Right Lies, a drama which goes behind the scenes in a presidential campaign, will have its world premiere at Gene Bua Theatre, Jan. 14, 2000. The run is through Feb. 20.
Written by Paul Guay, Marcus Cootsona and Craig Lachman, the play is a study of the hunger for political power. Its protagonist is Chris Arthur, a newly-elected California governor whose brilliant and deceitful campaign has landed him in Sacramento. The mastermind of the campaign is his key advisor Alec Samuels, who has his eyes set on the White House. Standing in his way, though, is his ex-fiancee, now Chris' wife, Virginia, who disapproves of all his dirty tricks and decides to fight him.
Lewis Hauser directs a cast which includes Rick Felkins, Tim Holtwick, Michael Homeier, Jacee Jule, Karen Yvonne Taylor and Kevin Patrick Wright.
Right Lies is the first mainstage production for Vagabond Players Theatre Company. Founded in 1997, the company's name was inspired by the original Vagabond Players, an expatriate community of American actors in Paris in the 20s who made a name for themselves by performing in local salons and ateliers. Not unlike their predecessors, Vagabond Players have been mounting productions in theatres, libraries and community events while pursuing their search for a permanent home.
Paul Gray, co-author of Right Lies, is also a screenwriter with credits on "The Little Rascals" and "Liar, Liar." He, Cootsona and Lachman have been friends since high school. They began their professional careers in the Bay area.Gene Bua Theatre is located at 3435 Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. For tickets and information call (818) 980-8843
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent