Postponed - SHOW ME A HERO

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***POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, DUE TO COVID-19***

A dynamic love story between the fearless Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci and the Greek freedom-fighter Alexander Panagoulis is dramatized in the new play, SHOW ME A HERO, by Willard Manus. Premiering in Los Angeles at 3pm on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at the Brickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood, the production will be helmed by Daniel E. Keough.

Fallaci and Panagoulis met in 1974 when she came down from Italy to interview him after the collapse of the military dictatorship in Greece. Panagoulis, who had been imprisoned and tortured for his actions against the Colonels, fell passionately in love with Fallaci, and vice versa. She was by his side when he once again risked his life to gather evidence against corrupt government leaders.

Produced by Write Act Repertory's Producing Artistic Director John Lant with Anne Mesa, and starring Ilia Volok, Lisa Robins* and Rico Simonini*. SHOW ME A HERO will run through March 29, Saturday nights at 8 pm, Sunday matinees at 3 pm.

Willard Manus wrote “Mott the Hoople,” from which the band took its name. His numerous plays, produced around the world, include Their Finest Hour–Churchill and Murrow, Bird Lives!, Marlene, Prez–The Lester Young Story, Joe and Marilyn, and Frank and Ava. The latter winning a best-play award at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival, is now a motion picture. Additionally, Manus is a novelist and a journalist. He lived for many years in Greece, serving as the Mediterranean Correspondent for the “Financial Post” (Canada).

Daniel E. Keough is a member of Theatre West where he has directed and designed dozens of productions. He and Manus met at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit.

“Show Me A Hero” opens at 3pm on Sunday, February 23rd and runs at 8pm Saturdays, 3pm Sundays through March 29, 2020. Write Act Rep's Brickhouse Theatre is located at 10950 Peach Grove St., North Hollywood, CA 91601 (off Vineland Blvd, just north of Camarillo St.). Tickets are $20 (cash only at the door).Phone: 1-800-838-3006 (ext. 1).

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It’s a dramatic story, a true story, one seemed destined for the big screen. It is so full of drama and passion and the best and worst of humanity. It’s also brilliantly told in this intimate and inspiring production. The roles are epic and any actor would be thrilled to sink their teeth into them. These two fine actors are compelling, gorgeously natural and absolutely excellent. We believe them and they become these roles totally.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Elaine L. Mura - LA Splash

SHOW ME A HERO is a fascinating study taken from real life and should appeal to audiences interested in history, especially Greek history. At the same time, this is a love story which will draw in audiences captivated by deeply emotional themes. The parallel between stories from ancient Greek theater and these contemporary characters will certainly keep the audience involved.

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


Bob Rich - Tolucan Times

The acting and directing are riveting. Ilia Volok is completely believable as the convicted, unstoppable Alexander. The set perfectly recreates the interior of the residence in Greece, where all the heated conversations take place. We often hear stirring music, and sometimes the consoling sounds of the sea.

RECOMMENDED!

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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A love story based on real people has the potential to compel an audience’s attention. Unfortunately, Show Me A Hero is attention-getting for all of the wrong reasons — its many missteps.

sour - Nikki Munoz - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Freedom fighter Petros has a “mistress” he loves even more than Luisa – namely Greece. After trying to carry out, shall we say, the propaganda of the deed against the tyrannical head of the junta, Georgios Papadopoulos, and experiencing torture and solitary confinement for years, once the Greek colonels are overthrown and a measure of democracy restored to his homeland, Petros continues his crusade. Dedicated to democracy in its birthplace in the West, Petros fights to expose who was behind the 1967 coup that plunged Greece into dictatorship and confronts the powers behind the throne: The U.S. string pullers and a Greek shipping magnate (who may be Aristotle Onassis).

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


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This play takes its title from a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald that states Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. This play does presents its heroes, yet also shows some tragic results. But exposing those tragic elements would only become a spoiler. SHOW ME A HERO is a stage production that rings true and just won’t spoil!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


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It’s a dramatic story, a true story, one seemed destined for the big screen. It is so full of drama and passion and the best and worst of humanity. It’s also brilliantly told in this intimate and inspiring production. The roles are epic and any actor would be thrilled to sink their teeth into them. These two fine actors are compelling, gorgeously natural and absolutely excellent. We believe them and they become these roles totally.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Elaine L. Mura - LA Splash

SHOW ME A HERO is a fascinating study taken from real life and should appeal to audiences interested in history, especially Greek history. At the same time, this is a love story which will draw in audiences captivated by deeply emotional themes. The parallel between stories from ancient Greek theater and these contemporary characters will certainly keep the audience involved.

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


Bob Rich - Tolucan Times

The acting and directing are riveting. Ilia Volok is completely believable as the convicted, unstoppable Alexander. The set perfectly recreates the interior of the residence in Greece, where all the heated conversations take place. We often hear stirring music, and sometimes the consoling sounds of the sea.

RECOMMENDED!

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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A love story based on real people has the potential to compel an audience’s attention. Unfortunately, Show Me A Hero is attention-getting for all of the wrong reasons — its many missteps.

sour - Nikki Munoz - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Freedom fighter Petros has a “mistress” he loves even more than Luisa – namely Greece. After trying to carry out, shall we say, the propaganda of the deed against the tyrannical head of the junta, Georgios Papadopoulos, and experiencing torture and solitary confinement for years, once the Greek colonels are overthrown and a measure of democracy restored to his homeland, Petros continues his crusade. Dedicated to democracy in its birthplace in the West, Petros fights to expose who was behind the 1967 coup that plunged Greece into dictatorship and confronts the powers behind the throne: The U.S. string pullers and a Greek shipping magnate (who may be Aristotle Onassis).

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


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This play takes its title from a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald that states Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. This play does presents its heroes, yet also shows some tragic results. But exposing those tragic elements would only become a spoiler. SHOW ME A HERO is a stage production that rings true and just won’t spoil!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review