LOS ANGELES -- Richard Lawson and Vanessa Bell Calloway have teamed up as the romantic couple in the concert reading play Lonnie and Ophelia, which will run through Sept. 2 at the Regency West Dinner Theatre in Leimert Park Village.
Written by Gus Edwards and directed by Adleane Hunter, Lonnie and Ophelia is a mature love story set in New York City. It examines the dynamics of grown-up relationships after thirty, including the complications of children and excess personal baggage. Like Love Letters, the play has been performed at various regional theatres by rotating casts.
Five-time NAACP Image Awards winner, Calloway is known for her performances in "What's Love Got to Do With It" and "Coming to America." She also played the sultry Yvonne Caldwell on "All My Children."
Lawson also had a running part on "All My Children," that of Lucas Barnes. Here in L.A. he starred in Milton Katselas' Vision and Lovers.
Regency West Dinner Theatre is located at 3339 West 43rd St. For tickets and information call (310) 671-6400. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent