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PRESS RELEASE: “THE PROTAGONIST” SET FOR LA PREMIERE JULY 24 — AUGUST 9 AT LILLIAN THEATRE

THE PROTAGONIST
BY TIM LIVINGSTON
DIRECTED BY JEREMY GUSKIN

LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
SET FOR LIMITED THREE WEEK RUN
OPENS JULY 25 AT THE LILLIAN THEATRE

The Protagonist posterCarthay Films has announced the Los Angeles premiere of The Protagonist, a new comic play by Tim Livingston, directed by Jeremy Guskin. There will be one preview performance on Thursday, July 24 at 8pm and opening is set for Friday, July 25 at 8pm. The Protagonist will run through August 9 only.

The Protagonist is a comedy that audaciously attempts to inspire its audience. It wants to make people laugh, make people think, and balance profundity with levity in a unique poetic style. The story focuses on two brothers living their own version of the American dream — one with a lucrative job in finance, the other striving to be creative, both unable to understand the rationale of the other. As they trek along their disparate paths, they realize how far they’ve drifted apart, how much they’ve changed, and finally, how much they need each other.

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Libe Barer, Keenan Jolliff, Joey Livingston, and Christian Roberts. The design team includes Grant Gorrell (set and lighting), Alyson Wheeler (costumes), and Jaymes Wheeler (sound).

Playwright Tim Livingston is a Los Angeles-based writer who has garnered success in television where he has been commissioned to write several pilots, and in sports journalism where his articles have gained national attention and led to interviews with some of the biggest names in basketball, baseball, and football.

Director Jeremy Guskin is an actor, director, and writer. His film credits include Art School Confidential, Pulse, The Hero Of Color City, Get Dead, and Simone. On television — Rizzoli & Isles, ‘Til Death, General Hospital, Roswell, Raising Hope, The Mentalist, The Finder, Life, NCIS, Alias, NYPD Blue, Angel, Six Feet Under, E.R., and King Of Queens. Theatre in Los Angeles and New York — Shakespearience (Alex), The Curse Of Ravensdurn (Barnsdall Gallery), Nothing Sacred (South Coast Rep), You Can’t Take It With You (Antaeus), The Lower Depths (MXAT), Basketball Jones (New Victory). Guskin currently teaches and directs at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

There will be one preview performance of The Protagonist on Thursday, July 24 at 8pm and opening is set for Friday, July 25 at 8pm. The regular running schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm through August 9 only. Tickets are $19 and may be purchased online at www.theprotagonist.ticketleap.com, or via phone at (323) 571-2288. For more information, go to www.theprotagonistplay.com. Visit The Protagonist on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theprotagonistplay and follow us on Twitter @protagonistplay.

The Lillian Theatre at the Elephant Stages is located at 1076 Lillian Way, (off Santa Monica Boulevard, one block west of Vine), in Hollywood. Street parking is available.

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07-14-14

PRESS RELEASE — WORLD PREMIERE PLAY “LAND LINE” OPENS JUNE 14 — EST/LA AT ATWATER VILLAGE THEATRE SPEAKEASY

Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA
Presents the World Premiere of
LAND LINE
Written by Stephen Dierkes
Directed by William Charlton

OPENS JUNE 14 AT 8PM
AT THE SPEAKEASY
ATWATER VILLAGE THEATRE

LandLine graphicEnsemble Studio Theatre/LA has announced the world premiere of Land Line, a new play by Stephen Dierkes, directed by William Charlton, and featuring Katherine Cortez, John Dennis Johnston, Gary Patent, and Peter James Smith. Land Line is set to open Saturday, June 14 at 8pm and the limited engagement will run through July 21.

When a health crisis forces Terry to move back into his parents’ basement, his best friend John supports him with laughter, sympathy, bravado, and finally, honesty.

Playwright Stephen Dierkes is an associate member of Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles, a member of the EST/LA Playwrights Unit, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. He has had productions and readings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, St. Louis, Spokane, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Reno, Ohio, and Los Angeles. His play Ape and Apple was a semi-finalist for the National Arts Club’s Playwrights First Award, and his 10-Minute Antigone won the Audience Favorite Award at Colby-Sawyer College’s SNAFU Festival (New London, NH). His farce Crabs: A Love Story was the St. Louis Playwrights Festival’s inaugural production, and his twin one-acts, Apocrypha and Heterodoxy, were given readings in two EST/LA Winterfest events.

Director William Charlton is an actor and director who has acted on stage in NYC, LA, and at various theatres across the country. He has directed at EST/LA and Playwright’s Horizons in NYC, and he is a member of EST/LA. Television: recurring on The Shield and Law & Order; guest appearances include Parks & Recreation, Criminal Minds, Monday Mornings, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Numb3rs, Medium, and My Name is Earl, among many others. Film: The Rum Diary, The Changeling, Flags of Our Fathers, Money Train, Get Smart. Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Director’s Lab West 2010.

Set and lighting design for Land Line are by William Sammons, costume design is by Catherine Baumgardner, sound design is by Joseph ‘Sloe’ Slawinski, and the stage manager is Marissa Drammissi. Producer for EST/LA is Mina Sharpe.

The opening of Land Line is set for Saturday, June 14 at 8pm. The running schedule will then be Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 7pm, and Monday at 8pm through July 21, with the following exceptions — no performance on Friday, July 4; curtain time on Saturday, July 5 is 8pm; and there will be added matinees on Sundays, July 13 and 20 at 2pm. Tickets are $25, and all seats are general admission. Tickets may be purchased online at www.EnsembleStudioTheatreLA.org or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/680900 or by calling (323) 644-1929. The EST/LA Speakeasy at Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Avenue, in Los Angeles.

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05-08-14

Announcing: ‘L.A. Deli’ – A New Comedy by Sam Bobrick – Opens March 22 at Marilyn Monroe Theatre

L.A. DELI
A NEW COMEDY BY SAM BOBRICK
DIRECTED BY WALTER PAINTER

ANNOUNCED FOR MARILYN MONROE THEATRE
SIX WEEKS ONLY
MARCH 21 — APRIL 27

L.A. Deli posterL.A. Deli, a new comedy by Sam Bobrick, has been set for the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood, helmed by award-winning director Walter Painter. L.A. Deli will play two preview performances on Friday, March 21 at 8pm and Saturday, March 22 at 3pm, with opening set for Saturday, March 22 at 8pm. The limited engagement will run through April 27 only.

L.A. Deli is a series of comedic sketches that take place in a Hollywood delicatessen giving the audience a wicked and hilarious look inside show business. The cast of outrageous, shameless, and sometimes certifiable characters includes movie and TV producers, writers, directors, actors, their wives, ex-wives, and a very patient waitress named Kathleen. Some of the events portrayed actually happened to the playwright, some to his friends, and some to people he just happened to be sitting next to at lunch.

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Rachel Boller, Scott Kruse, Jeffrey Landman, Melinda Peterson, Phil Proctor, and Darrin Revitz. The set design is by Jeffery Eisenmann, lighting design is by Michael Gend, costume design is by Michael Mullen, music is arranged and supervised by Larry Grossman, sound design is by Chris Mosciatello, and the stage manager is Liana Dillaway. L.A. Deli is produced by Theatre Planners.

Sam Bobrick has written and co-written over 40 plays, many of them performed throughout the world, including Norman, Is That You?, Death In England, Passengers, Getting Sara Married, and without William Shakespeare’s blessing, Hamlet II (Better Than the Original). To date, 21 of his plays have been published by Samuel French with more to follow. In 2011, he won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for his play The Psychic. Bobrick’s extensive TV writing credits have earned him three Writers Guild of America awards and an Emmy nomination. Some of his television credits include Captain Kangaroo, The Andy Griffith Show, Get Smart, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and numerous musical variety specials. He created the Saturday morning hit series Saved by the Bell. Also a songwriter, his songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Brian Ferry, and Los Lobos. www.SamBobrick.com

Walter Painter’s theatre credits include direction for productions of Camelot, Hello Dolly!, Cabaret, Once Upon A Mattress, Annie Get Your Gun, I Remember You (a new comedy by Bernard Slade at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre), Bad Habits, Biloxi Blues, A Few Good Men, Dancing in the Mirror (a new play with dance), and Moon Over Parador (co-director with Paul Mazursky). He created the musical staging for the Broadway, National, and London companies of City of Angels. Painter is a seven-time nominee and three-time Emmy Award-winner for outstanding choreography in television. Credits include Musical Comedy Tonight (PBS Great Performances), four Oscar telecasts, and Hit Record TV (with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza). He stages National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth with the National Symphony Orchestra for live broadcast on PBS. www.WalterPainter.com

There will be two preview performances of L.A. Deli on Friday, March 21 at 8pm and Saturday, March 22 at 3pm. Opening is set for Saturday, March 22 at 8pm. General seating admission is $20 for previews and $30 for regular performances. The running schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm through April 27 only. Tickets are on sale now, and may be purchased online at www.plays411.com/ladeli or by calling (323) 960-7738.

The Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute is located at 7936 Santa Monica Boulevard (one block west of Fairfax), in West Hollywood. Street parking is available.

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02-28-14