Casting is set for Sacred Fools Theater Company’s production of “The Art Couple,” which will be performed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of Center Theatre Group’s fourth annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre. Written by Brendan Hunt and directed by Lauren Van Kurin, “The Art Couple” will begin previews March 18, open March 20 and continue through March 29.
The cast includes Bryan Bellomo, Kristyn Evelyn, Clayton Farris, Marie-Françoise Theodore, Madeleine Heil, Brendan Hunt, Joel Scher and Ryan Patrick Welsh.
The design team includes scenic design by DeAnne Millais, costume design by Linda Muggeridge, lighting design by Andrew Schmedake, sound design by Ben Rock, projection design by Corwin Evans and Ashley Crow as prop consultant. The production stage manager is Rachel Manheimer.
“The Art Couple” is a dramedy about Neil Simon’s struggle to break a terrible case of writer’s block he is suffering after accepting a huge commission for his completely unwritten third play: “The Odd Couple.” Encouraged by a mysterious busboy with a western twang (who also happens to be an aspiring playwright), Simon decides the play should be more than schtick, it should be about art. When he learns that Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin shared an ill-fated cohabitation, he endeavors to write about that real-life (but very odd) couple. Neil and the busboy battle for control of the play in parallel scenes and the odd couples begin to resemble something closer to “True West,” building irrevocably to a suitably ridiculous conclusion.
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