LOS ANGELES -- Two one-acts by George Walker, one of Canada's most successful and prolific playwrites, will play at the Falcon Theatre, L.A.'s newest theatre, Feb. 10-March 22, with an opening for both works Feb. 14.
Produced by the Buffalo Nights Theatre Company under the umbrella title Suburban Motel, the bill consists of Featuring Loretta, a world premiere, and Problem Child, a West Coast premiere.
The plays are being directed by New York-based Rob Kramer, and the cast includes Buffalo Nights acting company members Evan Arnold, Diana Georger, Brian Kite, Jeff Maynard and Kevin Weisman along with Khrystyne Hage, Maggie Welsh and Kara Zediker.
Kite, president of Buffalo Nights, recently described the company's decision to perform the plays, which are part of a six-play medley set in a single motel room: "We heard about the plays from someone at the Mark Taper, which had held the plays for some time and finally passed on them. I and another company member flew up to Toronto, where Walker's Factory Theatre was doing three of the Suburban Motel plays. When we met with Walker he said that he knew all about our company, having seen our Buffalo Nights website. He also liked that we were a company of actors, rather than a big theatre conglomerate."
The Falcon Theatre opened its doors in Burbank last November with the Taper's annual New Work Festival of staged readings and workshops. The theatre is a 12,000-square foot structure that houses a high-tech theatre, ample rehearsal space, dressing rooms and showers, and free on-site parking.
The theatre's owner, Gary Marshall, the noted TV and movie writer/director, is planning to sponsor various in-house programs including readings, children's theatre, acting classes and lectures.
Performances are Thu. and Fri. at 8 PM; Sat. at 7 PM and 9 PM; and Sun. at 4 PM and 7 PM. The Falcon Theatre is at 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. For tickets, $20-$22.50, call (818) 955-8101.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent