The Chautauqua Theatre Alliance, a brand new Los Angeles company, inaugurate their first season with a brand new play, the Ray Proscia comedy Imitating Sam. The world premiere, set to star Emmy winner and daytime staple Peggy McCay, plays the Egyptian Arena Theatre Jan. 12-Feb. 10.
McCay spent 17 seasons as Caroline Brady on "Days of Our Lives," as well as three seasons on "General Hospital" and four seasons on "Love of Life." She won her Emmy for "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill."
ANT and playwright Proscia also star. ANT is a stand-up comedian and a series regular on the new "To Tell the Truth." As leader of the Rat Demons, Proscia frequently appears on "Charmed."
Also in the cast are Ric Coy, Gail Godown, Gail Johnston, Lydia Lenet and Glenda Redfield. Richard Hochberg directs. His credits include the hits C-Cup and Catch a Falling Star.
Imitating Sam begins with Catholic Mary Ann McNeill sitting shiva for her Jewish husband Sam Rothstein in the middle of an Irish wake. She and Sam married back when interfaith marriages were considered wrong and the result was estrangement from their families and from their own daughter Sarah. Sam and Mary decided to "adopt" other family-less "orphans" including a wise-cracking gay man, a older woman-younger man black-white couple and an ex-con from Brooklyn. But with Sam gone, even the "orphans" can't make Mary Ann feel less alone. Tickets are $18. The Egyptian Arean Theatre is located at 1625 North Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 960-8865.
— By Christine Ehren