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Beautiful In The Extreme


Leon Martell

Directed by Ovation Award-nominee DAVID ROSE

   The Colony Theatre’s First Original Production as an Equity Theatre!

      World Premiere Limited Engagement Opens October 19th, 2002

"I could swear, as I stood on the foredeck, a wind came out of the west and searched my face with its fingers. It asked, ‘Who are you to come here?’  I thought, I am Meriwether Lewis, emissary of Thomas Jefferson. I have come in peace with my closest friend, William Clark.  We ask your acceptance. We will earn it."

September 5, 2002…Burbank, CA…The Colony Theatre Company is very proud to present the first original production of its 2002 – 2003 “Season of Discovery” and its third production as an Equity theatre, the world premiere of BEA[U]TIFUL IN THE EXTREME, written by Los Angeles playwright Leon Martell. BEA[U]TIFUL IN THE EXTREME will be directed by Ovation Award-nominee and L.A. Weekly Award-winner, David Rose (OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD, THE LIVING). BEA[U]TIFUL IN THE EXTREME will open on Saturday, October 19th and continue through Sunday, November 17th at the Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) in the heart of the Burbank Media Center.

A world premiere theatrical journey into the mind of an American legend and hero, BEA[U]TIFUL IN THE EXTREME is an epic expedition through the American West as Meriwether Lewis saw it... wild, awesome and pristinely beautiful. BEA[U]TIFUL IN THE EXTEME is not a historical “re-creation” but a theatrical “imagining” of Lewis’s accounts and observations between 1795 and 1809 as we journey from a flatboat on the Mississippi through the historic Northwest and beyond.

Barbara Beckley, Producing Director of the Colony Theatre comments, “This first original production of our season has a team of extraordinary talent involved. To work with Los Angeles treasure Leon Martell and the remarkable David Rose to tell the story of Lewis and Clark just in time for the bicentennial of their historic journey is any producer’s dream come true. We think our audiences are going to be fascinated and surprised by this world premiere theatrical experience.”

David Rose has directed some of the Colony Theatre’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful productions including 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.

Leon Martell has been writing for theatre, television and radio for the past 27 years. He co-founded the DUCK’S BREATH MYSTERY THEATER, which has been performed around the country and in three series for National Public Radio, two specials for PBS and a children’s series for Fox Television winning two local Emmy Awards. Other plays include: KINDLING, 1961 EL DORADO, MOONCALF, the L.A. Weekly and Drama-Logue award-winning FEED THEM DOGS and HARD HAT AREA, and most recently STEEL – JOHN HENRY AND THE SHAKER which was produced in the Hot Properties series Inside the Ford. With an A.S.K. commission, he wrote BEA[U]TIFUL IN THE EXTREME which was a finalist for the national “L. Arnold Weissberger Award for Playwriting.”

Performances will be Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Ticket prices are Friday and Sunday evenings $25 ($22 for Students and Seniors); Saturday and Sunday matinees $28 ($25 for Students and Seniors); Saturday evenings all seats $28. For tickets, call the Box Office at 818/558-7000. 

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The Colony Theatre Company is a 27 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: Or visit our website at

*From Meriwether Lewis’s descriptions of the great plains. There were no standardized spellings at the time. The editor of his journals added the “u” to beautiful.
CONTACTS:  David Elzer
Demand PR
(818) 508-1754