World Premiere Solo, My Buddy Bill, Focuses on Former Prez and First Dog, Nov. 12

News   World Premiere Solo, My Buddy Bill, Focuses on Former Prez and First Dog, Nov. 12 "Six Feet Under" and "The West Wing" writer Rick Cleveland performs his world premiere one-man stagework My Buddy Bill about his relation with former President Bill Clinton and canine companion Buddy at the Geffen Playhouse, Nov. 12.
Rick Cleveland stars in his solo show My Buddy Bill.
Rick Cleveland stars in his solo show My Buddy Bill.

Peter Birkenhead directs the work which christens Geffen's new Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. Opening night is Nov. 18 for a run slated through Dec. 18 at the new 117 seat second stage addition to the Playhouse. In My Buddy Bill, Cleveland "spills the dirt on his relationship with former President Bill Clinton... from touring the White House to playing catch with the First Dog Buddy and flying in George Harrison’s jet to Amsterdam... discovering that he and the former President have much in common," according to production notes.

Cleveland served as Executive Producer and writer for all five seasons of the HBO drama "Six Feet Under" and garnered an Emmy and a Writer’s Guild Award in 2000 for his writing on NBC's "The West Wing." His work on the latter television series inspired the new work. Other credits include his play Jerry and Tom (later adapted for the 1998 film) and his screen adaptation of John Grisham's "Runaway Jury." He is also a commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered" and working on a new monologue play, The Nauseated Traveler.

The season at the Gefffen will continue with David Mamet's Boston Marriage (Jan. 31-March 12, 2006), Arthur Miller's All My Sons (April 11-May 21, 2006) and Sam Shepard's The God of Hell (June 20-July 30, 2006).

Tickets to My Buddy Bill at the Geffen Playhouse, at 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood, CA are available by calling (310) 208-5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.com.