Really Really, Tale of College Controversy, Gets World Premiere in VA Jan. 31; Paul James Stars
By Kenneth Jones
Paul James, of TV's "Greek," shares the stage with Kim Rosen, Bethany Anne Lind, Danny Gavigan, Lauren Culpepper, Evan Casey and Jake Odmark for the world premiere of Really Really, a tragicomedy by Paul Downs Colaizzo. Previews begin Jan. 31 in Signature's intimate ARK space in the Shirlington Village section of Arlington, VA.
"An elite university," a "not-to-be-missed party" and "a startling accusation" are elements in the play directed by Signature's associate artistic director Matthew Gardiner. Performances continue to March 25.
According to Signature, "This contemporary drama pushes the edges and embraces the harsh realities of the 'Me' generation. When the party of the year ends in the regret of a lifetime, one person will stop at nothing to salvage a future that is suddenly slipping away — and it is now every man for himself."
Really Really contains strong language and explicit situations. It's "for mature audiences only."
The design team includes Misha Kachman (set design), Colin K. Bills (lighting design), Kathleen Geldard (costume design) and Matt Rowe (sound design).
Casey appeared in the recent Signature world premieres of The Hollow and The Boy Detective Fails; Culpepper has worked with Sonnet Repertory Theatre, Centerstage, Folger Theatre/Two River Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse; Gavigan has worked at Round House Theatre, DC's Studio Theatre, La Jolla Playouse; James' film credits include "Cry Wolf," "The Architect," "Spinning Into Butter" and TV's "Greek," "Torchwood" and "CSI: Miami"; Lind has worked at Alliance Theatre, Florida Stage, True Colors Theatre; Odmark appeared in Signature's Sunset Boulevard; and Rosen was in Ideal at 59E59Theaters.
Playwright Colaizzo holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His dramatic works, seen in readings, include Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill (directed by David Schwimmer, featuring Julie White and Jonathan Groff), A Dog's Tale (or The Thing About Getting) (Kennedy Center), Little Gives (American University, Kennedy Center), Suicycle: An Attempted Theatrical Rock Experiment (New York University/Tisch School of the Arts: Experimental Theatre Wing).
Gardiner's directing credits at Signature include The Hollow, Side by Side by Sondheim, Art, [title of show] and See What I Wanna See. He choreographed Sweeney Todd and Dirty Blonde.
Tickets range from $56-$80 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT (7328) or visiting www.signature-theatre.org.
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