Theatre of Note Presents World Premiere of CLEO, THEO & WU Written by and Starring CRIMINAL MINDS' Kirsten Vangsness

Theatre of Note Presents World Premiere of CLEO, THEO & WU Written by and Starring CRIMINAL MINDS' Kirsten Vangsness

Theatre of NOTEcompletes its 2017-2018 season with the World Premiere of CLEO, THEO & WU, written by Kirsten Vangsness and directed by Lisa Dring. CLEO, THEO & WU will preview Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27 at 8pm, and will open on Thursday, November 1 at 8pm and run through Saturday, December 8 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.

In CLEO THEO & WU, Lucy is a modern Angeleno gal just trying to be her best self. The Cool Girl, Lady Boss and all around getting sh*t done Boss Bitch. But, suddenly, the fate of the universe is in her hands and she's gonna need to do better than self-help books and inspirational Insta-quotes. Never fear, space creatures from the future and the forgotten women of ancient history are teaming up to get Lucy on the right track. Careening through time and place, CLEO, THEO & WU takes Lucy on a heroine's journey with the remarkable women who were so much more than the power hungry, sex-obsessed obstacles that history books would have you believe.

Kirsten Vangsness (Playwright) started writing in 5th grade because she read "Harriet the Spy", developed a huge crush on Harriet, and thought the only way to win her heart would be learning to write. After college, she began writing her own monologues for casting director workshops which then bloomed into writing plays. The 2012 production of Vangsness' Potential Space earned her a nomination for the LA Weekly Award "Best Playwright of the Year." Her solo play Mess, which she developed at NOTE, author Neil Gaiman decreed as his "favorite one person show." She has co-written four episodes of the CBS drama "Criminal Minds" and is currently finishing her third pilot for ABC with her writing partner, Phinny Kiyomura. She has been awarded the Open Fist Excellence in the Arts Award and the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. Vangsness has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and "AIRMAIL: taking Women of Letters to the world."

Lisa Dring (Director) has made work with Asolo Repertory Theatre, Humana Festival, One Year Lease, Bread & Puppet, East West Players, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playpenn, Bootleg Theater, The Blank, Sacred Fools, SCF at Son of Semele and Circle X Theatre Co. Last fall she co-wrote Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, produced by Rogue Artists and East West Players. This summer she directed Ray Yamanouchi's Tha Chink-Mart at Playpenn and co-founded Rogue Artists Ensemble's Rogue Lab, a 9-month writers residency culminating in a festival of new hyper-theatrical plays. Lisa earned a BA from USC, apprenticed at Actors Theatre of Louisville and sprinkled in some learning in CalArts' Critical Studies MFA program.

The cast of CLEO, THEO & WU features: Kirsten Vangsness, with Gene Michael Barrera, Hiwa Bourne, Cat Chengery, Tony DeCarlo, Jenny Flack, James Guinn, Tane Kawasaki, Kathleen O'Grady, Justin Okin, Tamara Perry, Joel Scher and Phil Ward.

CLEO, THEO & WU's design team features the talents of Scenic and Properties Designer: Eli Smith; Lighting and Sound Designer: Matt Richter; Costume Designer: Stephanie Petagno; Movement Director: Hannah Chodos; Projection Design: Sam Clevenger; Graphic Design: Gene Michael Barrera;Concept Art:Dylan Hay Chapman. The production is Stage Managed by Claire Mazzeo, Assistant Stage Managed by Josette Nordman.

CLEO, THEO & WU will preview on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27 at 8pm and opens on Thursday, November 1 at 8pm and runs through Saturday, December 8 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.

**There will be no shows the weekend of Thanksgiving, November 23 through November 25.**

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm.

Ticket prices are $25; students and seniors $20. For tickets and details, please call 323-856-8611, or visit www.theatreofnote.com to purchase tickets online and to view the complete schedule.

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Special Q&A event with Kirsten Vangsness, Lisa Dring and guests to be held on Sunday November 11th after the performance. For tickets and details for this special event please call 323-856-8611 or visit www.theatreofnote.com.

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