Laurence Luckinbill to Lead One-Man Show ABRAHAM at Havoc Theatre Today
Laurence Luckinbill, Tony Award-nominated actor, author and Abingdon Theatre Company Honorary Board Member, reads his new one-man show ABRAHAM in the June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street) tonight, September 16 at 7:00pm. All tickets are $25 and include a wine reception following the reading. Proceeds benefit Abingdon's upcoming 21st Season and its mission to develop and produce new plays by American Playwrights.
In ABRAHAM, Luckinbill portrays the titular Jewish patriarch. The play is Luckinbill's unique take on Genesis, the Bible, and how religion affects people today. ABRAHAM reflects a recovering Catholic's earnest search for something to believe in. The play is a funny, bawdy, acerbic, and thought-provoking celebration of being human.
In 2002, Luckinbill opened Abingdon Theatre Company's June Havoc Theatre portraying President Theodore Roosevelt in his one-man play TEDDY TONIGHT!. In 2004, he returned to Abingdon's Dorothy Strelsin Theatre with HEMINGWAY, a one-person play about the last hours of Ernest Hemingway's life. His Drama Desk-nominated play CLARENCE DARROW TONIGHT! was presented as a one-night-only benefit reading for Abingdon Theatre Company in 2011.
Laurence Luckinbill has been writing and acting in his own award-winning solo performances portraying four great Americans: LynDon Johnson, Clarence Darrow, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ernest Hemingway -- for almost two decades. After graduating from the Drama Department in 1955, he earned his MFA in playwriting from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. A versatile actor, Luckinbill has won praise for his work on television, stage, and screen. He was nominated for a Tony for his work in THE SHADOW BOX. His films include starring roles in "Such Good Friends," "Cocktail," and "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier." On television, he starred in his own ABC series, "The Delphi Bureau." As a writer, Luckinbill has contributed to The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and American Theatre Magazine. In 1993, he wrote and co-produced with his wife, Lucie Arnaz, "Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie," a two-hour television documentary that won an Emmy Award. During the Kennedy Administration, he served in the US Foreign Service for two years, in Africa and Italy, as director, actor, and lecturer on American Theatre and Culture. In 2007, he was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.
Since 1993, Abingdon Theatre Company has developed and produced new plays by American Playwrights exclusively. Their actors, directors, designers, producers and dramaturgs have collaborated with more than 200 playwrights to develop original plays. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Jan Buttram and Managing Director Heather Henderson, the company provides a safe home in which playwrights collaborate with other theatre artists and receive audience feedback through readings and workout labs, culminating in full productions.
ABRAHAM runs for one performance only on Monday, September 16 at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street) at 7:00pm. All tickets $25 (including post-show reception). For reservations, call 866-811-4111 or visit www.abingdontheatre.org.
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