Andy Warhol’s Tomato

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Thu Aug 29, 8:00pm
Fri Aug 30, 8:00pm
Sat Aug 31, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 01, 3:00pm
Thu Sep 05, 8:00pm
Fri Sep 06, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 07, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 08, 3:00pm
Thu Sep 12, 8:00pm
Fri Sep 13, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 14, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 15, 8:00pm
Thu Sep 19, 8:00pm
Fri Sep 20, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 21, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 22, 3:00pm

It’s 1946 in Pittsburgh. An 18-year-old Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of the working class bar. Over the course of a summer, Andy gives and gets inspiration, guidance, and friendship from a surprising source.

A brand new season begins in August for L.A.’s multi-award winning Pacific Resident Theatre as they announce the world premiere staging of “Andy Warhol’s Tomato,” by Vince Melocchi. This marks the first play of the 2019/20 Season.

Written by Vince Melocchi(Ovation Award nom for “Original Play” - Lions) and directed by Dana Jackson (LADCC noms and AwardEccentricities of a Nightingale-LA Times Critic’s Choice, five Sage Awards, multiple Broadway World Nominations), this new work is being supported and developed by PRT as part of their commitment to providing opportunities for artists and craftsmen to enrich their skills.

Pittsburgh folklore has it that there is a working class bar which has the reputation for being the place where a teenage Andy Warhol drew on napkins in exchange for Coca-Cola. While drinking at that same bar, playwright, Vince Melocchi, began to see it in a different way… as a creative, mysterious place. He noted, “Andy allowed us to see, think, and feel about art in a completely new way. I wanted to find out who and what were his real influences. Andy Warhol’s Tomato imagines a chance encounter between Warhol and a Pittsburgh bar owner, as a step on his extraordinary journey.”

Directed by Dana Jackson, the cast includes Derek Chariton (as Andy Warhol) and Keith Stevenson (as Bones).

“Andy Warhol’s Tomato” opens at 8pm on Saturday, August 10thand runs Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm through September 22, 2019.Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 703 Venice Blvd., in Venice, CA 90291. Tickets are $25 - $34 and can be purchased online at http://www.pacificresidenttheatre.com or by calling (310) 822-8392.800x800

Reviews

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"Derek Chariton is brilliant as Warhol, a sly child with the wisdom of a sage. Keith Stevenson is deeply moving as a man whose dreams have been crushed by harsh reality. The play reveals the effect that their brief friendship has on each of them. Directed with sensitivity by Dana Jackson."

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - Theatre Spoken Here - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Wonderfully written, superbly performed, well-directed by Dana Jackson, perfect scenic design by Rich Rose, all makes for a production you won't want to miss."

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


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"With a well-written script and two very capable actors breathing life into quirky Andy and stolid Bonesy, ANDY WARHOL’S TOMATO has taken a cute and certainly untrue story from Andy Warhol’s early life and turned it into a play with a profound and timeless message for all. Kudos for director Dana Jackson’s tender handling of dynamics which, in lesser hands, might falter. Light and projection designer Andrew Schmedake has done a brilliant job of turning the dull and dim basement into a place of light and life. Rich Rose’s scenic design has just the right grimy feel, and the entire production staff functions with creative competence. ANDY WARHOL’S TOMATO is a not-to-be-missed study of what goes into achieving the goals of self-understanding and acceptance. And, besides, it’s an entertaining and often humorous evening out."

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


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"Under the keen direction of Dana Jackson, the relationship that develops between the two men, who are so radically different, has its fits and starts. Andy and Bones are seemingly from different universes, yet first impressions gradually change. I don’t believe it serves to detail more of the action of the play. That is for the audience to discover and to be touched by. Suffice it to say that the road to the climax of any good play is fraught with twists, turns, conflict, and misunderstandings that ratchet up dramatic tension."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


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"Playwright Melocchi has clearly done his homework with respect to historical accuracy. Nevertheless, the play offers more than a biographical sketch thanks to the reciprocal fleeting connection between Chariton’s Warhol and Stevenson’s equally complex performance as Bones, a sympathetic Everyman who harbors an unfulfilled dream of becoming a writer."

sweet - Philip Brandes - LA Times - ...read full review


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"The skill of Melocchi’s writing is matched by the remarkable acting work by Stevenson and Chariton. Together they breathe life into every line of Melocchi’s text, creating flesh-and-blood characters that hold you in thrall from start to finish."

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


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"...Andy Warhol’s Tomato is a strong and entertaining production about a unique artist. As Bones says in the play, “There is beauty in the mundane.” This show has found it. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"What Vince Melocchi’s new play has to say about the human condition as we all spin out of control on this risky ol’ orb we call home is what makes it so compelling. Van Gogh once said that great artists are the simplifiers of our existence. If we all stop alienating one another by focusing on our differences, instead trusting and finding motivation in the things we share that make us the same, our species’ ability to dream big dreams could become reality far more often."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"The world premiere of playwright Vince Melocchi's Andy Warhol'S TOMATO receives a solid mounting at the Pacific Resident Theatre. Dana Jackson directs this fictionalized two-hander on the possible beginnings of pop artist icon Andy Warhol, with a deft hand and a meticulous eye for character development via the subtle physical actions of the two wonderfully convincing actors - Derek Chariton as Andy Warhol and Keith Stevenson as Bones Bonino, the owner of the bar's storage room which TOMATO entirely takes place in."

sweet - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review


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"Derek Chariton is brilliant as Warhol, a sly child with the wisdom of a sage. Keith Stevenson is deeply moving as a man whose dreams have been crushed by harsh reality. The play reveals the effect that their brief friendship has on each of them. Directed with sensitivity by Dana Jackson."

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - Theatre Spoken Here - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Wonderfully written, superbly performed, well-directed by Dana Jackson, perfect scenic design by Rich Rose, all makes for a production you won't want to miss."

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Avatar
"With a well-written script and two very capable actors breathing life into quirky Andy and stolid Bonesy, ANDY WARHOL’S TOMATO has taken a cute and certainly untrue story from Andy Warhol’s early life and turned it into a play with a profound and timeless message for all. Kudos for director Dana Jackson’s tender handling of dynamics which, in lesser hands, might falter. Light and projection designer Andrew Schmedake has done a brilliant job of turning the dull and dim basement into a place of light and life. Rich Rose’s scenic design has just the right grimy feel, and the entire production staff functions with creative competence. ANDY WARHOL’S TOMATO is a not-to-be-missed study of what goes into achieving the goals of self-understanding and acceptance. And, besides, it’s an entertaining and often humorous evening out."

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


Avatar
"Under the keen direction of Dana Jackson, the relationship that develops between the two men, who are so radically different, has its fits and starts. Andy and Bones are seemingly from different universes, yet first impressions gradually change. I don’t believe it serves to detail more of the action of the play. That is for the audience to discover and to be touched by. Suffice it to say that the road to the climax of any good play is fraught with twists, turns, conflict, and misunderstandings that ratchet up dramatic tension."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Avatar
"Playwright Melocchi has clearly done his homework with respect to historical accuracy. Nevertheless, the play offers more than a biographical sketch thanks to the reciprocal fleeting connection between Chariton’s Warhol and Stevenson’s equally complex performance as Bones, a sympathetic Everyman who harbors an unfulfilled dream of becoming a writer."

sweet - Philip Brandes - LA Times - ...read full review


Avatar
"The skill of Melocchi’s writing is matched by the remarkable acting work by Stevenson and Chariton. Together they breathe life into every line of Melocchi’s text, creating flesh-and-blood characters that hold you in thrall from start to finish."

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


Avatar
"...Andy Warhol’s Tomato is a strong and entertaining production about a unique artist. As Bones says in the play, “There is beauty in the mundane.” This show has found it. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"What Vince Melocchi’s new play has to say about the human condition as we all spin out of control on this risky ol’ orb we call home is what makes it so compelling. Van Gogh once said that great artists are the simplifiers of our existence. If we all stop alienating one another by focusing on our differences, instead trusting and finding motivation in the things we share that make us the same, our species’ ability to dream big dreams could become reality far more often."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"The world premiere of playwright Vince Melocchi's Andy Warhol'S TOMATO receives a solid mounting at the Pacific Resident Theatre. Dana Jackson directs this fictionalized two-hander on the possible beginnings of pop artist icon Andy Warhol, with a deft hand and a meticulous eye for character development via the subtle physical actions of the two wonderfully convincing actors - Derek Chariton as Andy Warhol and Keith Stevenson as Bones Bonino, the owner of the bar's storage room which TOMATO entirely takes place in."

sweet - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review