SOUL CRUSHING DISCO BALL

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Anarchy Pictures and Gia Paladino are proud to present a World Premiere play by an award-winning playwright team, Travis Perkins and Chambers Stevens. Opening January 4, 2019. The new play will be at The Hudson Backstage Theatre, located at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Tickets: www.plays411.com/discoball A NEW PLAY It's the story of two friends who find each other in grade school but struggle to find the right woman for the next three decades. The all-male cast includes the young but talented Jae Head (The Blind Side), John Brahan, and Malcolm Wise. This full-length play is directed by Stevens, who previously teamed up with Perkins to pen The Naked Man Rising and The Darkness. Both successfully thrilled sold-out audiences during the 2016 Solo Creation Festival at the Son of Semele Theater in Los Angeles. ABOUT THE SHOW Killer Kisses, STD Clinics, Marriage…DIVORCE. Sometimes women cause men “lots of pain,” so when a school-yard rumor spreads that one female student has committed manslaughter, two third-grade boys join forces to stop the bleeding by forming a friendship that spans three decades worth of debacles at the hands of the opposite sex. It's true. Being a best friend can be a soul-crushing job, but one that also comes with surprising benefits. BIO'S Jae Head (Marco/Bobby) has Chambers Stevens to thank for his entire career discovering him in Texas when he was a wee one. On television he has appeared in How I met your mother, Law and Order: SVU, Mad TV, Yellowstoneand the pilot of Wizards of Waverly Place. But it was Peter Berg casting him as Bo Miller in his hit series Friday Night Lightsthat made his career take off. Berg then cast him to star along Will Smith and Charlize Theron in Hancock. Jae is most known for playing S.J. in his second film The Blind Sidewith Sandra Bullock. This year he has performed for Chambers in 3 plays (Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, Trick or Treat Smell My Feet and Jingle Bells Batman Smells) that he wrote with his son, Twain Stevens. When he is not acting Jae is touring the country giving speeches about persistence in light of him being born with no aorta and having two open heart surgeries before he was two. Malcolm Wise (Marco) is currently pursuing a degree in Creative & Performing Arts at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He previously studied Musical Theater and Vocal Performance at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. He first caught the acting bug as a child when he appeared in an episode of the profane comedy series Svetlanaand went on to explore diverse performance opportunities including an episode of the web series Back Seat Chroniclesand the role of Roger Davis in Rent. In addition to training in Practical Aesthetics, improvisation and tap-dancing, Malcolm has sought out non-traditional acting preparation. Fascinated with the principles of control versus uncontrol, Malcolm applies the philosophy of the Japanese method Butohand incorporates radical movement theory into his cabaret act (except he generally does not perform that show in the nude). John Brahan (Bobby) graduated from The University of Mississippi last May with a BFA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Public Policy Leadership. For his senior thesis, John wrote and produced IX, a full-length play that explores rape culture, Greek life, and the ramifications of a Title IX investigation. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to participate in the Hollywood Fringe Festival with his play Ain't That America, which highlights the parallels between the main stream Republican Party and Right-wing extremist terrorism. The production received the Fight the Power Award, Best of the Broadwater, the Encore Producers' Award, and The TVolution's Best Drama and Best Actor. In addition, he starred in the short films Katy and Delivery Guy. John has enjoyed getting involved with the improv scene by taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade and competing in the Improv Space's X-ecution. Travis Perkins(Playwright) The last time Travis stepped foot in the Hudson Theater he was too young to drink alcohol. Well, legally. In 2000, his play The Next to Last Ride of Jeremy Strohmeyer debuted at this very space as part of The Blank Theater's Young Playwrights Festival. Perkins was only 19-years-old at the time, and though he opted to take a break from the world of theater, he's been everywhere else since. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University and later earned a teaching credential from CSULB. He wrote thousands of articles for various newspapers (Palo Alto Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Palos Verdes News), promoted for night clubs in Las Vegas and rumor has it ended up in jail in two different counties He also participates in reunions for the 1993 Long Beach Little League All-Star Team that won the Little League World Series. Travis was an outfielder on that team. Then in 2016, he teamed up with Chambers Stevens to write Naked Man Rising and The Darkness. Both played to sold out crowds during the Solo Creation Festival at the Son of Semele Theater in Los Angeles. Since then the duo recently finished writing a handful of full-length plays, and Soul-Crushing Disco Ball is the first to reach the stage, bringing Perkins back to where it all started. Chambers Stevens (Playwright/Director) is a graduate of The Conservatory of Theater Arts at Webster University & the founder and first artistic director of The Nashville Shakespeare Festival now in its 30th year. As a playwright, he has won The Ingram Fellowship and the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Award. His play Biff and Charlieis published by Samuel French, Mother of Pearlis published by Dramatic Publishing. Desperate for Magicis published by Eldridge Publishing. Travels With Jack Lemmon's Dog premiered at the North Star Theatre in New Orleans. And Bing Bang Boom debuted at the University of Florida and has since been performed in colleges around the country. Twain and Shaw Do Lunchreceived its world premiere at the New Theatre in Coral Gable, FL. Twain and Shawhas already won numerous national awards including the Long Beach Playhouse Award for Best New Play, as well as Best Comedy from The Palm Spring International Playwriting Contest. As a television actor, Chambers starred in The Steve Spots, which received six Emmys and a George Peabody Award, Funnybones, which received an Emmy for “Outstanding Children's Program”, and Geoscout, for which he received a personal Emmy nomination as “Outstanding Actor in a Children's Series.” As a theater actor, Chambers has performed in over a hundred theater productions (including Romeo and Juliet (3 times)and Midsummer Night's Dream (4 times) and well as 4 different one man shows. He is the recipient of the Geoffrey Award for his portrayal of Drew in Eastern Standard. He also received the prestigious Backstage Garland Award for his one-man show Desperate for Magic. He is married to Betsy Sullenger, who produced the Disney hit series Liv & Maddie. They have a 11-year-old son, Twain. Twain and Chambers are currently attempting to play in all 450 parks in Los Angeles County. They are now at 201! PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS SOUL-CRUSHING DISCO BALLS opens January 12 – 20, 2019, at The Hudson Backstage Theatre. Located 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90038. Performances are Friday & Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM. There will be three preview performances Jan. 4, 5, & 6. Running time 75 minutes. General admission $30.00. Tickets on sale: www.plays411.com/discoball ### NOTE TO MEDIA: Press are invited to Opening Night Jan. 12 or any available performance! CALENDAR LISTING Life Style and Special EventsTheatre Areas: North Hollywood, Metropolitan Los Angeles, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Glendale, Burbank, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beach Communities, San Gabriel, and the San Fernando Valley WHAT: “SOUL-CRUSHING DISCO BALL” WHO: Playwrights Travis Perkins and Chambers Stevens Directed by Chambers Stevens Produced by Anarchy Pictures and Gia Paladino Set and Lighting Design by Vali Tirsoaga Sound Design by Bethany Nava Fight Choreography by Darbianna Dinsmore Costume Design by Ellen Uzarowicz Stage Managed by Marintha Prieto CAST: Jae Head - “Marco / Bobby” (The Blind Side and Friday Night Lights) John Brahan - “Bobby” (Multi-Award-Winning Playwright and Actor) Malcolm Wise - “Marco” (Svetlana, Back Seat Chronicles and Rent) Danielle Nicole Perez “Woman” WHERE: THE HUDSON BACKSTAGE THEATRE 6539 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA. 90038 WHEN: January 4 – February 24, 2019 Performances Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sundays 3:00PM Running time: 75 minutes - No intermission ADMISSION: General admission Advance purchase $30.00 (Open Seating, first come first served) RESERVATIONS: www.plays411.com/discoball (323) 960-7822

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"The two male leads did an excellent job of detailing their characters' feelings and emotions on the path from childhood and silliness to adulthood and silliness... SOUL-CRUSHING DISCO BALL will likely appeal to lovers of “buddy” stories, as well as fans of “coming of age” sagas. Although it is somewhat uneven – and sometimes fails to dig into deeper dynamics – it was still amusing and entertaining."

sweet-sour - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


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"There are some moments that are really fun, the first meeting of Marco and Bobby, the switchback nature of success as friends grow and change, a very solid moment in the hospital, and a rather gleeful ode to what could go wrong at a bachelor's party. Again, the actors are doing their best."

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David MacDowell Blue
"But a few problems do pop up. One I just mentioned. Both actors. As in two and only two. The play has numerous scenes, jumping "o're time" in a way that makes perfect sense for the story--going from childhood to teenage years, early adulthood, marriages, etc. But this requires in effect the entire cast to leave the stage ever few minutes and do a costume change. Literally, the play stops. I've seen this kind of thing gotten around before, but it always proves tricky."

sweet-sour - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


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"The two male leads did an excellent job of detailing their characters' feelings and emotions on the path from childhood and silliness to adulthood and silliness... SOUL-CRUSHING DISCO BALL will likely appeal to lovers of “buddy” stories, as well as fans of “coming of age” sagas. Although it is somewhat uneven – and sometimes fails to dig into deeper dynamics – it was still amusing and entertaining."

sweet-sour - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


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"There are some moments that are really fun, the first meeting of Marco and Bobby, the switchback nature of success as friends grow and change, a very solid moment in the hospital, and a rather gleeful ode to what could go wrong at a bachelor's party. Again, the actors are doing their best."

sour - Stana Milanovich - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"But a few problems do pop up. One I just mentioned. Both actors. As in two and only two. The play has numerous scenes, jumping "o're time" in a way that makes perfect sense for the story--going from childhood to teenage years, early adulthood, marriages, etc. But this requires in effect the entire cast to leave the stage ever few minutes and do a costume change. Literally, the play stops. I've seen this kind of thing gotten around before, but it always proves tricky."

sweet-sour - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review