Tech Coast Angels: Night at the Geffen

TCA-LogoOn June 21st, the Tech Coast Angels held its second Night at the Geffen Playhouse, in Los Angeles CA. The event was organized by Frank Peters, President of Tech Coast Angels, and the prolific podcaster of the Frank Peters Show (in his show, Frank engages prominent entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists in in-depth conversations about the state of innovation in southern California).

The Geffen Playhouse is housed in a historical building that was originally a Masonic lodge in 1929, and today stands as a reminder of the past association between the Freemasons (an organization that is hundreds of years old and believed to have roots in the medieval stone masons of Europe) and UCLA. It is one of the first 12 structures built in Westwood Village. The original building still stands today, but it has been extended through renovations to the tune of $17M that were completed in 2005.

10 TCA members and their spouses attended the intimate evening at the Geffen Playhouse. The event started with a tour of the Geffen followed by a private dinner in one of the original rooms of the Masonic lodge.

Gershwin Hershey logoThe highlight of the evening was the one-person play “George Gershwin Alone”. The play celebrates the genius of the composer George Gershwin. Hershey Felder, who has written and directed the production, also played the role of the intense and sometimes whimsical Gershwin to perfection.

At the end of the play, Hershey Felder led a sing along of some of Gershwin’s best loved songs, including the ever popular “Summertime”.

The evening ended with an intimate champagne reception , over which Hershey Felder answered questions from the Tech Coast Angels members (including what it is like to be married to a prime minister - Hershey’s wife is ex Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell!). Felder also described his experiences over the 3000 shows that he has staged around the world for “Gershwin Alone”, and talked about his newer productions based upon the lives of Chopin and Beethoven.

The evening ended with directors of the Geffen giving TCA members CDs of the Gershwin Alone sound track to take away as mementos.


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One Response to “Tech Coast Angels: Night at the Geffen”

  1. By Liz Escabar on Jun 28, 2021 | Reply

    We went to see this show and really enjoyed it; the audiance person in our show wasn’t as good but we had a great time.

    We like both the Geffen and the Audry theater.

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