Press Release: The Thousandth Night

 

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THE COLONY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

THE FIRST PRODUCTION OF THEIR 2007-2008 SEASON…

THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT

Written by Carol Wolf
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky

Starring Ron Campbell


Limited Engagement opens Saturday, June 16 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank!


"Comic genius! A breathtaking tour-de-force!" – San Francisco Chronicle


May 29, 2007…Burbank…The Colony Theatre Company presents the first production of its 2007 – 2008 season, THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT, written by Carol Wolf, directed by Jessica Kubzansky and starring Ron Campbell. THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT will preview on Wednesday, June 13; Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday, June 16 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, July 15 at the Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center.

A French actor has one chance at freedom before his derailed train to Buchenwald gets moving again. Like Scheherazade before him, this storyteller spins the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights as though his life depends on it - and it does. Solo performer virtuoso Ron Campbell plays 38 roles in this remarkable play written especially for him.

Carol Wolf was inspired to write the play for Ron Campbell in 1991, after seeing him perform multiple roles in a one-man version of A Tale of Two Cities at San Diego Rep. It premiered at The Grove Shakespeare Festival the following year under the direction of (then) neophyte Jessica Kubzansky. Campbell has since performed it at major regional theatres throughout the U.S., and in numerous international productions -- the most distant was in Sydney, Australia, and the most notable at the Habima Theatre in Tel Aviv, where Campbell received a special invitation to bring THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT to the theatre festival celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. During its 16-year journey, THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT has evolved considerably, having undergone scores of revisions since the Grove world premiere. The Colony production is a version of the play never before seen in Southern California.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

After making his living as a street performer in Europe, actor RON CAMPBELL returned to Los Angeles where he played leading roles with such theatres as the Actors’ Gang, the Los Angeles Theatre Center and the Mark Taper Forum. Ron is pleased to be returning to The Thousandth Night for which he has received the London Fringe One-man Show of the Year Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, The Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award for Solo Performance and a Nomination for the Helen Hayes Award in Washington D.C. Ron’s other one man shows include R. Buckminster Fuller, The History and Mystery of the Universe, (Bay Area Critics Circle Award, Jeff Award Nomination, Chicago)The Bone Man of Benares, Shylock, and A Tale of Two Cities. Other favorites include the eponymous roles in Richard the Third, Cyrano de Bergerac, Tartuffe, The Imaginary Invalid, The Inspector General and Herod in Salome. Now celebrating his 28th year as a professional actor, Ron has performed in such theatres as The Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Habima Theatre (Israel), The Mercury Theatre (Chicago), The Old Globe, The Old Red Lion Theatre (London), The Metro Stage (Washington D.C.), The Intiman Theatre (Seattle) and the Edinburgh, Telluride and California Theatre Festivals. Since relocating to San Francisco, where he has performed at such theatres as The American Conservatory Theatre, The Aurora Theatre and Theatre Artaud, Ron has become an Associate Artist of The California Shakespeare Theatre, ( A Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Tempest and HenryIV) and teaches at The Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre. Most recently, Ron has been performing the lead role in San Francisco’s famed Teatro Zinzanni.

JESSICA KUBZANSKY (Director) is the Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre @ Boston Court, and an award-winning director working around the country in venues as diverse as The Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Portland Center Stage, the Mark Taper Forum New Works, LA's Disney Hall, the American Stage Co., The Boston Publick, London's Old Red Lion, to name a few. Kubzansky and Mr. Campbell and Ms. Wolf have enjoyed a long and fruitful collaboration, most recently at The Aurora Theatre. Kubzansky's most recent work at the Colony includes The Glass Menagerie and the multi-Ovation-winning Toys in the Attic. At The Theatre @ Boston Court: the world premieres of Mickey Birnbaum's Bleed Rail, Carlos Murillo's Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & 32, Jean-Claude van Itallie's Light, Cody Henderson's Cold/Tender, as well as shared Gilgamesh with Stephen Sachs, and directed the inimitable Camille Saviola in Hare/Brecht's Mother Courage. Elsewhere, Tory Stewart's Leitmotif (SCR/PPF), Tom Jacobson's The Orange Grove (Playwrights' Arena), Bryan Davidson's Wing on Wing for the LA Philharmonic/Disney Hall, Julia Cho's BFE (Portland Center Stage JAW/WEST), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Bryan Davidson's award-winning War Music, both at The Geffen and its prior world premiere at LATC (PA/Echo), Sheila Callaghan's Kate Crackernuts (24th Street Theatre), the Salamone/McIntyre musical Moscow (Chekhov Now Festival, NYC) Measure for Measure (A Noise Within) and many, many others. Kubzansky received the 2004 Los Angeles' Drama Critics' Circle's Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre.

CAROL WOLF (Playwright) has written The Terrible Experiment of Jonathan Fish, Jacalyn, Walking on Bones, A Burglar in the House, Eddie and Molly's Garden, Dr. Rowan, the Angel, and Love, and Daughter of France, a miscellany of which have won awards including (alphabetically) a Cabbie, three Gertrude Hung Chang Playwriting Awards, a London Fringe First, a Susan Smith Blackburn playwriting award nomination, and a Starr Award. She recently completed production with Paw Print Studios of The Valley of Fear, a horror comedy feature film, and is in post production with the drama feature film, Coyote Spirit, both of which she wrote and directed. Letters to my Grandchildren, a documentary, is scheduled to be completed this year. She teaches playwriting online at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, where 20% of her beginning students and nearly all of her advanced students win prizes, awards, publication and/or production of their work after taking her class, and where she is beta testing her playwriting manual, The MERCILESS Manual of Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Playwriting. THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT has assembled an award-winning design team. The set design is by Susan Gratch. The lighting design is by Jeremy Pivnick. The sound design is by John Zalewski.        

THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT will open on Saturday, June 16 and perform through Sunday, July 15, 2007. Performances for THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Additionally there will be performances on Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, June 30 at 3:00pm and Thursday, July 5 and Thursday, July 12 at 8:00pm. Ticket prices range from $37.00 - $42.00 (student, senior and group discounts are available). Preview performances will be Wednesday, June 13, Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15 at 8:00pm – Preview Tickets $20.00 - $25.00. Opening night performance with reception - all tickets $50.00. For tickets, call the Colony Theatre Box Office at 818/558-7000 ext. 15.
          
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The award-winning Colony Theatre Company is Burbank's premiere professional theatre. It was voted "Best Live Theatre in L.A." in The Daily News 2006 Readers' Choice poll, and was named one of "25 Notable U.S. Theatre Companies" by Encyclopedia Britannica's 2006 Almanac.

The Colony Theatre Company is a 32-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 Downtown Burbank. For further information, call (818) 558-7000. Fax: (818) 558-7110. E-mail: colonytheatre@colonytheatre.org. Or visit our website at www.colonytheatre.org.

 

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