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Actors Co-op 2016-2017 Season!

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PRESS CONTACT: David Elzer 818/508-1754

MEDIA ALERT FOR THEATRE EDITORS AND REVIEWERS AND CALENDAR LISTINGS

ACTORS CO-OP
ANNOUNCES ITS 2016-2017
25th SILVER ANNIVERSARY
SEASON OF SHOWS!

THORNTON WILDER! MOISES KAUFMAN!
AHRENS & FLAHERTY!
WILLIAM MASTROSIMONE! HENRY JAMES!

May 16, 2016…Hollywood, Calif.…ACTORS CO-OP is thrilled to announce its 25TH SILVER ANNIVERSARY SEASON of shows! Opening its anniversary season with the Thornton Wilder classic, OUR TOWN; followed by the thrills of Henry James’ classic tale THE TURN OF THE SCREW; 2017 will ring in the music of Beethoven in Moises Kaufman’s 33 VARIATIONS; followed by William Mastrosimone’s gripping drama CAT’S PAW; and our celebratory season closes with the killer Ahrens & Flaherty musical, LUCKY STIFF. For a quarter century, ACTORS CO-OP has been bringing our subscribers and audiences world-class theatre and this season begins the next great chapter in Co-op’s history!

The 2016/2017 ACTORS CO-OP Season:

David Schall Theatre
OUR TOWN
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Richard Israel

September 16 – October 23, 2016

“Do human beings ever realize life while they live it – every, every minute?”

No curtain. No scenery.  Arguably the most famous American play ever written, “Our Town” has entertained generations of audiences. As poignant today as it was in 1938, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning drama set in Grover’s Corners is a timeless story about life, love and loss and appreciating every little thing.

Crossley Theatre
THE TURN OF THE SCREW
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Novel by Henry James
Directed by Robertson Dean

October 14 – November 20, 2016

“Do you believe in the unspeakable?”

A young governess is responsible for raising two young children in a remote English manor house.  But she is not the first one – and what has happened to her predecessor?  Hatcher’s thrilling adaptation of the classic Henry James story uses just two actors to bring all the characters to life.  The perfect ghost story to haunt your Halloween season!

David Schall Theatre
33 VARIATIONS
By Moisés Kaufman
Directed by Thomas James O’Leary

February 10 – March 19, 2017

The biggest challenge of her life is about to transform her world.

A mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they’re separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to 19th-century Austria, in this extraordinary Tony-nominated play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life. For mature audiences.

Crossley Theatre
CAT’S PAW
By William Mastrosimone
Directed by Steve Rothman

March 24 – April 30, 2017

What makes a good cause go bad?

Torn from today’s headlines, what do you do when your enemy may be smarter than you?  William Mastrosimone’s gripping drama about a terrorist who has wreaked madness and destruction on America and is about to use a news reporter to exploit just one more valuable hostage – the world’s supply of clean water. For mature audiences.

David Schall Theatre
LUCKY STIFF
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Mary Jo DuPrey

May 12 – June 18, 2017

The Murder Mystery Musical Where You’ll Die Laughing! Wanna make six million dollars the easy way?  (Okay, maybe not so easy.)  The Tony Award-winning writing team of Flaherty/Ahrens (Ragtime, Once on this Island) has created a hilarious musical murder mystery farce mixing diamonds, mistaken identities and a body in a wheelchair (oh, and puppies), in this all singing, all dancing, killer musical comedy! In fact, you’ll die laughing!

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING Subscriptions to our 25th Anniversary season are now available! Early Bird Subscriptions for all Five Shows are only $85 (if purchased for performances during first three weekends of run of each show). (more) ACTORS CO-OP – 2016/2017 Season Page Four Preferred Seating subscriptions are only $110. Subscribe online by visiting www.ActorsCo-op.org or call (323) 462-8460. Group and Student discounts are available.

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To schedule press interviews, photos, press comps or for additional information, please contact David Elzer/DEMAND PR at 818/508-1754 or by e-mail at DAVIDELZER@ME.COM or visit www.demandpr.com.

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Actors Co-op operates two 99-seat Equity-approved theatres on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Actors Co-op began in 1987 with a dozen actors. Currently, its membership exceeds 50 professionals. Called “a 99-seat miracle” by Daily Variety, Actors Co-op’s numerous awards for theatre excellence include the Los Angeles Drama Critics Polly Warfield Award for “Outstanding Season” (2013) in a small to mid-sized theatre, the Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Achievement” in smaller theatre from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, the Charlie Award for “Excellence in the Arts” by the Hollywood Arts Council, as well as numerous Ovation Award nominations and wins including a nomination for “Best Season” (2013-2014) and win for Best Musical (2014).

Since the Crossley Theatre opened its doors in April of 1989 and its second theatre, the David Schall Theatre opened February of 1995, Actors Co-op has produced over 100 main stage productions, over 40 Second Stage productions, staged readings of original works, and has received 23 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (seven wins), 34 LA Weekly Award nominations (six wins), 38 Ovation Award nominations (five wins), five Garland Awards and 125 Drama-Logue Awards.

Actors Co-op is located at 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, one block north of Hollywood Boulevard, just off the Gower Street exit of the 101 Hollywood Freeway.  Free, well-lit parking is available on Carlos Street (1/2 block east of Gower).  Entrance to the theatre is on Carlos Avenue.

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DANCING AT LUGHNASA by Brian Friel

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PRESS CONTACT: David Elzer 818/508-1754

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THE 2014 OVATION AWARD-WINNING

ACTORS CO-OP

PRESENTS THE FOURTH AND FINAL SHOW

OF ITS 2015-2016 SEASON…

DANCING AT LUGHNASA

Written by Brian Friel

Choreography by Julie Hall

Directed by Heather Chesley

Limited Engagement Opens Friday, May 6 at Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre in Hollywood!

A tribute to the spirit and valor of the past.

April 8, 2016…Hollywood, CA…Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) presents the fourth and final show in its 2015-2016 season (and 24th year of producing theatrical excellence in Los Angeles!) with DANCING AT LUGHNASA, by Brian Friel, choreography by Julie Hall and directed by Heather Chesley. DANCING AT LUGHNASA will preview on Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5 at 8pm and will open on Friday, May 6 at 8pm and run through Sunday, June 12 at the Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood.

Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, this is master playwright Brian Friel’s best!  Set in a small village in 1936 Ireland, five unmarried sisters share a small home and dreams of life beyond their native land.  A radio dramatically changes their lives and sets in motion unforeseen changes.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST BRIAN FRIEL (Playwright) was born in Northern Ireland in 1929 and was educated at St. Patrick’s College and St. Mary’s Training College and later taught in Ireland. As a playwright, he explored political and social life throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland through family units, communication, human needs and the relationship between history, story and nationality. Having lived on both sides of the Irish border, he was particularly interested in the idea of dualism: divided loyalties or the island’s two political states. He became a full-time writer of short stories, radio and stage plays in 1960 after The New Yorker began regular publications of his stories. His first hit play, Philadelphia Here I Come! appeared in Dublin and subsequently in New York and London and was nominated for a Tony for best play. Dancing At Lughnasa was written in 1990 and is perhaps his best known work, debuting at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre before moving to London and Broadway. It received both a Laurence Olivier Award (1991) and a Tony (1992). Over his lifetime, he penned over 24 plays and numerous articles in addition to adapted works of other playwrights such as Anton Chekov to whom he was often compared. He passed away in October of last year at the age of 86.

HEATHER CHESLEY (Director) directed Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker and Moliere’s The Learned Ladies on the Actors Co-op mainstage.  She also directed the Co-op Too! new musical Trails.  A member of Actors Co-op since 2004, she has returned as the Artistic Committee Chairperson this year. She produced new musical Makin’ Hay as well as Merrily We Roll Along and has performed in several Co-op plays (Rabbit Hole, Yours Isabel, King Lear). Heather co-directed Company We Keep for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She directed the west coast premiere of Aline Brosh McKenna’s Inside Lois and served as the Assistant Artistic Director for The Hampstead Players Theater Company.  Training:  BFA Acting, Emerson College.

JULIE HALL (Choreographer) is honored to again be working with director Heather Chesley and Actors Co-op, having previously choreographed its productions of The Baker’s Wife, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Ovation Award Nominee, Best Musical – Intimate Venue), 110 In The Shade (Ovation Award Winner, Best Musical – Intimate Venue), The Matchmaker, The Learned Ladies, The 1940’s Radio Hour, Big River, Trails, Leading Ladies, Freddy Wyatt Christmas Spectacular and Yours, Isabel.  A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music, Julie also enjoys sharing her love of musical theater with the next generation of performers by teaching at various schools and theater camps throughout the country.

The Cast of DANCING AT LUGHNASA will feature (in alphabetical order): Mark Bramhall, Tannis Hanson, Michael J. Knowles, Nan McNamara, Rory Patterson, Maurie Speed, Lauren Thompson and Stephen Van Dorn. DANCING AT LUGHNASA has assembled an award-winning design team. Set Design is by Michael Kramer. Lighting Design is by Bill E. Kickbush. Costume Design is by Wendell C. Carmichael. Hair and Make-up Design is by Krys Fehervari. Property Design is by Lori Berg. Dialect Coach is Adam Michael Rose. The Stage Manager is Tintin Nguyen.

DANCING AT LUGHNASA is produced by Thomas Chavira.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING DANCING AT LUGHNASA will preview on Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5 at 8pm and will open on Friday, May 6 at 8pm and run through Sunday, June 12 at the Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:30pm (with Saturday Matinees scheduled for Saturday, May 14 and June 11 at 2:30pm).

Ticket prices are $30.00 for all Performances. Seniors (60 and over) – $25 and Students – $20.00 – with Student Rush Tickets available at Friday performances (excluding opening nights) on a first-come, first-serve basis subject to availability. Rush tickets are priced at 1/2 off regular adult tickets price.  Tickets may only be purchased 45 minutes prior to curtain at the box office window. Valid Student ID must be shown. One ticket per ID. Cash only, please. To learn more about Student Rush Tickets, please call the box office at (323) 462-8460. Previews are Free to the Public. Group rates are available for parties of 6 or more. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (323) 462-8460 or visit www.ActorsCo-op.org.

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For press information, press interviews, photos or press comps, please contact David Elzer at DEMAND PR at 818/508-1754 or at davidelzer@me.com.

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Actors Co-op operates two 99-seat Equity-approved theatres on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Actors Co-op began in 1987 with a dozen actors. Currently, its membership exceeds 50 professionals. Called “a 99-seat miracle” by Daily Variety, Actors Co-op’s numerous awards for theatre excellence include the Los Angeles Drama Critics Polly Warfield Award for “Outstanding Season” (2013) in a small to mid-sized theatre, six Ovation Award nominations including “Best Season” (2013-2014), the Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Achievement” in smaller theatre from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle as well as the Charlie Award for “Excellence in the Arts” by the Hollywood Arts Council. Since the Crossley Theatre opened its doors in April of 1989 and its second theatre, the David Schall Theatre opened February of 1995, Actors Co-op has produced over 100 main stage productions, over 40 Second Stage productions, staged readings of original works, and has received 19 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (six wins), 34 LA Weekly Award nominations (six wins), 29 Ovation Award nominations (three wins), five Garland Awards and 125 Drama-Logue Awards.  In addition, Actors Co-op was honored with the Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Achievement” in smaller theatre from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, as well as the Charlie Award for “Excellence in the Arts” by the Hollywood Arts Council. Actors Co-op is located at 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, one block north of Hollywood Boulevard, just off the Gower Street exit of the 101 Hollywood Freeway.  Free, well-lit parking is available on Carlos Street (1/2 block east of Gower).

CALENDAR LISTING: DANCING AT LUGHNASA

What: DANCING AT LUGHNASA by Brian Friel
Directed by Heather Chesley

When: Previews Weds., May 4 & Thurs., May 5 at 8pm
Opens Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8pm and Runs through Sunday, June 12, 2016
Performs Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm (with Saturday Matinees scheduled for Saturday, May 14 & Saturday, June 11 at 2:30pm).

Admission: $30.00 Seniors: $25.00 Students: $20.00 Previews: Free Where: Crossley Theatre 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. Reservations/Information: Tickets may be purchased by phone at (323) 462-8460 or visit www.ActorsCo-op.org.

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SUMMER AND SMOKE by Tennessee Williams

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT: David Elzer 818/508-1754

MEDIA ALERT FOR THEATRE EDITORS AND REVIEWERS
AND CALENDAR LISTINGS

THE 2014 OVATION AWARD-WINNING
ACTORS CO-OP
PRESENTS THE THIRD SHOW OF ITS 2015-2016 SEASON…

SUMMER AND SMOKE
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Thom Babbes

Limited Engagement Opens Friday, March 4
at Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre in Hollywood!

Love is what you bring to it…

February 2, 2016…Hollywood, CA…Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) announces the third show in its 2015-2016 season (and 24th year of producing theatrical excellence in Los Angeles!) with Tennessee Williams masterpiece SUMMER AND SMOKE, directed by Thom Babbes. SUMMER AND SMOKE will preview on Wednesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 3 at 8pm and will open on Friday, March 4 at 8pm and run through Sunday, April 17 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood.

A masterwork of love and survival from one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th Century, this celebrated drama introduces us to the shy, fluttery Miss Alma, a repressed spinster hopelessly in love with the hedonistic son of the town doctor.  Their relationship propels her from a world of loneliness and need to one of survival and love.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS (Playwright) was born March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi. He described his childhood years in Mississippi as pleasant and happy, but a drastic move to St. Louis, Missouri, stripped him of some of his carefree boyhood, causing him to turn inward and start to write. He attended both the University of Missouri and the University of Iowa and earned an agent soon thereafter. Between 1945 and 1959, eight of his plays opened on Broadway: THE GLASS MENAGERIE (1945), SUMMER AND SMOKE (1948), THE ROSE TATTOO (1951), CAMINO REAL (1953), CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1955), ORPHEUS DESCENDING (1957), GARDEN DISTRICT (1958) and SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1959). By 1959, he had two Pulitzer Prizes, three New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, three Donaldson Awards and a Tony. Tennessee Williams’ plays are still controversial. There are many critics who call his works sensational and shocking, but his plays have attracted the widest audience of any living American dramatist, and he is established as America’s most important dramatist.

THOM BABBES (Director) is thrilled to be back at Actors Co-op. His past directing credits here include Ah, Wilderness! (Best Director – Stage Scene L.A.), The Miracle Worker and Wait Until Dark. He has also directed workshop productions of new works: Dietrich (based on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer) by John Martins III, The Real Real Thing by Frank Higgins and staged readings of Washington Irving’s Sketchbook by Frank Higgins and Southampton County (based on Nat Turner’s slave rebellion) which Mr. Babbes wrote. Other credits: Sun City by Jim Geoghan at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood. A writer as well, Mr. Babbes wrote the screenplay and co-starred in the feature film “Deadly Dreams” for Roger Corman and co-wrote the film “Body Chemistry” starring Marc Singer and Mary Crosby. He co-wrote the short film “The Audition” which won Best Screenplay and Best Comedy at the 168 Hour Film Festival, and he and his writing partner wrote the comedy short ”X-Treme Weekend” which has screened at multiple film festivals in the U.S. and Canada and is now a nine episode web series. Mr. Babbes loves working with high school students and is currently the Director of Theatre Arts at Village Christian School.

The Cast of SUMMER AND SMOKE will feature (in alphabetical order): Tara Battani, Townsend Coleman, Marco Antonio Garcia, Brian Habicht, Melody Hollis, Gregory James, Markus Jorgensen, Jeffrey Markle, Deborah Marlowe, Fernanda Rohd, Keri Tombazian and Ann Marie Wilding.

SUMMER AND SMOKE has assembled an award-winning design team. Set Design is by Rich Rose. Lighting Design is by Bill E. Kickbush. Sound Design is by Cameron Combe. Costume Design is by Vicki Conrad. Hair and Make-up Design is by Krys Fehervari. Property Design is by Jason Peter Kennedy. Original Music Composed by Cooper Babbes. The Stage Manager is Lyndsay Lucas. SUMMER AND SMOKE is produced by Lauren Thompson.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING

SUMMER AND SMOKE will preview on Wednesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 3 at 8pm and will open on Friday, March 4 at 8pm and run through Sunday, April 17 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:30pm (with Saturday Matinees scheduled for Saturday, March 12 & Saturday, April 16 at 2:30pm). There are no performances over Easter Weekend March 25–27. Ticket prices are $30.00 for all Performances. Seniors (60 and over) – $25 and Students – $20.00 – with Student Rush Tickets available at Friday performances (excluding opening nights) on a first-come, first-serve basis subject to availability. Rush tickets are priced at 1/2 off regular adult tickets price.  Tickets may only be purchased 45 minutes prior to curtain at the box office window. Valid Student ID must be shown. One ticket per ID. Cash only, please.

To learn more about Student Rush Tickets, please call the box office at (323) 462-8460. Previews are Free to the Public. Group rates are available for parties of 6 or more. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (323) 462-8460 or visit www.ActorsCo-op.org.

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For press information, press interviews, photos or press comps, please contact David Elzer at DEMAND PR at 818/508-1754 or at davidelzer@me.com.

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Actors Co-op operates two 99-seat Equity-approved theatres on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Actors Co-op began in 1987 with a dozen actors. Currently, its membership exceeds 50 professionals. Called “a 99-seat miracle” by Daily Variety, Actors Co-op’s numerous awards for theatre excellence include the Los Angeles Drama Critics Polly Warfield Award for “Outstanding Season” (2013) in a small to mid-sized theatre, six Ovation Award nominations including “Best Season” (2013-2014), the Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Achievement” in smaller theatre from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle as well as the Charlie Award for “Excellence in the Arts” by the Hollywood Arts Council.

Since the Crossley Theatre opened its doors in April of 1989 and its second theatre, the David Schall Theatre opened February of 1995, Actors Co-op has produced over 100 main stage productions, over 40 Second Stage productions, staged readings of original works, and has received 19 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (six wins), 34 LA Weekly Award nominations (six wins), 29 Ovation Award nominations (three wins), five Garland Awards and 125 Drama-Logue Awards.  In addition, Actors Co-op was honored with the Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Achievement” in smaller theatre from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, as well as the Charlie Award for “Excellence in the Arts” by the Hollywood Arts Council.

Actors Co-op is located at 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, one block north of Hollywood Boulevard, just off the Gower Street exit of the 101 Hollywood Freeway.  Free, well-lit parking is available on Carlos Street (1/2 block east of Gower).

CALENDAR LISTING:

SUMMER AND SMOKE

What: SUMMER AND SMOKE by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Thom Babbes

When:Previews Weds., March 3 & Thurs., March 4 at 8pm

Opens Friday, March 5 2016 at 8pm and Runs through Sunday, April 17, 2016

Performs Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm
(with Saturday Matinees scheduled for Saturday, March 12 & Saturday, April 16 at 2:30pm).
There are no performances over Easter Weekend March 25-27.

Admission: $30.00
Seniors: $25.00
Students: $20.00
Previews: Free

Where: David Schall Theatre 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood.

Reservations/Information: Tickets may be purchased by phone at (323) 462-8460 or visit www.ActorsCo-op.org.

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Actors Co-op Announces 2015-2016 Season!

ACTORS CO-OP

ANNOUNCES ITS 2015-2016
SEASON OF SHOWS!

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ!
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS!
BRIAN FRIEL!
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE!

June 10, 2015…Hollywood, Calif.…ACTORS CO-OP is thrilled to announce its 2015- 2016 most singing, most dancing and most thrilling season of shows yet! Beginning with the rarely revived Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin) musical, THE BAKER’S WIFE; followed by the thrills of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES; then 2016 will begin with the classic Tennessee Williams masterpiece SUMMER AND SMOKE; and we conclude our season with the Tony Award-winner for Best Play, Brian Friel’s gorgeous DANCING AT LUGHNASA. This season, ACTORS CO-OP promises to bring our subscribers and audiences our most wonderful, most spectacular, most must-see year of shows ever!

The 2015/2016 ACTORS CO-OP Season:

David Schall Theatre
THE BAKER’S WIFE
September 18 – October 25, 2015
Book by Joseph Stein
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Richard Israel

What’s more important to France than love?  Great food!  From the creator of Wicked and Pippin comes the delicious musical about a French baker who stops making his mouth-watering bread when his young wife leaves him. Faced with the loss of the best food they have ever eaten, the town of misfits unites to rekindle the couple’s love!

Crossley Theatre
HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
Adapted by Tim Kelly
from the Novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
October 16 – November 22, 2015
Woe to the ill-begotten Baskervilles.  So much fortune.  So much fear.  Did the butler do it?  Maybe the butterfly collectors?  The escaped convicts or the ladies in distress?  In this classic thriller by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Tim Kelly, witty intrigue prevails as Sherlock Holmes and his worthy colleague Dr. Watson tame a hound whose bite may be worse than its bark.

David Schall Theatre
SUMMER AND SMOKE
by Tennessee Williams
March 4 – April 17, 2016

From one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th Century, this celebrated drama introduces us to the shy, fluttery Miss Alma, a repressed spinster hopelessly in love with the hedonistic son of the town doctor.  Their relationship propels her from a world of loneliness and need to one of survival and love.

Crossley Theatre
DANCING AT LUGHNASA
May 6 – June 12, 2016
Written by Brian Friel

Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, this is master playwright Brian Friel’s best.  Set in a small village in 1936 Ireland, five unmarried sisters share a small home and dreams of life beyond their native land.  A radio dramatically changes their lives and sets in motion unforeseen changes. A tribute to the spirit and valor of the past!

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING Subscriptions to this extraordinary season may be purchased by phone at (323) 462-8460 or visit www.ActorsCo-op.org. Subscriptions for all Four Shows are only $75 (if purchased for performances during first three weekends of run of each show). Preferred Seating subscriptions are only $95. Group and Student discounts are available.

To schedule press interviews, photos, press comps or for additional information, please contact David Elzer/DEMAND PR at 818/508-1754 or by e-mail at DAVIDELZER@ME.COM or visit www.demandpr.com.

Actors Co-op operates two 99-seat Equity-approved theatres on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Actors Co-op began in 1987 with a dozen actors. Currently, its membership exceeds 50 professionals. Called “a 99-seat miracle” by Daily Variety, Actors Co-op’s numerous awards for theatre excellence include the Los Angeles Drama Critics Polly Warfield Award for “Outstanding Season” (2013) in a small to mid-sized theatre, six Ovation Award nominations including “Best Season” (2013-2014), the Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Achievement” in smaller theatre from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle as well as the Charlie Award for “Excellence in the Arts” by the Hollywood Arts Council. Since the Crossley Theatre opened its doors in April of 1989 and its second theatre, the David Schall Theatre opened February of 1995, Actors Co-op has produced over 100 main stage productions, over 40 Second Stage productions, staged readings of original works, and has received 19 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (six wins), 34 LA Weekly Award nominations (six wins), 29 Ovation Award nominations (three wins), five Garland Awards and 125 Drama-Logue Awards.  In addition, Actors Co-op was honored with the Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Achievement” in smaller theatre from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, as well as the Charlie Award for “Excellence in the Arts” by the Hollywood Arts Council.

Actors Co-op is located at 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, one block north of Hollywood Boulevard, just off the Gower Street exit of the 101 Hollywood Freeway.  Free, well-lit parking is available on Carlos Street (1/2 block east of Gower).

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT: David Elzer 818/508-1754

MEDIA ALERT FOR THEATRE EDITORS AND REVIEWERS

AND CALENDAR LISTINGS

ACTORS CO-OP PRESENTS THE FIFTH AND FINAL SHOW

OF ITS 2014-2015 SEASON…

The Story is the Journey!

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

by Mark Brown

From the Novel by Jules Verne

Directed by Rhonda Kohl

Limited Engagement Opens Friday, May 8

at Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre in Hollywood!

5 Actors, 39 Characters, 7 Countries…

ONE Extraordinary Experience!

April 1, 2015…Hollywood, CA…Actors Co-op is thrilled to announce its fifth and final show in its 2014-2015 season (and 23rd year of producing theatrical excellence in Los Angeles!) with AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, by Mark Brown (based on the novel by Jules Verne), produced by Thomas Chavira and directed by Rhonda Kohl. AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS will preview on Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7 at 8pm and will open on Friday, May 8 at 8pm and run through Sunday, June 14 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood.

Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they set out to win an outrageous wager by circling the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown’s adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time!

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

MARK BROWN (Playwright) is an award-winning writer. His play Around the World in 80 Days has been produced around the world, from off-Broadway to Baridhara Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has been translated into Turkish. Tom Jones, his adaptation of the ribald Henry Fielding novel, received its world premiere in 2014 and has been called clever, silly and highly theatrical. His musical China: The Whole Enchilada was named Outstanding Musical of the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival and has been called funny, smart, surprisingly deep and very enjoyable. Brown’s play The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge has been called a sequel worthy of Dickens’ approval and a worthy new entry into the holiday canon. His adaptation of The Little Prince (co-written with Paul Kiernen) set box office records at the Hippodrome Theatre (Gainesville, Fla.) and the Orlando Theatre Project. His play Poe: Deep Into That Darkness Peering (co-written with Mark Rector) hasn’t won a thing but is a darn good play and should be produced more often. Currently, Brown is working on an adaptation of the novel Don Quixote. He is also working with Paul Mirkovich, his collaborator on China: The Whole Enchilada, on a musical version of Tom Jones.

RHONDA KOHL (Director) has been a member of Actors Co-op since 2010, where she serves on the Production Committee (selecting plays for each season) and recently produced The Diviners and the LA Weekly and Ovation-nominated Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde.  She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, holds an MFA and is an adjunct professor and guest director for Azusa Pacific University where she recently directed The Spitfire Grill!  Other local directing work includes: Look Back In Anger, Over The River And Through The Woods, Hello, Dolly!, A Tuna Christmas, Spinning Into Butter and Barefoot In The Park. She also founded and runs a non-profit organization for young artists called Hollywood Youth Theatre.

The Cast of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS will feature (in alphabetical order): Eva Abramian, Andrew Carter, Kevin Coubal, Philip Kreyche and Bruce Ladd.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS has assembled an award-winning design team. Set Design is by David Goldstein. Lighting Design is by Matthew Taylor. Sound Design is by David B. Marling. Projection and Props Design is by Nicholas Acciani. Costume Design is by Wendell C. Carmichael. Hair Design is by Krys Fehervari. The Dialect Coach is Jill Massie. AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is produced by Thomas Chavira.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS will preview on Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7 at 8pm and will open on Friday, May 8 at 8pm and run through Sunday, June 14 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:30pm (with Saturday Matinees scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at 2:30pm; Saturday, June 6 at 1:30pm and Saturday, June 13 at 2:30pm). Ticket prices are $30.00 for all Performances. Seniors (60 and over) – $25 and Students – $20.00 (with Student Rush Tickets available on Friday evenings excluding Opening night on a first-come, first served basis, subject to availability). Previews are Free to the Public. Group rates are available for parties of 6 or more. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (323) 462-8460 or visit www.ActorsCo-op.org.

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