The Production Company Presents World Premiere of Steve Yockey's VERY STILL AND HARD TO SEE, 6/1-7/7


Artistic Directors August Viverito and T L Kolman have announced the third offering of The Production Company's 2012 season: the world premiere of Steve Yockey's VERY STILL AND HARD TO SEE. Helmed by director Michael Matthews and an all-star production team including lighting design by Tim Swiss and sound design by Tony Award nominee Cricket S. Myers. This production will run June 1 through July 7, 2012 at The Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038.

Originally commissioned and work-shopped by American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, this darkly humorous new work inventively spins elements loosely inspired by modern ghost stories with an exploration of the Japanese folk tales "Of a Mirror & a Bell" and "Yuki-onna". Everyday situations from riding in a hotel elevator to preparing for a blind date take on supernatural qualities. The captivating characters encounter mystical forces that collapse the distance between the real and the surreal. This magical, funny, and sometimes mind-bending creation by acclaimed playwright Steve Yockey will take you on an exhilarating, visceral journey.

The cast includes an astounding array of talent in multiple roles including Tiffany Cole, Andrew Crabtree, Coleman Drew, Katie Skelton, Adeye Sahran, CB Spencer, Michael Tauzin, and James Louis Wagner. Assistant Direction and Fight Choreography is by Jen Albert, and the play is produced by Co-Artistic Directors T L Kolman and August Viverito for The Production Company.

VERY STILL AND HARD TO SEE, written by Steve Yockey and directed by Michael Matthews, opens June 1 and runs through July 7, 2012, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

For further information, visit the company's website, email at, or call (310) 869-7546.

Director Michael Matthews served as the Artistic Director of Celebration Theatre from 2005-2008 and is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, National Shakespeare Conservatory, NY, and an alumnus of Director's Lab West 2008. Los Angeles credits include: The Color Purple - The Musical, Nerve (LA Premiere), What's Wrong With Angry?, Take Me Out! (Ovation Nomination Best Director, NAACP Award Best Director) The Women of Brewster Place - the Musical (Ovation Nomination Best Director, NAACP Award Best Director, Ovation Award Best Musical; West Coast Premiere), The Temperamentals (West Coast Premiere), Haram! Iran! (West Coast Premiere), Three Tall Women, The Santa Land Diaries (2009, 2010, 2011), The Jazz Age (West Coast Premiere), The Prodigal Father (World Premiere), Porcelain, Stupid Kids (LA Premiere), Beautiful Thing (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Play), The Bacchae (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Play), Four (West Coast Premiere); Dead End (Assistant Director) Ahmanson Theatre and The Cherry Orchard (Assistant Director) Mark Taper Forum. Other career highlights include Butley (Broadway - Assistant Director), In the Blood, Porcelain and The Judas Kiss (Chicago) and The Bacchae (the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, 2010).

Playwright Steve Yockey is a roaming member of Atlanta's Out of Hand Theater. His work has been produced throughout the country and in Asia. Large Animal Games, Octopus, CARTOON and subculture (collected short plays) are published & available from Samuel French. Afterlife: a ghost story co-world premiered in the 2010-2011 season at Southern Rep in New Orleans and New Rep in Boston. Last season Heavier than... (included in Charles McNulty's "Best of 2011 in Theatre") premiered at the Boston Court in Pasadena (dir. Abigail Desser) and Bellwether premiered at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA (dir. Ryan Rilette). Other plays include: Pluto, Wonder, Wolves, The Thrush & The Woodpecker, and Feverish. He is a member of Center Theatre Group's 2011-2012 writers group. He is the creator and co-executive producer of the Sony Pictures Television project Teeth and is currently adapting the Tama Janowitz novel Slaves of New York for Sony/Wet Dog Entertainment.

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