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Theatre Scene—All Saints’ To Present ‘12 Angry Men,’ Theatre 40 Sets ‘Memoir Readings,’ Ed Asner and June Squib In Staged Reading

Posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – 1:26 PM

All Saints’ To Present Rose’s Courtroom Drama, 12 Angry Men

All Saints’ Episcopal Parish will present six performances of Reginald Rose’s courtroom drama, 12 Angry Men, this month at the church, 504 N. Camden Dr.

Rose’s play, first performed in the 1950s, was later made into an acclaimed Sidney Lumet-directed film starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall and Jack Warden. As relevant today as ever, the story deals with prejudice, justice and reconciliation, exploring consensus building among the 12 jurors whose range of personalities adds intensity and conflict.

Professional actors from the All Saints’ community will be featured in the cast including: Don Monroe, Ernie James Paris, Clement von Franckenstein, Joshua Christian, Peter Ciarcia, Marc Soper, Regen Wilson, James Chalke, Bill Givens, Morry Schorr, Emilio Baldioli and Michael Jay Copeland.

Collectively, cast members have appeared in many films including the Coen Bros’ Hail Caesar!, The American President, Battle of the Sexes, Don’t Kill It, TV shows including Californication, Blackbeard, Arliss, All My Children and AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead; and stage productions including Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Kevin Murphy’s Reefer Madness, Waltz of the Toreadors, Guys & Dolls, and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 8, Saturday, July 9, Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16; and at 5 p.m., Sundays July 10 and 17. A few VIP seats are still available for July 8 and July 17 that include admission to VIP Opening Night Party and a Closing Night Wrap Party.

Tickets for all six performances are available at www.allsaintsbh.org. Proceeds from the production will benefit the church’s Social Justice Ministries. For more information, call 310-275-0123.

Theatre 40 Members To Present Free Evening Of Memoir Readings

Actor/director Bruce Gray will host an evening with Theatre 40 members, past and present, reading from their memoirs, at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 10 at the professional theatre company’s Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Dr., on the BHHS campus.

The free and open-to-the-public event will feature refreshments and book signings.

Taking part in the program will be:

• Gray, reading from My Dinner With Doris Day. A resident director at Theatre 40, Gray opens Breath of Spring on July 21. His one-man show, detailing his experiences as a model and actor, was done at Theatre 40 in 2013.

• Milt Kogan reading from Actor/Doctor. Kogan has had years of success as an actor (The Descendants, ET, and a hundred more) as well as an equally long career as a doctor.

• Dan Leslie just finished the run of his starring role in the company’s Separate Beds. He reads from his as-yet-unpublished series of experiences as a substitute school teacher.

• Jill Remez will talk about filming her first sex scene in a piece called You’re Never Too Old. Her Theatre 40 credits include Pen, Seven Stories and Savage in Limbo.

• Steven Shaw reading from Mike Nichols, Joe Papp and The Kid From Brooklyn. Shaw’s Theatre 40 credits include On Borrowed Time, Little Murders and A Christmas Pudding.

• Dorothy Sinclair reading from The Promise at the Dairy Queen. Some of Sinclair’s favorite roles at Theatre 40 have been in Uncle Vanya, Collected Stories, and the one-woman show, Rose.

• Gloria Stroock reading from Cast of Characters. Strook, long-time Theatre 40 artistic committee member, has appeared in The Forgotten Kennedy, Driving Miss Daisy, Day of the Locust and more.

• Stephen Tobolowsky reading from The Dangerous Animals Club. Recognizable Toblowsky was featured in Groundhog Day, Morning’s at Seven on Broadway, and Comedy Central’s Big Time in Hollywood, FL.

For reservations, call 310-364-3606.

Ed Asner, June Squib To Star In Staged Reading For Theatre 40

Theatre 40 will present eight-time Emmy winner Ed Asner and Oscar-nominee June Squib in a staged reading of Christine Rosensteel’s Whatever Your Heart Desires, at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 31 in the company’s Reuben Cordova Theater, 241 S. Moreno Dr. on the BHHS campus.

In Whatever Your Heart Desires, Daniel and Issy are an elderly married couple who have enjoyed a long and happy life together. Daniel is progressively losing in control of his faculties with the advance of years.

Candace and Harley are a young couple who take Daniel home after he has a fall on a shopping errand. But the couple are not Good Samaritans; they’re grifters, and Candace is determined to fleece the old couple, goaded by Harley’s evil half-brother Keith.

Two things stand in the way of Candace’s greedy scheme. There’s a will that bequeaths the old folks’ estate to the Leukemia Society. And Harley’s latent, but innate, goodness begins to assert itself, as he warms to the kindness of the aged couple.

But Candace is more destructive than Harley could ever imagine.

Woven into the crime story is a message about elder abuse, but playwright Rosensteel lets the narrative convey the import of the material, rather than merely preaching. Several of her plays have been produced in L.A., including A Widow’s Kiss, Cherry Pie and That Kind Of Woman.

The production is a rare opportunity to see two acclaimed stars in person. For reservations, call 310-364-3606. Tickets are $20 and available at www.theatre40.org.

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