John C. Reilly Directs One-Man Buddha: Triumph & Tragedy in L.A.

News   John C. Reilly Directs One-Man Buddha: Triumph & Tragedy in L.A. Tony and Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly will direct the West Coast premiere of Evan Brenner's one-man play Buddha: Triumph & Tragedy In The Life Of The Great Sage at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles.

John C. Reilly
John C. Reilly

The 90-minute play, compiled from the Buddha's own words, premiered in Boston in 2009. It will run Feb. 3-25.

Here's how it's billed: "The man we know as the Buddha lived in Northern India around 500BC and introduced the teaching known as Buddhism. After his death, an extensive oral history of the movement was written down and carried throughout Asia, becoming the taproot for all Buddhist traditions. Framed in a most unusual and personal context, writer/performer Evan Brenner brings selections from these texts to the stage, unchanged, to enact the extraordinary life of the man from start to finish. It's an epic story of personal struggle, supreme enlightenment and horrific tragedy."

Brenner has appeared in the films "The Deep and Dreamless Sleep," "Two Boneheads," "West Side Evan," "Spare Me" and "Waking up Crazy."

Reilly most recently appeared in "Carnage," the screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning hit God of Carnage. He earned an Academy Award nomination for "Chicago." He also appeared in True West and A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway.

For tickets phone (800) 838-3006, or visit TheBuddhaPlay.com. The Bootleg Theater is located at 2220 Beverly Blvd in L.A.

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