Steppenwolf's LINDA VISTA Opens At Center Theatre Group In L.A. Tonight
Tonight Center Theatre Group opens Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Linda Vista written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by Dexter Bullard, who also directed the world premiere at Steppenwolf. The production features Steppenwolf ensemble members Ian Barford, Tim Hopper, Sally Murphy and Caroline Neff with Chantal Thuy, Cora Vander Broek and Troy West.
Linda Vista runs through February 17, 2019 in the Mark Taper Forum at Center Theatre Group, 601 W. Temple St. Los Angeles. Single tickets are available at (213) 628-2772, online at centertheatregroup.org.
Linda Vista tells of Wheeler, a 50-year-old man who is floating. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife's garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love, sex and maybe a taste of redemption. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be in this searing work that resonates with a new sense of sobriety in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Linda Vista was commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre Company where it received its world premiere in April 2017.
The Linda Vista cast features Steppenwolf ensemble members Ian Barford (Wheeler), Tim Hopper (Paul), Sally Murphy (Margaret) and Caroline Neff (Anita) with Chantal Thuy (Minnie), Cora Vander Broek (Jules) and Troy West (Michael).
The Linda Vista production team includes Todd Rosenthal (Scenic Design), Laura Bauer (Costume Design), Marcus Doshi (Lighting Design), Richard Woodbury (Sound Design), Edward Sobel (Dramaturg). Additional credits include JC Clementz (Casting), Lindsay Allbaugh (Associate Producer) and David S. Franklin (Production Stage Manager).
Tracy Letts is an award-winning playwright, actor and Steppenwolf ensemble member. He is the author of The Minutes (Pulitzer finalist), Mary Page Marlowe, Superior Donuts, August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award), Man from Nebraska (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Bug, The Scavenger's Daughter and Killer Joe. He has written the screenplays for the films, The Woman in the Window, August: Osage County, Bug, and Killer Joe. As an actor, he received the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He joined the Steppenwolf ensemble in 2002, where he has performed in American Buffalo, Betrayal, The Pillowman, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross, Three Days of Rain and many others. Other productions include The Realistic Joneses (Broadway) and Orson's Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre, NY). Film appearances include Little Women, Le Mans 66, The Post, Lady Bird, The Lovers, Indignation, Christine, The Big Short, Imperium, Wiener-Dog and Guinevere. TV appearances include The Sinner, Divorce, Homeland and Seinfeld.
Center Theatre Group is one of the nation's preeminent arts and cultural organizations. It's Los Angeles' leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2100-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation's leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.
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