MARION BRIDGE Gets West Coast Premiere Next Week at Son of Semele Theater

MARION BRIDGE Gets West Coast Premiere Next Week at Son of Semele Theater

SJB Productions presents the West Coast Premiere of "Marion Bridge" by award-winning Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor. The guest production runs September 8 through September 24 for a limited Los Angeles engagement at Son of Semele Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets are available at www.sonofsemele.org.

The comedy-drama follows three headstrong sisters who converge on their ancestral home to find they have everything and nothing in common. Shards of memories collide like a kaleidoscope - shake the tube and see what comes out. Thank God for post-it notes that connive to get the daughters out of the house so the mother can rest in peace. Playwright Daniel MacIvor brings his usual playful and biting dialogue that exposes as he puts it "the ironies of the human condition."

Under the direction of Son of Semele Ensemble member Don Boughton, the production will feature performances by Sarah Boughton, Carolyn Crotty and Amy DeBourget. Father/daughter team Don and Sarah have worked together numerous times and this is the second MacIvor piece they've produced.

The design team includes Brandon Baruch (Lighting Design); James Ferraro (Sound Design); Jacquelyn Gutierrez (Set Design); and Heidi and Ian Scheller (Vocal Artists). Hannah Beehler will stage manage.

About the Playwright

Daniel MacIvor (Playwright) Daniel MacIvor is a celebrated Canadian theatre artist who has written and directed numerous award-winning productions including "See Bob Run", "Wild Abandon", "2-2Tango", "This Is a Play", and "How It Works." Many of his plays have been translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, German and Japanese. Daniel received the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama for his collection of plays I Still Love You and in 2008 he was awarded the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre. He is also the recipient of an Obie Award and a GLAAD Award for In On It, as well as a Canadian Screen Award for his feature film script "Weirdo." He is currently Artistic Director of reWork, a Toronto-based touring theatre company he runs with Marcie Januska.

About the Creative Team

Don Boughton (Director) Don has been a member of the Son of Semele Ensemble (SOSE), as a director and actor since 2006. Jason Grote's Civilization (All You Can Eat), Wallowa: The Vanishing of Maude LeRay by Oliver Meyer, and Will Eno's Tragedy: A Tragedy are among the productions he has directed at SOSE and where the constant challenge is to think big for a small space, and no kitchen sinks allowed. This is his second time directing a Daniel MacIvor play. The first was also produced at SOSE, A Beautiful View.

Boughton (Producer & Actor) is embarking on her second Daniel MacIvor play as both producer and actor with her father, Don Boughton as Director. Her first was A Beautiful View where she starred as Liz. The show received a critic's pick from the LA Times and was nominated for a Garland Award from BackStage West for both Production and Direction. As members of Son of Semele Ensemble this father/daughter artistic duo worked on the LA Times critic's pick The Designated Mourner, Wallowa: The Vanishing of Maude LeRey, and Tragedy: A Tragedy. Member AEA

Carolyn Reese Crotty (Actor) Recently, Carolyn played Mrs. Lance Ito in the Emmy-winning TV miniseries The People v O.J. Simpson, American Crime; and has co-starred on ABCs How to Get Away With Murder; and in Showtime's Masters of Sex. She had the lead role in AFI's short film The Black Dog; and in The Good Neighbor another short that screened at South by Southwest. Some of the theaters Carolyn has performed at: The Laguna Playhouse, Odyssey Theatre, Boston Court, Classical Theatre Lab, The Celebration Theatre, and EST LA. She is a UCLA graduate. Watch for her this fall in a Showtime comedy-drama! www.carolyncrotty.com Member AEA

Amy DeBourget (Producer & Actor) This is Amy's second acting/producing turn with Don Boughton as director, the first was as Estelle in No Exit. Other favorite roles include Lily in The House of Mirth with The Classical Theater Lab, directed by Tony award winner Tony Tanner; Mamma in Trixie Caged at SacRed Fools; and Adriana in The Comedy of Errors with Vox Humana, directed by Edgar Landa. She has also acted in film and television including CheckMating, the story of a women who uses chess games to test her dates before finding true love. CheckMating played over 30 film festivals and earned Amy Pixie Award nomination for Best Actress. www.amydebourget.com. Member AEA

Brandon Baruch (Lighting Design) Brandon is a Los Angeles based lighting designer specializing in experimental theater, opera, and dance. Design highlights include the West Coast Tour of Bataré; Homeric Hymns and Asterion (Getty Villa Theater Lab); Hamlet Mobile (Capital W Performance), Urinetown (Coeurage Theatre Company); O-Lan Jones and Emmett Tinley's Iceland (Ford Amphitheatre); Dana Foglia Dance's VATIC (LA, Long Beach, and NYC); American Idiot (Vortex LA); The Temptation of St. Antony (Four Larks); Squeeze My Cans (Hollywood and Chicago); Queenie Pie (Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater); The Second City's Twist Your Dickens (Kirk Douglas Theater); and Spring Awakening. www.brandonbaruch.com

James Ferrero (Sound Design) James is an actor/ Sound Designer in the LA area. Recent sound credits include World Builders (Flux Theatre Co), Thanksgiving (Hollywood Fringe Festival, Encore Award Winner), The Foreigner (Santa Monica Rep), and Urinetown: The Musical (Coeurage Theatre Co). He is the resident Sound Designer for Mine is Yours Theatre Co where he recently designed both Women Beware Women as well as The Winter's Tale. He also recently produced and acted in the Encore Award winning Narcissus & Echo at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. He is a member of the Antaeus Theatre Co. For Mom and Gordon.

Jacquelyn Gutierrez (Set Design) Jacquelyn graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama with a BFA in Scenic Design in May 2016 and moved to LA shortly thereafter. Recent credits include Rogue Machine Theatre Company's Les Blancs (asst. scenic designer), A Noise Within's Man of La Mancha (props asst.), Center Theatre Group's Block Party Series (scenic painter) and Heritage Theatre Festival's Summer 2017 Season (asst. scenic charge). She is incredibly thankful for the warm welcome into the LA theatre community and can't wait to continue telling stories with such talented artists. www.jacquelyngutierrez.com

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