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Joe Mantegna to be Honored at California International Film Festival, 9/18

California International Theatre Festival 2011 season is being presented with Joe Peracchio as Festival Director and Tammy Taylor as Executive Producer. The Festival takes place in several locations in Calabasas, Downtown Los Angeles and Ventura and will include distinguished international productions.

Today, the festival announced that it will honor actor Joe Mantegna with a Gordon Davidson Award for his contributions to theatre, as part of the wrap party on September 18th.

Chicago native Mantegna has a strong background in both theater and film. After making his Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz's musical adaptaion of Studs Terkel's Working, Joe was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as cynical real-estate agent Richard Roma in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.

Closely associated with Mamet's work, Joe starred in the theatrical premiere of A Life in the Theater, The Disappearance of the Jews at the Goodman Theater, and in the Broadway production of Speed the Plow with Ron Silver and Madonna. In addition, Joe directed a critically acclaimed stage production of Mamet's Lakeboat, starring Ed O'Neil and George Wendt, in a successful Los Angeles theatrical run.

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