Two plays by Ray Bradbury, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and Falling Upwards, will be staged in the
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
Try it on for size in January
Five young Latino men from
The magical power of The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit is to imbue its wearer with confidence.
The cast includes Adrain Elizondo, Joaquin Garay III, Daniel V. Graulau, Robert Kerr, Verona Masongsong, Joy Nash, Paul Renteria, Eddie Ruiz, Rusy Rodriguez and Philip Sokoloff. Direction is by Alan Neal Hubbs with Lighting design by Peter Strauss; Sound design by Robert Arturo Ramirez; Scenic design by John Edw. Blankenship and Production staff manager Elliott Woodruff.
This 1972 play was first produced by the Organic Theatre of Chicago. A musical version was presented by Pasadena Playhouse in 1989. The new production marks a rare opportunity for local audiences to see the original play.
Fremont Center Theatre
Previews: Thursday and Friday, January 15 and 16, 2009
Performances: Thursday through Saturday at ; Sunday at
Reservations and Information: (323)960-4451
Online ticketing: www.Plays411.com/raybradbury
A Comedic Irish Fable
Pat Harrington, star of Broadway, movies, TV and regional theatre will lead the cast in this revival of Falling Upward at the El Portal Theatre in
Falling Upward relates the adventures of the regulars at Heeber Finn’s pub in the
The boyos are working-class fellows who defer to Finn, who has provided this haven for them. Their spiritual advisor is Father Leary, who occasionally stops in for a wee nip. Garrity as “Seanchai” (historian) is tribal counselor for the boyos as well as the entire
In this new production, Garrity is portrayed by Pat Harrington, recipient of the Emmy, Golden Globe and Drama-Logue Awards. His credits include the rolls of Dwayne Schneider on One Day at a Time and Guido Panzini on The Jack Paar Show. He was also a regular with Steve Allen, The Danny Thomas Show and Owen Marshall: Counselor At Law. His films include Easy Come, Easy Go; Move Over, Darling; The President’s Analyst and The Candidate. His LA theatre credits include The House of Blue Leaves, Love Letters, Blackout, The Pajama Game and Harrington and Storm.
Also in this cast are Abbott Alexander, Atotesfaye Abdu-Hakim, Walter Beery, David Evans Brandt, Roger Cruz, Tom DeBone, Duffy Dugan, Donald E. Giddings, Austin Maloney, Tim Martin, Donald Moore, Ken O’Malley, Christian Reeve, Mik Scriba and Philip Sokoloff.
Director Tim Byron Owen, in a two-week special engagement at Theatre West in 2007, significantly reimagined and reinvented the original piece. It is this new interpretation of Falling Upward (crafted with Mr. Bradbury’s delighted approval) that a new team of producers brings to the El Portal. Producers are Mary Todhunter and Joe Everett Michaels, Set Designer: Jeff Rack; Lighting Designer: Peter Strauss; and Costume Designer: Kelly Fluker. The production is presented by the Sarah Fulton Group in association with Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company.
El Portal Theatre
(on the main stage)
Previews: Tues., Feb. 26 and Wed., Feb. 27 –
Opening Night: Saturday, Feb. 28 –
Performances: Thurs. thru Sat. at ; Sun. at
(Pre-show entertainment commences 20 minutes prior to official curtain time.)
Admission: Gala Opening Night: $40-$50. All other performances: $30-$40.
Reservations and Information: (818)508-4200
Online Ticketing: www.elportaltheatre.com/events or www.Plays411.com