Tony-Winning LEND ME A TENOR by Ken Ludwig Opens March 21 at Actors Co-op Hollywood


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Two-Time Tony Award-Winning LEND ME A TENOR

Opens at Actors Co-op March 21, 2014

March 4, 2014 . . . Hollywood, CA . . . Actors Co-op continues its 22nd Season on Friday, March 21 with Ken Ludwig’s award-winning farce, LEND ME A TENOR.  The production is directed by Moosie Drier.  

Winner of two Tony Awards, LEND ME A TENOR is Ken Ludwig's madcap, screwball comedy.  When a fiery-tempered, world famous opera singer goes missing just as he’s to make his debut with a local opera company, a three-ring circus of chaos ensues complete with mistaken identities and backstage shenanigans.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1989, LEND ME A TENOR was nominated for seven Tony Awards (including Best Play) and won for Best Actor (Philip Bosco) and Best Direction of a Play (Jerry Zaks).  It also won four Drama Desk Awards.  The play was revived on Broadway in 2010 and received three more Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Play. The New York Times called it "one of the two great farces by a living writer."

Playwright Ken Ludwig is an internationally-acclaimed playwright whose work has been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. He has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End. He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the Theatre.  Mr. Ludwig’s other best-known Broadway and West End shows include CRAZY FOR YOU (five years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), MOON OVER BUFFALO, LEADING LADIES, TWENTIETH CENTURY, THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, THE GAME’S AFOOT, THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY, MIDSUMMER/JERSEY, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, TREASURE ISLAND and THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM.  His book HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN SHAKESPEARE was published in June 2013 by Random House, and his work has been published by the Yale Review. He is a McCarter Theatre/Sallie B. Goodman Fellow, and he has degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College and Cambridge University.

LEND ME A TENOR is directed by Moosie Drier.  Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Drier started working as an actor at the ripe age of 5. As a series regular on ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN he already knew he wanted to direct. He went on to direct Disney's KIDS INCORPORATED starring Fergie and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Other television credits include REBA for the WB network, TOO LATE WITH ADAM CAROLLA on Comedy Central and THE PEACEMAKER pilot. His most recent theatre credits include CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF and GOD OF CARNAGE.

The acting ensemble includes Nathan Bell, Gina D’Acciaro, Tannis Hanson, Bruce Ladd, Deborah Marlowe, Floyd Vanbuskirk, Stephen Van Dorn and Selah Victor.

The creative team for LEND ME A TENOR includes Set/Property Designer Karen Ipock, Costume Designer Wendell Carmichael, Lighting Designer Mark Svastics, Sound Designer Warren Davis, Wig/Hair/Make-up Design Krys Fehervari and Stage Manager Lisa Farber.   Kimi Walker produces for Actors Co-op.  

Schedule Opening night of LEND ME A TENOR is Friday, March 21, 2014. Regular performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.  Additional Saturday matinees are scheduled for March 29 at 1:30 PM and May 3 at 2:30 pm.  There are no performances April 18-20, 2014.  LEND ME A TENOR closes Sunday, May 4, 2014.

Tickets Regular admission $30, Seniors $25, Students $20. Group rates available (minimum of 6 people). For reservations call (323) 462-8460 ext. 300 or reserve online at www.ActorsCo-op.org

About Actors Co-op.   Actors Co-op operates two 99-seat Equity-approved theatres on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and was recently honored by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle with The Polly Warfield Award for Best Season in a small to mid-size theatre (2013 productions).  Actors Co-op began on January 8th, 1987, with a dozen actors.  Currently, its membership exceeds 50 professionals.  Since the Crossley Theatre opened its doors in April of 1989 and its second theatre, the David Schall (formerly the Crossley Terrace Theatre) opened February of 1995, Actors Co-op has produced over 85 main stage productions, over 35 Second Stage productions, staged readings of original works, and has received 19 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (six wins) 32 LA Weekly Award nominations (six wins), 29 Ovation Award nominations (two wins), five Garland Awards and 125 Drama-Logue Awards.  In addition, Actors Co-op was honored with the Margaret Harford Award for "Sustained Achievement" in smaller theatre from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, as well as the Charlie Award for “Excellence in the Arts” by the Hollywood Arts Council.

Location.  Actors Co-op is located at 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood (entrance to theaters on Carlos Street), 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).



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