The Larking House is a grassroots theatre company that was founded as a way to practice and experience live theatre during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Upon our rebranding, The Larking House has introduced a brand new Artistic Residency program, our third iteration of our flagship Playwright's Intensive, and several upcoming productions of original works to be mounted throughout our first OFFICIAL season since our creation.
Founder & Executive Artistic Director
Lizzy McCabe is a Stage Director, Producer and Theatre Practitioner based in Orange County CA. She received her BA in Theatre Arts with a specialization in Directing from CSU Fullerton in 2019, and has directed in Orange County since 2016. Her productions of Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape and Charles Busch's Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, both received "Best of Fest" honors at Fullerton College's Annual Director's Festival. Her most recent directing credits include The Larking House's first installment of their Speakeasy Series, the World Premiere original play Sustained Release, and A Streetcar Named Desire at Santa Ana College.
Lizzy is currently directing and producing another world premiere play Parts & Pieces by Amy Tofte to set to open in February of 2023.
Matt M. Hayashi
Founder & Technical Director
Matthew M. Hayashi is an actor, director, designer, musician, and playwright born and raised in Southern California.
In 2016, he was elected student president of the Fullerton College Theatre Ambassadors. He was the recipient of the Bronwyn Dodson Memorial Scholarship, Paul Scop Memorial Scholarship, and the Marvon Levine Scholarship from the Fullerton College Theatre Arts Department. Matt received the alternate national finalist spot for the KCACTF SDC Directing Fellowship in 2020 for his work on Jose Rivera’s References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. In 2021, he was the KCACTF SDC national finalist for Region 8 for his work on Mara Nelson-Greenberg's Do You Feel Anger?. His directing credits include scene-work on Richard III, The Baltimore Waltz and A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as a full-length production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea in 2018. Matt’s playwright credits include Sentences, an original one-act that made its world premiere at The 2018 Fullerton College Director’s Festival (and went on to be produced at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe) and Sustained Release, his first full length piece that was featured as a staged reading for Wayward Underground in Santa Ana, CA, was a finalist for OC-Centric's New Play festival in 2022, and recently made it's World Premiere at The Larking House.
Matt is currently directing King Richard III at Santa Ana College and is in the midst of writing his first feature-length screenplay.
The Orange Curtain
"Sustained Release" Review
Check out a review of The Larking House's World Premiere production of "Sustained Release"
Directed by Lizzy McCabe
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