Ed Rampell: This summer, to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the playwright and poet from Stratford-upon-Avon’s birth, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum presented an all-Shakespeare-all-the-time repertory season at its leafy amphitheater perched in Topanga Canyon.
Ed Rampell: Aeschylus’ 5th century B.C. classic Persians is being produced under the stars at Getty Villa. This outdoor production directed by Anne Bogart is a case study in stagecraft wherein the ancient meets the avant-garde.
Ed Rampell: From Heidi to Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin to Jean-Luc Godard to H.R. Giger, James Bond to the Pink Panther to Bollywood to the TV reality series The Bachelor and beyond, Swiss Cinema and television has a rich heritage.
Ed Rampell: The 11-minute short Land of Enchantment is an enchanting period piece set in 1947 around the time of the famous purported Roswell Incident involving a supposedly downed UFO and space aliens.