Press Release: The Drawer Boy


THE COLONY THEATRE COMPANY
WINNER OF BACK-TO-BACK OVATION AWARDS
FOR BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCES
THE FIFTH PLAY OF THEIR 2003 - 2004 SEASON…

THE LOS ANGELES PREMIERE OF

THE DRAWER BOY

by Michael Healey

Directed by David Rose

Limited Engagement Opens April 10, 2004

ONE OF THE TOP TEN PLAYS OF THE YEAR!
"An Instant Classic!" - TIME MAGAZINE


February 26, 2004…Burbank, CA…The ColonyTheatre Company, winner of back-to-back Ovation Awards for best play - proudly announces the fifth production of their 2003 – 2004 season, the Los Angeles premiere of THE DRAWER BOY by Michael Healey and directed by David Rose (FUDDY MEERS, BEA[U]TIFUL IN THE EXTREME). THE DRAWER BOY will open on Saturday, April 10th and continue through Sunday, May 9th at the Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) in the heart of the Burbank Media Center. 

THE DRAWER BOY, the winner of four Dora Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Tony) including Best Play, is about the bonds of friendship and the undeniable power of storytelling. THE DRAWER BOY looks in on the lives of two aging bachelor farmers in 1972 rural Ontario. World War II veterans and lifelong friends, the farmers share a quiet and uneventful life based on stories and routine. Their lives are comically disrupted when a young, energetic actor from the big city shows up on their doorstep wanting to live and work with them as research for a play about farming. As the actor immerses himself, the farmers' darkest secrets become part of the actor's play and the lines between theatre and life, and memory and reality, become blurred. Heartbreak and levity mix in this extraordinary play about storytelling and how it transforms our lives.

Barbara Beckley, Producing Director of the Colony Theatre comments, “Our final production of this remarkable season is a story about the glorious nature of art’s healing power. The themes of this play are quintessentially what we aspire to at the Colony and we are thrilled and delighted that as move towards our next season, we end this one with the message that art and theatre can change lives. We are thrilled to be producing the Los Angeles premiere of this international smash-hit play and our subscribers and audiences are in for a magnificent and moving evening.”

David Rose has directed some of the Colony Theatre’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful productions including its most recent productions of THE NERD, FUDDY MEERS and the world premiere of BEA[U]TIFUL IN THE EXTREME. Other shows include: OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD, (6 Ovation Nominations, Drama-Logue Award), THE FRONT PAGE (L.A. Weekly Award – Revival Production of the Year), YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Drama-Logue Award) and PECCADILLO (Drama-Logue Award), among others. He has also directed Justin Tanner’s BIG BEAR, THE LIVING, GENIUSES (Drama-Logue Award) and the long-running cult hit ROAD TO NIRVANA, among many others. He was a founding member of Washington D.C.’s acclaimed Woolly Mammoth ensemble, and served as Artistic Director of the New York Comedy Repertory Ensemble.

Performances for THE DRAWER BOY will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Additionally there will be performances on Saturday, April 17th and Saturday, April 24th at 3:00pm; Thursday, April 29th and Thursday, May 6th at 8:00pm. Ticket prices are Thursday, Saturday matinee and Sunday evenings $26.00 ($23 for Students and Seniors); Friday evenings and Sunday matinees $29 ($26 for Students and Seniors); Saturday evenings all seats $32. Preview performances are Wednesday, April 7th; Thursday, April 8th and Friday, April 9th at 8:00pm - all tickets $16.00. Opening night gala (with reception) all tickets $50.00. There will be two Talk-Back performances, with the cast and director on Friday, April 16th and Thursday, April 29th immediately following the performance. For tickets, call the 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, April 24th at 3:00pm. To make a reservation for this performance, call the box office and ask for Audio Description Saturdays.

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 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: colonytheatre@colonytheatre.org. Or visit our website at www.colonytheatre.org.

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