Cal in Camo

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West Coast Premiere of "Cal in Camo"

Presented by James Roday's Red Dog Squadron and VS. Theatre Company
Written by William Francis Hoffman / Directed by Amy K. Harmon

"Excellent cast. Hoffman is clearly a talented writer, and is especially skilled with humorous dialogue” Stage Raw

Do wounds from the past irrevocably impact our capacity to connect? Lyrical and mysterious, Hoffman's play probes the nature of bonding in family relationships and beyond. With heart aching humor, he explores the revelations we all resist when overcoming the obstacles we must conquer. Biblical, apocalyptic, and beautiful, the play offers characters who yearn to overcome economic turmoil, environmental detriment, and domestic unrest. Be prepared for a flood of the heart.

"There is a wild poetry afoot here; bringing to the forefront the expectations we put on ourselves, our families, our relationships, our children," says director Amy K. Harmon. "It's like a primal pulse that develops into a tome, animalistic yet delicate, about fighting for ones individual survival while trying to save the pack.” 

Playwright William Francis Hoffman recently completed his latest full-length play, Drift, which will receive its first workshop at Palm Beach Dramaworks in January. His play Cal in Camo received its world premiere in May of 2016 at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York City. He was a member of the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, Illinois and is a current member of the Actor's Gym in Los Angeles California, where he resides. William is currently working on a pilot and has outlined the first season. 

"Delivers a compelling and emotional roller coaster ride…suspenseful. Dialogue as raw as it's wounded characters” Hollywood Revealed

Director Amy K. Harmon helmed the world premiere production of And Then They Fell, by Tira Palquist, and Pack Up The Moon by Christina Cigala for Brimmer Street Theatre Company. For Equity Fights AIDS, she directed Scenes From A Marriage, by Michael Rex, and A Poster of the Cosmos by Lanford Wilson. On stage at Rogue Machine she played Sandy in the world premiere of Vince Melocchi's Nice Things, and has numerous film and TV credits which include a co-starring roles in HBO's American Splendor, and ABC's Scandal, Castle, and Inside the Box.

The cast includes Tim Cummings as Flynt (3x recipient - LA Drama Critics Circle Award, LA Weekly Award Best Supporting), 2x SAGE Awards. The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage at Boston Court; Need To Know and The New Electric Ballroom at Rogue Machine; The Woodsman at Coeurage; Reunion and Eurydice at South Coast Rep; The Normal Heart at The Fountain Theatre, Bree Turner as Cal (Rosalee in the six-season run of Grimm, Freda in Smashed - Sundance Film Festival premiere, Jewtopia, directed by Bryan Fogel), Brad Raider as Tim (Henry in Henry V, Louis in Red Dog's production of Greedy, Podnov in Red Dog's Grand Delusion, ABC's The Trouble With Normal and That Was Then, two-time best indie-film fest winner Kensho at the Bedfellow), and Andrew Thacher as Bar Owner (Dexter, The Social Network, Better Call Saul).

The Creative Team includes James Roday (Producer and Co-Artistic Director for Red Dog; currently on ABC's A Million Little Things), Johnny Clark (Artistic Director for VS.), Se Hyun Oh (Set Design), Chris Moscatiello (Sound Design), Derrick McDaniel (Lighting Design), and Gali Noy (Costume Design) 

Cal in Camo runs  at 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, and 3pm Sundays through November 9, 2018. VS. Theatre is located at 5453 Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, 90019. Tickets are $20 - $35. Reservations: reddogsquadron.com and more information 323-739-4411.

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This noble effort features strong performances with odd pacing that render this project worthy of an audience. There's a moment when you think that you might die.

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage LA - ...read full review


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This play showcases the talents of three actors, certainly among L.A.'s best, with a remarkable range of emotion, exuding natural chemistry and the ability to reveal how precious life truly is, at the end of the day. With shades of the great writers , such as DH Lawrence's characters with tortured souls, or Edward Albee's characters in Zoo Story, and Sam Shepard's themes (i.e. Buried Child); “Cal in Camo” intersperses light banter with gut wrenching scenes, with intense, almost volatile, violent scenes coming to a forefront.

sweet - Bonnie Priever - ...read full review


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Playwright William Francis Hoffman probes the dynamics in families with compassion and clarity... Kudos to this triad for their empathetic and caring portrayal of three tormented people seeking answers to very elusive questions which, in one form or another, often plague the best of us. And further congratulations to director Harmon, who digs deeply into what makes these characters who they are... CAL IN CAMO is an intense and fascinating study of real people struggling with real problems. Although uneven in parts, the overall effect is powerful. For those interested in family, dysfunction, and paths to resolution, CAL IN CAMO is a must.

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


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Writer, William Francis Hoffman's CAL IN CAMO, making it's West Coast Premiere at the VS Theatre is a chilling, metaphoric drama with dialogue as raw as it's wounded characters... With solid direction from Amy K Harmon, impressive set design by Se Hyun Oh, and an outstanding score by Chris Moscatiello, who also created the sound design, Cal in Camo delivers a compelling and emotional roller coaster ride.

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Impeccably produced and stunningly performed by the cast of four, the play is a searing family drama that went straight to the heart of this audience member.

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


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William Francis Hoffman's Cal in Camo —a new co-production from Red Dog Squadron and VS. Theatre Company — boasts an excellent cast and some sharp dialogue, yet finally goes over the top in its attempt at a poetic catharsis it doesn't quite attain.

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


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This noble effort features strong performances with odd pacing that render this project worthy of an audience. There's a moment when you think that you might die.

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage LA - ...read full review


Avatar

This play showcases the talents of three actors, certainly among L.A.'s best, with a remarkable range of emotion, exuding natural chemistry and the ability to reveal how precious life truly is, at the end of the day. With shades of the great writers , such as DH Lawrence's characters with tortured souls, or Edward Albee's characters in Zoo Story, and Sam Shepard's themes (i.e. Buried Child); “Cal in Camo” intersperses light banter with gut wrenching scenes, with intense, almost volatile, violent scenes coming to a forefront.

sweet - Bonnie Priever - ...read full review


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Playwright William Francis Hoffman probes the dynamics in families with compassion and clarity... Kudos to this triad for their empathetic and caring portrayal of three tormented people seeking answers to very elusive questions which, in one form or another, often plague the best of us. And further congratulations to director Harmon, who digs deeply into what makes these characters who they are... CAL IN CAMO is an intense and fascinating study of real people struggling with real problems. Although uneven in parts, the overall effect is powerful. For those interested in family, dysfunction, and paths to resolution, CAL IN CAMO is a must.

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


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Writer, William Francis Hoffman's CAL IN CAMO, making it's West Coast Premiere at the VS Theatre is a chilling, metaphoric drama with dialogue as raw as it's wounded characters... With solid direction from Amy K Harmon, impressive set design by Se Hyun Oh, and an outstanding score by Chris Moscatiello, who also created the sound design, Cal in Camo delivers a compelling and emotional roller coaster ride.

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Impeccably produced and stunningly performed by the cast of four, the play is a searing family drama that went straight to the heart of this audience member.

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


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William Francis Hoffman's Cal in Camo —a new co-production from Red Dog Squadron and VS. Theatre Company — boasts an excellent cast and some sharp dialogue, yet finally goes over the top in its attempt at a poetic catharsis it doesn't quite attain.

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