Daniel J. Travanti to Lead FALSE SOLUTION at Santa Monica Playhouse, Begin. 4/24
In FALSE SOLUTION, Anton Seligman is a renowned architect, working on his designs for a new Holocaust museum to be built in Poland. He encounters Linda Johansson, a beautiful young intern and first-year architecture grad student, who challenges his conceptions. The tensions created by their differing ideas are complicated by their mutual attraction to each other: The lovely young woman is drawn to this man by his accomplishments and influential position in addition to his considerable personal charm; He, in his turn, is stimulated by her beauty, vitality, and probing intellect. Given the subject matter of the project, identity politics are also part of the mix.
The notion of a Holocaust museum on Polish soil would be controversial enough. The addition of generational divides, sexual politics, and strong opposing wills make for an incendiary mix. Will the two architects be able to design this new work to honor the memories of those who were lost and those who survived? Or will their attractions and conflicts ultimately scuttle their monumental undertaking?
Daniel J. Travanti (Anton) is best known for his portrayal of Captain Frank Furillo on "Hill Street Blues," for which he received two Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. He can currently be seen in "Boss" starring Kelsey Grammer. Mr. Travanti's stage Off-Broadway credits include Oren Safdie's THE LAST WORD and Eugene O'Neill's A TOUCH OF THE POET. Other credits outside New York include OLD WICKED SONGS and ALL MY SONS at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego; A TOUCH OF THE POET at American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage and Denver Theatre Center; and THE GUYS in Chicago. Other credits include THE ASPERN PAPERS in London's West End; LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES at the Ambassadors Theatre, London; RHINOCEROS and ONLY KIDDING at the Cleveland Playhouse; and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at Old Globe Theatre. He also toured as Nick in Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? opposite Colleen Dewhurst; in TWIGS opposite Sada Thompson; and I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER, which was later filmed for PBS' American Playhouse.
Amanda Saunders (Linda) recently played Annie in The Echo Theater Company's World Premiere of FIREMEN as well as Monyca in WIREHEAD. She has worked at American Conservatory Theater, Zeum Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater and Alpine Theater Project. Favorite roles include Nora in A DOLL'S HOUSE, Scilla in SERIOUS MONEY, Caliban in ANOTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND a world-premiere adaptation of THE TEMPEST, starring Olympia Dukakis and Olivia in TWELFTH NIGHT. Amanda has appeared in film, television and many national commercials. Amanda is a graduate of Princeton University and received her MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Oren Safdie (playwright/director) is a native of Montreal, where he grew up in his father, Moshe Safdie's, famed Habitat '67. Oren is also a former architecture student at Columbia University. In addition to its successful debut in New York City, PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES has been produced internationally in Toronto, London, and the National Theatre in Romania, and translated into Japanese. Other plays include the recent Montreal hit, UNSEAMLY; CHECKS & BALANCES; THE BILBAO EFFECT; WEST BANK, UK; JEWS & JESUS; FIDDLER SUB-TERRAIN; and LA COMPAGNIE, which he developed into a half-hour pilot for CBS. As a screenwriter, Oren scripted the film "You Can Thank Me Later" starring Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Plummer, Genevieve Bujold, Mark Blum and Mary McDonnell, and the Israeli film "Bittersweet."
FALSE SOLUTION is the third in a series of plays set by Oren Safdie in the world of architecture, following PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES and THE BILBAO EFFECT.
WHEN: April 24- May 11, 2014. Thurs.- Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 5:00.
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