Culver City Public Theatre Stages 2003 Summer Season
By Ken Kamlet
from Culver City,CA
Culver City, California--The Culver City Public Theatre (CCPT) has proudly announced the schedule for its 2003 Summer Season in Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park. CCPT will offer its growing and loyal audience a diverse and entertaining season with a challenging mix of laughter, heartbreak, tragedy and romance.
Now entering its 5th season of bringing free, professional, classical theatre to Los Angeles-area audiences, CCPT will kick off the summer with "All’s Well That Ends Well", William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of two unlikely lovers. Female ingenuity outwits royalty and death in this surprising and rarely-produced classic tale. Performances are scheduled for July 19-20 and July 26-27 at 2pm.
At the helm of this production will be Director Gregg W. Brevoort. Making his Los Angeles area debut with this production, he has directed notable successes in New York City and around the country. He comes to CCPT following a string of critically acclaimed productions including stagings of "Betrayal" and "Angel Street" (both for the Penobscot Theatre), "Redwood Curtain" (Dorset Theatre Festival) and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (Fort Salem Theatre).
Next, CCPT will present Sophocles’ dark and chilling drama, "Oedipus Rex" under the direction of Alexander Wells. CCPT will present the Dudley Fitts, Robert Fitzgerald translation of this Greek tragedy, considered by many scholars to be the most audience-friendly version of the original Sophocles text which concerns a man who seeks to solve a terrible crime that has stricken his community – only to find himself implicated and a dreaded prophesy proven to be true. "Oedipus Rex" will be performed August 2-3 and 9-10 at 2pm.
Director Alexander Wells returns for his fourth consecutive season, having previously mounted CCPT’s memorable productions of Plautus' "The Braggart Soldier", Henry Fielding's "Tom Thumb" and last season’s Italian Renaissance classic comedy, "The Deceived".
And finally, CCPT will round out its 2003 season with decidedly lighter fare. In Moličre’s "Scapin (The Scams of Scapin)" a brilliant and mischievous servant opens a can of slapstick on his masters. Director Douglas Green describes this clever and unusual comedy as, “the timeless struggles of love vs. authority, impetuous youth vs. stale age … and pompous idiots vs. what’s coming to them!” Hilarity, suitable for audiences of all ages, will be enjoyed in performances scheduled August 16-17 and 23-24th.
Green is an accomplished theatre and film director having helmed award-winning productions such as "Six Degrees of Separation" and "Company" for Theatre Palisades, "Babes and Brides" (Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts), "Sex and Violence" (Los Angeles Theatre Company) and The Butler Did It (Cabrillo Playhouse). His recent film “The Hiding Place” stars Oscar-winner Kim Hunter.
Culver City Public Theatre presents an annual summer season of free, outdoor, classical theatre in beautiful Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park, located at the corner of Motor Avenue and Braddock Drive in historic Culver City, CA. All performances are held during the summer on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to attend the productions which are intended for young and adult audiences alike.
CCPT has experienced enormous artistic and financial growth during each year of operation. Its productions are attended by approximately 1,800 patrons each season.
Culver City Public Theatre is sponsored by the Culver City Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and by the generous contributions and grants from the City of Culver City, The Cultural Affairs Commission and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Additional funding comes from donations from local businesses and patrons.
For general information call (310) 712-5482 or visit CCPT's official website at www.ccpt.org.
CCPT Company Members and Guest Artists kick-off 2003 Summer Season at Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park
Photo Credit: Ken Kamlet