Steve Abrams, Tony D’Angelo, Stefani Nicole Von Huben, and Pop Up Playhouse present

A NEW PLAY BY

Stan Zimmerman & Christian McLaughlin

 

DIRECTED BY

Stan Zimmerman

 

MAY 4–20, 2018

DORIE THEATRE @ THE COMPLEX

 

The comedy is set in the suburban Dallas apartment of Marshall and Julie Ann Katz (Zuckerman, Bowen), a young interfaith couple. When they discover that they have twin boys on the way, no one is kvelling more than Marshall’s mother Rhonda (DeSalvo), – queen of Texas organic foods, and the 21st century Jewish mother we’ve been waiting for. But, suddenly the whole family is pulled into a tug-of-war, with a little help from YouTube, a meddling gay school teacher (Sherry), and more than a few centuries of tradition. By the time it’s over, there’s no telling who (or what) will be left intact.

Broadwayworld.com

“The smart and witty script by Stan Zimmerman & Christian McLaughlin keeping the one-liners and puns steadily coming make for a fast-paced one-act.”

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StageSceneLA

“entertaining, unexpectedly touching”

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The Tolucan Times

“[Todd] Sherry is a burst of sunshine and sass with scene-stealing skills that enhance and elevates”

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Scene Around Town

“this original hot new comedy is definitely ‘cutting edge’”

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Knife to the Heart is produced by Steve Abrams, Tony D'Angelo and Stefani Nicole Von Huben, of TADA Theatricals & Kicky Productions, both Chicago-based theatrical producing entities and in conjunction with Pop-Up Playhouse. Previously, Knife to the Heart had three successful developmental staged readings, two in Los Angeles, and one at Chicago’s legendary Second City in October  ’17, directed by Gary Griffin. This is a showcase production before heading to Chicago in the Spring of 2019.

CAST

 

ANDREA BOWEN

JULIE ANN

Perhaps best known for her portrayal of Julie Mayer on the hit TV series “Desperate Housewives”, Andrea has been a successful working actor for most of her life. She began her career on Broadway in New York at the age of six, playing young Cosette in Les Miserables, becoming the youngest Cosette in the show’s 16 year run. She went on to originate the role of Marta Von Trapp in the 1998 Broadway revival of The Sound of Music and the role of Adele in the 2000 Broadway musical production of Jane Eyre. She also appeared as Young Dorothy in the Lincoln Center workshop production WAS directed by Tina Landau and as Leisl in the Hollywood Bowl production of The Sound of Music with John Schneider and Melissa Errico.  Andrea’s other TV credits include a series regular role on ABC’s “That Was Then”, recurring and guest appearances on “Scandal”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “Ghost Whisperer”, “The Closer", “Boston Public”, “Without A Trace”, “Law & Order”, “Third Watch”, “Arliss”, “One Tree Hill”, “Nip/Tuck”, “Strong Medicine”, “Law & Order SVU”, “King of the Hill”, and others. She has also starred in several TV movies including the multi-award winning film, “Girl, Positive”, in which she played a high school student infected with the AIDS virus. Her performance garnered her the 2008 Prism Award for best performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries and a 2008 WIN Award.  She is also the recipient of 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Performance by an Ensemble for her work on Desperate Housewives as well as a Rising Star Award from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. Recent film projects include “GBF”, “Under Fire”, “Pretty Little Addict” and “Winter Wedding”.

 

 

ANNE DESALVO

RHONDA

Broadway includes “Gemini” (Obie Award, Showbusiness Award for Distinguished Performance), “Safe Sex” opposite Harvey Fierstein.  Off-Broadway includes Durang’s “Nature & Purpose of Universe”,  Innauarato’s “Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie”,  Vonnegut’s “Godbless you, Mr. Rosewater”, “Sorrows of Stephen” (Public Theatre), “Girls, Girls, Girls” (Public Theatre).  Wrote and performed “Mamma Roma”, Anna Magnani solo-show ( Cherry Lane Mentor Project NY).  Regional: “The Miser” (Yale).  Anne received a Barrymore Award nomination for Best Actress in “Gemini The Musical” and won Best Actress at Pasadena Playhouse for “Lend Me A Tenor”.  Films include “Arthur”,  "Stardust Memories", “My Favorite Year”, "Perfect", "Compromising Positions, "Taking Care of Business", “Burglar”, “Women Without Implants” (Cable Ace Nomination Best Actress).  TV includes starring with Terry Hatcher in USA’s "Dead In The Water", HBO's "Hi-Life" opposite Charles Durning, "The Ordeal of Patty Hearst", “Almost A Woman” (Masterpiece), “Jane Doe”,  “Citizen Jane”, “Wishing Well” and Emmy-Award winning "The Last Tenant" as Lee Strasberg's daughter. Series include “Two Broke Girls”, "The Closer”, “Monk”, “CSI-Miami”, “Entourage”,"Sex & The City", "Judging Amy", “Dream On”, “Chicago Hope", "X-Files”, "Northern Exposure”, recurring on "L.A. Law", "Taxi", "Cheers, "Wiseguys" to name a few. She was a regular in "Man In The Family" opposite Ray Sharkey.

 

 

TODD SHERRY

DEACON

Onstage, Todd has played Seymour in 3 separate productions of Little Shop of Horrors, including the US and Canadian tours. He has been seen as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lancelot in Camelot, Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and in many other roles in stock and regional theatres all over the country.

In the LA and San Francisco productions of the play Doing Judy! , Todd created the lead role of Kenny Carlisle, which led to a successful career in television and film acting over the past 15 years. To date, Todd has recurred on 10 television series including Life in Pieces, Parks & Recreation, Grace and Frankie, Suburgatory, the O.C., and Rita Rocks (Thank you, Stan Zimmerman!)  He has guest starred in dozens more including Supergirl, The Mindy Project, and Parenthood. Todd has also played supporting roles opposite Sandra Bullock, Adam Sandler, Marion Cottilard, and Steve Carrell.

 

 

JOSH ZUCKERMAN

MARSHALL

Josh has been acting professionally in the TV and film world since his late teens. He has played major roles in film genres ranging from comedy (“Sex Drive”, “Austin Powers III”, “Killing Diaz”), to horror (“Feast”), to drama (“The Hottest State”, “CBGB”) and appeared in TV series such as: “Desperate Housewives”, “CSI Miami”, “Boston Legal”, “House”, “NYPD Blue” and “90210”. He most recently starred in the CW comedy series “Significant Mother” and he just wrote and directed his first short film, “A Real Adventure”. Theater credits include: Juno and The Paycock (Odyssey Theatre), Cock (Creative Works Theatre), Autumn Garden (Antaeus Theatre), A Delicate Ship (The Road Theatre) and the 2016 Rogue Machine production of Dutch Masters, for which he won a Stage Raw Award for Best Two Person Performance. He is a proud member of both Rogue Machine and the The Road Theater companies.

LA CREATIVE TEAM

 

STAN ZIMMERMAN

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

THEATRE:  “Knife to the Heart” (Dorie Theatre), Paul Shoulberg’s “Pledge” (Dorie, Hollywood Fringe – McCadden Theatre), Justin Tanner’s “Heartbreak Help” (Dorie – Robbie Award nomination - Best Director/Comedy, StageSceneLA – Best Director/Local-Comedy), “Pinata” (Hollywood Fringe – Lounge Theatre), “Yes Virginia” (Studio C), Paul Shoulberg’s “Synthesis”  (Dorie), “Warm Cheese” (Grand Rapids Comedy Fest, Hollywood Fringe – Studio C), “Suicide Notes: In Their Own Words” (Hollywood Fringe-Theatre Asylum), “Meet & Greet” (Elephant Space, Hollywood Fringe-Theatre Asylum, Robbie Award Nomination – Best Director/Comedy, StageSceneLA – Best Director/Local-Comedy), “Daughter Of (Hollywood Fringe – 3 Clubs), “Blink & You Might Miss Me” (XL Lounge-NYC, Renberg Theatre, Chutzpah Festival-Vancouver, SF Fringe, Theatre Asylum, Best Director – BroadwayWorld Award - Local)“It’s On! The TV Theme Song Musical” (Signature Theatre/NYC-NYMF, Garry Marshall Theatre), “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” (Actors Company, StageSceneLA - Best Director/Local-Comedy), “Spike Heel” (Actors Circle, StageSceneLA- Best Director – Local-Comedy), “A Tuna Christmas” (Theatre Asylum), “Gemini” (Celebration Theatre) and many readings.  MUSIC VIDEO: “All I Want” by Whore’s Mascara (Best Director - Pill Award nomination).  TV/WEBSERIES: “Secs & Execs” (TelloFilms), “Skirtchasers” (Tellofilms).

 

 

 

 

 

STEFANI NICOLE VON HUBEN

PRODUCER/SET DESIGNER

Stefani is the founder of 4th Street Park Productions; a Southern-California based production company that has produced short and full-length films, television programming and live stage theatrical productions. Stefani has partnered with Broadway San Diego Civic Theatre to bring theatrical experiences and opportunities surrounding the arts to elementary students, including the Broadway productions of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast , Newsies, Lion King, Matilda, Finding Neverland ,The Little Mermaid, Stomp, School of Rock. She currently is involved with on-going collaborations with Disney-ABC Studios; DC Entertainment; and DreamWorks Animation. Ms. Von Huben’s producing highlights include: launching Unspeakable at the legendary Apollo Theater, New York; winning the Indie Merit Award for her short film, Blue Butterflies; premiering Unspeakable: a Dramatic Fantasia in Chicago at The Broadway Playhouse, Water Tower Place.

 

KEIR KIRKEGAARD

u/s MARSHALL

 

JOSHUA RODRIGUEZ

u/s DEACON

 

MARY CHRIS WALL

u/s RHONDA

 

ALLY YOUNG-PRICE

u/s JULIE ANN

 

KATIE AMIS

Assistant Director/VOICE-OVER

 

MIRANDA RICHARD

Stage Manager/Lighting Designer

 

JULIE GALE

Casting Director

 

ARTIE O’DALY

Show Artwork

 

KIM BEAVERS

Production Photography

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Jon Katzman, Peter Golden, Rande Leaman, Jeffrey Marcus, Jeannie Hackett, Robin Riker, Andrew Fromer, Gregory Blair, Mary Ann Pianka, Rebecca Asquino, Mindy Sterling, Allie Gonino, Raviv Ullman, Anne Parma, Wendie Malick, Katie Walder, Maahra Hill, Gary Griffin, Chelsea Kane, Marilu Henner, Jurgen Hooper, Esteban Andres Cruz, Miguel Pinzon, Kalinda Gray, Ross Gosla, Marjorie Knight,  Monica Martin (The Complex), Vin Reed, Gwen Ross, Chris Von Huben,  Bridgit Lynne Blomgren (Goddess of ALL!), Shane & Lori Denil, Rylee Cravens,  Kathy Arnold, Rick Ingram, and Michael Matthews

 

POP-UP PLAYHOUSE

is a new LA-based theatrical production company. Their first production was the acclaimed revival of Justin Tanner’s comedy Heartbreak Help with Melissa Peterman, Teresa Ganzel, Sarah Gilman and Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur. Next up was the Sold Out engagement of Paul Shoulberg’s Pledge.  This December at the Dorie, Yes, Virginia, also written with Christian McLaughlin, will be directed by Stan Zimmerman.

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