SeaGlass Theatre to Present Steven BerkoffÂ's KVETCH, 9/17-10/16
LA's SeaGlass Theatre will present Steven Berkoff's KVETCH, a dark and decidedly adult comedy, September 17 - October 16, 2011 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA.
An absurdist look at the secret, true thoughts that brew within us all, KVETCH not only exposes the deepest fears, desires, and prejudices of one Jewish family with hilarious results, but is a savage study of anxieties often caused by those who share our lives.
Directed by Ian Vogt, the production stars Matt Kirkwood (as Frank), Kimberly Van Luin (as Donna), Paul Stroili (as Hal), Annie Abbott (as the Mother-in-law), and Dale Morris (as George).
Matt Kirkwood (Frank) was born and raised in Rhode Island and has a Bachelor's Degree in Theater Arts/Acting/Directing from Emerson College in Boston. Matt has served on the Artistic Board at Theatre NEO and Theatre East. He is also a member of The Road Theater Company. Acting credits include: The Unseen, Lady (LA Weekly Award, Best Supporting Actor), Moonlight & Magnolias, Hitler's Head, White People, The Threepenny Opera, With a Bullit, Metropolitan Prairie and The Chicago Conspiracy Trial. TV and Film: Quantum Leap, Boy Meets World, What's Love Got To Do With It, Strong Medicine. His directing credits include: the short film, Happy Birthday Little Grace, The Family of Mann, Mall America, The White House Murder Case (LA Weekly Award Nomination, Best Comedy Direction), Coming Attractions at Theatre NEO, The Lady's Not For Burning, Blue and The Hit at the Road Theatre Company, Snowangel, Clandestine at the Crystal and Crosswords at Friends and Artists Theater Ensemble.
Kimberly Van Luin (Donna) has been actively involved in theatre for over 20 years. A theatre graduate from the University of Evansville, she has performed in New York, Chicago, LA and towns in between. While in Chicago she founded the Griffin Theatre Company, producing and acting in over 30 shows. She received a Joseph Jeff Citation for Lee Blessing's, Independence. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has performed in shows throughout the city, including at The Odyssey Theatre, The Zeitgeist Theatre and The Eclectic Theatre. Some of her most recent shows include Gail Can See for Three Days by Josh Faigen , Of Grapes and Nuts, where she played the role of Curly and Wonder of the World, for which she was the recipient of Best Featured Performance Recognition by Don Grigware in his Best of Southern California Theatre Citations for 2009. Kimberly has appeared on "Family Law", "All That", "Twentysixmiles" and several short and independent films.
Paul Stroili (Hal). Television credits include the soon-to-be-released Bulletproof Bride, along with Malcolm in the Middle, Brother's Keeper, Getting Personal, Chance of a Lifetime, Help Me and The Untouchables, as well as the films Gratitude, Introducing Dave Cook, Cold Justice and The Real Whatever. Paul was nominated for an Ovation Award for Best Solo Performance and an LA Weekly Award for Paul Stroili's Straight Up with a Twist, which has enjoyed over 1000 performances nationwide, including a twice extended Off Broadway run. A native of Connecticut, Paul attended the State University of New York at New Paltz, then headed westward; first to Chicago then on to Los Angeles. He has appeared in over 50 plays, and recently directed the SeaGlass production Of Grapes and Nuts, for which he received a Garland Award nomination. His stage credits include A Flea in her Ear, Wonder of the World, Confessions of a Catholic Child, Under Milkwood, Oedipus; A Requiem, and the original Chicago production of Tony ‘n Tina's Wedding. He has written for Los Angeles Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, NY Blade Magazine and the LA Stage Alliance. More information at www.paulstroili.com.
Dale Morris (George) Dale's play A Hundred Birds was named Outstanding New Play in 2007. As an actor: San Diego Rep: In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Starlight Theatre: The Pajama Game; Arthur Wagner Theatre: An Arrow to the Heart; Cygnet Theatre: Our Town, The Receptionist; Backyard Prods: Hysterical Blindness; Compass Theatre: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Glengarry Glenn Ross, Middle-Aged White Guys, The Sum of Us, Young Lady from Rwanda, Antigone, Children of Heracles, A Prayer for My Daughter, Lyceum Theatre: Raisins in the Sun, Quentin Crisp Theatre: Fit To Be Tied; North Coast Rep: The Elephant Man, An American Daughter; The Fritz: Escape from Happiness, Unmerciful Good Fortune; Sledgehammer: My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine; Diversionary: Execution of Justice. Film: The Streetsweeper, American Daughter, Point Blank, Not Once But Twice and 'Til Death Do Us Part. TV: The Lonely Detective, Fashion House, Silk Stalkings, the O. J. Trial Re-Enactment and Angel Street.