Zoetrope: All-Story, the Francis Ford Coppola-founded magazine published their "The One-Act Play Issue" back during Winter 2000 and that, in turn, inspired Worldly Acts, an Off-Broadway world premiere in the summer 2001. Jan. 24-March 3, the same evening of one acts makes its West Coast premiere at Los Angeles' Tiffany Theatre.
Worldly Acts compiles five one-act plays from the aforementioned issue into one evening of theatre. The works included are Sean Michael Welch's Boise, Idaho, Garth Wingfield's Daniel on a Thursday, Joe Borini's Homecoming, Amanda Beesley's The Stolen Child and Who's On Top by Elizabeth Dewberry.
Welch's Boise, Idaho is directed by Lizzie Gotlieb and features Jennifer Dundis, Peter Jacobson, Glen Kessler and Danny Baker. Anna Catherine Rutledge directs Daniel with Jack Merrill. Jerry O'Connell and Jennifer Grant star in Homecoming. Mike Weaver is featured in Beesley's Stolen Child as directed by Laramie Dennis. Shira-Lee Shalit helms Dewberry 's Who's on Top with Daniella Rich.
Urban Empire, also a producer, was incorporated in 1998 by Merrill, former artistic director of the Naked Angels. Other productions the group has presented include Urban Acts and Two by Belber. Their collaborators, Zoetrope: All-Story, was launched in 1997 and won 2001's National Magazine Award for best fiction over The New Yorker, Esquire and GQ.
Tickets are $25. The Tiffany Theater is located at 8532 Sunset Boulevard. For reservations, call (310) 289-2999. The Tiffany Theaters are on the web at http://www.tiffanytheaters.com. — By Christine Ehren
and Ernio Hernandez