Paula Prentiss and Salome Jens are donning their wings to fly in the world premiere of Casey DeFranco's Angel's Share, "a new comedy with dramatic concerns," running at Los Angeles' Tiffany Theatre, Mar. 23-May 18.
The play, originally produced by L.A. theatre pioneer James A. Doolittle before his death, explores lifelong friends who confront traumatic events in their lives with humor and tough love. The show is directed by actress Susan Peretz, and presently produced by Southern California Theatre Association, and MGR productions headed by Jean Van Tuyle.
Paula Prentiss, star of film, television and stage, began her career with roles in films, such as Where the Boys Are, Man's Favorite Sport opposite Rock Hudson, and The World of Henry Orient with Peter Sellers. She made her Broadway debut The Norman Conquest opposite her husband of over thirty years, Richard Benjamin, and recently starred with him on their television series, "He and She."
Jens, currently teaching acting at UCLA, enjoyed a long career on Broadway. In addition to being an original member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre, where she appeared in the inaugural production of After the Fall, Tartuffe, Mary Stuart, and others, she performed leading roles in Broadway shows such as Far Country, Patriot for Me and Lie of the Mind. Jens extensive work on television includes a recently completed eight-hour narration of The Great War for PBS.
DeFranco wrote Angels' Share, partially based on real people, over a period of five years. A monologue from the play is featured in More Monologues for Women By Women, published in 1996 by Heinemann. Her first play, Willa, was produced at the Repertory Group Theatre in 1979. She is currently at work on her first novel and three other plays. For tickets or more information about Angel's Share please call (310) 289-2999, or refer to the Tiffany Theatre Regional listing on Playbill On-Line.
-- By Blair Glaser