NoHo Arts Center Ensemble Opens World Premiere of THE RED ROOM, 9/28

The multi-award-winning NoHo Arts Center Ensemble (NoHo ACE) presents a world premiere play, THE RED ROOM, written by former WGA President Christopher Knopf and directed by NoHo Arts Center Artistic Director James J. Mellon. THE RED ROOM will begin previews on Thursday, September 20 at 8pm and will open on Friday, September 28 at 8pm and will run for six weeks through Sunday, October 28 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood.

What happens when an icon of the Golden Age of Movies is tossed aside and left to rot in this family drama pitting father against son, brother against brother and a mother's love and dedication to them all. The story plays out in old Hollywood with an "Industry" family of producers, writers and actors. Success, ambition, jealousy and betrayal are all themes in this compelling story of privileged lives turned into lives of desperation.

CHRISTOPHER KNOPF (Playwright) graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1950, following enlistment in the U.S. Air Corps. He has been a member of the Writers Guild of America, West, since the early 1950s, was elected President of WGAW in 1965, and was appointed National Chairman of the Writers Guild of America, East and West, in 1967. During his career he has written over seventy produced shows for television, among them thirteen Movies For TV, and has created, co-created or developed eight on air series, among them “The Big Valley,” and “Equal Justice.” He has written eight produced motion pictures, among them, “Emperor Of The North,” starring Lee Marvin and Ernie Borgnine for director Robert Aldrich, and “Posse,” starring and directed by Kirk Douglas. Among awards won for his work are a Christopher Award as well as four Writers Guild Awards. Nominations were gained for an Edgar Alan Poe Award, a Humanitas Prize, two Emmys and six further Writers Guild nominations. He recently wrote a published autobiography, (BearManor Media Publishers) entitled “Will The Real Me Please Stand UP,” and is in the process of completing a novel, “Remains To Be Seen.” He lives with his wife, Lorraine, about whom, he’s been heard to say, “ Without her I don’t take this train!”

James J. Mellon (Director) is the proud recipient of the 2012 AATE Award (American Association for Theatre and Education) for best adaptation of a musical for A BOY CALLED LIZARD. As an actor he made his Broadway debut as Riff in WEST SIDE STORY, directed by Jerome Robbins, and performed in many plays and musicals including: A CHORUS LINE, 42ND STREET, and Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. He has worked at such theatres as The Goodspeed Opera House, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, The Folger Theatre in Washington D.C., as well as The Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Mr. Mellon is also the Artistic Director for the award winning Los Angeles theatre company, NoHo ACE (Arts Center Ensemble). For NoHo ACE, he directed JERUSELEM, A BOY CALLED LIZARD (Ovation nomination - Original Musical), FEED (LA Weekly nomination – Direction), THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (Ovation nomination, LA Weekly nomination – Original Musical), and PEST CONTROL (LA Weekly Nomination – Best Musical). He is also the director/writer/co-composer of ACE’s seasonal yuletide hit, YO HO HO, A PIRATE’S CHRISTMAS.

As a writer, Mr. Mellon adapted Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” into the World Premiere Musical, DORIAN, which premiered at The Denver Center’s Buell Theatre in the fall of 2004. It subsequently opened The NoHo Arts Center’s first season in 2005 and went on to receive Ovation, LA Weekly, Backstage and Drama Critics nominations. James adapted THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR from the novel of the same name as well as A BOY CALLED LIZARD from the Dennis Covington novel, “Lizard.” His original musical, AN UNFINISHED SONG, was nominated for numerous awards and has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Maine and Sydney, Australia.

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