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THE COLONY THEATRE PRESENTS THE SECOND PRODUCTION
OF ITS 2013-2014 SEASON

MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET

A West Coast Premiere by Tom Dudzick

Limited Engagement opens Saturday, November 9 at The Colony Theatre in Burbank

October 23, 2013…Burbank… The Colony Theatre is thrilled to present the West Coast Premiere of MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET by Tom Dudzick, directed by Brian Shnipper. MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET will preview on Wednesday, November 6; Thursday, November 7; and Friday, November 8 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday, November 9 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, December 16.

Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. They have always known they were special, ever since the night Clara’s father, an immigrant from war-torn Poland, had a miraculous vision in his barbershop. Keeping the faith nearly 65 years later in their gritty, deteriorating neighborhood are Clara and her grown children: Jimmy, a garbage collector, Bev, a ketchup bottler, and Ruth, who would be a struggling actress if she could only get a part. But now Ruth has stopped going to mass, Jimmy is dating a Jewish girl, and a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel with unexpectedly dramatic results. A marvelous new comedy about family, faith, and adjusting to life’s surprises, by the celebrated author of Over the Tavern.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

TOM DUDZICK (Playwright) is one of the few playwrights who makes a living at it. His first play, a Christmas tale called Greetings!, opened at New York’s John Houseman Theatre and starred Darren McGavin and Greg Edelman. It is now a holiday favorite across the country and has had well over one hundred productions. His next play, Over the Tavern, the first in a semi-autobiographical trilogy, has over two hundred productions under its belt, with many box office records broken throughout the U.S. The Irish adaptation, Over the Pub, also broke the box office record at Cork Arts Theatre in Ireland. Tom has written eight plays to date, most published by Playscripts, Inc. He was recently honored with a memorial plaque embedded in front of his boyhood home in Buffalo. And an even greater honor – he was once a question on Jeopardy!

BRIAN SHNIPPER
(Director) is making his Colony debut. He conceived and directed the world premiere of Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award) at the Coronet Theatre where it was hailed in the Los Angeles Times as “a burgeoning phenomenon” and a “vital achievement.” It has since been performed in over 60 theatres across the world including the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York, ACT in San Francisco, La Jolla Playhouse, Trinity Rep and Syracuse Stage. Other credits include Bell, Book and Candle, Opus (Ensemble Theatre Company), A View of the Mountains (Pasadena Playhouse), the world premiere of Wendy MacLeod’s Undescended, Say You Love Satan, and All The Rage (Attic Theatre - Artistic Director 2008 - 2010). He served as Artistic Director for 12 Miles West Theatre Company in New Jersey (1998 - 2001) where his credits include the world premieres of Joyce Carol Oates’ Separatedand Nagle Jackson’s Barney Downsized. Other 12MW credits: Bluff, Private Eyes, All The Rage, Three Viewings, The Notebook Of Trigorin, A Hotel on Marvin Gardens, The Water Children, The Misanthrope, Brutality of Fact, The Complete History of America (Abridged), Hitting for the Cycle, and Voice Of Good Hope starring Frankie Faison (Luna Stage – Star Ledger’s pick for the Year's 10 Best). Off-Broadway: Standing on Ceremony (New York Theatre Workshop) the world premiere of Will Scheffer’s Alien Boy (OOBR Award), Lubna, and Family Commitment (EST). Brian returned to his alma mater, Montclair State University, to direct Lanford Wilson’s Balm In Gilead which was a regional finalist for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Playwright: Diary of a Lost Boy adapted from Harry Kondoleon’s novel (Playwrights Center of Minneapolis’ PlayLabs semi-finalist).

ABOUT THE CAST AND DESIGN TEAM

MEGHAN ANDREWS (Beverly) is making her Colony Theatre debut. Broadway theatre credits include Frost/Nixon (Donmar Warehouse) and The Grapes of Wrath (Steppenwolf Theare Company). She received a 2006 Lucille Lortel Nomination for her work in The Signature Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful. Other theatre credits include the US National Tour of Frost/Nixon, The Trip to Bountiful (Goodman Theatre), The Empty Man (The Blank Theatre, LA), Educating Rita (North Coast Rep), Words By, Ira Gershwin and the Great American Songbook (North Coast Rep), Doubt (George Street Playhouse), the US premiere of Clocks and Whistles (Origin Theatre Company, NYC ), All’s Well That Ends Well (Blessed Unrest, NYC), Dracula (Fulton Theatre), Honky Tonk Angels (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), numerous productions at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and many others. Television Credits include F/X’s Justified, NBC’s Law & Order, Law & Order: C.I., The Guiding Light, Flesh ‘n Blood, and others. Film credits include The Adjustment Bureau, The Interloper, and Cost of Living. Meghan is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory, a lifetime member of the Actors’ Studio, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. In addition, Meghan is also an accomplished composer of original indie/folk music.  

ELLEN CRAWFORD (Clara) played Off Broadway opposite Daniel J. Travanti in A Touch of the Poet and the Mother in The Misunderstanding at the Flea Theatre. She originated the role of Sister Lee on Broadway in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Originating the role of Miss Havisham in the world premiere musical adaptation of Great Expectations, Ellen has played Miss H. at the Hudson and Odyssey Theatres and at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, where she was also Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She has played opposite husband Mike Genovese on ER, in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at both the Blank and San Diego Repertory and in On Golden Pond at the Public Theater in Maine. Ellen portrayed Margaret in the West Coast premiere of Walter Cronkite Is Dead at San Diego Repertory. Favorite roles include Emily Dickinson in The Belle Of Amherst at the Public Theatre in Maine, Meg in Jack O’Brien’s production of The Hostage at the Old Globe, and Countess Geschvitz in Lulu at La Jolla Playhouse. She has appeared at many other regional theatres across the country. On television, Ellen is probably best known as Nurse Lydia Wright on the NBC series ER. More recently, she has been seen on Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Mental. Ellen stars in Angel’s Perch, soon to be released on VOD by Gravitas Ventures. Other features include Model Minority and Petunia, as well as The Man from Earth, Soldier, Cries of Silence, and The War of the Roses.

KARIANNE FLAATHEN (Ruth Nowak) is making her Colony Theatre debut. Los Angeles theatre credits include: Peace In Our Time (The Antaeus Company), Celebration, The Typists, The Thin Man etc. all with the A2 Ensemble. UK Theatre: The Woman In Black (No. 1 UK and Asia Tour), The Gift (London Tour), The Two Noble Kinsmen (Latchmere Theatre, Battersea). Film: I Am I, The Selling. Webisodes: The Sanctum, Mary Olson, Take That Joy. Karianne received her training from Drama Studio London and SUNY Purchase. Proud member of the A2 Ensemble and Actors’ Equity Association. Website: karianneflaathen.com

BRIAN IBSEN (Jimmy) has appeared on Broadway with Laurence Fishburne, Stockard Channing, and Woody Harrelson. He has worked with such directors as Scott Ellis, Mark Lamos, and Tony Award winners Jack O'Brien, John Rando and Michael Mayer. Brian has performed in regional theater around the country in shows such as Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, The Glass Menagerie, The Lion in Winter, The Drawer Boy, and originated the role of Dan Jr. in Stephen Metcalfe's World Premiere play Loves and Hours. Last year he appeared in the Colony production of Blame It On Beckett, a West Coast Premiere by John Morogiello. He holds a BFA in acting from Purchase College, SUNY and an MFA in acting from The Old Globe Theatres/USD.

MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET features an award-winning design team. Scenic Design is by Jeff McLaughlin (Ovation awards, A Skull in Connemara and Grace and Glorie). The Costume Design is by Dianne K. Graebner (Ovation nominations, The Brothers Karamazov and Battle Hymn). The Lighting Design is by Jared A. Sayeg (Ovation nominations, Trying and Kiss Me, Kate). The Sound Design is by Drew Dalzell (Ovation Award, Songs for a New World). Props Design and Set Dressing is by Colony Theatre resident designers MacAndMe.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING

MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET will open on Saturday, November 9, at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, December 16. Performances for MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET are Thursdays & Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at 3:00pm & 8:00pm; and Sundays at 2:00pm. (There are no performances Thanksgiving week, November 28-December 1.) Ticket prices range from $25.00 - $45.00 (group discounts are available). MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET will preview on Wednesday, November 6; Thursday, November 7; and Friday, November 8 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 $55.00. There are question-and-answer talkbacks after the performances on Friday, November 15 and Thursday, December 5. For tickets, call the Colony Theatre Box Office at 818/558-7000 ext. 15 or online at www.ColonyTheatre.Org.

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.

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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.