Sonia Friedman Options L.A. Hit Bakersfield Mist for Future London and New York Life

News   Sonia Friedman Options L.A. Hit Bakersfield Mist for Future London and New York Life
 
Stephen Sachs' two-person comedy Bakersfield Mist, which had its world premiere at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, has been optioned by Tony Award-winning producer Sonia Friedman for a possible London and New York City bow.

Sachs, who is also the artistic director of the Fountain, authored the 90-minute play inspired by the 2006 Harry Moses documentary about a trucker who buys what may be an original Jackson Pollock for $3. Theatres across the country have produced the play as part of a rolling world premiere.

Bakersfield Mist opened at the Fountain in June. It will end its six-month run Dec. 18.

Sonia Friedman Productions produced Broadway's Jerusalem, La Cage aux Folles, The Book of Mormon and The Norman Conquests. The producer is aiming Bakersfield Mist for a West End run with plans for a future Broadway or Off-Broadway run, according to a statement from Fountain Theatre.

Bakersfield Mist, according to the Fountain, "imagines a meeting between foul-mouthed, unemployed, trailer park-dwelling Maude Gutman, who believes the painting she bought in a thrift store for $3 is really an undiscovered masterpiece worth millions, and stuffy New York art expert Lionel Percy who arrives to evaluate the work. The comedy/drama is a fiery and often hilarious debate over class, truth, value, and the meaning of art."

Dates of production have not been announced. A director and cast have also not been announced. Sachs directed the Fountain production, which starred husband and wife actors Jenny O'Hara and Nick Ullett.

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