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Pterodactyls @ Culver Studios


Pop Up Theater, Inc. is thrilled to present the award-winning play Pterodactyls, written by Nicky Silver, produced by Grafton Doyle and directed by Melanie Wissner. Pterodactyls will open on Friday, September 1 at 8pm and runs through Sunday, September 24 at The Commissary at The Culver Studios, 9336 Washington Blvd. in Culver City.

A classic dysfunctional family is the vehicle for a descent into chaos, and this viciously hilarious yet touching story addresses the classic question: “Why are we here?” Pterodactyls suggests that our extinction is beginning not with an asteroid or an ice age but rather with a severed connection to the ones closest to us. Nominated for various awards including a Drama Desk award for Best Play, Pterodactyls is an unmissable adventure by the award-winning writer of The Lyons, Nicky Silver–one the freshest new playwrights of this generation.

Nicky Silver (Playwright) has been produced extensively in New York City as well as across Europe and as far away as South Korea (where The Lyons was called Happy Happy Family). His plays include Pterodactyls (Oppenheimer Award, Kesselring Award, Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critic’s Circle nomination), The Eros Trilogy, The Food Chain (Outer Critic’s Circle nomination), Fat Men In Skirts, Fit To Be Tied, The Maiden’s Prayer, Free Will & Wanton Lust (Helen Hayes Award), My Marriage To Ernest Borgnine, The Altruists, Raised In Captivity (Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination, Drama-Logue Award), Too Much Sun, Beautiful Child, This Day Forward and The Lyons (Drama Desk nomination).

Melanie Wissner (Director) is a co-creator, producer, and director for Pop Up Theater LA. PTERODACTYLS marks the follow-up to her directorial debut with the sold-out run of Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo at The Culver Studios. She graduated from New York University’s musical theater program and in addition to her artistic talents is an internationally acclaimed professional poker player.

The cast features (in alphabetical order): Melina Chadbourne, Donna Goldfarb, Skip Pipo, Ben Rawls and Cambrian Thomas-Adams.

Pterodactyls will open on Friday, September 1 at 8pm and run through Sunday, September 24 at The Commissary at The Culver Studios, 9336 Washington Blvd. in Culver City.

Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 2pm.

Ticket prices are $25.00 for all performances. Tickets are available online at and


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