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Marines Memorial Theatre Features Jason Alexander and Rick Reynolds in 'New Works @ The Marines' Series, 10/19 - 11/17

Roxanne Goodfellow, artistic director and general manager of the recently re-opened Marines Memorial Theatre, today announced the start of "New Works @ The Marines" - a series showcasing new and emerging works in theatre, music, dance, film and other media from artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

"New Works @ The Marines" gives actors, directors, writers, choreographers, dancers and musicians an outlet to hone their craft and develop their works in a professional atmosphere, while also giving audience members the opportunity to experience and access some of the most ambitious and innovative work in the San Francisco Bay Area. "New Works @ The Marines" will perform on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Marines Memorial Theatre (609 Sutter Street, 2nd floor). For an up-to-date schedule, visit marinesmemorialtheatre.com.

"The Bay Area has always been a leader in the arts and at the forefront of original, dynamic and cutting edge works," says Goodfellow. "The Marines Memorial Theatre is thrilled to be able to provide a home to artists of all genres for the development of new works in a mid-size downtown San Francisco venue."

To kick-off the series, comedian and monologist Rick Reynolds will present his newly re-worked show Love, God, Sex (and other stuff I don't have) - formally presented at The Marsh under the title Only the Truth is Funny - Mid-Life at the Oasis. Under the direction of Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld"), Love, God, Sex (and other stuff I don't have) is a hysterical and touching autobiographical piece featuring a mix of personal confessions, gut-wrenching childhood remembrances and episodes of high hilarity drawn from Reynolds' own life.

Love, God, Sex (and other stuff I don't have) will perform on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning Monday, October 19 and continuing through November 17. Press night will be on Monday, November 9. Tickets are $20 for previews (through November 3) and $35 for regular performances (November 9 - 17) and are on-sale now at the Marines Memorial Box Office, by phone at 415-771-6900 and on the web at marinesmemorialtheatre.com.

Rick Reynolds began his comedy career after winning the first ever Oregon Comedy Competition in 1981. He immediately sold everything he owned and moved to San Francisco, where he became friends with, and learned the art of stand-up from, Dana Carvey, Kevin Pollak, Paula Poundstone, Ellen Degeneres and countless other comedians, some of whom he actually became more famous than. In 1991 Rick wrote and starred in his first one-man show, Only The Truth Is Funny, which had successful runs in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. The show received enormous critical praise and became a 90-minute Showtime special, for which Rick received an Emmy nomination. Rick's second show, All Grown Up and No Place To Go, was also a theatrical and critical success, and the basis for his CBS series, "Life... And Stuff," co-starring Pam Dawber. Rick has made numerous appearances on "The Tonight Show," "Late Night with David Letterman," "Entertainment Tonight," "The Today Show" and more. In the past decade he has sold over a dozen film and television scripts.

Jason Alexander is one of the most consistently coveted stars in the country, performing Tony Award-winning Broadway roles, appearing in major film and television projects as well as producing, directing and writing. After studying at Boston University's College of Fine Arts, Alexander moved to New York to pursue a theater career. His notable Broadway debut came in Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim's 1981 musical production of Merrily We Roll Along. Though known at the time mainly as an actor, Alexander was asked by Jerome Robbins to write the narrative book for his revue Jerome Robbins' Broadway. To perform it, Alexander would play 14 different characters at every performance. And for that chameleon-like ability, he won the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and 1989 Tony Awards as "Best Actor in a Musical." The show he authored went on to win Best Musical. After winning the Tony Award, Alexander was cast in two projects that would change the direction of his career and his life. The first was his role as Richard Gere's wily and misogynistic lawyer in Pretty Woman. The role made him a nationally recognized face, albeit one that women wanted very much to slap. The second was winning the role of George in "Seinfeld," which made him recognizable throughout the world as a figure that some would slap, some would cuddle, but all would love. Since "Seinfeld," Alexander has been a staple of television viewing performing in "Everything's Relative," "E.R.," "Bob Patterson" and "Listen Up." On film, Alexander's credits include the upcoming Hachiko: A Dog's Story starring Richard Gere, Jacob's Ladder, Coneheads, Love, Valor, Compassion and Shallow Hal. On stage, Alexander has performed as President Harry Truman in the one-man show Give 'Em Hell, Harry! and inaugurated the Reprise Theater Company by starring in their first production, Neil Simon's Promises, Promises. Most notably, Alexander starred for eight months alongside Martin Short in the acclaimed L.A. production of Mel Brooks's The Producers where he was hailed by critics and audiences alike.

 

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