SHINING CITY Comes To The Hollywood Fringe Festival

SHINING CITY Comes To The Hollywood Fringe Festival

Conor McPherson's Shining City is set for six performances in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, it was announced today by Hicks Street Productions. Under the direction of Thomas Barr, the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Brian Foyster, Burt Grinstead, Eddie Kehler, and Kate Whitney. Set design is by Joel Daavid with lighting and sound design by Matthew Richter. Performances begin on June 2 at 8:30pm at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Davidson/Valentini Theatre.

Performance dates and times are as follows - Saturday 6/2 at 8:30pm; Thursday 6/7 at 10:30pm; Saturday 6/9 at 2pm; Tuesday 6/12 at 8:30pm; Sunday 6/17 at 2pm; and Thursday 6/21 at 6:30pm.

Shining City is set in Dublin, where a guilt-ridden man reaches out to a therapist after the death of his wife in a car crash. Wrestling with his own demons, the therapist can only do so much to help. Routine visits between the two men quickly become a gripping struggle to survive, changing both of them for the rest of their lives. Said The New York Times, "Conor McPherson's play is haunting, inspired, and absolutely glorious." When Shining City opened in London in 2006, The Daily Telegraph described him as "the finest dramatist of his generation." Running time is 90 minutes.

Conor McPherson's plays include The Weir, Port Authority, Dublin Carol, The Seafarer, The Veil, The Night Alive, and most recently, Girl from the North Country. They have been performed internationally, notably in the West End and on Broadway. He wrote the screenplays for I Went Down and The Eclipse (which he also directed).

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrate the Hollywood neighborhood: fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers.

Tickets for Shining City are $15 and may be purchased online at http://hff18.org/5411 or by phone at (323) 455-4585. The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Davidson/Valentini Theatre is located at 1125 N. McCadden Place (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard), in Hollywood, 90038. Parking is extremely limited; plan accordingly.

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