THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES Previews 5/23 At El Portal Forum Theater

By: Apr. 02, 2009
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Green Beetle Productions are thrilled to present a World Premiere Play by acclaimed playwright Stephen Belber, THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES. THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES will be directed by Jennifer Chambers. THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES will preview on Saturday, May 23 at 8pm; Sunday, May 24 at 3pm; Thursday, May 28 at 8pm; Friday, May 29 at 8pm and will open on Saturday, May 30 at 8pm and run through Sunday, June 29 at the El Portal Forum Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.

THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES is a comedy bringing five high school friends together for their 20th reunion. Escaping the hell that can be any High School reunion, Les, Reg, Phil and Dante retreat to the chorus room. It is there the estranged buddies are faced with the reality their friend Jim, the Class King of 1988, has gone missing - kidnapped by a radical group. Dante, the bully of this entourage, comes up with a seemingly implausible plan to save Jim. Through lighthearted insult, lots of Gin & Tonics, old memories and deep friendship the guys decide to drunkenly step up and enact the plan and in the process act on their conviction to finally do something with their suburban, 9 to 5 lives. This search for Jim leads to a very unexpected outcome.

Stephen Belber (Playwright) Plays include Geomtery of Fire, (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Fault Lines, (Naked Angels/Cherry Lane), A Small, Melodramatic Story, (LAByrinth Theater Company), McReele (Roundabout), Match (Broadway, Tony nomination for Frank Langella), Tape (Naked Angels--NYC/LA/London), The Laramie Project (Associate Writer), Carol Mulroney (Huntington Theater), One Million Butterflies (Primary Stages), Drifting Elegant (Magic Theater), The Transparency of Val (Theater Outrageous, NYC), The Wake (Via Theater, NYC), Through Fred (Soho Rep) and The Death of Frank (Araca Group, NYC). As a screenwriter, he wrote Tape, directed by Richard Linklater, starring Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke (Sundance; Berlin); The Laramie Project (Associate Writer) for HBO Films, (Sundance, Emmy nomination for screenwriting); and Drifting Elegant, directed by Amy Glazer. He also wrote and directed his first feature, Management, starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and is due out this spring. Among other projects, he is currently developing a screenplay based on McReele, for Will Smith's Overbrook production company. TV credits include Rescue Me and Law & Order SVU, (staff writer). He has received commissions from Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, The Huntington Theater, Arena Stage and Philadelphia Theater Company.

Jennifer Chambers (Director) credits include Yog Sothoth, The Third Best Debater and Here to Serve You at San Pedro's Little Fish Theatre, Suzan Lori Park's 365 Play/365 Days at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and JoAnn Green's My Donna at the Marsh Theatre in San Francisco. She has assisted Jonathan Moscone on Cal Shakespeare's production of Man and Superman and Liz Diamond on Catherine Treischman's Crooked at the Women's Project Theatre. She was the assistant director of the Piedmont Children's Theatre and has directed autobiographical theatre pieces at the Living Arts Center in Berkeley, California. She is professional actress and has performed on Broadway, along with numerous regional credits and has written and performed two autobiographical solo pieces, Choices at the Marsh Theatre and Mine at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has an undergraduate degree in theatre arts from Northwestern University and a master's degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in drama therapy from The California Institute of Integral Studies.

GREEN BEETLE PRODUCTIONS (Producer) is proud to present the world premiere of Stephen Belber's latest play at the El Portal Forum Theatre. Green Beetle Productions was formed in 2008 and THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES marks its first production in Los Angeles. Green Beetle Productions is excited to enter the Los Angeles theatre community and looks forward to continuing working with LA's best theatre artists to bring new works of all genres to Los Angeles Theatre goers.

THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES features an award-winning design team. The scenic design is by Donna Marquet. The lighting design is by Brandon Baruch. The Sound Design is by John Zalewski. The Costume Design is by Jamie Herbert.
The cast of THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES includes Michael Benyaer, Al Espinosa, Kristen Lee Kelly, Daniel Milder and Bill Tangradi.

THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES will preview on Saturday, May 23 at 8pm; Sunday, May 24 at 3pm; Thursday, May 28 at 8pm; Friday, May 29 at 8pm and will open on Saturday, May 30 at 8pm and run through Sunday, June 29 at the El Portal Forum Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets are $25 for all performances. Preview performances are $20. For Tickets, please call 1-866-811-4111 or visit www.ovationtix.com.

WHEN: Previews - Saturday, May 23 at 8pm; Sunday, May 29 at 3pm

Thursday, May 28 at 8pm; Friday May 29 at 8pm and

Opening night is Saturday, May 30 at 8p and runs through Sunday, June 28

Preview Tickets are $20 - General Performances - all tickets $25

The show will perform Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday at 8:00pm ($25)

Sundays at 3:00pm ($25)

El Portal Forum Theatre,
5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood
For Tickets, please call 1-866-811-4111 or visit www.ovationtix.com.



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