The huge cult classic film/book: VALLEY OF THE DOLLS will hit the Los Angeles stage for a one night only – "99% all-male stage reading" to benefit writer, producer, director, Sean Abley's 2013 AIDS/Lifecycle fundraising campaign.
The cast includes the best local theater talent: Sam Pancake (Invincible, The Legend of Billie Jean! - The Musical!); Danny Casillas (Chico's Angels), Drew Droege (Are You There, God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter, Hello America - I'm Chloe Sevingy); Matt Valle (A Ring in Brooklyn); Thomas Colby-Dog (L.A. Tool & Die: LIVE! ); Brad Griffith (Are You There God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter); David Razowsky (Second City and Improv Olympic); Kelly Mantle (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom) and Alexandra Billings (Katie's Corner: Live!)
The reading will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:00pm in the Sacred Fools Theater (660 N. Heliotrope Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90004)
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS is presented through special arrangement with Tiger LLC, 20th Century Fox, Lisa Bishop and Whitney Robinson
The Valley of the Dolls cast with their characters:
Alexandra Billings - Helen
DREW DROEGE - Jennifer
Matt Valle - Anne
Sam Pancake - Neely
DANNY CASILLAS - Mel (and others)
THOMAS COLBY-DOG - Tony (and others)
BRAD GRIFFITH - Lyon
DAVID RAZOWSKY - The sleazy agent, the sleazy French porn director, the sleazy doctor
KELLY MANTLE - Ted (and others)
Tickets are $25 dollars (advance) and available at: http://valleyofthedolls.brownpapertickets.com/. $30.00 at the door.
About Sean Abley:
In 2012 Sean Abley was a first-time roadie for AIDS/Lifecycle, and it changed his life. One can read about his experience on Abley's blog at: http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/SeanTheRoadie This year, Sean has set his sights on being the highest earning fundraiser of all the ALC roadies. His goal is $10,000.
About Valley of the Dolls:
Valley of the Dolls book was first published in 1966 and was written by Jacqueline Susann. The book sold over 30 million copies and was an instant success. In 1967 the books was adapted into and stared Susan Hayward, Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate, Patty Duke, and Paul Burke. The film directed by Mark Robson and now has become a cult classic in the gay community. "Dolls" became a catch phrase referring to taking downer pills.
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