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The Road Theatre Co Presents FINDING FOSSILS

The Road Theatre Company and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, have announced in this, their 21st season, FINDING FOSSILS, written by Ty DeMartino and directed by Suzanne Hunt.

FINDING FOSSILS will preview on Wednesday, January 25 and Thursday, January 26 at 8pm and will open on Sunday, January 29 at 7pm and run through Sunday, March 25 at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.

Finding Fossils tells the story of an estranged father and his gay son in the wake of the death of a family member. The two meet up at the family's cabin over the July 4th weekend and explore their rocky past, attempt to find common ground in their grief and determine what the future holds for each of them. In the end the ties between father and son are too powerful to deny. The play is a journey that at times is sorrowful, yet also funny, entertaining and deliciously human.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

TY DeMARTINO (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright and produced screenwriter whose works have appeared on stages on both coasts. In 2007, he was named Playwright of the Year in The Baltimore City Paper's "Best Of" edition for his political drama "The Blessed Mothers of War." His play, "Finding Fossils" was named Best Production of the 2008 Baltimore Playwrights Festival and later was featured as part of the 2010 Summer Playwrights Festival at the Road Theatre in Los Angeles, where it was selected for full production by the company. DeMartino has also penned the books for two original musicals -- "Furry Tales" and "Cougarland" which were both workshopped and performed in Pittsburgh. In New York City, his political satire "He's No J.F.K." ran Off-Broadway at the Kirk Theatre on 42nd Street and his one act "Lady Liberty" played at theatres in both Manhattan and Staten Island. His short plays include "Life After Pie" (Pittsburgh New Works Festival and New Britain Rep), "Objects in the Mirror" (San Francisco Fringe Festival), "A Fan Letter to Monica Lewinsky" and "Poor Little Thing" (Baltimore's Spotlighters Theatre) and "The Skylab is Falling" (Old Opera House Theatre's New Voices Festival, Honorable Mention). DeMartino most recently completed a new full-length work for the stage called "The Darling Siblings," a drama about children dealing with the murder of a family member, which received a reading in New York City last spring. DeMartino also written several feature films, including the patriotic family drama "Doughboy," which opened in limited release in August of 2011 to both critic and audience acclaim. He also wrote and produced the mockumentary comedy "Special School" which is in post-production and is currently working on Christmas-themed family film to be shot in 2012. He resides in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife and twin sons.

SUZANNE HUNT (Director) is an actor, director, producer, and teacher. 2011 directing credits include Fair Harbor by Tori Alcock-Gallarello, Finding Fossils by Ty DeMartino (both for the Road’s Summer Playwright’s Festival) and a staged reading of The Seagull at the Classical Theatre Lab of West Hollywood where Suzanne serves as Artistic Coordinator. Suzanne began her career at 17 as a fashion model working in New York, London and Paris and has appeared on the pages of dozens of fashion magazines, in over 80 commercials, television shows and films. On television, she played Nurse Shirley Bryan in CBS’ House Calls with Lynn Redgrave for 3 seasons, had a recurring role opposite Bradley Lockerman on the CBS soap-opera Capitol, as well as numerous guest star roles in other network television shows.

Favorite theatre credits include Evalita Turnover in Del Shore’s multiple award winning, Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will, and an LA Drama Critics Circle Nomination for George Tabori’s Holocaust play, The Cannibals. She also appeared in the popular and long running sketch comedy show, Caltrans, at the Melrose Theatre. Film credits include Popcorn, Swim Team, and Vinnie and Angela’s Beauty Salon and Funeral Parlor, which won the Australian Gold Cinneman Award for Best Short Film. Suzanne is a certified teacher in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, she holds an MA and an MFA in acting/directing and teaches at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Pasadena City College. She lectures on The Business of Acting and has a forthcoming book on the topic as well as a book on the history of burlesque.

The cast of FINDING FOSSILS will feature: Mark Doerr, John Gowans and Mark Costello.

FINDING FOSSILS features an award-winning design team. The Scenic Design is by Desma Murphy. The Lighting Design is by Kathi Donohue. The sound design is by Christopher Moscatiello
SCHEDULE AND PRICING

FINDING FOSSILS will preview on Wednesday, January 25 and Thursday, January 26 at 8pm and will open on Sunday, January 29 at 7pm and run through Sunday, March 25 at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.

Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm. Ticket prices are $25; Previews are $15. Special group rates available for parties of 8 or more. For tickets, please call 866-811-4111 for details or visit www.RoadTheatre.org to purchase tickets online or to view complete schedule.


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