HAPPY FACE SAD FACE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sandra Kuker – PR4PLAYS
Telephone:  (323) 960-7779
Email: [email protected]

 

Begins January 18th, 2013

A WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY
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AND A WORLD PREMIERE DRAMA
(IN ONE SHOW) 

  • Multiple Award-winning team
  • Playwright of Cannibals, Addition By Subtraction, Publicityville, and Death Becomes Us
  • A unique production presented from two entirely different points of view

Opening January 19th and running through February 23rd, 2012

(Preview January 17th  – 8:00PM)

PRESS OPENING:  January 18th – 8:00PM

(Los Angeles, CA) DECEMBER 2012   Russell Boast (WAALM award winner 2012 and NAACP Nominee 2012 for Producing) proudly presents HAPPY FACE SAD FACE – A Play by R.J. Colleary (Publicityville, Cannibals, Addition By Subtraction, Death Becomes Us), Directed by Kathleen Rubin (Did You Do Your Homework? and Inside Out, Cannibals, Addition By Subtraction). The World Premiere will have their Gala Opening on January 19th, 2013 at The Elephant Lillian Stage.

About The Show

Life — is it a comedy? Or a drama? The answer is “Yes!” HAPPY FACE SAD FACE is a unique play with a brilliantly simple concept: two one acts… the first is a drama… the second is a comedy… the hook is, they are the same story, told from polar opposite perspectives.

A rainy night… a couple argues… a knock on their door… and all hell is about to break loose.

PRODUCTION TEAM:
By Playwright R.J. Colleary
Directed by Kathleen Rubin
Produced by Russell Boast
Technical Director & Lighting Designer: Matt Richter
Set Designer: Keiko Moreno

STARRING:
Tom Christensen
Krizia Bajos
Thomas F. Evans
Perry Smith
Rob Locke
Eddie Alfano
Sarah Danielle Agor

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HAPPY FACE SAD FACE  will open with a Press performance on Friday Jan. 18th at 8:00PM. The Gala Opening is Saturday, Jan. 19th.  Regular performances will be Friday and Saturday at 8:00PM and Sunday at 3:00PM and 7:00PM.  All performances will be held at The Elephant Lillian Theatre located at 6322 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90038.  Running time is 120 minutes with intermission.  General admission:  $20.00. (Preview: Jan. 17th  - $17.50)

For reservations call: 323-960-7770 or reserve Online at:  http://happyfacesadface.bpt.me
Tickets will also be available at: www.plays411.com/happyfacesadface

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BIO’S

R.J. COLLEARY (Writer) cautions you about Googling him because as they say you can’t believe everything you read, and this applies to the Internet as well. He grew up in New Jersey, which explains a lot. He attended college in Boston which doesn’t explain anything, which is all for the best. Fortunate enough to work on TV staffs every year from 1983 to 2003, R.J.’s career was uniquely divided between comedy and drama, which afforded him the opportunity to experience professional pain in both 30 and 60-minute formats. He retired from TV writing at age 46, although he didn’t realize it until he was 49. He also wrote a book, Teenagers Suck, which you didn’t buy. He forgives you. His life adventures have included playing semi-pro football in Finland, teaching comedy writing to grad students, and being hit by a truck. The only permanent damage came from the grad students. Happy Face Sad Face is his fourth produced play, following Publicityville (2009), Cannibals (2010) and Addition By Subtraction (2011).

KATHLEEN RUBIN (Director) is thrilled to be joining forces once again with R.J.Colleary on the world premiere of Happy Face Sad Face following their successful collaboration on Cannibals at the Zephyr Theatre (2010) and Addition By Subtraction (2011). She would
like to think that their extraordinary partnership is due to their winning personalities and amazing talents, but it probably has more to do with the fact that they are both Virgos AND grew up in New Jersey.

After studying opera in Italy, working as a vocal instructor in New York and enjoying performing onstage and in front of the camera, Kathleen has recently discovered that her greatest passion is for directing. Along with Cannibals and Addition By Subtraction, past directing projects include the award winning one man show Did You Do Your Homework? at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and Inside Out: A One Person Show in Two Persons at The Actors Circle Theater.

RUSSELL BOAST (Producer) Recipient of best Producer Award from The World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media (2012) and NAAPC nominee for best local Producer (2012) Russell was born and raised in South Africa and relocated to Los Angeles in early 2004. In the 8 years that Russell has been in LA, he has swiftly found himself in demand by the Hollywood Theatre/Film and Television industry as a Casting Director and Producer. He has been involved in the staging of over 30 theatre productions and is highly sought after as a teacher and “ally to artists and entertainers”. He is the co founder of Rocket Propelled Ltd and Mahtab Entertainment and works as a Casting Director alongside Rick Pagano (X-Men/ Alien/ Hotel Rwanda) and Debi Manwiller (24- The Series, Franklin and Bash) at Manwiller Casting.

TOM CHRISTENSEN (Jason Parks) Tom Christensen has appeared in Clint Eastwood’s film J. Edgar, and the television shows 2 Broke Girls, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, LeverageThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Chelsea Lately. His L.A. theater credits include I Love Lucy® Live on Stage, Behind Closed Doors: A Second Class Cabaret and Acorn Pictures’ LIVEworks 2011. Tom won the United States of Improv tournament at iO West by performing a fully-improvised, one-man musical. He teaches improvisation at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. (SAG/AFTRA)

KRIZIA BAJOS (Emily Parks) A Cuban-American from Miami, Krizia began her love of performing arts at a young age with dance, school theater, and self produced magic shows. She has continued to live out her passion in Los Angeles appearing in dozens of commercials, several films and TV shows such as: “How I Met Your Mother,” “Kath & Kim,” “The Young and the Restless,” and “Franklin & Bash” to name a few. She is also known for her extensive voice over work, which includes the voice of EVA the Latina supermodelquin for Old Navy commercials and the upcoming HALO 4 video game. Besides her previous print work, Krizia is currently the face of Travalo, a perfume atomizer, which allows her to travel the world for appearances and photo shoots.

THOMAS F. EVANS (Tom Parks) Thomas is a union actor from Chicago where he was a company member of The Theatre of Western Springs.  He has studied theatre, television and film production at The Ted Liss Studio, Second City Chicago, The Beverly Theatre Center Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and Stephen Book in Los Angeles.  Since moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Thomas has performed on numerous stages across the city, some of his favorites are:  Theatre Palisades, 68 Cent Theatre, The Actor’s Playpen, El Cid, and most recently at The El Portal Theatre in NoHo where he received very favorable reviews as Willie Stark in “All The King’s Men.”

 PERRY SMITH (Sonya Parks) Is so happy to be playing with such a terrific group of people. Previous favorite stage roles: Mrs. Pascal, House of Yes, Lucretia Collins, Five by TENN: Portrait of a Madonna, Ma/Noreen, Beggars in the House of Plenty, receiving an Outstanding Achievement by a featured actress (Drama) Stage Scene LA. TV & Film:  The Office, “Jim’s mom”, Jon Benjamin Has A Van, Weeds, Incredible Crew, Desperate Housewives, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, The Shield, Finding Hope.

ROB LOCKE (Malcolm Summerall) was born in England and grew up in the nation’s capital, London. Throughout his childhood, he was on several regular British Television series.

Since immigrating to the USA in 2003, Rob has appeared in a long list of TV, film and commercial projects, including Team Butkus Life Performance (a talk show he developed and co-hosted with NFL Hall-of-Fame legend Dick Butkus in 2006).  He continues to work full-time in Television (NCIS: Los Angeles & Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Family Tools), Cable TV (VH1: You’re Cut Off), Commercials/Videos, Films (Spanners, Default , I love Your Moves and GEEZAS) and even TV Hosting (The History Channels: Breaking News).

SARAH AGOR (Clementine Summerall) Sarah Agor is a NY/NJ Girl and was bitten by the acting bug in her debut performance as Nancy in Oliver in Pre-Kindergarten at P.S. 272.  From that point on she knew she was going to be an actress. She completed the Stella Adler Conservatory Program before finishing High School and going on to graduate from The University of Chicago with a BA in International Studies. While in Chicago, was awarded the prestigious Metcalf Internship at The Second City. Flash-forward to today, and Sarah has garnered an international fan base for her work as a series regular on the hit Vh1 TV show Scream Queens, leading roles and principle work in feature films, festival winning short films, can be seen in tons of Internet TV series, and is recognizable among gamers for her role as Sophie/Sweet Chick in Sony PS Twisted Metal . In addition to all of Sarah’s acting and writing pursuits she is the Founder and host of the LA Horror Fest (at Raleigh Studios) and is a Founding partner of the online start-up Winggirl.com.

EDDIE ALFANO (Officer Burris) Eddie Alfano grew up on Long Island and is a graduate of Fordham University. After a brief stint as an Accountant, he moved to LA to pursue something less horrible.

Since then, he’s guest-starred on numerous television shows, had supporting roles in a bunch of independent films, and complained about traffic. In his spare time, he plays way too much baseball, and is co-writing his second film script. Alfano is a former member of Theatre East.

Matt Richter (Technical Director and Lighting Designer)  a Los Angeles based Lighting and Sound designer. For Theatre 68: Last Night In The Garden I Saw You by John Patrick Shanley (World Premiere), Lenny’s Back & Boy is He Pissed. Sacred Fools: Neighborhood 3 (Garland Award Nominee), Watson (Stage Scene LA Award), The Forbidden Zone (World Premiere) and Endgame. For Theatre of NOTE: Shoe Story (Ovation Nomination), Skeleton Stories (Ovation Nomination), Shake, Kill Me Deadly (Ticketholder Award Nominee), Figure 8. For The Elephant Theatre Company: To Quiet The Quiet, Asleep on a Bicycle (Ticketholder Award Nominee, Sound Design), Idea Man, Love Sick and Little Flower of East Orange (West Coast Premiere- Stage Scene LA Award Sound Design). He was honored to design the world premiere of Theatre Revelation’s The Devil Has a Sister at the Melkweg Theatre in Amsterdam.

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