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ACTORS CO-OP PRESENTS THE FIFTH AND FINAL SHOW OF ITS 25th SILVER ANNIVERSARY SEASON…LUCKY STIFF

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 FIFTH AND FINAL SHOW
OF ITS 25th SILVER ANNIVERSARY SEASON
Today…Tomorrow…Together!

LUCKY STIFF
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty

Choreography by Julie Hall
Musical Director Taylor Stephenson

Directed by Stephen Van Dorn

Limited Engagement Opens Friday, May 12
at Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre in Hollywood!

The Murder Mystery Musical Where You’ll Die Laughing!

April 15, 2017…Hollywood, CA…Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) presents the fifth and final show in its celebratory 25th Silver Anniversary season, the killer musical from the writers of Ragtime and Once On This Island, LUCKY STIFF, book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, choreography by Julie Hall, musical direction by Taylor Stephenson and directed by Stephen Van Dorn. LUCKY STIFF will preview on Wednesday, May 10 & Thursday, May 11 at 8pm and will open on Friday, May 12 at 8pm and run through Sunday, June 18 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood.

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 CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

LYNN AHRENS (Book and Lyrics) Lynn Ahrens won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for the score of Broadway’s Ragtime. For Twentieth Century Fox’s animated feature film “Anastasia,” she was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. Broadway credits include: Once On This Island (London Olivier Award, Best Musical; Tony nominations, Best Book and Score); Seussical (Grammy nomination); Madison Square Garden’s “A Christmas Carol” (composer, Alan Menken); Rocky; My Favorite Year; Chita Rivera–The Dancer’s Life; and Anastasia, which arrives on Broadway this spring. Other theater: Lincoln Center Theater premieres of Dessa Rose, The Glorious Ones ((both Drama Desk-nominated); and A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical); Lucky Stiff; and Little Dancer, which premiered at the Kennedy Center. For her numerous film and television credits, which include “A Christmas Carol” (teleplay, NBC- TV); “Camp” (IFC Films); “Lucky Stiff;” and the renowned animated series “Schoolhouse Rock” (ABC-TV), she received the Emmy Award and four nominations. She is the first Lilly Award recipient for Lyrics. In 2014, she and longtime collaborator Stephen Flaherty received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. They serve on the Dramatists Guild of America’s Council and co-founded the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program for Emerging Writers.

STEPHEN FLAHERTY (Music) is the composer of the Broadway musicals Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Awards, two Grammy nominations), Seussical (Grammy, Drama Desk nominations), Once on This Island (Tony nomination, Olivier Award, Best Musical) and Rocky. Additional Broadway includes Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (original songs) and Neil Simon’s Proposals (incidental music). Stephen has also written four musicals at Lincoln Center Theatre: The Glorious Ones (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), Dessa Rose (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), A Man of No Importance (OCC, Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination) and My Favorite Year.  Other theater includes In Your Arms (Old Globe), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), Lucky Stiff (Playwrights Horizons) and Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (Chicago’s Jefferson Award, Best New Musical.) Film includes “Anastasia” (two Academy Award and two Golden Globe nominations), the documentary “After The Storm” and “Lucky Stiff. Mr. Flaherty’s concert music has premiered at the Hollywood Bowl, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum and Symphony Space. This year celebrates Stephen’s 32-year collaboration with lyricist-librettist Lynn Ahrens. Stephen and Lynn are members of the Dramatists Guild Council and co- founders of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. In 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall Of Fame. Upcoming: the stage adaptation of Anastasia. AhrensAndFlaherty.com.

STEPHEN VAN DORN (Director) Lucky Stiff is Stephen’s second main stage production at Actors Co-op. He also directed The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, which garnered multiple Ovation Award nominations, including Best Production of a Music (Intimate Theatre). Previous directing credits include, Much Ado About Nothing, The Freddy Wyatt Bixby Petroleum Variety Hour Christmas Spectacular Extravaganza Show, What Happened Was…, 27 Wagons Full Of Cotton, and The Sweetest Swing In Baseball. Stephen has been a proud member of Actors Co-op since 1998, and has appeared in numerous productions, including Edith Stein, The Hasty Heart, The Foreigner, Bullshot Crummond, As You Like It, 1776, Tales Of Tinseltown, The Glass Menagerie, The Learned Ladies, Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, Lend Me A Tenor, Drood and Dancing At Lughnasa. In 2012, Stephen played serial killer Buffalo Bill, in Silence! The Musical, directed by Tony Award Winner Christopher Gatelli, at The Hayworth Theatre. Stephen is an LA Weekly Award winner, as well as receiving several other awards and honors, including the Inland Valley Theatre League Award for Best Performance in a musical. Soli Deo Gloria.

JULIE HALL (Choreographer) previously choreographed Actors Co-op productions of Dancing At Lughnasa, 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, 1940’s Radio Hour, Big River, Trails, 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.

TAYLOR STEPHENSON (Musical Director) is a music director, composer, actor, and teacher based in Long Beach. He graduated from UCI with a degree in drama where he studied voice and conducting from his mentor, Dr. Gary Busby. He is thrilled to be making his debut at the Actors Co-op with this production of Lucky Stiff. Past productions include: Next To Normal, Dogfight, Bonnie And Clyde, She Loves Me, and many others. In 2013, he won the L.A. Ovation Award for Best Musical Direction for his work on Triassic Parq. He is a founding member of the a capella group Nothing Diminished.

The Cast of LUCKY STIFF will feature (in alphabetical order): Claire Adams, David Atkinson, Gina D’Acciaro, Brian Habicht, Alastair James Murden, Brandon Parrish, Rory Patterson, Selah Victor, José Villarreal and Vito Viscuso.

LUCKY STIFF has assembled an award-winning design team. Set Design is by Lex Gernon. Lighting Design is by Lisa D. Katz. Costume Design is by Vicki Conrad. Hair and Make-up Design Krys Fehervari. Sound Design is by Warren Davis. Properties Design is by Nicholas Acciani. Dialect Coach is E. K. Dagenfield. The Stage Manager is Leticia Gonzalez. LUCKY STIFF is produced by Catherine Gray.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING

LUCKY STIFF will preview on Wednesday, May 10 & Thursday, May 11 at 8pm and will open on Friday, May 12 at 8pm and run through Sunday, June 18 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 20 and June 17 at 2:30pm).

Ticket prices are $34.00 for all Performances. Seniors (60 and over) – $30 and Students – $25.00 – 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. 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, 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.

CALENDAR LISTING: LUCKY STIFF

What: LUCKY STIFF
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Music by Stephen Flaherty
Choreography by Julie Hall
Musical Director Taylor Stephenson
Directed by Stephen Van Dorn

When: Previews: Wednesday, May 10 & Thursday, May 11 at 8pm
Opens Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8pm and Runs through Sunday, June 18, 2017

Performs Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:30pm
(with Saturday Matinees scheduled for Saturday, May 20 and June 17 at 2:30pm).

Admission: $34.00 Seniors: $30.00 Students: $25.00 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 presents the fourth show of its 25th Silver Anniversary Season: CAT’S-PAW by William Mastrosimone

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 FOURTH SHOW
OF ITS 25th SILVER ANNIVERSARY SEASON…
Today…Tomorrow…Together!

CAT’S-PAW
by William Mastrosimone

Directed by Stephen Rothman

Limited Engagement Opens Friday, March 24
at Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre in Hollywood!

What makes a good cause go bad?

February 27, 2017…Hollywood, CA…Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) presents the fourth show in its celebratory 25th Silver Anniversary season with the riveting CAT’S-PAW by William Mastrosimone and directed by Stephen Rothman. CAT’S-PAW will preview on Wednesday, March 22 & Thursday, March 23 at 8pm and will open on Friday, March 24 at 8pm and run through Sunday, April 30 at the Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood.

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.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

WILLIAM MASTROSIMONE (Playwright) is an American playwright and screenwriter from Trenton, New Jersey. He attended high school at The Pennington School and received a graduate degree in playwriting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, a part of Rutgers University. His plays include The Woolgatherer, Extremities, Shivaree, and CAT’S-PAW. He also wrote Bang Bang You’re Dead, which can be downloaded from the Internet and performed by students for free. Other plays include A Stone Carver, The Afghan Women and Nanawatai, upon which the film “The Beast” is based. Two other plays are Sleepwalk, a story again focusing on the traumas of modern teenage life, and Dirty Business, a play about a party girl caught between the mafia and the newly elected President of the United States. His screenwriting credits include “Into the West” and the adaptation of his play “Extremities.” He won a Daytime Emmy Award for “Bang, Bang You’re Dead” and was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy for “Into the West” and “The Burning Season.”

STEPHEN ROTHMAN (Director) happily returns to Actors Co-op having directed their 2008 production of The Elephant Man. He is best known by West Coast Theatre audiences for his work as founder and artistic leader of the revitalized Pasadena Playhouse. He also served as artistic director of the Sacramento Theatre Company. His directing career has taken him across the country and around the world, including a 2008 production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal in Florence, Italy for the Florence International Theatre Company. His American Resident/Regional Theatre credits include more than 100 plays in 16 different States for 40 different theatre companies. He is especially proud of his work on numerous world premieres including Sparky And The Fitz starring Academy Award winner Eli Wallach at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, Learn To Fall starring France’s award winning clown/artist Buffo at The Attic Theatre in Detroit, Gilligan’s Island, The Musical for Chicago’s Organic Theatre and Father, Son, And Holy Coach for the Santa Monica Playhouse to name just a few.  He has had a long association with Deaf West Theatre directing their 2015 production of American Buffalo. Other American Sign Language (ASL) productions with the company include: Of Mice And Men, Orphans, What Are You…Deaf?, and Pinocchio. For American television, he spent two seasons directing episodes of “The New WKRP In Cincinnati.” Rothman is a tenured Full Professor of Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles where he received the 2012/2013 University Award as “The Outstanding Professor of the Year.” In spring 2015 he was granted a sabbatical award and both taught classes and created an original eight episode sitcom at The Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in Sweden. Mr. Rothman is a proud 37-year member of The Society of Director’s and Choreographers (SDC).

The Cast of CAT’S-PAW will feature: Ivy Beech, Deborah Marlowe, Sean McHugh, and Vito Viscuso.

CAT’S-PAW has assembled an award-winning design team. Set Design is by David Potts. Lighting Design is by James Moody. Costume Design is by E.B. Brooks. Sound Design is by Adam R. Macias. Properties Design is by Lori Berg. The Stage Manager is Christian Eckels. CAT’S-PAW is produced by Greyson Chadwick.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING

CAT’S-PAW will preview on Wednesday, March 22 & Thursday, March 23 at 8pm and will open on Friday, March 24 at 8pm and run through Sunday, April 30 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, April 1 and April 8 at 2:30pm). There will be no performances during the Easter Holiday weekend, April 14 – 16. 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. (more) CAT’S-PAW Page Four 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. 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, 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.

CALENDAR LISTING: CAT’S-PAW

What: CAT’S-PAW
by William Mastrosimone
Directed by Stephen Rothman

When: Previews: Wednesday, March 22 & Thursday, March 23 at 8pm

Opens Friday, March 24, 2017 at 8pm and Runs through Sunday, April 30, 2017

Performs Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:30pm

(with Saturday Matinees scheduled for Saturday, April 1 & Saturday, April 8 at 2:30pm).

There will be no performances over Easter Weekend – April 14-16.

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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Actors Co-op Presents the Third Show of its 25th Anniversary Season: The Los Angeles Intimate Theatre Premiere of 33 VARIATIONS by Moisés Kaufman

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 25th SILVER ANNIVERSARY SEASON…
Today…Tomorrow…Together!

WITH THE LOS ANGELES INTIMATE THEATRE PREMIERE OF

33 VARIATIONS
by Moisés Kaufman

Choreography by Michelle Parrish

Directed by Thomas James O’Leary

Limited Engagement Opens Friday, February 10
at Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre in Hollywood!

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

January 5, 2017…Hollywood, CA…Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) presents the third show in its celebratory 25th Silver Anniversary season with the Los Angeles intimate theatre premiere of 33 VARIATIONS by Moisés Kaufman, choreography by Michelle Parrish and directed by Thomas James O’Leary (Next to Normal). 33 VARIATIONS will preview on Thursday, February 9 at 8pm and will open on Friday, February 10 at 8pm and run through Sunday, March 19 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 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.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST MOISÉS KAUFMAN (Playwright) is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and playwright. His play 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda, was nominated for five Tony awards (including one for Ms. Fonda). Previous to that, Mr. Kaufman directed the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play I Am My Own Wife, earning him an Obie award for his direction as well as Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel nominations. His plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project have been among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Mr. Kaufman also directed the film adaptation of “The Laramie Project” for HBO, which was the opening night selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won the National Board of Review Award, the Humanitas Prize, and a Special Mention for Best First Film at the Berlin Film Festival. The film also earned Mr. Kaufman two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. Other credits include Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo (Mark Taper Forum); Macbeth with Liev Schreiber (Public Theater); This Is How It Goes (Donmar Warehouse); One Arm by Tennessee Williams (Steppenwolf Theater Company); Master Class with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theater); and Lady Windermere’s Fan (Williamstown Theater Festival).

THOMAS JAMES O’LEARY (Director) most recently directed Next To Normal at Pico Playhouse. Other LA-area directing credits include Flim Flam: Houdini And The Hereafter by Gene Franklin Smith (Malibu Playhouse), Dusty De Los Santos and The Debut Of Georgia (by Boni B. Alvarez, Skylight Theatre and the Blank Theatre), Reserve Champion and A Horse With A View by Christopher Piehle (Hollywood Fringe Festival), and The Escape Artist’s Children by Steve Harper (Celebration Theatre). As an actor, Thomas is best known for his three-year run as the Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera on Broadway (over 1,000 performances). Other acting credits include the original cast of Miss Saigon (Broadway), Les Misérables (First National), Chess (First National), Mason Marzac in Take Me Out (LA Weekly Award, Celebration Theatre) You Never Can Tell (Yale Rep), Last Sunday In June (by Jonathan Tolins, Century Center), and Travels With My Aunt (Colony Theatre). (more) 33 VARIATIONS Page Three Thomas is also on the faculty of AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood, where he has directed Thoroughly Modern Millie, Nine, How To Succeed In Business…,and Sunday In The Park With George. Thomas is an Associate Member of SDC.

The Cast of 33 VARIATIONS will feature John Allee, Greyson Chadwick, Bruce Ladd, Nan McNamara, Brandon Parrish, Stephen Rockwell and Treva Tegtmeier.

33 VARIATIONS has assembled an award-winning design team. Set Design is by Nicholas Acciani. Lighting Design is by Andrew Schmedake. Costume Design is by Vicki Conrad. Sound Design is by David B. Marling. Properties Design is by Lori Berg. Pianist is Dylan Price. Dialect Coach is E.K. Dagenfield. The Stage Manager is Shawna Voragen. 33 VARIATIONS is produced by Thomas Chavira.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING

33 VARIATIONS will preview on Thursday, February 9 at 8pm and will open on Friday, February 10 at 8pm and run through Sunday, March 19 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, February 18 and March 18 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. 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, 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.

CALENDAR LISTING: 33 VARIATIONS

What: 33 VARIATIONS by Moisés Kaufman

Directed by Thomas James O’Leary

Previews: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8pm

Opens Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8pm and Runs through Sunday, March 17, 2017

Performs Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:30pm

(with Saturday Matinees scheduled for Saturday, February 18 & Saturday, March 18 at 2:30pm).

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 Presents Second Show in its 25th Anniversary Season: THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Jeffrey Hatcher

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 SECOND SHOW

OF ITS 25th SILVER ANNIVERSARY SEASON…

Today…Tomorrow…Together!

THE TURN OF THE SCREW
by Jeffrey Hatcher
From the Story by Henry James

Directed by Robertson Dean

Limited Engagement Opens Friday, October 14
at Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre in Hollywood!

Do you believe in the unspeakable?

September 20, 2016…Hollywood, CA…Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) presents the second show in its celebratory 25th Silver Anniversary season with the frightfully delightful THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Jeffrey Hatcher from the classic story by Henry James and directed by Robertson Dean (Antigone – A Noise Within). THE TURN OF THE SCREW will preview on Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13 at 8pm and will open on Friday, October 14 at 8pm and run through Sunday, November 20 at the Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood.

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!

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST JEFFREY HATCHER (Adapter/Playwright) is an accomplished playwright and screenwriter.  He spent his youth in Steubenville, Ohio and was much influenced by Glenda Dunlope, the head of his high school drama program.  He attended Denison University in Ohio and later migrated to New York City, ultimately settling in Minneapolis.  Some of his plays and collaborations include:  Three Viewings, Scotland Road, Picasso, Neddy, Korczak’s Children, Mercy Of A Storm, Work Song, Three Views Of Frank Lloyd Wright and Lucky Duck  His many award-winning, original plays have been performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally across the US and abroad and seen at such theatres as Yale Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and dozens more in the U.S. and abroad.  Mr. Hatcher’s adaptation of Mr. Stevenson’s novella, Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award for Best Play.

HENRY JAMES (Novelist) was born on April 15, 1843, in New York City. His father was one of the most wealthy intellectuals of the time, providing James the opportunity to grow up around the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Thoreau, Nathanial Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  The family spent many years traveling throughout Europe as the children were tutored in language and literature. After deciding to become a writer in 1864, James permanently moved to London in 1876 where he produced reviews, personal musings, short stories and novels. Throughout the course of his career, James focused on many different themes including personal freedom, feminism, and morality and provided commentary on politics, class and status. Henry James became one of his generation’s most well-known writers and remains so to this day for such works as The Portrait of a Lady and The Turn of the Screw. Having lived in England for 40 years, James became a British subject in 1915, the year before his death. In 1916, he was awarded The Order of Merit by King George V. He died on February 28, 1916, in London, England.

ROBERTSON DEAN (Director) recently directed Tennessee Williams’ Kirche Kuche Kinder (An Outrage for the Stage) at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival.  This production was the first allowed by the Williams estate in the 40 years since the play’s premiere.  In a similar vein, last season Mr. Dean translated, adapted and directed Jean Anouilh’s Antigone at A Noise Within here in L.A.  It had been 70 years since the Anouilh estate had approved for performance a new version of this great play.  Mr. Dean has been an actor/director on stage, TV and film since graduating from the Yale School of Drama in 1979.  He’s also recorded over 500 audiobooks.

The Cast of THE TURN OF THE SCREW will feature Natalie Hope Macmillan and Isaac Wade.

THE TURN OF THE SCREW has assembled an award-winning design team. Set Design is by Ellen Lenbergs. Lighting Design is by Jean-Yves Tessier. Costume Design is by Jenny Foldenauer. The Stage Manager is Nick Acciani. THE TURN OF THE SCREW is produced by Rory Patterson.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING THE TURN OF THE SCREW will preview on Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13 at 8pm and will open on Friday, October 14 at 8pm and run through Sunday, November 20 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, October 22 and November 19 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. 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, 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.

CALENDAR LISTING: THE TURN OF THE SCREW

What: THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Jeffrey Hatcher
From the Story by Henry James

Directed by Robertson Dean

When: Previews Weds., Oct. 12 & Thurs., Oct. 13 at 8pm
Opens Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8pm and Runs through Sunday, November 20, 2016
Performs Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm
(with Saturday Matinees scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 & Saturday, November 19 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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Actors Co-op presents First Show in its 25th Anniversary Season: OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder

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 FIRST SHOW
OF ITS 25th SILVER ANNIVERSARY SEASON…
Today…Tomorrow…Together!

OUR TOWN
Written by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Richard Israel
Limited Engagement Opens Friday, September 16
at Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre in Hollywood!

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

August 11, 2016…Hollywood, CA…Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) presents the first show in its celebratory 25th Silver Anniversary season with OUR TOWN, by Thornton Wilder and directed by Richard Israel. OUR TOWN will preview on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15 at 8pm and will open on Friday, September 16 at 8pm and run through Sunday, October 23 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood.

No curtain. No scenery.  Arguably the most famous American play ever written, OUR TOWN has entertained generations of audiences. In this exciting multi-cultural version, told by an ethnically-diverse cast of 17, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning drama set in Grover’s Corners remains as poignant and relevant today as it was in 1938 – a timeless story about living, love and loss and appreciating life and its quiet moments to their fullest.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

THORNTON WILDER (Playwright) (1897-1975) was a novelist and playwright whose works celebrate the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience.  He is the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for both drama and fiction: for his novel “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” and two plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth.  His other novels include “The Cabala,” “The Woman of Andros,” “Heaven’s My Destination,” “The Ides of March,” “The Eighth Day” and “Theophilus North.” His other major dramas include The Matchmaker (adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!) and The Alcestiad. The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, Pullman Car Hiawatha and The Long Christmas Dinner are among his well-known shorter plays. He enjoyed enormous success as a translator, adaptor, actor, librettist and lecturer/teacher and his screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” remains a classic psycho-thriller to this day. Wilder’s many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. More information on Thornton Wilder and his family is available in Penelope Niven’s definitive biography, Thornton Wilder: A Life (2013) as well as on the Wilder Family website, www.thorntonwilder.com

RICHARD ISRAEL (Director) For Actors Co-op, Israel directed last season’s The Baker’s Wife and 110 In The Shade (L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Outstanding Musical in an Intimate Venue), as well as 1776, Big River, Leading Ladies and Merrily We Roll Along. Recent directing credits include the original Jeff Marx/Fat Mike musical Home Street Home, as well as Bronies! The Musical, Spring Awakening and Floyd Collins (L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards for Directing and Outstanding Musical in a Large Venue). Other directing credits include Kiss Me Kate for Cabrillo Music Theatre, Glorious! for ICT, Avenue Q for DOMA Theatre and the multiple-Ovation nominated Having It All for the Laguna Playhouse. For Third Street Theatre, he has directed the West coast premiere of The Burnt Part Boys, The Full Monty and Falsettos, and for West Coast Ensemble Theatre, he has directed Gypsy, Assassins, Big and the west coast premiere of Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins. For the Musical Theatre Guild he has directed Road Show, High Fidelity and Violet, among others. He is the recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Career Achievement Award for Directing and is a proud member of SDC.

The Cast of OUR TOWN will feature (in alphabetical order): Eva Abramian, Joseph Arujo, David Atkinson, Vanessa Benavente, Heather Chesley, Shannon Dieriex, RJ Farrington, Tim Hodgin, Deanna Hudgens, Crystal Jackson, Isabella Magas, Deborah Marlowe, Christopher Salazar, James Simenc, Gunnar Sizemore, Richard Soto and Michael Worden.

OUR TOWN has assembled an award-winning design team. Set Design is by Rich Rose. Lighting Design is by Lisa D. Katz. Costume Design is by Vicki Conrad. The Stage Manager is Amanda Rountree. OUR TOWN is produced by Lauren Thompson.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING OUR TOWN will preview on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15 at 8pm and will open on Friday, September 16 at 8pm and run through Sunday, October 23 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, September 24 and October 22 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. 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, 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.

CALENDAR LISTING: OUR TOWN

What: OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Richard Israel

When: Previews Weds., Sept. 14 & Thurs., Sept. 15 at 8pm

Opens Friday, September 16, 2016 at 8pm
and Runs through Sunday, October 23, 2016
Performs Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm
(with Saturday Matinees scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 & Saturday, October 22 at 2:30pm).

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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