Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 – 12:29 PM
Beverly Hills resident and actress Marian Frizelle is making her L.A. theater debut with New York theater ensemble trip. and its new trip.la venture 4:Play:Sex In A Series, running through Saturday, March 17 at The Actors Company 916 A North Formosa Ave., L.A.
“We’re so excited to bring this very special show to L.A.,” says Graham Brown, trip. founder/artistic director, who created the play with Nathan Faudree and Lisa Roth.
A meta-theatrical, play-within-a-play, 4Play explores the meaning of personal entanglement, focusing on three couples—one gay, one lesbian and one heterosexual—and references everything from quantum physics to the Infield Fly Rule, William Shakespeare and Cole Porter.
Originally from South Africa, Frizelle moved to Australia to attend The Actors Center Australia. A role in HBO’s The Pacific brought her to L.A. Another favorite role was playing Shelby in a touring production of Steel Magnolias with Jacki Weaver.
Also a jazz vocalist, Frizelle was a resident singer at Beverly Hills restaurant Crustacean for a year before its renovation. “I just walked in and said, ‘I want sing here,’” says Frizelle. After winning the approval of founder Helene An, Frizelle became a regular; and with pianist Daniel Pappas formed the Something Majestic duet.
An acting coach introduced Frizelle to a vocal coach “who gave me the confidence to go out and sing for people,” Frizelle says. Singing, especially jazz singing, helps her acting, Frizelle says. “It’s improvisational and in- the-moment.”
Frizelle attended one of Graham Brown’s workshops “and we hit it off and stayed in contact,” says Frizelle. “And he heard me sing.”
She opens the show singing Cole Porter’s Just One Of Those Things with an introduction that mentions famous couples Columbus and Isabelle, Abelard and Heloise and Romeo and Juliet.
Graham’s play, which reads like a screenplay, Frizelle says, “is about love and the nuances of relationships. In the end, I hope audiences are left realizing the potency of romance and love, and how quickly it can dissipate and be gone and we tell ourselves ‘it was just one of those things.’”
Frizelle plays Graham‘s character’s ex-wife. He has a new girlfriend and in the play within a play he’s writing a new work. Frizelle appears in flashbacks of his memories, as the character is using his love life for inspiration.
For the immersive experience, theater seats will be removed and replaced with cocktail tables. “With an intimate acting style and environment, trip. seeks to draw the audience into the action,” says director Graham.
The audience is standing with drinks in their hands, Frizelle says, “and actors moving around them as the three stories intertwine. It’s very accessible.”
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at The Actors Company, 916 A N. Formosa Ave., Los Angeles. For reservations and information call 800-838-3006 or visit www.tripnyc.org.