Keanu Goes to Hollywood: Point Break LIVE! Plays L.A.

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Point Break LIVE!, the 1991 film stage adaptation that allows audience members the chance to star in the Keanu Reeves role, heads to Los Angeles this month.

Previously seen in Seattle, Minneapolis and New York City, the show will next play Los Angeles' Charlie O's in the Alexandra Hotel beginning Oct. 12.

New Rock Theatre Productions LLC presents the work created by Jaime Keeling and developed by Jamie Hook. Eve Hars, Thomas Blake and George Spielvogel co-direct the California run.

Point Break LIVE! follows the story of "Johnny Utah, former college football star turned FBI Agent who must go undercover to infiltrate a gang of bankrobbing surfers."

What is unique about the stage version is that the role of Utah (played by Reeves in the film) is played by an audience member (selected at random each night) who is thrust upon the stage (guided by a production assistant — who also serves as stunt double) and given his/her lines on cue cards. "Keanu Reeves roles demand a special kind of acting," explains Hook about the show's conceit. "Essentially, in every scene, you have to look like you've just been dropped into a room and you have no idea what's going on."

The cast features Tobias Jelinek (as Bodhi), Thomas Blake (Roach) and George Spielvogel (Angelo Pappas). The work premiered at Seattle's Little Theatre and subsequently toured throughout the Pacific Northwest before playing runs in Minneapolis and Brooklyn. It then played in Manhattan at the La Tea Theater earlier this year.

The show will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM.

Tickets ($20) to Point Break LIVE! at the La Tea Theatre, in the Charlie O's in the Alexandra Hotel, 501 S. Spring St. in Gallery Row, are available by calling (866) 811-4111.

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