The Buffalo Nights Theatre Company turns in ten in 2002 and to celebrate, original company members, including "Party of Five"'s Michael Goorjian and "Alias"' Kevin Weisman, have reunited to stage Archibald MacLeish's J.B. at Santa Monica's Powerhouse Theatre. Opening night is April 19.
Goorjian starred as Justin Thompson in "Party of Five" and won a 1994 Emmy Award for playing an autistic boy in "David's Mother." A People Choice Award winner for his role as Marshall on "Alias," Weisman frequently appears with Buffalo Nights, including their recent productions of Arthur Schnitzler’s Anatol and Jean Giraudoux’s Apollo of Bellac.
Co-starring are Gibson Frazier ("Man of the Century"), Marco Sanchez ("Walker, Texas Ranger"), Maury Sterling ("Hart's War"), Jeff Maynard ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Karen Tucker, Jesse Chin, Cate Cohen, Guthrie Demetrios, Alanna Flanagan, Andrea Harmon, Tess Hatch, Demitra Hufnagel, Tia Hunnicutt, Rachael Kraft, Julie Pearl and Clare Salstrom.
A Pulitzer Prize winner in 1959, J.B. is a modern reconstruction of the Bible's Job, placing the action within a traveling circus. Two concession-selling clowns become Satan and God and fight over the soul of a man, who must choose to resist Satan's testing or else "curse God and die." This is the first professional production of J.B. in Los Angeles in over forty years.
Tickets are $18. The Powerhouse Theater is located at 3116 Second Street in Santa Monica. For reservations, call (866) OFF-MAIN. Buffalo Nights Theatre Company is on the web at http://www.buffalonights.org. — By Christine Ehren