Luke Longacre, Brian Mathis and Alexandra Lawrence to Lead Amphibian Stage's LEBENSRAUM Reading, 6/8-9

Luke Longacre, Brian Mathis and Alexandra Lawrence to Lead Amphibian Stage's LEBENSRAUM Reading, 6/8-9

Amphibian Stage Productions today announced casting for its second staged reading of the 2014 season, Lebensraum by Israel Horovitz. Luke Longacre, Brian Mathis and Alexandra Lawrence will star in this drama, running Sunday, June 8 and Monday, June 9 at Amphibian's theater at 120 S. Main Street. Lisa Devine will direct the reading.

Luke Longacre last appeared on Amphibian's stage in the 2013 mainstage production of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) by Nigel Planer. Brian Mathis was last seen on the Amphibian stage in 2011 for the staged reading, Inventing Van Gogh by Steven Dietz and Alexandra Lawrence returns this season after her delightful performance in Bank Job by John Kolvenbach.

Using a cast of three to play 40 sharply-drawn characters, this bold work of penetrating intelligence is based on the fanciful, explosive idea that a German Chancellor might, as an act of redemption, invite six million Jews to Germany and promise them citizenship and jobs. A resulting scenario unfolds that explores the effects of the policy on Jews and Gentiles around the world and asks the question, "Could history repeat itself?" "Powerful and touching." - The New York Times

Lebensraum will be performed on Sunday, June 8 at 2pm and on Monday, June 9 at 7pm at Amphibian Stage Productions.

Tickets for Lebensraum are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $7 for students. For tickets and more information, theatergoers may call 817-923-3012, email boxoffice@amphibianproductions.org, or visit www.amphibianproductions.org. The theater is located at 120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76104.

Lisa Devine (Director) has directed professionally all over the country, including Rover Dramawerks, Chicago's Profiles Theatre, Weitzenhoffer Theatre in Oklahoma and Off-Broadway with Theatre East. Academically, she has taught theater at multiple colleges and universities including Collin College, LaSalle University and the University of Oklahoma. Lisa received her Master of Fine Arts in directing from the University of Oklahoma.

Luke Longacre (Actor #1) is excited to be back at Amphibian! His first show here was in The Bible...Abridged last summer. Favorite credits include: B'way: The Frogs (with Susan Stroman and Nathan Lane), The Times They Are a Changin' (with Twyla Tharp); Regional: Monty in Violet and Slim in The Traveling Lady, Watertower Theatre; The Who's Tommy, Dallas Theatre Center; High School Musical and Joseph...Dreamcoat, the Bass Hall; Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Papermill Playhouse, TUTS, and North Shore; West Side Story, The MUNY; Cabaret, Portland Center Stage. He's also performed with Uma Thurman in The Producer's Movie. Love to my beautiful wife Lindsay. BFA, University of Oklahoma.

Brian Mathis (Actor #2) appeared in INVENTING VAN GOGH, a reading with ASP. He recently starred in the title role of SWEENEY TODD in Dallas with Turtle Creek/Uptown Players. He has appeared locally with Dallas Theatre Center, Lyric Stage, Circle Theatre, Garland Summer Musicals, Pfamily Arts,Stage West and Casa Manana. Nationally with the Equity tours of SEUSSICAL and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. He teaches theatre at All Saints Episcopal School, various clinics and Theatre Companies.

Alexandra Lawrence (Actor #3) is thrilled to be returning to Amphibian Stage Productions. She was previously seen in John Kolvenbach's world premiere of Bank Job this past winter. She has also originated roles in Rachel Caris Love's Timeshare and Emily Young's Melena - both new plays developed during the 2012 and 2013 Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep Festivals, respectively. Other professional credits include Steel Magnolias at Trinity Rep and The Tenant at the Theatre for the New City in New York City. She holds her B.A. from Trinity College (International Relations and Hispanic Studies) and her M.F.A. from the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Acting Program.

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