Photo Flash: Opening Night of The Blank's WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM

Photo Flash: Opening Night of The Blank's WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM

The Blank Theatre Company's second production of its 19th season, Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang opened on February 6, 2010. Directed by The Blank's Artistic Director Daniel Henning, the engagement will run through Sunday, March 14.

The cast, in alphabetical order, includes Christine Estabrook (Spring Awakening on Broadway, Desperate Housewives), John Fleck (PEACE with Culture Clash at the Getty Villa, Tobacco Road at La Jolla Playhouse), Mike Genovese (ER, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at The Blank), Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven, Child's Play), Sunil Malhotra (24, ER), Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) and Rhea Seehorn (The Starter Wife, Trust Me).

Renowned award-winning playwright Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America's growing homeland "insecurity." A young woman is suddenly in crisis: is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts. Why Torture is Wrong had its world premiere at New York's Public Theater in the spring of 2009.

The set design for Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them is by Jeff G. Rack, costume design is by Michael Mullen, lighting design is by R. Christopher Stokes, and sound design is by Warren Davis. The producers are Stacy Reed, Noah Wyle and Jon Van Middlesworth.

The Blank's productions have garnered rave reviews, audience acclaim, and numerous theatrical honors. Over the years, The Blank has been nominated for 23 Ovation Awards (winning five), 14 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards (winning 12), 21 L.A. Weekly Awards (winning seven), 12 NAACP Theatre Awards (winning four), and has won 17 Back Stage Garland Awards.

Opening night is set for Saturday, February 6 at 8:00. The regular performance schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through March 14. Prices range from $22-$28, and tickets may be purchased by calling (323) 661-9827 or online at www.TheBlank.com.

The Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (2nd Floor), in Hollywood. Validated parking ($2) is available at the Hollywood and Highland complex.

 

Photo Flash: Opening Night of The Blank's WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM

Photo Flash: Opening Night of The Blank's WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM
Cast members Christine Estabrook, Mike Genovese, Sunil Malhotra, Rhea Seehorn, Alec Mapa, and director Daniel Henning

Photo Flash: Opening Night of The Blank's WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM
Cast member Rhea Seehorn, director Daniel Henning, cast member Christine Estabrook

Photo Flash: Opening Night of The Blank's WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM
Lea Michele, Blake Bashoff, cast member Christine Estabrook, Skylar Astin, Jonathan Groff.

Photo Flash: Opening Night of The Blank's WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM
Cast member Catherine Hicks with director Daniel Henning

Photo Flash: Opening Night of The Blank's WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM
Blank Theatre Company Artistic Director Daniel Henning and actor Dennis Christopher

Photo Flash: Opening Night of The Blank's WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM

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