Baby Boomers Ponder Lost Dreams in New CA Comedy, That Perfect Moment

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That Perfect Moment, the story of four aging baby boomers desperate to recover their lost youth in California's San Fernando Valley, will get its world premiere in Los Angeles Oct. 1-Nov. 8.

Rick Sparks directs Guerin Barry, John Bigham, Bruce Katzman, Kelly Lester and Tait Ruppert in Charles Bartlett and Jack Cooper's comedy about lost dreams.

Performances play the NoHo Arts Center in Los Angeles. Opening is Oct. 3.

"We wanted to explore the struggle between the 'road not taken' versus 'the road beneath our feet,'" the playwrights said in a statement.

Bartlett, with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, is a successful actor and voiceover artist ("Babe," the film) who joined forces with longtime friend Cooper, a respected poet, to pen their first full-length play.

Cooper stated, "We started out to write something about our generation…[people who came of age in the '60s]. The play isn't autobiographical, but the characters are all based on people we knew back then. We had fun with it. One 'inside joke' is that all the characters are named after streets in the Valley." "But the more we wrote," stated Bartlett, "the more it became an expression of who we are, of our own regrets and joys, fears and hopes. That's the heart of it: the gap between the mile high, psychedelic fantasies of long haired, idealistic boys and the bitter-sweet realities of grown men trying to hold together their relationships and their lives. That final reality-check is both painful and hilarious."

With original songs by Sky Keegan, a singer/songwriter from the '60s whose portfolio was purchased by Paul McCartney, and playful costumes by Sharell Martin (The Marvelous Wonderettes, It's the Housewives!), That Perfect Moment is billed as "both humorous and poignant."

The production team includes set designer Adam Flemming; costume designer Sharell Martin; lighting designer Jeremy Pivnick; sound designer Joseph "Sloe" Slawinski; wigs and hair designer Diane Martinous; production stage manager Jacob Holt; and Racquel Lehrman/Theatre Planners produces.

The NoHo Arts Center is located at 11136 Magnolia Boulevard in NoHo (North Hollywood, CA). For reservations and information, call (323) 960-7745 or visit

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