Theatre Planners to Open New Comedy GREEKS 6 - TROJANS 5 Today

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Theatre Planners presents Greeks 6 - Trojans 5, a world premiere comedy with music written by Chuck Faerber, directed by Rick Kuhlman, similar in style and spirit to "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" but whackier, involving Greek soldiers embedded in the fabled Trojan Horse. Although set in the ancient world, Greeks 6 - Trojans 5 is a hilarious, eccentric, and irreverent send-up of modern warfare, technology, and mores (yes - mores!). The play begins performances tonight, Saturday, August 10th at 8pm. Runs: August 11 - September 8. Saturdays at 8pm. Sunday Matinees at 3pm. Buy Tix/info: www.plays411.com or (323) 960-7774. Whitefire Theatre 13500 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks 91423.

In this wacky send-up you'll meet the "heroic" Greek soldiers who manned and were embedees in the Trojan Horse...the beyond incompetent major who cracks under the pressure of supervising mail call...the anxiety-plagued private who views the work assignment of the Horse as his ticket out of the job of bailing latrines...the imbedded Cretan journalist Cnesson from Cnossus, who is chastised for the consecutive consonants in his name...the special forces female sergeant who battles two foes, the Trojans and sexism (and whose song of protest, "Enough!", brings down the Horse...er...house)...the sports agent who sells out his archer client for "a Pelagonian virgin and a eunuch to be named later"...and many more.

Heroes or cowards...? Only the horse knows for sure in "Greeks 6 - Trojans 5".

CHUCK FAERBER (Playwright) GREEKS 6 - TROJANS 5 is the fourth play by Chuck Faerber to be produced. His last, COUNTER MEN, a drama with music about the Iraq War set in an L.A. restaurant, was also produced at the Whitefire (2011). Chuck's full-fledged musical comedy ACROPOLIS NOW, produced in L.A. in 2003, was the forerunner of GREEKS 6 - TROJANS 5. As an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, he took second prize in the 1965 Frost Playwriting Competition for his drama THE MISFIT. Chuck's career as an executive, editor and journalist with newspapers and trade journals includes a lengthy tenure with the National Notary Association. Most of his plays have touched on military service. He is a former Navy carrier pilot with two tours of duty flying missions in Vietnam.

RICHARD KUHLMAN (Director) Richard Kuhlman has been an actor and director in Los Angeles since 1983, back when Fountain Ave. was a fast short-cut. He has a great role in Robert Townsend's new film, The Hive. which as yet has no distribution. He has directed most of his professional life, from North Carolina to Salinas, from Seattle to Chicago, ranging from Tartuffe, The Importance of Being Earnest, Catch 22, Of Mice and Men, Inspecting Carol To Fuddy Meers . Among the many one person shows Richard has directed is theOvation Award nominated, Non-Vital Organs and the long running Cheerios in My Underwear, She's History and Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead. His production of Regretrosexual won the LA Weekly Award for Best Two Person Play. He currently lives in Ojai Valley. His 2013 productions so far include The Skin Of Our Teeth, and the world premiere of a play about grandparent's rights, Nonna. His 4 time Audience Award winning short film, A Bit Of Counseling, can be seen on Funnyordie.com.

RACQUEL LEHRMAN, THEATRE PLANNERS (Producer) Racquel is the founder and managing director of Theatre Planners, her own theatre production/PR firm which has been serving the Los Angeles theatre scene for almost ten years. She graduated from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and lived in NY for many years producing theatre. Theatre Planners has since developed into a very busy and successful outlet for actors, writers, producers and theatre companies. Doing everything from producing, publicity, consulting, marketing and more. Racquel loves to make productions a reality and help to keep the theatre scene in LA alive and strong. Racquel is also the owner of the LOUNGE THEATRES in Hollywood on Theatre Row.

VICTORIA WATSON, THEATRE PLANNERS (Associate Producer) Victoria began her work in the theater as a performer, then found her love of Production in school at Tulane University. She has produced, stage managed, and swept stages all over the country at this point, and is thrilled to now be a part of Theatre Planners. Victoria was previously Operations Manager and Associate Producer at Pasadena Playhouse, and is also currently Managing Director for Fierce Backbone, www. fiercebackbone.com . To learn more about Theatre Planners, please go to www.theatreplanners.com.

GEORGE ALVAREZ* (Smegma) Local/Regional Theatre credits include: Thomas Betterton in COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY; Iachimo in CYMBELINE; Charles Dickens and Bob Cratchit in A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Snug the Joiner in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM; Bob in WOMEN OF MANHATTAN; and a whole lot of Sketch and Improv Comedy. TV & Film Credits include: "CSI," "Monk," "Mad Men," Tim & Eric," "Eldad," "Crenshaw Nights," "Exploding Oedipus," "Woman On Top," the upcoming "Shankill Road," the timeless "Epic Movie," and PBS' "Cinema's Exiles," which he voiced alongside Sigourney Weaver. Many thanks to Rick, Chuck and Raquel for drafting me into the Service. And a raised glass--and much love--to all of my Family and Friends.

CHERYL BRICKER*(Acacia) This is not Cheryl Bricker's first foray onstage with this director at the helm... or with a couple of these other beefcakes. Most recently, under his keen directorial eye, was INSPECTING CAROL at Theatre 150 in Ojai (2 seasons), A MAN OF THE WORLD at First Stage, and a short film. Some favorite theatre experiences are the west coast premieres at the Elephant Theatre of SURVIVAL EXERCISE, the Tamarind Theatre of BEE-LUTHER-HATCHEE, and RIGA at the John Anson Ford. Others include IT HAD TO BE YOU at the Wooden "O", and in NY, NOISES OFF, BOY MEETS GIRL, ALONE AT THE BEACH, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and VOIDVILLE, among others, at The Phoenix Theatre. She wrote and performed 1-800-CALLGOD at Arcade and CATERING TO COMEDY at the Phoenix and also the Westbank Theatre in NY. Film credits include AND THEY'RE OFF and NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER. TV appearances include WILL & GRACE, PRISON BREAK, KING OF QUEENS, and Dr. Grayson on SEX & THE CITY. And if that's not enough shows with "sex" in the title... and content...she'll appear in a new Showtime series, MASTERS OF SEX, in the fall. She relishes this enviable position (if you'll pardon the inuendo), as the only estrogen body in a sea of testosterone.

DAVID GHILARDI (Egropius/Hephaestus) David Ghilardi was recently seen in the Porters' TIMON OF ATHENS playing Alcibiades. His film work can be seen at davidghilardi.com or http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0315757/. David loves his Djasmin and thanks her for sweet smile. David is a proud member of The Actors Network. (At Twitter/Davidghilardi.)

GEOFFREY KENNEDY (Corinthian) Los Angeles theatre debut! Film/TV: "My Generation" and "What Would You Do" for ABC, "Lights Out", "Broken Gardenias", and "Eve." He is currently filming the new web series "A-Holes Anonymous." Geoff studies improv at The Groundlings and performs stand up at various venues around Los Angeles. Geoff received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.

DAVE KIRKPATRICK (Uselles) Dave was last seen at the Whitefire as Glenn in Chuck Faerber's COUNTER MEN back in 2011. Other recent stage credits include: The Narrator of THE PENTAGON PAPERS at Santa Monica Playhouse, ASKANCE at Eclectic Company Theatre, THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE at A Noise Within, and George Deever in ALL MY SONS at The Raven Playhouse with Theatre Planners & Wasatch Theatrical Ventures. Film Credits include: BORN TO DIE, LAS ANGELES, DOUBLE SPACED, REUNION, and others.

JOHN MARZILLI (Megamanus) John Marzilli has performed on stages throughout Los Angeles for over thirty years, and was last seen at the Pasadena Playhouse as Patrick in PRISON IS WHERE I LEARNED TO FLY. Other stage credits include THE GRAPES OF WRATH at West Coast Ensemble for which John won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his work as Jim Casey, BENT at Deaf West, the world premiere of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE as Ben Marco at WCE, and the award winning production of THE SHELTER as Hamlet at The Odyssey. Television/film credits include "Criminal Minds", "Cold Case","NYPD Blue", "The Practice","Metalbeast", and Vince on "The Secret World of Alex Mack" for Nickelodeon.

COREY RIEGER* (Cnesson) Corey Rieger is an actor and writer based in Los Angeles. His most recent stage productions include The Shadow Boxat the Lyric Theatre, The Elephant Man at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, and Black Coffee at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills. Film credits include: The Bridge to Nowhere, directed by Blair Underwood; Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale (to be released in October 2013); and The Phoenix Project, an independent feature also to be released in late 2013.

Matt Shea* (Chorister3/Mucilage) Matt Shea most recently appeared in Theatre Movement Bazaar's THE TREATMENT at The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena. Other West Coast credits include THE FANTASTICKS with the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara and ALL MY SONS at the Raven Playhouse. New York credits include the Broadway production of RAGTIME and Abingdon Theatre Company's ZONA, THE GHOST OF GREENBRIAR and THE APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY. For his performance in the musical FAIRY TALES at Bailiwick Repertory in Chicago, he received a Jeff Nomination and an After Dark Award. Matt portrayed the role of Karl Hansen in the critically acclaimed feature "Bold Native" which is a film about the animal liberation movement. Other Film/TV: "Ray Donovan", "Bunheads", "Conan", "The Young and the Restless", "Relative Strangers", "The Job". He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

CHRISTOPHER T. Wood (Hedrix) Christopher T. Wood has been an actor in Los Angeles for the last eight years. His latest role was with Ben Stiller in the film Friends With Benefits. He has also appeared on such shows as The Office, ER and Without A Trace. Overall he has appeared in over 20 film and television roles. Prior to that he was a corporate lawyer, working on Wall Street at Seward and Kissel and Paul Hastings, before accepting a position with Sony Pictures and then Sony Music in Los Angeles.

David Zurak (Agamemnon/Sargassus) This is David's Los Angeles stage debut. In New York LEAD DANCER (Martha Graham Dance Company) 2002-2009, Robert Wilson (LINCOLN CENTER) Martha Clarke (City Center), David Gordon (THE JOYCE) to name a few. Recent graduate USC MFA Acting. For more information about David please visit www.davidzurak.com.



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