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World Premiere of Susan Josephs' THE INTERVIEW Opens Friday at Studio/Stage

Today, China restricts family size to one child; impassioned parents, doctors and government officials debate the right way to raise a child; advances in birth control make it possible for both men and women to electively become permanently or temporarily sterile; and elected officials make significant decisions affecting our lives, and those of generations to come. Now imagine if having a child in the United States of America was no longer a right, but a privilege-and they could dictate how you should raise that child...

Beyond the Usual presents the world premiere of THE INTERVIEW, a new play by Los Angeles-based playwright Susan Josephs, directed by Diana Wyenn and featuring Jacqueline King, Marshall McCabe and Melissa Sullivan. The production runs October 4 - 27, 2013 in Los Angeles at Studio/Stage, 520 North Western Avenue.

Parenthood exists under the firm control of the federal government and it is now easier to get accepted into Harvard than become a mom or dad. Still, first-time applicants Jenna and Steven have beaten the odds and landed a coveted final interview with the U.S. Department of Parenting and Child Welfare. However, when they sit down with their state-licensed interviewer and the questioning begins, all three quickly realize that nothing could have prepared them for what they will learn about themselves-and each other.

Both social satire and psychological drama, Susan Josephs' THE INTERVIEW exposes the conflicts that arise between an individual's conscience, government regulation and societal expectations. Without any particular partisan agenda, this dystopian play asks questions about personal freedom, the dimensions of oppression, the nature of romantic love and the struggle to remain emotionally and ethically honest in a world where critical thinking and non-conformity can have devastating consequences.

The cast of THE INTERVIEW features Jacqueline King, Marshall McCabe and Melissa Sullivan. The designers of THE INTERVIEW are Vincent Richards (sets), Iain Court (lights), John Zalewski (sound), Lauren Wyenn (costumes), and Hind Bin Demaithan (video designer). The stage manager is Aaron Saldaña

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