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MARY’S WEDDING – Malibu Playhouse

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Date(s) - Fri. Feb 12, 2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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(Los Angeles, CA)  “Mary’s Wedding” premiers January 28 – February 21, 2016 at the Malibu Playhouse, officially launching their 2016 season under the helm of Jeremy Skidmore, world-renowned theater director and formerly Artistic Director of Theater Alliance in Washington, D.C.  Written by Stephen Massicotte and performed by Hallie Cooper and Mark Jude Sullivan, “MARY’S WEDDING,” produced and directed by Skidmore, is a brilliant, romantic and historical dream play. When Mary and Charlie unexpectedly find one another sheltered in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and their first flirtations ignite right as World War I begins to engulf the western world.  Nevertheless, their bond begins to fracture the hard rules of time as their story unfolds across vast prairies, on the decks of silently sailing war ships, and entwined with the chaotic trenches of Europe’s no-man’s land.  Mary’s Wedding captures an extraordinary moment of innocence and courage with rare sensitivity and beauty.

Skidmore blazes the trail as inaugural Guest Artistic Director with programming through June 2016 that brings a variety of expertise and fresh artistic vision.The 2016 season will include two more limited-run critically acclaimed productions: “Einstein’s Girl” and “The Pavilion.” Other projects include several one-night benefits, a multi-disciplinary new work mini-festival, collaborations with area universities, and Members Only promotional events (i.e. private dinners with Skidmore and cast members, private cocktail parties and “meet and greets”). 

Actor/icon Dick Van Dyke is the Executive Creative Producer of Malibu Playhouse.

Website for tickets: http://malibuplayhouse.org/marys-wedding/

OPENING NIGHT (with reception): Sat. Jan 30 – $50/$75

SUN. FEB 7 (Dinner on stage with cast and director) – $50

CLOSING NIGHT (with reception): Sun. Feb 21 – $50/$75

Other dates: $10 to $35

Show times vary – check website for listing

CAST

Hallie Cooper (Mary/Flowerdew) is thrilled to be a part of the Mary’s Wedding team at the Malibu Playhouse.  She was last seen as the lead role in Tucumcari at the Whitmore Theatre.  Hallie is the co-creator of the webseries “The Naked Truth” which premiered on YouTube this January.  She is a co-founder of Classic Theatre Group in Virginia where she appeared as Nina in The Seagull, Masha in Three Sisters, and the title role in Miss Julie. You can see her as a recurring guest star in YouTube’s “Average Joe.” Cooper, a native Angeleno, earned her BFA Acting degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  She is an active company member of The Road Theatre, both acting and directing.  She sends a big thank you to KMR and Firestarter.  www.halliecooper.co

Mark Jude Sullivan (Charlie) is excited to make his Malibu Playhouse debut in Mary’s Wedding. Recent LA theatre credits include Immediate Family (Mark Taper Forum), The Whipping Man, The Liar and Romeo and Juliet (LA Theatreworks), Lobby Hero and Betrayal (InHouse Theatre). Broadway: To Be or Not To Be (Manhattan Theatre Club).  NY: The Dining Room (Keen Company – Drama Desk Award), Surface to Air (Symphony Space).  Regional: The Whipping Man and The Sisters Rosensweig (Old Globe Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Measure for Measure and Melissa Arctic (Folger Shakespeare Theatre), The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Shape of Things (Studio Theatre), Big Death, Little Death and After Ashley (Woolly Mammoth Theatre – Helen Hayes Award Nom.), and The Master and Margarita and Family Stories (Rorschach Theatre). Film: Bear With Us. TV: ABC’s Pan Am, ABC Family’s Ms. Education, CBS’s As The World Turns. Mark’s new comedy series Sing It! will premiere this spring.

Stephen Massicotte (Playwright) premiered Mary’s Wedding in 2002 at the Alberta Theatre Projects’ playRites Festival and was the winner of the 2000 Alberta Playwriting Competition, the 2002 Betty Mitchell Award, and the 2003 Alberta Book Award. Mary’s Wedding has received upward of a hundred productions, has been translated into French, and has been adapted into an opera by the Pacific Opera Victoria. His play The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion premiered as a co-production between the Tarragon Theatre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company and was a hit off Broadway. It won the 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Award for Best English Language Play and the 2007 Alberta Book Award for Drama. His most recent play, The Clockmaker, premiered at the Alberta Theatre Projects’ 2010 playRites Festival and won the 2010 Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play and the 2011 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best English Language Play. Stephen wrote the feature films The Dark and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning for which he won the award for Best Script/Drama over 60 Minutes at the 2004 AMPIA’s. He also wrote the award winning short film June and, most recently, Historica Canada’s Winnipeg Falcons and Nursing Sisters Heritage Minutes. 

Jeremy Skidmore (Director/Producer) moved to Los Angeles one year ago after being based in Washington, DC for 15 years. While in Washington, he served for two years as Co-Founder and President of the Capital Talent Agency, two years as Artistic Producer of the Source Festival, and six years as Artistic Director of Theater Alliance.  Currently serving as Guest Artistic Director of the Malibu Playhouse, Jeremy has directed or taught all over North Carolina and in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Nebraska, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, London, Oslo, Galway, Kilimanjaro, Tokyo, Macau, and Tai Pei. He has as a BFA in directing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and an MBA from American University.

Theater Location:

29243 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265

Ticket Information: http://malibuplayhouse.org/marys-wedding/

Ticket prices will vary ($10-75 depending on performance date)

Website: www.malibuplayhouse.org  

Email: info@malibuplayhouse.org 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MalibuPlayhouse?fref=ts

Membership: http://malibuplayhouse.org/membership-2015-2016/

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