THE COLONY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
THE FIRST PRODUCTION
OF ITS 37th SENSATIONAL SEASON OF SHOWS!
Written by Michael Golamco
Directed by David Rose
Musical Direction by Dean Mora
Limited Engagement opens Saturday, June 4, 2011 at The Colony Theatre in Burbank!
"A very smart, sweet, honest and
uncommonly moving new play. Michael Golamco is a significant new dramatic
- Chicago Tribune
May 9, 2011...Burbank...The Colony Theatre is thrilled to present the first production of its 37th season of shows – its first ever with six productions instead of five. The production is the West Coast Premiere of YEAR ZERO, written by Michael Golamco and directed by David Rose. YEAR ZERO will preview on Wednesday, June 1; Thursday, June 2; and Friday, June 3 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday, June 4 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, July 3 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center.
How do you move forward in life when you're stuck
where you are? In Long Beach, CA, two young Cambodian-Americans search for an
answer. Vuthy is a lonely 16-year-old who loves hip hop and Dungeons &
Dragons. His ambitious older sister is starting to veer from her steadfast path
to higher education and assimilation. With great humor and a modern
sensibility, Year Zero sensitively explores how to escape a painful past
while honoring the legacy of one's own history. It's a contemporary comedic
drama about reinvention, redemption, and finding where we belong. (This play contains strong language.)
award-winning Colony Theatre 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. Since
the move to Burbank, The Colony was named one of "25 Notable U.S. Theatre
Companies" by the Encyclopedia Britannica Almanac for 8 years in a row and
voted "Best Live Theatre in LA" in The Daily News 2006 Readers'
Choice poll. The company's audience is so loyal that in an era when
subscription is declining dramatically, and when the industry-wide "gold
standard" renewal rate of 80% is considered unattainable, for the past two
seasons The Colony has achieved a subscription renewal rate over 90%. In the coming year, at a time when many
theatres are shortening their seasons and canceling performances, The Colony is
expanding, for the first time in its history presenting six shows instead of
the usual five.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
MICHAEL GOLAMCO (Playwright) is an LA-based playwright and
screenwriter. His play Year Zero received acclaimed productions at
the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago (Jeff Nomination for Best New Work and
Grand Prize Winner of Chicago Dramatists' Many Voices Project) and at Second
Stage Theatre in New York. His play Cowboy Versus Samurai has had
several productions since its premiere in New York City, including in Canada
and Hong Kong. As a screenwriter, Michael's film Please Stand By
was presented at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival's On Track film
development program, and his short film, Dragon of Love, was awarded
Best Short Film at the Hawaii International Film Festival and ran in regular
rotation on the Sundance Channel. Michael is the recipient of the 2009
Helen Merrill Award and is a member of New Dramatists and Center Theatre
Group's Writers Workshop. He is currently working on new play commissions
for South Coast Repertory and Second Stage Theatre.
DAVID ROSE (Director) has staged over 25 productions since he became a company
member in 1990, including 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
EYMARD CABLING (Glenn) was most recently seen last season at the
Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the role of Arpad in She Loves Me. Other shows at OSF included Pride and Prejudice, American Night,
and Throne of Blood. His tours include the North American
tour of Miss Saigon (The Engineer) and Broadway Asia's production of The
King and I (The Kralahome) in China, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore. Other regional credits include History of the Word at the Apollo
Theater, Miss Saigon, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Honor,
One Red Flower, Once on this Island, and Company, which
was directed by Billy Porter.
TIM CHIOU (Han) is reprising the role of Han after originating it at the Victory
Gardens Theatre in Chicago. He recently performed in Crimes of the Heart
at East West Players and Snow Falling on Cedars at TheatreWorks in
Silicon Valley. His film and television credits include "Grey's Anatomy,"
"NCIS," "CSI-NY," and the multi-canvassed immigration drama "Crossing
CHRISTINE CORPUZ (Ra) has appeared Off-Broadway in Antony and
Cleopatra (Theatre For A New Audience) and A Midsummer Night's Dream
(The Public Theater / Shakespeare in the Park). Her other New York credits
include Wish We Were Here (New York International Fringe Festival) and Save
the World (Roundtable Ensemble). In Los Angeles, she has appeared in such
productions as Mysterious Skin with East West Players and Opus
with the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara. Christine has also written
and performed in her one-woman show, I Am Nothing Like My Mother, in
both Los Angeles and New York, earning her an AUDELCO Best Solo Performance
nomination in 2008. She recently returned to the west coast from New York
where she graduated with an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate
Acting Program. She also holds a BFA in theatre from UC Santa Barbara.
DAVID HUYNH (Vuthy) has performed in theatre, television and film in both Canada
and the United States. He was last seen on stage in Mysterious Skin,
directed by Tim Dang, at East West Players, earning a Ticket Holder Award for
Best Actor in a Play 2010, and was also seen in Kenneth Lonergan's This Is
Our Youth at the Actors Playpen. David
made his feature film debut starring in Juwan Chung's gangland thriller Baby
and also has leading roles in Mark Tran's All About Dad and the film Bang
Bang by Byron Q, currently touring the film festival circuit. David's
television appearances include "ER," "Cold Case," "Without A Trace," and
"Invasion." David studied film and theatre at The University of Manitoba.
YEAR ZERO has assembled an award-winning design team. The Scenic Design is by David Potts (Emmy Award – HBO's "Deadwood"). The Lighting Design is by Luke Moyer (Ovation Award – Dracula). The Costume Design is by Anthony Tran (The Goat or Who Is Sylvia). Original Music and Sound Design are by Peter Bayne (Ovation Award – Opus). Props design is by MacAndMe.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE
YEAR ZERO will open on Saturday, June 4 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, July 3. Performances for YEAR ZERO 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). YEAR ZERO will preview on Wednesday, June 1; Thursday, June 2; and Friday, June 3 at 8:00pm at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center.
Opening night performance with reception - all tickets
$50.00. There are question-and-answer talkbacks after the performances on Friday,
June 10, and Thursday, June 23. For tickets, call the Colony
Theatre Box Office at 818/558-7000 ext. 15 or online at www.colonytheatre.org.