INTERNment is the first play to take an in-depth examination of the chaotic, hilarious, and riveting world of primetime television casting, while asking the question: how much are you willing to sacrifice to pursue your dream? The office of DRW Casting is seen through the eyes of up-and-coming casting director Jack Dempsey and two of his interns-Brooklyn-born Riddick and RADA-trained Charles, from London. Individually, these three disparate men lead the audience on an unpredictable and unforgettable training day in the office mailroom. INTERNment opens June 11th at the Elephant Theatre and runs through June 24th.
To provide the feeling of authenticity the show requires, writer/performer Joe Mahon spent a year and a half as an intern in one of the busiest primetime television casting offices in Los Angeles. While the show is laced with humor throughout, like many business-themed dramas before it ("Wall Street," "Glengarry Glen Ross"), no punches are pulled and the play takes an uncompromising look at the lengths to which ambitious young men will go, and the sacrifices they are willing (or unwilling) to make, as they pursue their careers in the big city.
While INTERNment is his first produced work as a writer, Mahon is no stranger to the Los Angeles theatre scene. After graduating from the USC School of Theatre, he made his professional stage debut opposite S. Epatha Merkerson, under the direction of Emmy winner Michael Pressman inCome Back, Little Sheba at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Subsequently, he appeared in the West coast premiere of Naomi Wallace's Birdy at theLounge Theatre, and was honored to appear in the workshop and world premiere productions of Tom Burmester's The War Cycle: Gospel According to First Squad, which recently earned him his first LA Weekly and Ovation nominations.
There are three performances remaining on Monday at 7pm: June 18, Tuesday at 6PM: June 19th and Sunday at 12:15PM: June 24th at The Elephant Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038.Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door from www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/842
Watch a trailer for the show below!