World Premiere of THE TWILIGHT OF SCHLOMO Opens Tonight at Elephant Space Theatre
The critically acclaimed Elephant Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Timothy McNeil's The Twilight of Schlomo. The Twilight of Schlomo explores how our simplest choices sometimes have far-reaching effects for those around us, and how redemption might never be too far away. This is the final chapter in Timothy McNeil's Hollywood Trilogy which includes Los Muertos and Anything. The production will open tonight, January 11th, 2014 at The Elephant Space Theatre.
Richard's troubled past is catching up to him. A former not-quite-successful stand-up comic, he faces a deep mid-life crisis as his distant step-daughter arrives unexpectedly with shocking news, and his neighbors reveal dangerous secrets through his thin apartment walls. As those around him threaten his solitude, Richard uses weed , blow and acidic humor as armor, wrestling with his own personal truths and discovering who he still wants to be.
BIOS FOR TWILIGHT OF SCHLOMO:
David Fofi (Elephant Theatre Company Co-Artistic Director). After serving with the US Navy, David Fofi went on to study theatre at California State University Long Beach, where he met a core group of artists who would become the Elephant Theatre Company, founded in 1995 in downtown Los Angeles. In 1998, along with Don Cesario, he created Elephant Stages and the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood, where the Elephant Theatre Company now makes its home, and where he serves as Artistic Director. Dave has enjoyed working in many aspects of the theatre as a director, producer, and designer. His directing credits include: The world premiere of Collision by Lyle Kessler at the Rattlestick Theater in New York (Critic's Pick Timeout NY); The world premiere of Farm Boy by Michael Morpugo, stage adaptation by Daniel Buckroyd (Los Angeles Times' Critics Choice, Backstage Critic's pick) at The Matrix Theatre; the West Coast premiere of The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard (Backstage Critic's Pick, GO LA Weekly); the West Coast Premiere of The Little Flower of East Orange by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Ovation Recommended); In Arabia We'd All Be Kings by Stephen Adly Guirgis (4 LADCC Awards including Best Production, Critic's Pick, LA Times and Backstage); the World Premiere of Parasite Drag by Mark Roberts (Ovation Recommended, Critic's Pick Backstage and LA Weekly); the World Premiere of The Idea Man by Kevin King (Ovation Award for Best New Play, Ovation nominee Best direction); the World Premiere of Asleep on a Bicycle by Tony Foster (Critic's Pick, LA Times and Backstage); the World Premiere of Anything by Tim McNeil (3 LADCC Awards, Best Direction included, Critic's Pick LA Times, Backstage); Carlos Lacamara's play Exiles, produced by The Hayworth Theatre (Critic's Pick, Backstage); 365 Days/Plays by Suzan Lori Parks; the world-premiere Los Muertos by Tim McNeil (Critic's Pick, LA Times; Pick of the Week, ReviewPlays.com); The Sand Storm (Critic's Pick, Backstage, featured in the LA Times Calendar and LA Weekly); the World Premiere Sensitive Skin by Shem Bitterman; (feature in LA Weekly); Hellcab by Will Kern (Critic's Pick, Backstage); the World Premiere of Robert J. Litz's One World (recommended, LA Times and LA Weekly; Critic's Pick, two NAACP award nominations); and 4-H Club by Sam Shepard (Critic's Pick, Backstage).
Timothy McNeil has had a wide and varied career since arriving in Los Angeles. Tim has written and had produced over 13 plays in Los Angeles including The Charm of Making (directed by Milton Justice), Anything (LADCC Best Play of 2008), Los Muertos, (both directed by David Fofi), Crane, Mississippi (directed by Kristin Hanggi), Margaret, and Small Days (both directed by Mark Ruffalo), The Straight Bozo, and Freddie's Dead, among others, all around town. He has worked on two play commissions, one for the Mark Taper Forum one for the Stella Adler Studio Collective. His play Supernova premieres now at The Elephant Theater Company. His movie Anderson Gully is due to be shot at some point this year, which he is greatly excited about. As an actor, he has done over 50 film and television roles. Film credits include Forrest Gump, Speedway Junkies, Starship Troopers, Contact, Poodle Springs, Wicked, Spark, Ice, Ordinary Madness, Player 5150, and the upcoming Sympathy for Delicious. Television credits include Joan of Arcadia, ER, The Night Stalker, House MD, My Wife and Kids, Stand Off, Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Star Trek Voyager, Diagnosis Murder, and many more. Theater highlights include George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Stella Adler, Early in Anything at the Lillian Theater, Yevgeny in Los Muertos at the Elephant, Claudius in the Page 93 production of Hamlet at the Lillian, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, also at the Lillian, Jerry in Margaret at the Hudson Backstage, Walter in Crane, Mississippi at the Elephant, Horace in The Day I Stood Still, also at the Elephant, Henry Smalls in Small Days at the Hudson Backstage, and many more. In addition, he has also directed quite a few plays including King Lear at Stella Adler Theater, Beach Play at the Hudson (Critic's Choice), The Crucible at Stella Adler, The Diary of Anne Frank also at Stella Adler, Homebody/Kabul at Studio C, The Marriage of Bette and Boo at the Elephant Theater, 4:48 Psychosis, Hamlet, and The Year of Stolen Light by Alex Aves, all at Studio C. He has also been a teacher at the Stella Adler Studio for Actors for the past ten years, a most rewarding experience. He is also the resident playwright for the Studio. Tim is a proud member of The Elephant Theater Company and The Stella Adler Studio Los Angeles Collective.
Elephant Theatre Company: Founded in 1995, the Elephant Theatre Company has long been a Los Angeles creative mainstay. Mounting World Premieres, West Coast Premieres and Los Angeles Premieres, the company and its Co-Artistic Directors David Fofi and Lindsay Allbaugh are committed to fostering new and groundbreaking works. Featuring the plays of artists such as Timothy McNeil, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Kevin King, Mark Roberts, Kate Fodor, Tony Foster, Louis Douglas Jacobs and Tom Stanczyk, the Elephant Theatre Company has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including the Garland, LADCC, Ovation and LA Weekly and has been described as "superb" and "gem-like" by the Los Angeles Times and "piping-hot" by Variety. Voted Favorite Theatre Company to see and to work with in Back Stage for the last three years, the Elephant continues to grow and solidify its reputation as one of the best Los Angeles theatre companies. The company recently announced a partnership with New York's LAByrinth Theater Company.
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION TEAM
Assistant Director - Meghan Cox
Production Stage Manager - Aaron Lyons
Associate Producer - Danielle Ozymandias
Assistant to the Director - Pili Valdes
Lighting - Adam Hunter
Sound - Peter Bayne
The Twilight of Schlomo opens in the Elephant Space Theatre (6322 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, 90038) on Saturday, January 11th with two previews January 9th and 10th. The Twilight of Schlomo plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, through February 9th. Tickets are $22.50 in advance, $25 at door and Previews are $15. For tickets go to www.plays411.com/schlomo or call 323.960.4442 for more information go to elephanttheatre.org.