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2003/2004 SEASON 

MEDIA ALERT FOR THEATRE EDITORS AND REVIEWERS 
 AND CALENDER LISTINGS
 

  THE COLONY THEATRE IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ITS 

 2002/2003 SEASON

               For its 28th year and its third season in its beautiful new home 
 in the heart of Burbank, The Colony Theatre will bring to Los Angeles…

       A HARD-BOILED MUSICAL! A WORLD PREMIERE! 
      FRENCH STEWART! A PLAY NOT SEEN IN 20 YEARS!

                  AND A SPECIAL SURPRISE!



April  25th, 2003…BURBANK…The Colony Theatre Company is very proud to announce its 2003 – 2004 season of shows.  In this, its third year in its beautiful new home in Burbank, the award-winning theatre company will be presenting a hard-boiled musical; a play not seen in Los Angeles in over 20 years; French Stewart as a nerd; a world premiere play by up-and-coming playwright Mark Saltzman; and a very special surprise TBA.  Barbara Beckley, Producing Director of the Colony Theatre comments, "Coming off of our most ambitious and rewarding season in the Colony’s 27-year history, we are delighted to announce our 28th season of shows.  Our second year as an Equity theatre has something for everyone and we think that we have a season that our subscribers and our audiences are going to be thrilled with!"

The season:

How do you get a total nut-job out of your life, even though he saved it?  French Stewart (3rd Rock From the Sun) will star in the title role in Larry Shue’s hilarious play, The Nerd. Directed by the award-winning David Rose (Fuddy Meers, The Man Who Came to Dinner), The Nerd will open the Colony’s 28th Season on June 7th.  Although he never met the man who saved his life, the ex-G.I. vowed that the welcome mat would always be out for the unsung hero.  But joy takes a U-turn when his faceless rescuer shows up one day – and turns out to be an uproariously bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact, as well as being the dreaded “Guest Who Would Never Leave”! 
 
This August, for the first time in Los Angeles in over twenty years, The Colony is proud to present Lillian Hellman’s Toys in the Attic, directed by the award-winning and acclaimed Jessica Kubzansky. Toys in the Attic wonders what if your most irresponsible relative suddenly had money to burn?  A peaceful Southern home erupts in intrigue and deceit when two sisters discover their ne'er-do-well brother is suddenly well-to-do. Will his mysterious newfound wealth buy the sisters a lifetime of happiness -- or a journey to the heart of their family's deepest unspoken issues? Toys in the Attic opens on August 16th.

Is this a hard-boiled detective tale disguised as a lounge act - or the other way around?  The Los Angeles premiere of the musical Gunmetal Blues with music and lyrics by Craig Bohmler & Marion Adler; book by Scott Wentworth will perform at the theatre beginning October 18th and will be directed by Andrew Barnicle, Artistic Director of the Laguna Playhouse.  A private eye searches for a missing blonde through a double-dealing world of smoke-filled bars, rain-slicked streets, and more blondes. What mysteries will unfold on this musical journey through a city of jazzy blues, lost love, and broken dreams? 

In February, the Colony will present a world premiere play, Clutter, a true story written by up-and -coming Mark Saltzman (Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood). Could being a packrat kill you?  The engrossing murder mystery of the reclusive Collyer brothers who weren't just rich -- they were filthy rich.  One's dead. One's missing. And New York is shocked at what police find inside these wealthy brothers' Fifth Avenue mansion: junk -- crammed everywhere! What turned these old-money aristocrats into hoarding shut-ins? Who killed the brother? Where's the other? And what does their creepy obsession reveal about their lives -- and souls?  The Colony is thrilled to be presenting this world premiere. Clutter is scheduled to open on February 7th, 2004.

Finally, the fifth play of this extraordinary season is a special surprise which will open in April 2004. The Colony is negotiating for a production worthy of the rest of this season for the theatre.  An announcement is expected shortly.
 

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact David Elzer at (818) 508-1754 or by e-mail at ELZERD@aol.com
 

The Colony Theatre Company is a 28 year old organization dedicated to bringing the finest quality theatrical productions to Los Angeles. The theatre is located at 555 North Third Street, at the corner of Cypress, in the heart of the Burbank Media Center. For further information, call (818) 558-7000. Fax number: (818) 558-7110. E-mail: boxoffice@colonytheatre.org. Or visit our website at www.colonytheatre.org
 
 
CONTACTS:  David Elzer
Demand PR
(818) 508-1754

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