Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre

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The Fountain Theatre presents the world premiere of a timely new play, written and directed by Stephen Sachs (Arrival & Departure, Citizen: An American Lyric, Bakersfield Mist), about homelessness, celebrity worship and truth in American journalism. Human Interest Story opens at the Fountain on Feb. 15, where performances continue through April 5.

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Set in the fast-moving world of new media, Human Interest Story chronicles the journey of newspaper columnist Andy Kramer, played by award-winning actor Rob Nagle (recent credits include Apple Season at Moving Arts and The Judas Kiss at Boston Court). Suddenly laid off when a corporate takeover downsizes his paper - a print publication struggling for readers in changing times - Andy fabricates a letter to his column in retaliation. The letter, from an imaginary homeless woman named "Jane Doe" who announces she will kill herself on the 4th of July because of the heartless state of the world, goes viral, and Andy is forced to hire a homeless woman (Tanya Alexander - Mono/Poly at the Odyssey and Future Sex Inc. at the Lounge) to stand-in as the fictitious Jane. She becomes an overnight internet sensation and a national women's movement is ignited.

According to Sachs, the play is about how contrary and opposing impulses can hide in the same human being. "A newspaper columnist, in the course of writing a human interest story on another individual, is forced to confront truths about himself," he explains.

The cast also includes James Harper, previously seen at the Fountain in The Accomplices, as newspaper publisher Harold Cain. Playing multiple roles are Richard Azurdia (My Mañana Comes at the Fountain), Aleisha Force (Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra at Virginia Shakes, Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa at Barnstormers Theatre), Matt Kirkwood (Our Class at Son of Semele, The Goat or, who is Sylvia? at the LGBT Center) and Tarina Pouncy (Vendetta Chrome at Coeurage Theatre; Les Blancs at Rogue Machine; and The Old Settler at International City Theatre, for which she garnered an NAACP award).

Human Interest Story runs Feb. 15 through April 5, with performances on Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; and Mondays at 8 p.m. (no Saturday matinee on Feb. 15; dark Monday Feb. 17). Three preview performances will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 12; Thursday, Feb. 13; and Friday, Feb. 14, all at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$45; Pay-What-You-Want seating is available every Monday night in addition to regular seating (subject to availability). The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie) in Los Angeles. Secure, on-site parking is available for $5. The Fountain Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Patrons are invited to relax before and after the show at the Fountain's indoor/outdoor café. For reservations and information, call (323) 663-1525 or go to www.FountainTheatre.com.

Photo Credit: Jenny Graham

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Tanya Alexander

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Matt Kirkwood and Rob Nagle

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Tarina Pouncy, Rob Nagle, Aleisha Force

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Richard Azurdia

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Aleisha Force, Richard Azurdia, Tarina Pouncy and Matt Kirkwood

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Rob Nagle and Tanya Alexander

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Matt Kirkwood and James Harper

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Richard Azurdia, James Harper, Tarina Pouncy

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Rob Nagle, Tanya Alexander, James Harper

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Aleisha Force

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Tarina Pouncy

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Matt Kirkwood and Tarina Pouncy

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Aleisha Force, Rob Nagle, Tanya Alexander

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
James Harper

Photo Flash: World Premiere of HUMAN INTEREST STORY at the Fountain Theatre
Tanya Alexander



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