L.A.'s Road Theatre Dips Into World Premiere, Swimming, Jan. 19

News   L.A.'s Road Theatre Dips Into World Premiere, Swimming, Jan. 19
 
Swimming, a portrait of a marriage weighted down by a lie, opens Jan. 19 in a world-premiere production by The Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood, CA.

Steve Totland's award-winning play, billed as "a disturbing examination of the destructive power of a lie," will run to March 24. Meryl Friedman directs.

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According to The Road production notes, "David and Denise dive into a swimming hole in rural Kansas. So begins a 10-year marriage that looks as beautiful as the clear blue water. But under the surface lies an eddy of deception that threatens to drown their marriage. When you're in over your head, how long can you hold your breath?"

Los Angeles author Steve Totland is a playwright, performer and teacher. He is a founding member of Chicago's Lifeline Theatre where he worked on more than 45 productions in 16 years. His plays have been produced regionally by Steppenwolf Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, the 24th Street Theatre, The Virginia Avenue Project, Stageworks/Hudson, Another Country Productions and The Herring Run Theatre Festival. His play Face Value was nominated by Actors Theatre of Louisville for the 2005 Heideman Award. Swimming was a finalist in the Denver Center Theatre's USWest New Play Competition, and was included in the 2006 Festival of New American Plays in London. Totland has a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. He teaches theatre and playwriting at The Buckley School. He is also a member of the Dog Ear Playwrights Collective.

Swimming's ensemble includes Shana Gagnon, Chet Grissom, Shaun O'Hagan, Heather Sher and Tamara Zook. The production is supported by producers Darryl Johnson and Alicia Wollerton; executive producer Taylor Gilbert; set designer Laura Fine; lighting design Nick McCord; sound designer David B. Marling; composer and multi-media coordinator Lee Osteen; and costume designer Mary Jane Miller.

The Road Theatre Company presents at 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA, two blocks south of Magnolia in the NoHo Arts District.

For more information, call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.roadtheatre.org.

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The Road Theatre Company is now in its 16th season. The troupe's main stage productions have been honored with 61 Valley Theatre League Artistic Director Achievement (ADA) Awards, eight Drama Critics Circle Awards, four L.A. Weekly Awards, five Robby Awards, two Back Stage West Garland Awards as well as 32 Back Stage West Garland Awards "Critic's Citations," and 14 Ovation Awards.

Additionally, the company was awarded the 1998 Drama Critics Circle's prestigious Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre and the 2003 Back Stage West Landmark Award for Excellence in Theatre.

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