The Bootleg Theater, Alicia Adams, Artistic Director, has announced a special performance of The Interlopers, a world premiere play by Gary Lennon, directed by Jim Fall, on Sunday, June 26 at 7pm, which will benefit OUTFEST. A post-play discussion will be conducted by the playwright and the director.
The Interlopers is a Romeo and Juliet story set in the transgender world of Los Angeles. Through the theme of identity, the play explores a group of unique misfits who call themselves family, and who are brave enough to challenge the obstacle course called life. Examining these singular and special people, the play follows them on their journeys to being their whole and authentic selves.
The cast of The Interlopers features (in alphabetical order) RD Call, Leandro Cano, Ralph Cole, Jr., Paul Elia, Tara Karsian, Diarra Kilpatrick, Clifford Morts, Trevor Peterson, and Darryl Stephens. Set design is by Jason Adams, lighting design is by Sohail Najafi, costume design is by Ann Closs-Farley, video and sound design is by Corwin Evans, and original musical composition is by Mervyn Warren. Sara Gosschalk is the stage manager, and the world premiere of The Interlopers is being produced by Jessica Hanna and Alicia Adams for Bootleg Theater.
Gary Lennon's other plays include the critically acclaimed Blackout, Dates and Nuts, and .45, which opened in the winter of 2010 at London's Hampstead Theater, directed by Wilson Milam. Lennon adapted both Blackout and .45 into feature films; Blackout became Drunks, starring Faye Dunaway, Diane Wiest, Amanda Plummer, and Parker Posey. .45 starred Milla Jovovich and Stephen Dorf. Lennon has also written and produced extensively for television, including on shows such as The Unusuals, The Shield, The Black Donnellys, and Justified, which was a 2010 WGA Award nominee and recently won the 2011 Peabody Award.
Jim Fall is perhaps best known as the director of the feature film Trick, starring Tori Spelling, Christian Campbell, and J.P. Pitoc. He also directed The Lizzie McGuire Movie for Walt Disney Pictures, among others. On television, Jim directed several episodes of So NoTORIous for VH1, Grosse Pointe (produced by Darren Star), and the A&E feature Wedding Wars, starring John Stamos and James Brolin. Fall just finished Holiday Engagement, an independent feature he co-wrote and directed, starring Shelley Long, Bonnie Somerville, and JorDan Bridges. He is currently in development on a feature he has written entitled Dorothy on the Rocks, which is based on the novel by Barbara Suter.
The 29th Annual Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will take place from July 7-17 at six different venues around the city. They include the Eli & Edyth Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Directors Guild of America, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Laemmle Sunset 5, the Orpheum Theatre, and REDCAT at Disney Hall.
The Bootleg Theater is a 1930s warehouse and a home for Los Angeles artists who work in theater, music, dance, and film. Bootleg provides artistic support and production resources to help these artists create original and daring interdisciplinary work. Combining art forms creates work that is surprising, unexpected, exciting, and reflective of life in Los Angeles, a city where the boundaries are elastic, and not bound by tradition. Bootleg offers Los Angeles a celebration of itself.
Tickets for the benefit performance of The Interlopers on Sunday, June 26 at 7pm (as well as for all regular performances through Sunday, July 17) may be purchased online by visiting www.bootlegtheater.org or by calling (213) 389-3856.