World Premiere of COUNTY LINE Opens Tonight at Performance Network Theatre
From tonight, January 16 through February 16 Performance Network Theatre presents the world premiere of the 2013 National New Play Network Showcase Selection and Edgerton Award-Winning inspiring drama "County Line" by David Wells, who made his Performance Network debut in last season's audience favorite comedy, "Brill". He is a University of Michigan Alumnus and one of Michigan's most popular emerging playwrights. "County Line", directed
by David Wolber, is a coming-of-age story set in rural Kansas and explores the challenges young adults may face in foster homes, the lasting effects these memories can have on a person, and how 17-year-old Lois is able to overcome anything that is thrown her way. Tickets are available now at performancenetwork.org or by calling the box office at 734-663-0681.
After studying film and playwriting at the University of Michigan, David Wells moved west and saw his play "Last Sunday Morning" produced at The Third Stage in Los Angeles. Pursuing his M.A. in Playwriting at San Francisco State University, his play "Fairgrounds" received the Lawrence And Lee Playwriting Award. Wells then decided to pursue screenwriting and after his screenplay "The Floaters" was a finalist for The Motion Picture Academy's 2002 Nicholl Award, he gained representation in Los Angeles and proceeded, for nearly a decade, to work on projects at New Line, Sony Pictures, and Disney. Finally, David returned to playwriting with "Brill," which was a finalist for the National New Play Network 2012 Showcase and received its world premiere at Performance Network in January of 2013. "County Line", is a recipient of the 2013 Edgerton New American Play Award and will receive its world premiere in PNT's 2013- 14 season. He is currently working on the book and lyrics to a musical "Irrational", which will premiere as a staged reading Eastern Michigan University on January 24.
"County Line" is the whimsical and profound story of 17-year-old Lois' journey after the arrest of her lovably lackadaisical father. Lois is sentenced to the strict confines of a foster home run by Tanya - a woman who is not your typical guardian and owns the County Line Truck Stop & Travel Center. She and her foster brother Darius are then forced to overcome the devastating reality of being failed by the institutions charged with protecting them. In this coming-of-age story, Lois encounters both her first look at the subtle terrors one human can inflict upon another and a lifeline to humanity that will ultimately save her.
Directed by David Wolber ("Good People," "Brill," "Dead Man's Shoes"), "County Line" features an all-star cast and production team. Making her Performance Network Theatre debut, Alissa Nordmoe stars as the lead, Lois. Alissa is a young actress who is taking the Michigan theatre scene by storm! She was last seen onstage in Williamston Theatre's production of "boom." She also performs classic country and doo wop standards in the area.
Another fresh face, Emilio Rodriguez will make his Performance Network debut as the temperamental Darius. Emilio recently completed his apprenticeship at Two Muses Theatre and studied Drama at University of California Irvine. "I am enraptured to be working with a beautiful cast on a beautiful play in a beautiful space," said Emilio. He has recently been seen Waterworks' "Merry Wives of Windsor" and Two Muses' "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
Michigan theatre veterans, Julia Glander and Phil Powers round out the dynamic cast. Julia Glander is thrilled to
be working both on and off the Performance Network stage for this 2013-14 season. An Ann Arbor resident for the past six years, she has appeared at many Michigan theaters including "Games Afoot" and "Holmes for the Holiday" at Meadow Brook Theatre, as well as the title role in "Mary Stuart" and "Shirley Valentine" at Williamston Theatre, "Lady with All the Answers" at the Tipping Point Theatre, and others. She has played leading roles coast-to-coast, Off-Broadway to the Hollywood Bowl, and many regional stages in between, such as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Rep, and American Stage. Her film work includes: "Trust," "Salvation Boulevard," "Highland Park," "Waterwalk," and "Answer This!". Julia is also directing Performance Network's "Richard III" in April 2014.