On Saturday, March 22nd, 2003, Evidence Room presents the world premiere of MAYHEM by Los Angeles playwright Kelly Stuart. The production stars award-winning actress Megan Mullally in her long-awaited return to the stage. The production is directed by ER artistic director Bart DeLorenzo.
MAYHEM is a domestic political comedy with many twists and turns. Itıs August 2000. The Taliban still dominates Afghanistan. Civil War still rages in Sudan. And the Los Angeles Democratic National Convention is meeting amid protests and riots. But just down the street, in a Chinatown apartment, a woman has her own problems to deal with. How do you engage in political activity when your husband wonıt watch the baby? Stuartıs timely comedy provides a sharp portrait of the pre-9/11 American psyche, captured on the threshold of its transformation, slouching toward consciousness.
Kelly Stuart has written over a dozen plays that have been presented all over the world. Demonology, winner of the New American Play Award, was produced at the Padua Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Horizons in New York, the Mark Taper Forum and at theaters across the country. Stuartıs other work includes The Square Root of Terrible (Taper P.L.A.Y.), The Interpreter of Horror, A Shoe Is Not a Question, and The Woman Who Tried to Shout Underwater (Taper New Work Festival), and The Peacock Screams When the Lights Go Out and Furious Blood (Sledgehammer). Many of her plays were also performed and developed at the Padua Playwrights Festival. She currently teaches playwriting on the faculty at Columbia University.
Mayhem will premiere at the Evidence Room on March 1st after the closing of the long-running Hollywood Storiesı repertory. These three comedies by LA playwrights Michael Sargent, Justin Tanner, and Peter J. Nieves have played throughout the fall in rotating repertory and will be remounted for a limited run in January and February. Mayhem, originally scheduled in the 2003 Taper Too season at the Ivy Substation, was originally commissioned by ASK Theater Projects and received developmental workshops at their 2000 Spring Retreat, and later at the 2002 Ojai Playwrights Festival and at the 2002 Taper New Work Festival. Mayhem was a finalist for the 2001/02 Susan Smith Blackburn prize.
Mayhem is directed and produced by Evidence Room Artistic Director Bart DeLorenzo, winner of the 1999 LA Weekly Theater Award for Direction. Mayhem features Evidence Room resident designers: set designer and ER Executive Director Jason Adams, 2000 LA Weekly Award winner (The Berlin Circle); multi-award-winning costume designer Ann Closs-Farley; esteemed lighting designer Rand Ryan; and the record-breaking-award-winning sound designer John Zalewski, a recently selected NEA/TCG Design Fellow, the first sound designer awarded this grant.
The leading role will be played by Emmy-award-winning actress Megan Mullally, returning to the Evidence Room after her LA Weekly and Garland Award-winning performance in The Berlin Circle. Although best known for her portrayal of Karen Walker on NBCıs Will & Grace, Mullally also recently starred in Lifetimeıs critically-acclaimed drama The Pact and feature films Stealing Harvard and Anywhere But Here. Before her television success, she had a long New York stage career, which included Broadway appearances in How to Succeed in Business and Grease. Her latest CD Big as a Berry was released in September.
Evidence Room is a not-for-profit theater company comprised of actors, directors, and designers who have been working together for seven years. The company has received numerous awards during its short existence, producing work in two locations in Culver City and since May 2000 at its new performance facility, a 6,000 sq ft converted warehouse in the Temple-Beverly area of Los Angeles.
Recent productions include David Edgarıs Pentecost; Charles L. Meeıs The Berlin Circle (2000 LA Weekly Production of the Year award), an award-winning revival of Edward Bondıs Saved, the LA premiere of Richard Greenbergıs Three Days of Rain, a new adaptation of Friedrich Schillerıs Don Carlos, Charles L. Meeıs The Imperialists at the Club Cave Canem, the world premiere of Gordon Dahlquistıs award-winning Delirium Palace and the American premiere of Dog Mouth, written and directed by John Steppling.
The Evidence Room is located at 2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057, between Virgil and Alvarado, just off the Alvarado exit to the Hollywood Freeway (101), the 3rd Street West exit to the 110, or the Hoover exit to 10 Freeway. Free parking is available, adjacent to the building.
Tickets and Schedule
MAYHEM opens March 22nd. The production will play Thursday through Saturday nights at 8pm with an additional matinee on Saturdays at 3pm through April 19th. Ticket prices are $20-25 (Thursday nights and Saturday matinees are $20, Friday and Saturday nights are $25). Previews are March 14, 15 20 and 21 at 8pm, and cost $10.00.
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