Stand Up If You're Here Tonight



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Fri Oct 22, 8:00pm
Sat Oct 23, 8:00pm
Fri Oct 29, 8:00pm
Sat Oct 30, 8:00pm

announce that
Written and Directed by John Kolvenbach

Is EXTENDING through Saturday, October 30
at Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles!

September 24, 2021…Los Angeles…Vs. Theatre Company & Circle X Theatre Co. are thrilled to announce that the critically acclaimed, west coast premiere of STAND UP IF YOU’RE HERE TONIGHT, written and directed by John Kolvenbach (Olivier Nominee Love Song), starring Jim Ortlieb (Broadway’s The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin) and featuring Alexandra Grossi is EXTENDING through SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 at the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039.

“You’ve tried everything. Yoga. Acupuncture. Therapy. You floated in salt water in the pitch- black dark. You juiced, you cleansed, you journaled, you cut, you volunteered. You got a mattress that fitted itself to your fetal form. You ate only RINDS for three days and nights. You reached out, you looked within, You have tried. and yet here you are.”

So begins a new play by Olivier-nominated playwright John Kolvenbach. Jim Ortlieb delivers a tour-de-force performance as a man desperate for connection, bent by isolation, and deeply in love with the audience itself.


JOHN KOLVENBACH (Writer/Director) On the West End: Love Song (Olivier nomination, Best New Comedy, directed by John Crowley) and On an Average Day (with Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan, also directed by Mr. Crowley).  Love Song premiered at Steppenwolf in 2006, directed by Austin Pendelton. It has been produced in New York, Zurich, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul and Rome. There have been over fifty productions in the U.S. Average Day was produced in Los Angeles by VS. (with Johnny Clark and Stef Tovar) and in Chicago by VS. and Route 66. Average Day has been produced in Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Lisbon. Goldfish premiered at South Coast Repertory, then at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, directed by Loretta Greco. The play was done in repertory with Mrs. Whitney, which was directed by the author. Most recently, Reel to Reel received its premiere at the Magic and Sister Play and received its premier at The Harbor Stage Company and at the Magic, both productions directed by the author. Other plays include: Fabuloso, (Premiered at WHAT, subsequent productions in San Juan and Zurich, in Spanish and Swiss German) Bank Job (Amphibian Stages) and Marriage Play or Half 'n Half 'n Half (Merrimack Rep.) Film: “Clear Winter Noon,” an original screenplay, was selected for the Blacklist in 2008.

JIM ORTLIEB Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin, Of Mice and Men directed by Anna Shapiro with James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, and Ron Cephas Jones, and Guys and Dolls with Lauren Graham, Oliver Platt, Craig Bierko. 1st National Tour: Billy Elliot in Chicago and Toronto. DC; Ford’s Theatre. Chicago- Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight, Organic, Wisdom Bridge, American Blues Theatre Company. Paris and Ireland-; Gare St. Lazare Players. Film: “Drunkboat” with John Malkovich, John Goodman, and Dana Delaney, “Home Alone,” “A Mighty Wind,” “Flatliners,” “Magnolia,” and others.
Television: “American Horror Story,” “911 Lonestar,” “Chicago Med,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The West Wing,” “The Closer,” “Roswell,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Rookie,” “The Shield” and others. Jim has been nominated for the Joseph Jefferson in Chicago and the IRNE award in Boston for John Kolvenbach’s Marriage Play or Half ’n Half ’n Half at Merrimack Rep.

ALEXANDRA GROSSI is an actor, producer, writer, and activist. She is the co-founder of Kid Sister Collective, a production company that aims to create female-driven stories that offer a unique perspective and to collaborate with diverse creatives. She received her BA in Theatre Performance and studied Classical Theatre at the British American Drama Academy in London. In New York, Alexandra started her career on stage and soon expanded to TV & film, which led her to LA. Theatre credits include: Long Division and Trochilidae as part of Inkwell Theatre Lab, She Beside Me, Sitting Moving Arts Theatre Company, All My Sons Interact Theatre Company, The Lion in Winter North Coast Repertory Theatre, Edward II Diversionary Theatre, Living in a Musical and A Promise Best Kept Theater for The New City, The Steward of the Duchess of Amalfi The Red Bull Theater Company, The Importance of Being Earnest Love Creek Productions, Romeo & Juliet Castle Shakespeare Repertory.  She has recurred and guest starred on such TV shows as: “Lucifer,” “From Scratch,” “Broke,” “The Mindy Project,” “The League,” “Lopez,” and “2 Broke Girls.” Currently she works part-time as an Advocacy Associate at UNICEF USA and is the Coordinator for the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines.

STAND UP IF YOU’RE HERE TONIGHT will feature Set Design by Danny Cistone. Lighting Design by Derrick McDaniel.


STAND UP IF YOU’RE HERE TONIGHT is EXTENDING through SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 at the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039.

Free, ample street and lot parking.  Parking map:

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.
Tickets are $20 for all performances.
For tickets, please buy online at


STAND UP IF YOU’RE HERE TONIGHT are all fully vaccinated performances and will require proof of vaccination at the door. Masks are required. Seating will be socially distanced and limited. STAND UP IF YOU’RE HERE TONIGHT has a running time of 60 minutes with no intermission.

For more information, photos, press interviews or for press comps please contact David Elzer/DEMAND PR at 818-508-1754 or at

Calendar Listing:
Written and Directed by John Kolvenbach
Starring Jim Ortlieb and featuring Alexandra Grossi

Opened THURSDAY, AUGUST 12 at 8pm
and is extended through SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 8pm

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.

3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039.

Free, ample street and lot parking.  Parking map:

Tickets are $20 for all performances. Proof of vaccination required at the door.

For tickets, please buy online at