LOS ANGELES -- Stuart Gordon's new play Kabbalah, which he describes as "scary Jewish stories," will have its world premiere at the Lex Theatre in Hollywood on Wed. Dec. 15, 1999. The run is through Jan. 15, 2000.
Gordon, best known as the director of such classic horror films as "Re Animator" and "From Beyond," is also a writer. He co-created "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" franchise for Disney and co-wrote Bleacher Bums, the longest running play in L.A. history. Bleacher Bums was originally produced by the Organic Theatre (Chicago), of which Gordon was co-founder and artistic director. He has directed 35 other plays, including the first professional production of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
Kabbalah presents a world of demons, sorcerers, re-animated corpses, heroes, beautiful women in peril, and even a werewolf. Gordon found his source material in tales of the battle between good and evil which he encountered in Jewish folklore. He also referred to the Kabbalah, the ancient system of Jewish mystical thought and magic.
Starring in Kabbalah is Avery Schreiber, Gordon's friend from Chicago days. Schreiber was an early member of both Second City and Paul Sills' Story Theatre. Others in the cast include Brendan Broms, Jonathan Coogan, Julie Dreyfus, Steve Heller, Devin Price, David Sean Robinson, Georja Umano, and Ian Patrick Williams, co-author of Bleacher Bums and former Organic Theatre member. Live music is provided by the Golden State Klezmers.
Lex Theatre is at 6760 Lexington Ave. in Hollywood. For tickets and information call (323) 957-5782. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent