Publicity for the theatre P.O. Box 94387 Pasadena, CA 91109-4387 (626) 683-9205 fax (626) 683-9172 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2012 Press/media contact: Philip Sokoloff,(626) 683-9205 “SLIPPED DISC,” WEST COAST PREMIERE COMEDY, OPENS NOVEMBER 8; PRESENTED BY GREEN CARD THEATRE AT SON OF SEMELE WHAT: “Slipped Disc.” West Coast Premiere of a dark comedy. WHO: Written by Ingrid Lausund. Translated by Henning B ochert. Directed and produced by Christopher Basile. Presented by Green Card Theatre. A guest production at Son of Semele Theater.
WHERE: Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004
WHEN: November 8- December 23, 2012. Thurs.- Sat. at 8 p.m., Sunday at
3 p.m. Also, Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. on November 24. Dark on
November 22 (Thanksgiving).
ADMISSION: $25. Students, seniors and members of performing arts unions, $20. RESERVATIONS: www.sonofsemele.org/shows/slippeddisc.html PHONE: No phone reservations. General information: (213) 351-3507.
* * * * * * “Slipped Disc” is the inaugural production of Green Card Theatre. As its name implies, Green Card is devoted to bringing local audiences the best plays from beyond America’s shores and borders.
“Slipped Disc” is subtitled “A Study of the Upright Walk,” and suggests that an essential component of contemporary survival is having a spine --you can’t walk upright without one. The narrative is set within the cutthroat environment of a soulless corporate culture, where friendship, camaraderie and desire are thwarted, and promotion and even survival are all that matters, to the exclusion of all other human impulses. And in the current economy, nobody wants to leave their job. Obviously, this is a comedy.
Who said corporations are people? The men and women of this unnamed company are in peril of being stripped of any pretense at civilization, as their self-interest in personal survival becomes paramount. Although this is a German play, it could take place in America or any country where corporate culture is ascendant.
“Slipped Disc” debuted in Hamburg in 2002. Co-founder of Theater Ravensburg, where many of her plays have been presented, Ingrid Lausund’s other plays include “The Road to Happiness,” “Confetti! A Magical Evening for the Politically Confused,” “The Immortals,” “Hysterikon,” “The Fields of Happiness,’ and many more. Born in 1969, Lausund is considered one of the important playwrights of her generation in her native Germany. “Slipped Disc” is the first of her more than thirty plays to be produced in Los Angeles.
Christopher Basile directs. A graduate of Kenyon College and LAMDA, his previous directing credits include “Cockroach,” “West Side Terri,” “Self-Accusation,” “Ubu Enchained,” “Sweeney Todd,” “One Tennis Shoe,” and “Shopping and F**king” (co-directed with Dave Barton). He is a member of Pacific Resident Theatre, and a founding artist of Monkey Wrench Collective, with whom he appeared in “pool (no water)” earlier this year.
Basile’s cast for “Slipped Disc” includes himself, Katelyn Gault, Jim Kane, Alexander Price and Nina Sallinen.
Set design: Regis Favero. Lighting design: Dan Weingarten. Sound design: Alexander Price. Graphic design: Beth Payne.
“Had the audience laughing for most of the evening….Frightfully easy to relate to.,,,Inhabits the same universe as ‘The Office’ with a soupcon of ‘Dilbert.’ ”---The New York Times