PHOTO CALL: Howard Swain and Lance Gardner Serve Superior Donuts at CA's TheatreWorks

News   PHOTO CALL: Howard Swain and Lance Gardner Serve Superior Donuts at CA's TheatreWorks Howard Swain and Lance Gardner star in Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts, which plays TheatreWorks' Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Here's how TheatreWorks describes the play: "In the wake of his ex-wife's death, Arthur is having a hard time keeping his grip on daily life, and Superior Donuts, the shop his Polish immigrant father opened nearly 60 years ago in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, is in a state of decay, recently vandalized by local thugs. When Franco, a sharp young black man with big dreams hires on, the store gets a face lift and Arthur finds himself coming out of his stupor. But Franco's drive and ambition cannot help him erase his past, and the two find they must help each other if they are ever going to change."

Here is a first look at the production, staged by Leslie Martinson:

Swain is cast as shop owner Arthur with Gardner as Franco. Superior Donuts also features Michael J. Asberry, Julia Brothers, Gabriel Marin, Søren Oliver, Joan Mankin, Elias Escobedo and John Deline.

Superior Donuts premiered on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in September 2009. The production ran for 109 performances. Letts earned a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for his epic family drama August: Osage County.

For tickets phone (650) 903-6000 or visit TheatreWorks.

TheatreWorks' Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts is located at 500 Castro Street (at Mercy) in Mountain View, CA.

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