LOS ANGELES -- "The Group at Strasberg," a new in-house production company at the Strasberg Creative Center, has announced its inaugural season, one that is timed to coincide with the beginning of a year-long Centennial Celebration of the birth of the late Lee Strasberg on Nov. 17, 1901. David Lee Strasberg, the youngest son of the famed acting guru, heads the new production team, which has scheduled three shows and three workshops over the next twelve months. All performances will be held in the newly renovated Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Center.
"As a tribute to my father and his work, the mission of The Group at Strasberg will be to produce new works from today's bravest young theatre artists in a fully-produced season, utilizing the talents of our emerging artistic voices," said David Lee Strasberg, chief executive officer of both the L.A. and New York Strasberg schools. He also named Joe Dysart as director of production of The Group at Strasberg. Dysart comes to L.A. from Minneapolis, where he served as founding artistic director of the Hidden Theatre.
The shows to be mounted at SCC include: Molly's Delicious by Craig Wright (just opened; runs through Dec. 3); the world premiere of Stigmata and Other Symptoms by Kate Robin (March 16-April 22, 200l); and the West Coast premiere of Possible Worlds by John Mighton (May 25-July 1). The workshops include Before I Wake by David Ray (Dec. 15 & 16, 2000); Canada Lee by M.Z. Smith (Feb. 23 & 24); and Correct Usage and Common Errors by Sarah Schulman (April 27 & 28, 2001).
Lee Strasberg's widow, Anna Strasberg, who serves as LCC's artistic director, said "In an effort to give The Group at Strasberg its own identity, we commissioned artist Tony Crisp to create a new logo for the organization...The goal of TGAS will be to discover and provide opportunities for new contemporary voices."
David Lee Strasberg comes to the Center from the political arena. He worked for the Clinton administration and also served under L.A. mayor Richard Riordan for five years. He holds an M.B.A. from the UCLA School of Management.Lee Strasberg Creative Center is located at 7936 Santa Monica Blvd. For tickets and information call (310) 650- 7777.