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Contact: Leigh McLeod Fortier or Sandra Kuker (323) 960-7779 Email: SJK@plays411.com The ROCK of ABANDON Begins October 20th, 2012 · World Premiere · Old-School Murder Mystery · Ancient Greek Noir Opens October 20th through November 18th, 2012 Previews October 18th and 19th (Media are Invited to attend Sat. Oct. 20th 8PM) (Los Angeles, CA) (September, 2012)... Fierce Backbone presents the world premiere of The Rock of Abandon, written by Stephen Blackburn, directed by Tiger Reel, coming to Elephant Stages - Lillian Theatre beginning October 20th, 2012. About The Show When blacklisted dramatist Euripedes (of Trojan Women fame) turns detective to avenge the murder of a courtesan he once loved, his investigation hurls him into a head on collision with blackmail, treason, and the charismatic general who has just beguiled Athens into launching an unnecessary war. About the Team Written & Directed by Stephen Blackburn Directed by Tiger Reel Produced by Fierce Backbone Co-Producers Victoria Watson and Sean Thomas Lighting and Sound Design by Matthew Richter Costumes by MUTOLITTLE Stephen Blackburn¹s ancient Greek noir murder mystery, THE ROCK OF ABANDON, started life as a screenplay during Blackburn¹s endowed James Michener Fellowship. A winner of Fade In magazine¹s 11th Annual Writers Network Screenplay and Fiction Contest, the script was selected by the Writers Guild of America, West, for a directed reading cast with AFTRA actors. In numerous development workshops and readings at Fierce Backbone, Blackburn has translated and transformed the story from a screenplay to a stage drama. The Cast Abubakr Ali Ann Ryerson Corey Clifford Gary Rubenstein Jim Hanna Monica Martin Pancho Moler Rachel Boller Thomas Ashworth Todd Babcock Drew McAuliffe Jon Gentry Jeffrey Wylie Carolina Espiro Jonathan "Doc" Farrow Mandy Dunlap the rock of abandon runs Oct. 20th through Nov. 18th, 2012. Previews are Thursday, Oct. 18th 8 PM, and Friday Oct. 19th 8 PM, with opening night Oct. 20th. Performances are at Elephant Stages - Lillian Theatre at 6322 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 5 PM. Tickets are $20 (previews) and $30 for regular shows. Running time is 120 minutes with intermission and concessions available. Allow time for street parking. For reservations, call (323) 960-7787 or RESERVE ONLINE: www.plays411.com/rockofabandon <http://www.plays411.com/rockofabandon> ### NOTE TO MEDIA: Press invited to attend Saturday, Oct. 20th 8PM CALENDAR LISTING: Fierce Backbone presents the rock of abandon Written Stephen Blackburn Directed by Tiger Reel Produced by Victoria Watson and Sean Thomas CAST: Abubakr Ali - Ann Ryerson - Corey Clifford - Gary Rubenstein - Jim Hanna Monica Martin - Pancho Moler - Rachel Boller - Thomas Ashworth Todd Babcock - Drew McAuliffe - Jon Gentry - Jeffrey Wylie Carolina Espiro - Jonathan "Doc" Farrow - Mandy Dunlap THEATRE VENUE: The Lillian Theatre 6322 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90038 PREVIEWS: Thu, Oct. 18, 8pm - Fri, Aug 19, 8pm OPENING NIGHT: 20th OCTOBER 2012 @ 8 pm RUNS: Fri, Sat 8 pm Sun, 5 pm TICKETS: $20 Previews $30 Performances www.plays411.com/rockofabandon <http://www.plays411.com/rockofabandon> Ticket Line: 323 960-7787 MEDIA CONTACT: Sandra Kuker Plays411 323.960.7779 Artistic Bios JIM HANNA (Euripides) 21 long years ago, Jim moved from Nebraska to L.A. where he earned an MFA in acting at USC. He has since become a familiar face in countless commercials, and many TV and film roles. He is a proud member of The Production Company at the Lex Theatre where he has appeared recently in The Return to Morality, Othello (Iago -- LA Weekly nomination) and Equus (Dysart -- L.A. Drama Critics Circle award for Best Lead Performance and an LA Weekly nomination) ANN RYERSON (Althea) began her professional theatrical career (we won¹t count belly dancing for pennies from the relatives at age 5) in improvisational theatre, first in her home town of Minneapolis at Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop, then at The Second City in Chicago. She has performed extensively in television, in movies (including Minority Report and 3 movies by Robert Altman), on stage, and in radio commercials. She was a regular on the TV series Private Benjamin in the early 80¹s and has had the world¹s smallest recurring part onCurb Your Enthusiasm as Nan Funkhauser. A member of Fierce Backbone, a playwright¹s group, where she reads new plays for the writers. Ann is a singer, dancer and AVID tennis STEPHEN BLACKBURN (Playwright). A co-founder of Fierce Backbone Theatre Company in Hollywood, Blackburn produced the stage reading of Saving Toad, a compelling new play by Academy Award-winning writer David Seidler, in 2010, and has recently completed writing Grant¹s Horses, the first novel in his epic ³Blood Brothers² historical trilogy. Set on the South Texas border in 1845-1846, the novel recounts a young Union soldier¹s boyhood memory of a gentle, lovesick Ulysses Grant on the eve of war with Mexico. Blackburn wrote Each One Teach One: Up and Out of Poverty�Memoirs of a Street Activist (Curbstone Press), the as-told-to memoir of anti-poverty and housing activist Ron Casanova. Booklist hailed the book as ³an eloquent voice for Americans too often ignored or scapegoated.² His original feature script Fatty & Buster, and his short story Orion¹s Belt won him his Michener Fellowship. Fatty & Buster was also a Semifinalist in Francis Ford Coppola¹s second annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest. The story chronicles the enduring friendship between silent film comic geniuses Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton after Arbuckle is unjustly banished from making movies. As the featured author of PEN International's winter 2002 lecture series in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Blackburn read from his collection of short stories, The Extinction of Rhinos in Mexico: 9 Tales of Life and Death (Xlibris). A member of the WGA, Blackburn lives in Los Angeles with his wife Consuelo Flores, Director of Agency, Member Education, EEO and the Frank Nelson Fund for the L.A. local of the SAG-AFTRA. TIGER REEL (Director). National Credits: Speed Merchant of Venice (2012 Best of Hollywood Fringe), The Last Day (World Premiere), Othello (LA Weekly Theatre Award Nominee), Slaughterhouse-Five (West Coast Premiere), Donna/Madonna (World Premiere; Best of Fringe NYC), The Tempest, R.U.R. (Garland Award - Best Adaptation), O Jerusalem, Inherit the Wind, Cartoon (Los Angeles Premiere; Garland Award - Best Production), The Dog in the Manger (West Coast Premiere), and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. International Credits: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Complete History of America (abridged). Education: Tisch School for the Arts, New York University; Warehouse Theatre Journeyman Program; High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, TX. Also known to act from time to time, Tiger is the founding Artistic Director of Action! Theatre Company and is a member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. MATTHEW RICHTER (Lighting and Sound Design) Matt is a Los Angeles based Lighting and Sound designer. For Theatre 68: Last Night In The Garden I Saw You by John Patrick Shanley (World Premiere), Lenny's Back & Boy is He Pissed. Sacred Fools: Neighborhood 3 (Garland Award Nominee), Watson (Stage Scene LA Award), The Forbidden Zone (World Premiere) and Endgame. For Theatre of NOTE: Shoe Story (Ovation Nomination), Skeleton Stories (Ovation Nomination), Shake, Kill Me Deadly (Ticketholder Award Nominee), Figure 8. For The Elephant Theatre Company: Asleep on a Bicycle (Ticketholder Award Nominee, Sound Design), Idea Man, Love Sick and Little Flower of East Orange (West Coast Premiere- Stage Scene LA Award Sound Deaign). He was honored to design the world premiere of Theatre Revelation's The Devil Has a Sister at the Melkweg Theatre in Amsterdam. For more information, please visit www.mattrichter.net MUTOLITTLE (Costumes), Kim Little and Antoinette Muto first met while creating and building costumes for the Utah Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 1980. They opened their first costume and tailoring shop on July, 1982 in Beverly Hills, on Rodeo Drive between Charleville and Wilshire, where The William-Morris Agency now resides. While there, they built costumes for those who could use their expert tailoring services and costuming talents. After several rude awakenings to the auspicious nature of their new found business, they moved their shop to Hollywood Center Studios in the Spring of 1986. It was at Hollywood Center, that the company really began to grow and gel. They worked on national commercials with several prominent directors, television shows and motion pictures features, including "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Babylon 5," "Terminator 2," "Total Recall," "The Last Samurai" and numerous shows and parades for the Disney Theme Parks, including "Animazement," "Light & Magic" and "The Fiftieth Anniversary Parade, and the Michael Jackson World Tour." With their successes stemming from the 1990s and the pressures of working within an ever-changing studio space, Kim and Antoinette took a risk, deciding to their own costume shop in 2000 in Larchmont Village, southwest of Paramount Studios. Since that time, the company has expanded and expanded, taking their expertise not only to commercials, feature film, televsion and theme park attractions, but many live venues as well. Over the last year alone, they have created costumes for Jadan Smith, WIllow Smith, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West, Kelly Rowland, Rhianna and all of the outrageous costumes of Lady Gaga during her first year on tour.