Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre

The beautiful, rolling hills of Ireland hold many stories and secrets.Open Fist Theatre Company presents Dancing at Lughnasa by the great Irish playwright Brian Friel. Barbara Schofield directs Friel's Tony Award-winning masterpiece for a July 12 opening at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances will continue through Aug. 18. Pay-what-you-want previews begin July 6.

First staged at Ireland's Abbey Theatre in 1990, Dancing at Lughnasa transferred to London in 1991, winning both the Olivier and Evening Standard awards for best play. It opened on Broadway the following year, earning additional Tony and New York Drama Critics' Circle best play awards. Overwhelming international recognition brought it to the big screen in 1998 with Meryl Streep in the role of Kate.

The Open Fist production stars artistic director Martha Demson as Kate at performances in July, with company member Jennifer Zorbalas (Anna in the Tropics) taking over in August.Lane Allison (deLEARious) plays Maggie; Ann Marie Wilding (What Matters Now?/!political pop-up) portrays Agnes, Sandra Kate Burck (The Gary Plays) is Rose, Caroline Klidonas (All Night Long) plays Chris, and David Shofner (What Matters Now?/!) looks back on it all as Michael. Also in the cast are Christopher Cappiello (Walking to Buchenwald) as their brother, Jack, recently returned home after 25 years as a missionary in Uganda, and Scott Roberts (making his Open Fist mainstage debut, previously seen at the Odyssey, Rubicon, A Noise Within, Pacific Resident Theater, Boston Court) as Michael's father, who shows up for a rare and unexpected visit.

The creative team includes scenic designer James Spencer, lighting designer Matt Richter, composer and sound designer Tim Labor, costume designer Mylette Nora and prop master Bruce Dickinson. The choreographer is Jason Gorman, and the dialect coach is Deborah Ross Sullivan. The production stage manager is Jennifer Palumbo.

Dancing at Lughnasa opens on Friday, July 12 at 8.p.m., with performances thereafter on Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. through Aug. 18. There will be one additional Friday night performance on Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. Four preview performances take place on Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 7 at 4 p.m.; Monday, July 8 at 8 p.m.; and Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 with advance purchase,$30 at the door on Saturdays and Sundays; $20 with advance purchase, $25 at the door on Mondays and on Friday, Aug. 16; and $40 advance purchase and $45 at the door on Friday, July 12, which includes a post-performance opening night reception. Tickets to previews arePay-What-You-Want.

Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Ave in Los Angeles, CA 90039. On-site parking is free. For reservations and information, call (323) 882-6912 or go towww.openfist.org.

Photo Credit: Amanda Weier

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Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Lane Allison, Ann Marie Wilding, Caroline Klidonas and Sandra Kate Burck

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Lane Allison, Sandra Kate Burck, Caroline Klidonas and Ann Marie Wilding

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Scott Roberts and Caroline Klidonas

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Scott Roberts and Caroline Klidonas

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Sandra Kate Burck, Martha Demson, Lane Allison

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
David Shofner, Ann Marie Wilding, Lane Allison

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Sandra Kate Burck and Ann Marie Wilding

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Martha Demson, David Shofner, Caroline Klidonas

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Martha Demson, David Shofner, Caroline Klidonas

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Caroline Klidonas, Lane Allison, Sandra Kate Burck, Martha Demson and Ann Marie Wilding

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Caroline Klidonas and Scott Roberts

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Martha Demson and Lane Allison

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre
Christopher Cappiello, Martha Demson, Lane Allison

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre

Photo Flash: DANCING AT LUGHNASA Comes to a Atwater Village Theatre



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