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VS.THEATRE COMPANY & FIREFLY THEATER & FILMS
ARE PROUD TO PRESENT…
THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF A NEWLY REVISED
Written by ITAMAR MOSES
Directed by MATT PFEIFFER
Limited Engagement Opens Friday, November 7
at VS. Theatre in Los Angeles!
“A funny, ridiculously smart new play.” – Bloomberg News
August 25, 2014…Los Angeles, CA… The award-winning companies VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films are co-producing the West Coast Premiere of a newly revised version of Itamar Moses’ COMPLETENESS. The production will be directed by Philadelphia’s multi-Barrymore Award-nominee and F. Otto Haas Award-winning director Matt Pfeiffer and will feature Steven Klein, Emily Swallow, Nicole Erb and Rob Nagle. COMPLETENESS will preview on Thursday, November 6 at 8pm and will open on Friday, November 7 at 8pm and will run through Sunday, December 7 at VS. Theatre, 5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles.
In this romantic comedy, Elliot, a computer scientist, builds a computer program to help Molly, a molecular biologist, with her research project, only to find that the variables in their relationship shift as rapidly as their experiment. Elliot and Molly “meet cute” at complicated times in their love and personal lives, and, in their professional collaboration as problem-solving scientists, they grapple with the unsolvable nature of life’s biggest equation: how to pair.
The production brings Itamar Moses’ work back to Los Angeles for the first time since his local debut with The Four of Us, also a VS. Theatre and Firefly co-production. Mr. Moses is simultaneously hard at work on his musical adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress Of Solitude, opening at The Public in New York on September 30.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST
MATT PFEIFFER (Director) is a Philadelphia born actor and director who serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Exile. Recent directing credits: True West (Theatre Exile), the world premiere of Down Past Passyunk (Interact Theatre), The Train Driver (Lantern Theatre), The 39 Steps and The Two Gentleman of Verona (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), The Whipping Man and A Moon for the Misbegotten (Arden Theatre), and the world premiere of North of the Boulevard (Theatre Exile). Other credits: Two River Theatre, Walnut St. Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The Gulfshore Playhouse, Theatre Horizon, and 16 seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Matt is a seven-time Barrymore nominee, recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award, and a proud member of SDC and AEA.
ITAMAR MOSES (Playwright) is the author of the full-length plays Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back, and Completeness, the musicals Nobody Loves You (with Gaby Alter) and The Fortress of Solitude (with Michael Friedman), and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used to It). His work has appeared Off-Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at regional theatres across the country and in Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, and Venezuela, and is published by Faber & Faber and Samuel French. He has received new play commissions from The McCarter Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Wilma Theater, South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, and The Goodman Theatre. On TV, Itamar has written for both TNT’s MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE and HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Itamar holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and has taught playwriting at Yale and NYU. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. Born in Berkeley, CA, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
JOHNNY CLARK (Producer) is the founder and Artistic Director of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning VS. Theatre Company. Prior to founding VS., Johnny was the producing director for Interact Theatre Company. This is his third collaboration with Firefly Theatre and good friend, Steven Klein. Johnny is also an actor, most recently seen as “Paul” in the VS. production of Cops And Friends Of Cops (multiple Critics Choice designations; nominated for Best Ensemble by the LA Weekly). Prior VS. credits: The Credeaux Canvas, Modern Dance For Beginners, Navy Pier, Beggars In The House Of Plenty, Waste Of Shame, Eric Larue, On An Average Day, Eagle Hills…Eagle Ridge...Eagle Landing, The Mercy Seat and Blackbird for which he received a Best Actor Nomination from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for his performance as “Baylis”. Other favorite stage credits: Death Of A Salesman (Odyssey Theatre), Never Swim Alone (West Coast Ensemble), and Chicago productions of Life And Limb, Brilliant Traces, and A Hatful Of Rain. He has done several commercials and independent films including “Liars Club,” which he co-wrote, produced and starred in. The film won First Prize at the Rhode Island Film Festival and received a limited theatrical release
The cast of COMPLETENESS features: Steven Klein (The Four Of Us, An Infinite Ache), Emily Swallow (“The Mentalist,” High Fidelity), Nicole Erb (The Crucible, The Master Builder) and Rob Nagle (The Dead, Peace In Our Time).
COMPLETENESS features an award-winning design team led by Set Designer Darcy Scanlin (Richard III, A Winter’s Tale – A Noise Within; Princess Marjorie – South Coast Rep). Lighting and Projection Design is by three-time Dean Goodman Award recipient Tom Ontiveros. Sound Design is by Jason Tuttle (Wait Until Dark, Lonesome Traveler). Costume Design is by Rachel Myers (The Four of Us, The Recommendation). Props Design is by Stephen Rowan (Fairy Tale Theatre 18+). The show will be stage managed by Samantha Franco. COMPLETENESS is produced by Johnny Clark for VS. Theatre Company and Natalia Duncan for Firefly Theater & Films.
COMPLETENESS will preview on Thursday, November 6 at 8pm and will open on Friday, November 7 at 8pm and run through Sunday, December 7 at VS. Theatre Company, 5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm & Sundays at 2:00pm.
Ticket prices are $25.00 for all performances. Preview Tickets are $20.00. Tickets are available online at www.vstheatre.org.