Director Chris DeCarlo and Playwright Lisa Phillips Visca Present World Premiere of TURNING THIRTY Tonight

Director Chris DeCarlo and Playwright Lisa Phillips Visca Present World Premiere of TURNING THIRTY Tonight

Santa Monica Playhouse and director Chris DeCarlo team up once again with Playwright, Lisa Phillips Visca, to present the World Premiere of Turning Thirty -an irresistible comedy about love, family, and a trust fund opening tonight, May 3rd.

"Turning Thirty is bound to strike a chord with everyone. A very real and wonderfully written play by accomplished playwright Lisa Visca, it is a must-see for any age, an underlining family conflict of ego and money that has you twisting in your seat as you laugh aloud at yourself." says Christopher Knopf, past President, Writers Guild Of America, West.

Turning Thirty illuminates modern-day romance in all its unexpected glory, with the passion and pain of finding, losing, and finding once again your one and only true love.

"Lisa Visca's Turning Thirty is another example of her absorbing, reality based human comedy that guarantees laughter and life lessons. Her characters are always believable and amusing and a treat to follow through the entire play. I was very impressed with Visca's first wonderful play, Raise Me Up and it looks like she's done it again." Jerry Mayer, Playwright (Aspirin & ELEPHANTS, Almost Perfect, Two Across.)

Playwright Visca is a Los Angeles based writer, producer, director and script consultant. Her heart-warming romantic comedy, Raise Me Up - a true story about two star-crossed lovers in the 1950's post-war America, had its World Premiere at Santa Monica Playhouse last spring. The play (new title: Moonlight and Roses) is in development at MJR Films (Sneak Preview Entertainment), directed by Vince Marcello.

Veteran director Chris DeCarlo has been acting, writing and directing in Los Angeles for more than 40 years, bringing to the stage over 250 World Premieres and American Premieres, including the 2013 LA Times Critic's Picks Doug Knott's Last of the Knotts (currently on stage at The SoHo Playhouse) and the 2014 25th Anniversary production of Jerry Mayer's Aspirin & Elephants.

Turning Thirty features: Max Bunzel (Don't Trust the B- in Apartment 23; NCIS: Los Angeles; Stevie TV; Twelfth Night - LA New Court Theatre); Patrick Censoplano (Fame; Gettin' In - Seven Arts Pictures; Unscreened - Lillian Theatre; Winter in Hollywood; Adults, Keep Out!): Dennis Michael* (The Brick and the Rose with Patrick Swayze - Attic Theatre; Two Minute Warning - Universal; Raid on Entebbe - 20th Century Fox); Mary Ann Pianka (Gossip Girl, Big Time Rush, Life on Earth; The Gentleman's Club - New Playwrights Festival); Evelyn Rudie* (Funny, You Don't Look Like A Grandmother; Author! Author! - an evening with Sholom Aleichem, Raise Me Up - world premiere);Terasa Sciortino* (Kontrast; Josh Brolin and Vincent Riverside's Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap; the West Coast premiere of Todd Susman's Locked and Loaded); Elisa Surmont* (Shattered Illusions; Of Earth and Sky; Less than Kind; Hollywood Revisited - National Tour & Crystal Cruises; Dying for Laughs with Stuart Pankin). With special appearances by Kelley Dorney* (Level 23; Toy Story: The Musical; Twice Charmed - Walt Disney Theatre), Mike DiGirolamo (The Three Sisters - Steppenwolf; The Best Thanksgiving Ever) ,and Carly Reeves (Charlie Wilson's War; Larry Crowne; Broken at Love - Web Series).

Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm May 3 through June 29. General admission is $29; $22.50 students, teachers, seniors and members of the military; $17.50 for groups of 8 or more; and $15 for age 12 and under. Tickets on line at http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com or 1-310-394-9779 ext 1.

Santa Monica Playhouse, The Main Stage is at 1211 4th Street (between Arizona and Wilshire), Santa Monica, CA 90401. By public transportation take the Santa Monica Blue Bus or LA Metro Rapid #720, exit 4th and Wilshire. Convenient parking is located across the street in city lot #1. Santa Monica Playhouse is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission; and by US Bank.

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