TRAVIS MICHAEL HOLDER
HAS JOINED THE CAST OF
THE WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY
TELL MR. POULOS
BY DONALD WOLLNER
DIRECTED BY PAGE BURKHOLDER
DORIE THEATRE AT THE COMPLEX
OPENS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 AT 8PM
Travis Michael Holder has joined the cast of the world premiere comedy Tell Mr. Poulos, written by Donald Wollner and directed by Page Burkholder at the Dorie Theatre at the Complex in Hollywood. Previews begin on October 1 at 8pm and opening is set for Saturday, October 3 at 8pm. The limited engagement will run through October 25 only.
Holder will play the title role and joins the previously announced cast of (in alphabetical order) Lindsey Andersen, Beresford Bennett, Kina Bermudez, and Yetta Gottesman. The design team will include Rebecca Raines (lighting) and Bill Campbell (sound).
Travis Michael Holder received a LA Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in Nasty Little Secrets at Theatre/Theater, and a second LADCC Award last season as part of the ensemble cast of Stupid Fucking Bird at The Theatre @ Boston Court, where he has also appeared in Summertime and The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder. Holder has received a Drama-Logue Award, five Back Stage Garland Awards, NAACP, GLAAD, two Ovation Award nominations, and six LA Weekly Award nominations. Other productions in which Holder has appeared include Fifth of July, Equus, Oscar & Speranza, Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Lament for the Moths, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, among many others.
When Jimmy Meadows loses his job after 10 years of loyal service, his once stable life spirals into ridiculousness. Job interviews lead only to degradation. Aloof from his wife, he takes up with an admiring, beautiful, but deeply disturbed young woman. Jimmy’s lonely wife, a nurse, enters into a bizarre relationship with a 90-year-old patient under her care. Into this turmoil comes the enigmatic Mr. Poulos, who rents a room in the Meadows’ apartment. Is he a seer? A spy? Or is he just an old guy who reads Greek language newspapers all day?
Playwright Donald Wollner is a two-time recipient of an NYFA grant for playwriting. Some of his other plays include Kid Purple, Badgers, Lone Deer, The Harvard Club, Men in Waiting, and Bavarian Humor. Tell Mr. Poulos was workshopped at Labyrinth Theatre’s 2013 Summer Intensive, and Kid Purple was recently presented by The Never Wonder Players in Sherman Oaks.
There will be two preview performances of Tell Mr. Poulos on Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2 at 8pm, and opening is set for Saturday, October 3 at 8pm. The regular running schedule is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 5pm through October 25 only. General admission tickets are $10 and may be obtained online at http://wildtown.org/ or by calling (866) 811-4111. The Dorie Theatre at the Complex is located at 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, 90038.
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