Press Release: Accomplice


MEDIA ALERT FOR THEATRE EDITORS AND REVIEWERS

AND CALENDAR LISTINGS

THE COLONY THEATRE COMPANY WINNER OF BACK-TO-BACK OVATION AWARDS

FOR BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR PRESENTS

THE FOURTH PRODUCTION OF THEIR 2004 - 2005 SEASON...


ACCOMPLICE

Written by Rupert Holmes

Directed by Simon Levy


The guessing begins Saturday February 12th at 8pm at the Colony Theatre in Burbank

We'd tell you more, but then we'd have to kill you...


January 7, 2005...Burbank, CA...The Colony Theatre Company presents the fourth production of their 2004 - 2005 season, a killer comedy-thriller ACCOMPLICE, written by Rupert Holmes and directed by Simon Levy (Master Class).  ACCOMPLICE will preview Wednesday, February 9; Thursday, February 10 and Friday, February 11 and will open on Saturday, February 12 and continue through Sunday, March 13 at the Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) in the Burbank Media Center.    

In this sensational and thrilling Edgar Award-winning whodunit, the trick in ACCOMPLICE is finding out who's doing what to whom.  Shocking one moment, hilarious the next - two wealthy out-of-town couples find themselves alone inside a dark, mysterious English moorland mansion - and all at each other's throats. See if you can outguess all the surprising twists and turns fueled by the fiendishly clever writing of Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood). We'd like to tell you more about the plot - but then we'd just...well, you know.

Barbara Beckley, Artistic Director of the Colony Theatre, comments, "We are so fortunate to be starting the new year with the talents of Rupert Holmes, Simon Levy and this dream cast and crew. We have been having a phenomenal season thus far and I think our audiences are going to find this play with its twists and turns a sheer delight. The surprises that this play provides will keep them guessing and wondering to the very end 'Just who is the accomplice?'"

The director of ACCOMPLICE is Simon Levy. Mr Levy is the Producing Director/Dramaturg with the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. He's a multiple award-winning director/writer/producer. For the Fountain Theatre, he directed last season's Master Class which ran for 8 months, and won the 2004 L.A. OVATION Award for Best Production. He also directed last season's L.A. Times Critics' Choice production of Daisy in the Dreamtime for the Fountain Theatre at INside the Ford, and Awake and Sing for International City Theatre In Long Beach, and his L.A. Times Critics' Choice production of Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives went to the Edinburgh Festival last summer. He also produced last year's smash hit of the Fountain Theatre's world premiere of Athol Fugard's Exits and Entrances, winner of three 2004 L.A. OVATION Awards, and also produced another wonderful success, After the Fall, winner of the 2002 L.A. OVATION Award for Best Production. Other directing assignments at the Fountain include: The Night of the Iguana, Summer & Smoke (3 Theatre L.A. OVATION Awards, including Best Production of the Year), The Last Tycoon, which he wrote and directed, (5 Back Stage West awards, including Best Adaptation and Direction), and Orpheus Descending, (6 Drama-Logue awards, including Best Production and Direction), among others. His official stage adaptation of The Great Gatsby, the first sanctioned by the Fitzgerald Estate, has been optioned for a commercial production; and his stage adaptation of Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night won the PEN West Literary Award for Drama. He's currently writing a contemporary translation/adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People as a modern version for America which will be produced at the Fountain Theatre in 2005. Simon teaches Playwriting at UCLA Extension, is proud to be a site evaluator for both the National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts Council, and is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

For his Broadway comedy-thriller ACCOMPLICE, The Mystery Writers of America gave playwright Rupert Holmes, the coveted Edgar Award (the "Oscar" of crime literature), this being the second time he has received their highest honor for his stage thrillers, which include Solitary Confinement, Thumbs, and Goosebumps. Accomplice also won the DramaLogue award for Best Play for its record-breaking world premiere run at the Pasadena Playhouse. For The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which won the Tony Award, the New York Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, Rupert Holmes also became the first person in theatrical history to solely win Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Lyrics, and Best Music of a Broadway musical. The New York Drama Desk bestowed the identical honors, adding yet another award to Holmes in their additional category of Best Orchestration. Last year, Holmes received a Best Play Tony nomination for his Broadway hit Say Goodnight, Gracie, which also earned him the National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Play 2004.

Holmes also created and wrote the Emmy Award-winning TV series Remember WENN. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Where The Truth Lies, is soon to be a major motion picture directed by Atom Egoyan and starring Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth and Alison Lohman. Next: Swing, his second mystery novel for Random House, with an accompanying CD featuring the book's original big band score, and the Ahmanson's world premiere of Curtains- featuring Holmes' book for the final musical from the team of John Kander and the late Fred Ebb.

The cast of ACCOMPLICE features (in alphabetical order): J. Paul Boehmer, Larry Cedar, Lisa Pelikan and Samantha Raddock.

ACCOMPLICE has assembled an award-winning design team. The set design is by Desma Murphy.  The costume design is by Shon LeBlanc.  The sound design is by Drew Dalzell.  The lighting design is by Kathi O'Donohue. 

ACCOMPLICE will open on Saturday, February 12 and perform through Sunday, March 13.  Performances for ACCOMPLICE will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.  Additionally there will be performances on Saturday, February 19 and Saturday, February 26 at 3:00pm; and also Thursday, March 3 and Thursday, March 10 at 8:00pm.  There will be no 7:00pm performance on February 13.  Ticket prices range from $26.00 - $36.00 (student, senior and group discounts are available).  Preview performances will be Wednesday, February 9, Thursday, February 10 and Friday, February 11 at 8:00pm - all tickets $16.00.  Opening night performance with reception - all tickets $50.00.  There will be two Talk-Back performances with the cast on Friday, February 18 and Thursday, March 3 immediately following the performance.  For tickets, call the Colony Theatre Box Office at 818/558-7000.      

In partnership with the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service, The Colony now offers Audio Description for one performance during each production. The service provides a rich description of the show giving our visually impaired patrons the full Colony experience. Audio Description will be available on Saturday, February 26th at 3:00pm. To make a reservation for this performance, call the box office and ask for Audio Description Saturday.

For more information or for press comps, please contact David Elzer/DEMAND PR at 818/508-1754 or at ELZERD@aol.com.

The Colony Theatre Company is a 29 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: colonytheatre@colonytheatre.org. Or visit our website at www.colonytheatre.ORG.

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