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Kathy Griffin To Introduce WOMEN BEHIND BARS

Kathy Griffin To Introduce WOMEN BEHIND BARS

"Women Behind Bars," the classic Tom Eyen comedy hit, will feature a live special introduction by Kathy Griffin at the Jan. 26 Sunday matinee performance, 3 PM at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.

The all-star Equity/SAG production opens at the 900-seat theater Friday, Jan. 24 and runs through Feb. 2 for eight performances. It is being directed and co-produced by award-winning director-choreographer Scott Thompson.

Headlining the cast are pop culture icon Traci Lords ("Cry Baby," "Blade") as Gloria, John Waters' star Mink Stole ("Pink Flamingos," "Hairspray") as Granny, and RuPaul discovery Eureka O'Hara as the Matron, the role made famous by the legendary Divine. Also prominent are Miss Coco Peru as Louise, Ginger Minj as Ada, Chi Chi DeVayne as Jo-Jo, Poppy Fields as Blanche, internationally-renowned Marilyn Monroe tribute artist Suzie Kennedy as Cheri, Tatiana Monteiro as the fiery Guadalupe, adult film star Wesley Woods as the Man, and Adrienne Couper Smith as Mary, the innocent who is ultimately corrupted by the system.

"Women Behind Bars" is a camp play by Tom Eyen, the Tony Award-winning writer of "Dreamgirls." It is a parody of the prison exploitation films produced in the 50's by Universal, Warner Brothers and Republic Pictures, and is described by the author as "A B-movie for the stage." It was originally produced at New York's Astor Place Theatre, and revived a year later with Divine.

A previous Los Angeles production ran for a year at the Roxy in 1983, featuring Lu Leonard and Adrienne Barbeau, Sally Kellerman, and Linda Blair. The Montalban production will feature an elaborate two-tiered jailhouse set complete with multimedia video screens and innovative costume designs, making it the most extravagant version in the show's history. The set is designed by Paul Black, costumes are by Suzan Ortmeier, music by Fred Barton, and sound designers/technical directors are E.M. Gimenez and Todd Reynolds. Matthew Herrmann is company manager.

The show is being presented by "Just Pow!" Productions, a new theatrical entertainment company based in Los Angeles that was formed by Scott Thompson and Christopher Graham. Thompson is an award-winning director, choreographer, writer and producer, who has directed and choreographed over 100 shows throughout the country, including New York's Lincoln Center and Town Hall, winning two San Francisco Critics Circle Awards and five Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. Graham is a 25-year theater veteran as an actor-singer-dancer, appearing in numerous productions.

For six years, he was served as director-choreographer-producer of the critically-acclaimed Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. Additional producers are Aaron Sims, Chuck Creighton, Alan Eichler, Y. Dolly Fox, Maureen Gillespie, E.M. Gimenez, Michael Kofman Graham, Matthew Herrmann, Stephen Michael, Todd Reynolds, and Winbrook Entertainment. '

The Montalban Theatre is located at 1615 Vine St. in Hollywood. The phone for tickets is 323-461-6999.

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