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World premiere of “Play Dates” now running at Elephant

July 15, 2010

From the release:

Created by Sam Wolfson, Co-Creator of International Smash Hit “Jewtopia”
 Green Beetle Productions presents the world premiere of “Play Dates,” the hysterical new stage comedy from Sam Wolfson, co-creator of the smash hit “Jewtopia,” through August 1 at The Elephant Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. “Play Dates” reminds us that “Finding love is never easy….and kindergarten is just the beginning.” Jennifer Chambers directs.
 
On May 8th, 2003, a new play, “Jewtopia,” co-written by then unknown writer Wolfson opened at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood. What was intended to be a two-month run turned into two years, becoming the longest running original comedy in LA theater history. “Jewtopia” then transferred Off-Broadway and after three years became the longest running original comedy in Off-Broadway theater history. The show spawned a best selling “Jewtopia” book and countless “Jewtopia” productions the world over. Now almost seven years later to the day, “Jewtopia’s” co-creator is back in the city where it all began, with his brand new comedy “Play Dates.”
 
“I was unsure of what I wanted to write about after “Jewtopia” because it had been such a lightning in a bottle experience,” said Wolfson. “I didn’t know how I could possibly top it. So I decided to apply writing 101 and just write what I knew…which was a story about love, relationships, basically what was going on in my own life. I wanted to write a show that was more universal than “Jewtopia,” that anybody regardless of age, gender, race or religion could relate to emotionally but still laugh for 90 minutes straight.”
 
“Play Dates” is the perfect date play, appealing equally to men and women, crossing the entire age spectrum and relationship status. It examines love and relationships from childhood through adulthood.
 
“Play Dates” features Elizabeth Bond, Rob Nagle, Brian Monahan and Jennifer Sorenson. The talented ensemble cast are all seasoned professionals with a long list of credits: Bond was the lead in last fall’s “Wonder of the World ” at the Victory Theater; Monahan’s credits include “Inventing Van Gogh” at PCPA/TheatreFest; Nagle has been seen in “The School of Night” at the Mark Taper Forum; and Sorenson was recently in Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive.”
 
“Play Dates” set design is by Kurt Boetcher; lighting is by Christian Epps, sound design is by John Zalewski and casting is by Racquel Lehrman.
 
“It’s a smart, provocative, funny and entertaining theatre piece,” said Kristen Lee Kelly, co-producer. “We think Sam is one of the theatre community’s most talented writers. His plays speak to everyone and we’re so excited to bring smart, funny and entertaining theatre piece to the stage.”
 
Kelly and Chambers are Green Beetle’s co-founders. Chambers long list of credits includes last year’s world premiere of Stephen Belber’s “The Muscles in Our Toes” at the El Portal, “Yog Sothoth,” “The Third Best Debater” and “Here to Serve You” at San Pedro’s Little Fish Theatre, and Suzan Lori Park’s “365 Days/365 Plays” at Berkeley
Repertory Theatre. After a successful career as an actor in New York (“Rent,” “Rocky Horror” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), Kelly came to Los Angeles in 2004 where she formed Green Beetle and went on to produce and act in the world premiere of Stephen Belber’s “The Muscles In Our Toes.”
 
Green Beetle Productions (http://www.greenbeetleproductions.com/upcoming.htm), one of LA’s premier independent theatrical production companies, believes in “the power of live theatre to ignite, inspire and cultivate community.” Green Beetle is dedicated to the development of new plays and engaging commercial properties for the live stage. According to Kelly and Chambers, “Green Beetle looks to shed light on the unknown, the unheard and the undiscovered.”
 
“Play Dates” previews for two performances beginning July 8, opens July 10 and runs Thursdays through Sundays through August 1 at The Elephant Theatre. Tickets are priced at $20 and can be purchased online at https://www.plays411.net/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=2387 or by calling (323) 960-7776.

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