Riley Productions' THE REAL THING to Open 2/1
Riley Productions presents Tom Stoppard's THE REAL THING directed by Linda Alznauer at the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City. In this witty take on love and marriage, Henry, a famous playwright, finds himself the star of his own real-life drama. He discovers that what he has written in his latest play seems to be happening in real life and is turning his world upside down.
"Tom Stoppard combines his characteristically brilliant wordplay and wit with flashes of insight that illuminate the nature--and the mystery--of love, creating a multi-toned play that challenges the mind while searching out the innermost secrets of the heart." The play premiered in 1982 in London, and is considered to be Stoppard's best. It later went on to win the 1984 Tony Award for Best Play and most recently revived on Broadway in 2000 winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
When asked about her passion for Tom Stoppard's writing - director Linda Alznauer said, "I saw a production of Stoppard'sRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in Los Angeles when I was 16 years old and it just blew me away. I can still picture the last moments of the play with the two characters alone on stage bathed in the spotlight. One said, "Now you see it." and the spotlight went out on him and the Second Character said, "Now you don't." and the spotlight went out on him leaving the stage in total darkness. It was such a powerful ending and a great use of the illusion and reality which permeates Stoppard's work. I have never forgotten that moment or its impact on me. Theater is about transcending our everyday, ordinary lives and being transported to a place that makes us think and feel extraordinary things. To me, this play is an extraordinary thing and it means a great deal to me to be directing a Stoppard play here in Los Angeles."
About Linda Alznauer DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Linda is a graduate of the USC Film School where she directed several films. She was Equity Stage Manager of THE TAVERN at Equity Library Theater (ELT) in New York and of the Our Town and The Crucible at Workshop Productions in Greenwich, CT. In New York, Linda directed Blind Date at Pulse Open Arts on Theater Row. In LA, she has been the assistant director and been producer for several shows at The Group Rep Theatre Company (GRT) in NoHo. Linda's acting credits include the off-Broadway hit Who Killed Woody Allen? and the cult B-movie "The Concrete Jungle"; TV credits include recurring roles on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
About the CAST:
Jared Boghosian (Billy) has been performing onstage for more than 8 years in his home state of Maine.
Favorite roles include Trainer in Elephant's Graveyard, Samuel Fried in Coyote on a Fence, Millet/Hinky Binky in Fuddy Meers, and Sherlock Holmes in The Crown Diamond all with MF Players at the University of Maine at Farmington. Jared is currently is currently shooting a TV pilot called "The Label." His first feature film, The Periphery, is to be released in 2014. Jared has a degree in eduation from University of Maine.
Fox Carney (Max) graduated Cum Laude with a degree in film from Penn State. At the Group Rep in NoHo he has been seen And Then There Were None, A Walk in the Woods, September 12th, Comic Potential, The Sound of Murder, Inspecting Carol, andMisconceptions and Arsenic and Old Lace. Fox also helped to deliver prescriptions for laughter in the BUMPs production of Me Too, Then. For the past 20+ years, Fox has worked in The Walt Disney Company's Research Library specializing in Animation Art.
Cindy Marinangel (Annie): Off-B'way: Tony & Tina's Wedding, Regional: Tony & Tina's Wedding, (Chicago, Las Vegas); Viagra Falls, (NOLA); *Berlin Cowboys (Write Act); *Children's Table (Hollywood Court); *Neva~Eh (Stella Adler); *Complexity, (Circus Theatricals); *Destiny's Calling, (Stella Adler), *Taming Romeo, (West Coast Ensemble); Eavesdropper (Complex & San Fran),Overtones, (Hudson); Musee Des Femmes, (Ivar). FILM: "Average Joe" (w/Tim Bagley/Sherrie Shepard); "Four Played" (Fred Durst); TV: "Taylor'd Problems" (Pilot), "Morning Show "(KTLA); "Good Day LA" (Fox); "Forbidden Secrets" (PAX); "Luxury Ladies" (Prosieben/Taff); VOICE OVER: Beyonce's B-Day Special, (E! Entertainment); Brutal Legends, (#1 Video Game: Jack Black, Ozzy Osbourne). Cindy graduated Cum Laude from Purdue University, is a Member of the Actors Studio and a Chicago Second City Conservatory graduate, (Stephen Colbert). *World Premieres
Brandon Irons (Brodie) was last seen on stage in the Group Rep's production of Sweet Sue. Film and TV credits include "Good Job, Thanks" (TV Series), "Luck of the Draw" (Short Film), "American Pie Presents Band Camp: (Video), and "The Girl Next Door" (Feature).
Michael Robb (Henry) originally from Pittsburgh, Michael attended the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Carnegie-Mellon. In New York he appeared in Dog Spelled Backwards is Krishna at the NY Fringe Festival, Knock at Theater 22, and Trifles, Roman Fever, and Players Guide at the ACC. Regional credits include Our Town and The Crucible for Workshop Productions in Greenwich, CT. While in NY, Michael appeared in the film "Quiz Show" directed by Robert Redford. LA credits include What's So Funny? at Theater Palisades andStepping Out, And Then There Were None, and The Poor of New York at The Group Rep in NoHo. TV credits include "As the World Turns," "The Young and the Restless," and "Legwork."
Susan Silvestri (Charlotte) Recent plays: Lost In Radioland, The World's Worst Play Ever and What's So Funny directed by Ryan James and Larry Eisenberg at Theatre 68 and Theatre Palisades. Award-winning shorts include "Giving Her Away" and "One Nightstand." Winner of 168 Film Festival Best Music Video Award for "Guide Me Home." First place winner of 2013 Annual One-Minute Monologue Writer's Contest. Favorite film appearances include "Water for Elephants," "Alice in Wonderland" and playing Mary, the Mother of Jesus in "The Easter Experience". Choreographed over 15 musicals and received OCC Choreography Award. BA in Theatre/Dance and Journalism from Northern Illinois University. Also winner of 2013 Balls 'O Fire Celebrity Bowl!
Anna Laura Singleton (Debbie) American Academy of Dramatic Arts Alumnus. Credits include Our Town, The Insanity of Mary Girard, Going to see the Elephant, Bad Habits, Good Boys and True, Rumors, Love Minus and The Crucible. Received the Charles Jehlinger Award for Best Actress - Class of 2011. Attended the Mississippi School of the Arts where credits include Picnic, Tartuffe, Blood Wedding and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Accepted into the Shakespeare Intensive for Teens at the American Shakespeare Company in Atlanta, Georgia where she performed in The Merchant of Venice.