Harry Hamlin, who starred as Michael Kuzak in the long-running "L.A. Law," heads Thomas McCormack's House, opening June 18 at Los Angeles' Falcon Theatre. The new comedy, directed by TV and former WPA director Steve Zuckerman (Nuts), runs through July 22.
The House of the title is a publishing company, where the aging founder and leader must decide the course of his business on the eve of his retirement. Should he entrust his beloved house to a man whose savvy can push the company into the high-tech world of tomorrow, surely saving it from ruin or should he turn it over to the man who has the true heart and soul of a writer?
McCormack originally wanted to be a playwright, becoming a member of the Edward Albee-Richard Barr Playwrights Unit, which included Sam Shepard, John Guare, Terrence McNally and Lanford Wilson. His plans were interrupted by the opportunity to rescue St. Martin's Press, a then-dying publishing house. He managed to turn the company around, editing a diverse selection of books from James Herriott's "All Creatures Great and Small" to Thomas Harris' "The Silence of the Lambs." In 1997, McCormack retired, hoping to devote some time to his first love, playwriting. House is his first full-length play to be produced.
Joining Hamlin in the show are Christine Estabrook (The Sister Rosensweig, The Heidi Chronicles, The Boys Next Door, "Nikki"), Marian Mercer ("Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," "St. Elsewhere"), William Schallert ("Get Smart," "The Patty Duke Show"), J. Kenneth Campbell, Chris Curry, Stacey Martino, Abigail Revasch, David Starzyk and Neil Vipond.
Designing House are Yael Pardess (sets), Rand Ryan (lighting), Mimi Maxmen (costumes) and Kevin Goold (sound). Original music is by Academy Award winner Donald J. Markowitz ("I've Had the Time of My Life" from "Dirty Dancing"). Tickets are $20-$35. The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank. For reservations, call (818) 955-8101.
— By Christine Ehren