'Mod Squad' Star Peggy Lipton, 'Wonder Years' Dad Dan Lauria Play The Guys, Oct. 15-Nov. 22

News   'Mod Squad' Star Peggy Lipton, 'Wonder Years' Dad Dan Lauria Play The Guys, Oct. 15-Nov. 22

Peggy Lipton and Dan Lauria in The Guys.

Photo by Peter Jacobsen

Peggy Lipton and Dan Lauria begin performances in Anne Nelson's The Guys Oct. 15. The actors will play in the two-hander at downtown New York City's Flea Theatre through Nov. 22. Lipton came to fame as a hip, young crime-buster in the '60s series "The Mod Squad." She then went on to further cult fame with David Lynch's TV series "Twin Peaks." Also look for the actress in upcoming GAP ads. Lipton will be familiar with the script-aided performance style as she has appeared in The Vagina Monologues Off Broadway.

Lauria will perhaps always be known for his performance as Kevin Arnold's father, Jack Arnold, in TV's "The Wonder Years." The Brooklyn-born actor has ties to theatre as he played Off-Broadway in Other People's Money and served as producer to Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale. The actor also appears this week on the NBC hour-long comedy "Ed" as yes, a father.

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The Guys, based on first-time playwright Anne Nelson's real experiences, is a dialogue between a fire captain — who has lost most of his men in the Sept. 11 attack — and an editor who helps him write the eulogies as she struggles herself to come to terms with the event. Both find out, "We have no idea what wonders lie hidden in the people around us."

The New York casts of The Guys have included Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Irwin, Anthony LaPaglia, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Swoosie Kurtz, Amy Irving, Tom Wopat,Carol Kane, Stephen Lang, Marlo Thomas, Polly Draper and Terrence Mann. The Los Angeles production has featured Robbins, Helen Hunt, Sarandon, Philip Baker Hall, Jeanne Tripplehorn, David Hyde Pierce and Glenne Headley. Robbins and Sarandon also performed the work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

For tickets to The Guys at The Flea, 41 White Street in Tribeca, call (212) 206 1515 or visit www.thebat.com. Limited $15 tickets for firemen and Port Authority workers with ID. Rush Tickets ($25) are sold on the same day, based on availability.

— by Ernio Hernandez