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Circle X Theatre Co Presents Laurie Metcalf and Jimmi Simpson in TREVOR, Beginning Tonight

Circle X Theatre Co. is thrilled to announce the West Coast premiere of TREVOR, written by Nick Jones (Writer/Co-Producer "Orange is the New Black") and directed by Stella Powell-Jones, starring Laurie Metcalf and Jimmi Simpson. TREVOR will preview tonight, March 5; Friday, March 6; Saturday, March 7; Thursday, March 12 & Friday, March 13 at 8pm and will open on Saturday, March 14 and run through Sunday, April 19 at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039.

Inspired by true events, TREVOR is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away our erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the likes of Morgan Fairchild, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication and humanity.

TREVOR premiered at Theater for the New City, NYC, produced by Lesser America in 2013.


NICK JONES (Playwright) is a performer and writer for theater, television and film. His play Verité is currently playing in New York City at Lincoln Center/LTC3. This was preceded by the critically acclaimed New York premiere of Trevor (Lesser America). Other plays include The Coward (LCT3), Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (Ars Nova and the Under the Radar Festival at the Public, and in which he also starred), Salome of the Moon, The Wundeisteipen, Little Building, Straight Up Vampire: A History of Vampires in Colonial Pennsylvania as Performed to the Music of Paula Abdul (with Zak Vreeland and Peter Cook), The Nosemaker's Apprentice, The Sporting Life (with Rachel Shukert) and The Colonists (a puppet work for children). Nick currently is a writer and co-producer for the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." He lives in Los Angeles. STELLA POWELL-JONES (Director): Recent directing includes Robin Hood, The Gnadiges Fräulein, Bullfinch Mythology (Williamstown Theatre Festival), 17 Orchard Point by Stephanie DiMaggio and Anton Dudley (Theatre Row), Wet Glitter by Lucile Baker Scott (IRT), plays by Lauren Morelli, Brian Watkins & Marco Ramirez for Lesser America's Just Right Just Now. Stella has developed work with The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Realm, Red Bull Theatre Co., Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Flea, Colt Coeur & NYU. In the United Kingdom she has directed premieres for Renegade Theatre at the Bush Theatre, London & Painted Filly Theatre Co, Dublin.

LAURIE METCALF (Sandra) is an original member of Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, now in its 39th season. She just completed a run of The McCarthys on CBS and will shoot the third season of Getting On for HBO in July.

JIMMI SIMPSON (Trevor) began doing plays as a lifestyle choice when he changed his major from business to theatre at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Since leaving there he's done plays in the words of: Ray Carver, Jean Genet, Bobby & Kristen Lopez, Moliere, Elmer Rice, Bill Shakespeare, Sam Shepherd, Aaron Sorkin, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, Lanford Wilson - and most recently Nick Jones. He couldn't be more grateful for any of them. Filmed things: Gravy, Date Night, White House Down, Zodiac, House of Cards, The Newsroom, Breakout Kings, Psych, Lyle the Intern, IASIP, Party Down...Coming up: Widowmen.

The cast of TREVOR will feature (in alphabetical order): Malcolm Barrett, Bob Clendenin, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Laurie Metcalf, Jim Ortlieb, Jimmi Simpson and Brenda Strong.

TREVOR is produced by Tim Wright with associate producers Jen Kays and Katherine Haan. Set Design by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz. Lighting Design by Jeremy Pivnick. Costume Design by Elizabeth Cox. Sound Design by Jeff Gardner. Violence Design by Ned Mochel. Assistant Director is Joseph Patrick O'Malley. Production Stage Manager is Shaunessy Quinn.

TREVOR will preview on Thursday, March 5; Friday, March 6; Saturday, March 7; Thursday, March 12 & Friday, March 13 at 8pm and will open on Saturday, March 14 and run through Sunday, April 19 at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $28. Previews are Pay-What-You-Can at the door. For tickets, buy online at Free, ample street and lot parking. Parking map:

Circle X Theatre Co. has been producing plays in Los Angeles since 1996 . Their last production, Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner (co-production with The Theatre @ Boston Court) appears on the Top 10 of 2014 lists for the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Huffington Post and KCRW. The company produces out of Atwater Village Theatre, and is dedicated to highly provocative, boldly theatrical productions of new and rarely-seen plays and the development of new works for the stage. Circle X Theatre Co. is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles, Capital Group Companies, The Sheri & Les Biller Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and hundreds of individual donors.

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