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THE COLONY THEATRE PRESENTS THE THIRD PRODUCTION OF ITS SEASON OF PREMIERES

THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF

AMERICAN FIESTA

Written by Steven Tomlinson
Directed by David Rose

Limited Engagement opens Saturday, September 29 at The Colony Theatre in Burbank!

"American Fiesta proves that a play about pottery can be entertaining, funny and thought-provoking,
and may even leave the audience a bit teary-eyed." – Milwaukee Express

"Rich and delightful! An open-hearted, quick-witted show!" – Newsday

July 16, 2012...Burbank... The Colony Theatre is thrilled to present the third production of its "Season of Premieres" with the West Coast Premiere Premiere of AMERICAN FIESTA, written by Steven Tomlinson and directed by David Rose. AMERICAN FIESTA will preview on Wednesday, September 26; Thursday, September 27; and Friday, September 28 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday, September 29 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, October 21 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center.

Can Fiestaware - those colorful Depression-era ceramic plates, cups, and bowls - help illuminate the secrets of human relationships? Can it serve as a metaphor for ideological acceptance in the modern world, and bring civil discourse back to a divided country? When an obsessive collector of vintage Fiestaware sets off in search of the perfect specimens, he finds surprising connections between residents of "red" and "blue" states through a series of remarkable encounters, as well as some startling divides within his own family as he announces his intention to marry his same-sex partner. But in the world of Fiesta, there are no mis-matched pairs. Everything is different and yet everything fits. In his comedic cross-country travels, and around his family's dinner table, he ultimately finds hope and acceptance - as well as some fabulous serving bowls! The brilliant Larry Cedar plays over twenty roles in this funny, touching, thought-provoking, and extraordinary tour de force.

The award-winning Colony Theatre Company was founded in 1975 as a 99-seat Equity-waiver theatre in Silver Lake. Over the years the company was so successful artistically, and built such a large subscriber base, that in 2000 it was able to move into a 270-seat theatre created for it by the City of Burbank, becoming one of only 5 mid-size professional theatres in the LA area that produce a year-round season of plays and musicals, and that employ actors under contract with Actors' Equity Association. Its current season features two Los Angeles premieres, three West Coast premieres, and a World Premiere musical.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

STEVEN TOMLINSON (Playwright) is a founding Master Teacher at the Acton School of Business in Austin, Texas. He is the author of ten solo performance pieces, including Managed Care, Toxic Assets and Curb Appeal. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and is an Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Ministry at the Seminary of the Southwest. American Fiesta won the American Theatre Critics Association's Osborn Award for Best Play by an Emerging Playwright in 2006 and was produced off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in 2007.

DAVID ROSE (Director) has staged over 25 productions since he became a company member in 1990, including Year Zero, Visiting Mr. Green, Mary's Wedding, and The Voice of the Prairie. Other Colony productions include Almost, Maine, "Master Harold" ... and the boys (NAACP Theatre Award nomination), ...Young Lady From Rwanda, Billy Bishop Goes to War, "Sherlock's Last Case," the L.A. Premiere of The Drawer Boy, Fuddy Meers, The Nerd, The Man Who Came to Dinner, the world premiere of Bea[u]tiful in the Extreme, Our Country's Good (six L.A. Ovation Award nominations, Drama-Logue Award), the L.A. premiere of The Living, The Front Page (L.A. Weekly Award – Revival Production of the Year), You Can't Take it With You (Drama-Logue Award), June Moon, and the West Coast Premiere of Peccadillo. He also directed Second Stage productions of True West, Baby With the Bathwater, and I Can Fit My Fist in My Mouth. As an actor, David has appeared at The Colony in Bedroom Farce (Drama-Logue Award), Mornings at Seven, The Clearing, Incident at Vichy, Einstein and the Polar Bear, and Pastoral. Elsewhere in Los Angeles, he has directed productions of Geniuses (Drama-Logue Award), Justin Tanner's Big Bear, and the nine-month run of the smash hit Road to Nirvana (Drama-Logue Award) – all at Burbank's Third Stage – as well as The Dining Room at Theatre 40, Inspecting Carol at the Ivy Substation (Drama-Logue Award), and Chased From Paradise and The Blues Are Running at the Lost Studio. He is the former Artistic Director of The New York Comedy Repertory Ensemble and a founding member of Washington, D.C.'s acclaimed Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

ABOUT THE CAST AND DESIGN TEAM

LARRY CEDAR (Steven and others) is thrilled to return for his seventh go round at The Colony after appearing in their productions of Travels With My Aunt, Celadine, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Around the World in 80 Days, Accomplice, and Stage Struck. Other theatre includes The Geffen Playhouse's production of Nightmare Alley and Reprise productions of She Loves Me (Ovation Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical), Li'l Abner (Ovation Award nomination), Anything Goes (Ovation Award nomination), On the Town, Brigadoon, 1776, and They're Playing Our Song. Larry also appeared in the Mark Taper Forum production of Hoagy, Bix and Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhaus (as Hoagy Carmichael), It's A Wonderful Life (Laguna Playhouse), Twelve Angry Men (The Complex), Let's Call the Whole Thing Gershwin and Billy Barnes's Movie Star at the Westwood Playhouse (now The Geffen), and Garry Trudeau's Rapmaster Ronnie (Odyssey Theatre). Larry recurred for three seasons as Leon, the opium-addicted card dealer, in the HBO hit series Deadwood, and for six seasons on the Children's Television Workshop's Square One TV. Film work includes The Crazies, Midnight Son, Towelhead, Hollywoodland, National Treasure 2, Constantine, Feds, Duck, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, and the upcoming 0000. Other television includes Community, House, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Riches, Without a Trace, Alias, The Closer, Stargate, NCIS, The Shield, Charmed, Enterprise, Frasier, Gilmore Girls, and Boston Legal. Larry is a proud member of Actor's Equity. For more information and updates, please visit Larry on Facebook or go to www.larrycedar.com

AMERICAN FIESTA has assembled an award-winning design team. The Scenic Design is by David Potts, Lighting Design is by Jared A. Sayeg (Ovation Award Nomination – Trying). The Costume Design is by Kate Bergh (Reprise! – Cabaret). The Sound Design is by Dave Mickey (Robert E. Cohen Sound Achievement Award). Props design and set dressing is by Colony Theatre resident designers MacAndMe.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING

AMERICAN FIESTA will open on Saturday, September 29 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, October 21. Performances for AMERICAN FIESTA are Thursdays & Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at 3:00pm & 8:00pm; and Sundays at 2:00pm. Ticket prices range from $20.00 - $42.00 (student, senior, and group discounts are available). AMERICAN FIESTA will preview on Wednesday, September 26; Thursday, September 27; and Friday, September 28 at 8:00pm at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center Mall.

Opening night performance with reception - all tickets $50.00. There are question-and-answer talkbacks after the performances on Friday, October 5 and Thursday, October 18. For tickets, call the Colony Theatre Box Office at 818/558-7000 ext. 15 or online.

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

The award-winning Colony Theatre Company was founded in 1975 as a 99-seat Equity-waiver theatre in Silver Lake. Over the years the company was so successful artistically, and built such a large subscriber base, that in 2000 it was able to move into a 270-seat theatre created for it by the City of Burbank, becoming one of only 5 mid-size professional theatres in the LA area that produce a year-round season of plays and musicals, and that employ actors under contract with Actors' Equity Association.

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.