Charles Mee's love plays— First Love, Big Love, True Love—are currently making their name across the country and in New York City. Los Angeles, however, has a chance to visit one of his earlier pieces in the West Coast premiere of The Imperialists at the Club Cave Canem, playing Sept. 15-Oct. 13 at the Evidence Room.
The Imperialists, an evening of bedroom stories filtered through and interrupted by post-modern performance art, had its debut at New York's Public Theatre in 1988. Mee's recent productions include First Love at New York Theatre Workshop, bobrachenbergamerica with SITI and the 2000 staging of The Berlin Circle in Los Angeles.
Bart DeLorenzo, Ken Roht and Robert A. Prior will co-direct with choreography by Roht. DeLorenzo is a 1999 L.A. Weekly Award winner, whose credits include Saved and Don Carlos.
The cast features Lauren Campedelli, Pamela Gordon, Ames Ingham, Leo Marks, Roht, Don Oscar Smith, Colleen Wainwright, Kirk Wilson, Tobias Baker, Alyce LaTourelle, Dorie Barton, Gary Kelley, Wendy McClellan, Aaron Case, Teigh McDonough, Carlos Mora and Will Watkins.
Designing the show are L.A. Weekly and Garland Award winner Prior (sets and costumes) and Rand Ryan (lighting). Tickets are $15. The Evidence Room is located at 2220 Beverly Boulevard. For reservations, call (213) 381-7118.
— By Christine Ehren