William Ludel's play, directed by Jeff Steitzer is billed as "a madcap masterpiece about love, death and the Oscar that Kathleen Turner never won," and concerns two hapless acting students, named Lucy and Desi, who break into a movie star's house to snap a photo of her Academy Award.
Unfortunately, it's the wrong house, there's no statue and Lucy and Desi find a dog with no sign of life under a sheet on the living room floor.
Ludel began writing his play over 10 years ago while summering in the Hamptons, on Long Island, in the same vicinity as Kathleen Turner's residence. Now on the West Coast as an Emmy-winning director for "General Hospital," his play Red & Scooter was a finalist for the 2001 National Repertory Theater Foundation Play Award. His other plays include Dinner Play, Evvie and Morrie Safe at Home and Robin S. Klein with her Family and Friends.
Steitzer's cast includes Walter Charles (Broadway's La Cage aux Folles), Felicity LaFortune, Beth Dixon, Keith Reddin (the popular playwright-actor known for Frame 312), Morgan Hallett (as Lucy), Brandon Dirden (as Desi), Bart Hansard and David Marshall Silverman.
The creative team also includes William S. Clarke (set design), Laura Crow (costume design), Mary Louise Geiger (lighting design), Clay Benning (sound design) and Jason Armit (fight consultant). Opening is May 5. Tickets range $15-$45 and may be purchased in person at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office, or by calling (404) 733-5000 or online at www.alliancetheatre.org.
The Alliance Theatre "is the largest resident theatre company in the Southeast, serving an annual audience of 320,000 through work on its two stages for adult audiences, two plays each season for young audiences, and a wide offering of classes and educational experiences for all ages."
World premieres are nothing new to the Alliance, the city's major resident theatre. Since arriving in 2001, artistic director Susan V. Booth has made new work a priority, programming The Bench by Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee and Sandra Deer's The Subject Tonight is Love.