The Jewel Box Theatre Center, a new three-stage complex on Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA, will kick off its 2000 season with a production of Theresa Rebeck's Loose Knit. Opening night of the six-week run is Feb. 5. On Feb. 11, the Jewel Box will celebrate the inauguration of its complex by hosting a post-show catered buffet reception with finger food, beverages and conversation with the play's cast, artistic and production staff. The event will be held in the Cafe Cabaret, the JBTC's own coffee house located on the premises at 1951 Cahuenga Blvd.
Loose Knit, produced in association with BLTN Productions and John Lant, tells the story of five contemporary New York women of diverse backgrounds who have formed a knitting group. Rebeck explores the womens' relationships with family, jobs, men and adultery. Ultimately, the women discover that the loosely knit threads bringing them together weave a tight fabric of friendship.
Rebeck is an award-winning playwright who is also known for her work on such hit TV shows as "NYPD Blue" and "Brooklyn Bridge." Loose Knit's director is Arturo Castillo, who has directed widely in the USA as well as in England, Japan, Berlin, Munich and Prague. He was a co-founder and associate artistic director of Novel Stages in Philadelphia.
The cast includes Shelly Thoreson, Claire Dunlap, LeeAnne Matusek, Linda Nile, Angela Robinson, Randy Irwin and Timothy Redmond Reilly.
For tickets and information call (323) 469-4434. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent