Pop Up Theater, Inc. Presents Immersive Production of PIZZA MAN

by BWW News Desk Jan. 3, 2018  

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POP UP THEATER, INC. is thrilled to present the second play in their 2017-2018 season, PIZZA MAN, written by Darlene Craviotto, directed by Jamie Lou and produced by Grafton Doyle & Melanie Weisner. PIZZA MAN will preview on Wednesday, January 24 & Thursday, January 25 at 8pm and will open on Friday, February 2 at 8pm and runs through Saturday, February 24 at The Loft in Hollywood, 5426 Flemish Lane, Los Angeles 90029.

Step inside a Hollywood loft for an experience where instead of viewing the action from a distance, you become immersed in it! In this site-specific production, the audience themselves are part of the 1980s apartment where Julie Rodgers is on the verge of a breakdown. Her boss made a pass at her that she rejected, so now Julie is without a job, broke, disillusioned, and drinking. Her roommate, Alice, is at an equally low point coping with romantic troubles. The pair of Los Angeles women decide to take revenge on the entire opposite sex, and the unsuspecting pizza delivery man is just the vehicle for this descent into comedic chaos!

DARLENE CRAVIOTTO (Playwright) has worked professionally in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years. After starring opposite Don Knotts in the play, A Good Look At Boney Kearns and co-starring with Bibi Anderson and Kathleen Quinlan in the film, "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden," the debilitating effects of a car accident made her switch from acting to screenwriting. She wrote Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Love Is Never Silent," which won an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie. Her feature film, "Squanto: A Warrior's Tale," a Walt Disney Film, garnered a Teddy Award for Best Family Film. Her award-winning play, PIZZA MAN, has been performed all over the world. Ms. Craviotto is married, has two children, and lives in Santa Barbara, California.

JAMIE LOU (Director) films and web series' have been in festivals around the globe. Her one-act play, Let's Have a Baby, was produced as part of the women's playwright festival, She Wrights, at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood, CA. "Lady Bits," Jamie's online sketch comedy channel, has one goal: to "change the world, one vagina joke at a time." Her latest sketch series, "Vageniuses," was recognized at Raindance Webfest in London, the Chicago Comedy Film Festival, the Broad Humor Film Festival (where she won the Artisan Award), and the Albuquerque Film Festival. Jamie has two screenplays in development: a comedy based on her web series, Vageniuses, and Lady Lazarus, a dramedy which placed in the top 15% at the Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship in 2017.

Grafton Doyle (Producer) is the co-founder of Pop-Up Theater LA as well as an actor, improviser, writer, producer, and director for varied mediums. Over the course of his career, Grafton has produced and directed several shows throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles Most recent works were for The Hollywood Fringe Festival, Avery Schreiber Playhouse, and Pop-Up Theater LA's productions at The Culver Studios. He has just finished his internship at Marc Platt Productions and now working as a producer for Tomorrowland Productions.

MELANIE WEISNER (Producer) is a co-creator, producer, and director for Pop Up Theater LA. She directed Nicky Silver's Pterodactyls and Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw, both at The Culver Studios. She graduated from New York University's musical theater program and in addition to her artistic talents is an internationally acclaimed professional poker player.

The cast of PIZZA MAN features (in alphabetical order): Emma Chandler, Freddy Giorlando and Raleigh West.

PIZZA MAN will preview on Wednesday, January 24 & Thursday, January 25 at 8pm and will open on Friday, February 2 at 8pm and runs through Saturday, February 24 at The Loft in Hollywood, 5426 Flemish Lane, Los Angeles 90029. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm.

Ticket prices are $25.00 for general admission tickets; $35.00 for reserved seating. Tickets are available online at and

Photo: Emma Chandler, Freddy Giorlando and Raleigh West star in the Pop Up Theater, Inc. production of PIZZA MAN.


Article Link from

Gender Politics Throws a ‘Pizza’ Party

 February 6, 2018

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho)


PHOTO CREDIT: Grafton Doyle

The #TimesUp movement is stealthily trickling down into the Los Angeles theater scene, and the proof is in the recent premiere of playwright Darlene Craviotto’s Pizza Man,  a dark comedy set in the 1980s that attempts to play with gender roles within the often tricky discussion of sexual politics.

Director Jamie Lou stages the action within an actual Hollywood loft for an “immersive and interactive performance” that puts the audience directly in the story. Pizza Man stars Emma Chandler as the beer-and-rum-guzzling Julie, who just lost her job after being sexually harassed by her boss, and Raleigh West as her roommate Alice, who just got dumped by the married man she was dating for 11 months. And since misery loves company, the two women find themselves sulking and sliding into a lengthy, late-night discussion about how horrible men can be. This leads to a plot of “revenge on the entire opposite sex” that soon involves the unsuspecting pizza delivery guy (Freddy Giorlando) who shows up on their doorstep.


PHOTO CREDIT: Grafton Doyle

Presented by Pop Up Theater, Inc., the group behind immersive live shows that take over local L.A. venues, Pizza Man is the second play of their 2017-2018 season that should enjoy a successful run given its timely subject matter and innovative use of space. And a note to the men in the room: be sure to stretch your legs during intermission — not for the 80s-inspired snacks (Tab!) and nostalgic music videos (hey, Tears for Fears) — but for some interaction with other actors who have been planted in the audience for a little thematic role play.

As for the cast, Chandler and West have fun reveling in the hot-messiness of their characters, particularly West, who brings some endearing qualities to the neurotic Alice. Chandler, meanwhile, transforms her Julie from self-pity wallower to potential future Women’s Marcher after an obligatory a-ha moment in the second act. And then there’s Giorlando, nicely balancing his titular role with boyish charm and loser lameness. Though not quite as dark as one may expect from a dark comedy, Pizza Man delivers (pun intended) enough shock with its laughs to make for a delightful alternative theater experience.

PIZZA MAN runs through Saturday, February 24 at The Loft in Hollywood. Check here for showtimes and ticket info.

'Pizza Man' A Very Funny, Relevant and Extremely Well Acted Theatre Experience by Joan Alperin of LA Beat

'Pizza Man' written by Darlene Craviotto is the second performance I've seen by Pop Up Theater and once again they did not disappoint. (see full article in link below)