in a little four letter word.
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS | World Premiere Fall 2019
Jack Messenger's deeply personal 'passion play' about the epidemic of gun violence in the USA, the dirty politics of the NRA and the mounting irrelevance of the 2nd Amendment. "Thoughts and Prayers" follows one powerful Congressman's epiphany and eventual journey to redemption after he loses his family in a mass shooting at his Texas hometown church.
SEMINAR | Summer 2019
Theresa Rebeck's 'Seminar' tells the story of four young writers who each pay $5,000 for a ten-week seminar with Leonard, an international literary figure. The story begins with Kate, a well-to-do Upper West Sider with a fancy apartment who arranges the seminar for herself and three friends: Martin, her neurotic ex-boyfriend who refuses to share his work with anyone; Douglas, the well-connected prep school sweetheart; and Izzy, the gritty opportunist sexpot. Leonard’s unorthodox teaching style soon pits the classmates against each other: some of them flourish under his version of tough love, while others flounder with self-doubt. Funny to a point. Endlessly witty. 'Seminar' opens us up to the emotional pitfalls of becoming a writer. It works!
Superior Donuts takes place in the historic Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, where Arthur Przybyszewski runs the donut shop that has been in his family for sixty years. Franco Wicks, a young black man and Arthur's only employee, wants to modernize the shop, while Arthur is more content to spend the day smoking weed and reminiscing about his Polish immigrant father. This provocative comedy, set in the heart of one of Chicago's most diverse communities, explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.
“Funny and very life affirming. Tracy Letts has written a heartwarming play.”
- Detroit Free Press
“Comfort humor of the warmest kind. Letts’ play evokes the Norman Lear comedies of the 70’s in this sweet story. This is NOT “August Osage County”. This is decidedly more affectionate.”
- New York Post
"Congratulations once again, Jack! Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed Seminar last Sunday. A great choice of play and cast -- lots of meaty content with plenty of twists and turns, well performed and -- of course -- well directed, as we all expect from you. You keep raising the bar for yourself! Looking forward to the next one from New Stuff Productions!"
“Bravos for NewStuff's debut production of 'Seminar,' a whip-smart, literary comedy that makes you think even as it makes you roar with laughter. A quintet of crackling good actors bring the intelligent and hilarious script to life under Jack Messenger's snappy and sure-handed direction. 'Seminar' is not to be missed and there's only one weekend left. Highly recommended.”
– P. Buxton, Venice
"This play is wild! Who knew that ADHD could be portrayed in such a funny and endearing way? Lisa Loomer's fetching comedy 'Distracted' will bring a tear to your eye as it brings a smile to your face. Jack Messenger and Lois Bourgon have done an outstanding job in mounting this new play."
– E. Vincent, Marina Del Rey
"NewStuff Productions comedy ‘Seminar’ at the 2nd Story Theater In Hermosa Beach is a raw, powerful production that spares no one. Critics will eat you alive in the world of the arts. After digesting and peeling away the layers, it’s a brilliant piece of writing. ‘Seminar’ is a lesson in real life and the actors perform their roles with raw emotion, crisp comic timing and enormous talent."
– J. Anderson, Easy Reader News
"Jack Messenger has written a profound and powerful new play. 'Thoughts and Prayers' explores the heart wrenching tragedy of mass shootings and one politician's journey to salvation. Raw and emotional, this impassioned new work must not be missed."
– S. O'Connor