The Blank Theatre has announced a special engagement of Valentine Triage, a new play by Frank Strausser, directed by Kirsten Sanderson. There will be 15 performances only, March 5 through March 31, at the 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood.
People get to a certain age or place in their lives where they've collected baggage. They don't trust. Or they're just afraid. Eddie and Eva are trying to build a future. Barrett and Melanie only have a past. On one fateful Valentine's Day, their lives intersect in an emergency room and they will never be the same. Love has its casualties.
Playwright Frank Strausser has written plays, novels and screenplays. Valentine Triage is his first LA production since The Powder Room, which starred Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland. After a successful run at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City, his play Psycho Therapy will move to Theatre Row on 42nd Street in May of 2013. His Edinburgh Festival offering, The Split, is in negotiations to transfer to the United States in the 2013/14 season. Strausser has had various workshops and developmental productions in London, and his novel Plastic is in development as a motion picture. For more info, visit www.frankstrausser.com.
Director Kirsten Sanderson serves as Director of New Play Development for The Blank Theatre. Also, she most recently directed The Blank's productions of Sukie and Sue: Their Story and Mike Farrell in Dr. Keeling's Curve. In previous seasons, she directed Terre Haute and Little Fish, among others. The cast of Valentine Triage will feature (in alphabetical order) Lois Atkins, Kyle Bares, Robyn Cohen, David Preston, and Tarina Pouncy. The set design is by Staci Walters, lighting design is by Rebecca Bonebrake, costume design is by David Schifilliti, and sound design is by Warren Davis. The stage manager is Chris Chapin.
There will be special performances of Valentine Triage on Tuesday, March 5, Wednesday, March 6, and Thursday March 7 at 8pm, and the regular schedule will continue on Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm, through March 31 only. All seats are $25, and may be purchased online at www.TheBlank.com, or via phone by calling (323) 661-9827.
The Blank's 2nd Stage Theatre is located at 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Wilcox), in Hollwyood.