Right now, it's the year 2000, but Oct. 7-29, Hollywood flashes forward to 2052 when Beth Henley's Signature makes its West Coast premiere with Los Angeles Naked Angels Theatre Company. Drama-Logue winner Veronica Brady (Remembrance) directs.
Signature pictures a bleak, chaotic society where everyone in Hollywood is concerned only with obtaining their 15 minutes of fame. This production will attempt to create life in 2052 using modern technologies from projection screens and virtual sets to electronically altered images.
Henley won the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Award for Best American Play for Crimes of the Heart. Other plays from this modern voice of Southern playwriting are The Miss Firecracker Contest, The Lucky Spot, Abundance, L-Play and Impossible Marriage. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her screenplay of Crimes of the Heart.
Casting has not yet been announced.
Designing the show are Lolly Gallup (sets), Simon Miles (lighting) and Chuck Olsen (props). Tickets are $25-$20. The Actor's Gang Theater is located at 6209 Santa Monica Boulevard. For reservations, call (323) 938-8235.
-- By Christine Ehren