New book peels back the cover on Scientology celebs and their legendary acting coach - 2017-07-17
We've mentioned Allen Barton, proprietor of the Beverly Hills Playhouse, numerous times here at the Bunker and at the Village Voice. Most recently, for his play Disconnection, which we heard great things about from some of our readers who attended performances in Los Angeles.
Barton has now published a book about his experiences at the Playhouse, which he took over after the death of legendary acting coach Milton Katselas in 2008. Barton's book is titled The Oasis of Insanity: The Study and Pursuit of Acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
Milton Katselas was a Scientologist, and he became known for the Scientology celebrities who studied under him at the Playhouse. Barton, a classical pianist, joined the Playhouse community in 1990, and he too fell into Scientology. But by 2000, Barton was becoming disillusioned with his involvement in Scientology — and Katselas soon was having doubts of his own.
Barton decided to include a chapter in his book about Scientology, and he's generously agreed to let us print an excerpt from it. If you like what you see, you can purchase his book at Amazon.