Thomas Sadoski, a Tony nominee for his work in reasons to be pretty and who currently stars in HBO's The Newsroom, is set to appear in the world premiere production of Michael Golamco's Build in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse. Joining Sadoski is Broadway actress Laura Heisler, who was nominated for Drama League and Lucille Lortel awards for her role in Kin, and Peter Katona, who was most recently seen the South Coast Repertory's production of Misalliance.
Build, which is directed by Will Frears, is a recipient of The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, enabling the production to have an unprecedented two week preview period beginning tonight, October 9; the official opening night is Wednesday, October 24.
"I've done most of my new play work in other cities such as New York and Chicago, so to be working on Build at the Geffen, which is literally within walking distance from my house – with Will Frears and this amazing cast – is a sweet and very welcome homecoming," said playwright Michael Golamco.
Kip, portrayed by Sadoski, and Will, played by Katona, became Silicon Valley legends after the viral success of their blockbuster video game. But success has driven them apart: Will has become a suit obsessed with the bottom line, and the death of Kip's wife has turned him into a total recluse. Now they've been thrown back together in a high- stakes gamble to complete and ship a new multi-billion dollar game; but as Will re-enters Kip's life, he realizes that his old friend has built a whole other world – complete with an Artificial Intelligence (played by Heisler) to whom Kip escapes to ease his loss. Now Will and Kip must work to resolve their differences, confront the past and face the fact that technology's brave new world often leaves us with little else but a yearning for the old one.
Special events during the run of Build include the theater's Signature Series performances for no additional cost. These evenings include an intellectual, thought-provoking post show Q&A at Talk Back Tuesdays; a cultural happy hour with Lounge Fridays and complimentary wine tastings during Wine Down Sundays. For more information, please view www.geffenplayhouse.com/buildevents.
BUILD, written by Michael Golamco and directed by Will Frears begins preview performances tonight, October 9 – Tuesday, October 23, 2012 with an opening night slated for Wednesday, October 24, 2012. The show runs through Sunday, November 18, 2012. The show is dark on Mondays, with performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday.
The show features scenic design by Sibyl Wickersheimer, costume design by E.B. Brooks, lighting design by Daniel Ionazzi, sound design by Vincent Olivieri, production stage manager Young Ji, casting by Phyllis Schuringa and dramaturg Amy Levinson
Ticket prices currently range from $59 for preview performances and from $69 to $74 for the regular run. $10 student rush tickets may be available with a valid student ID half an hour before curtain. Tickets are available in-person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, via phone at 310-208-5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.com.
Laura Heisler (The A.I.) Laura Heisler recently received Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award nominations for her work in Bathsheba Doran's Kin at Playwrights Horizons, where she also previously appeared in Doris to Darlene and People Be Heard. Other theater credits include Broadway: Coram Boy (Imperial Theatre); The Mistakes Madeline Made (Naked Angels); Everything Will Be Different (Soho Rep); Top Girls, Bus Stop (Williamstown); The Language Archive (South Coast Rep); Stunning, Rocket to the Moon (Woolly Mammoth); A Seagull in the Hamptons (McCarter); title role in the world premiere of Eurydice (Madison Rep); Humana Festival; The Old Globe; The Shakespeare Theatre; Pacific Playwrights Festival; and many others. TV and film credits include: Bones, The Defenders, Numb3rs, Ugly Betty, recurring role on The Middle; YellowBrickRoad; Coach; Cold Souls; Forged.
Peter Katona (Will) Misalliance Twelfth Night Cyrano De Bergerac Big Trouble in Little Hazzard! Hamlet, Twelfth Night Ending Honeymoon, Mama Flora's Family The Imaginary Invalid, The Birds The Wedding Band Hamlet. Peter Katona last appeared as Joseph Percival in G.B. Shaw's (South Coast Rep). Theatrical ???credits: (NYSF/Public Theater), with Placido Domingo (Metropolitan Opera). Off ??Broadway: (co-producer and co-writer, NYC Fringe Festival). Regional: ???(South Coast Rep); (The Shakespeare Theatre DC); Our Town (Dallas Theater ???Center); (Yale Rep); Hamlet in and numerous other productions (YSD). ??Television: (premieres November 10), ??Thorndike Acting Award (Yale), Helen Hayes Nomination, and host of Pop Fiction Foundation Fellowship (Ancient Italian Rapier Fencing/Peking Opera Martial Arts Sword Dancing/Acrobatics). MFA (E! Network, producer: Ashton Kutcher). Awards: Oliver ??Twelfth Night (The Shakespeare Theatre DC), Fox ??Acting (Yale School of Drama). A Feminine Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Numb3rs, Deadly Thomas Sadoski (Kip) Theater: includes Broadway and off-Broadway productions of both Other Desert Cities (Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards) and reasons to be pretty (Tony, Drama Desk Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award nominations), The House of Blue Leaves, Reckless, Sam Mendes's Bridge Project productions of As You Like It and The Tempest, Becky Shaw (Lucille Lortel Award nomination), This is Our Youth, Gemini, Where We're Born, Stay, The Mistakes Madeline Made, Jump/Cut, The Waverly Gallery and David Sedaris's Santaland Diaries at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Television: currently stars on HBO's The Newsroom, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ugly Betty, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order. Film: The New Twenty, Circledrawers, Loser, Happy Hour and Winter Solstice. A graduate of Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City, Sadoski has worked extensively in helping to develop new theatrical works at New Dramatists, The Lark, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and The Sundance Institute.
MICHAEL GOLAMCO (Playwright) Michael Golamco is an Los Angeles based screenwriter and playwright. His critically-acclaimed play Year Zero has been produced at the Colony Theatre in Los Angeles, Second Stage Uptown in New York and Victory Gardens in Chicago, where it was the Grand Prize Winner of Chicago Dramatists' Many Voices Project, as well as nominated for a Jeff Award - Best New Work. His play Cowboy Versus Samurai has had several productions since its premiere in NYC, including in Canada and Hong Kong. Michael is the recipient of the Helen Merrill Award and is a member of New Dramatists. He is currently working on new play commissions for South Coast Repertory and Second Stage Theatre.
Will Frears (Director) Film: Coach, All Saints Day (Winner, Best Narrative Short, Savannah Film Festival) Beloved. Off Broadway: Year Zero (Second Stage Uptown) Still Life (MCC); Rainbow Kiss (The Play Company); The Water's Edge (Second Stage); Pen (Playwrights Horizons); Terrorism (The New Group/The Play Company); Omnium Gatherum (Variety Arts); Where We're Born and God Hates the Irish (both at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); Get What You Need (Atlantic 453) and Kid-Simple (Summer Play Festival). Regional: Some Loverd at The Old Globe Theater, Romeo & Juliet, Bus Stop, The Water's Edge and A Servant of Two Masters at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Pillowman at George Street Playhouse; Hay Fever and The Price at Baltimore CenterStage; Sleuth at the Bay Street Theatre; Our Lady of 121st Street (Steppenwolf Theatre); Omnium Gatherum (Actor's Theatre of Louisville). Artistic Director, Yale Cabaret, 1999-2000. He is a recipient of the Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller directing fellowships and a contributor to The Paris Review, New York Magazine, Harper's and The London Review of Books. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Yale School of Drama and serves on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.
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