Two Fisted Love

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Range of Light presents the world premiere of David Sessions' dark comedy Two Fisted Love, a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre. Opens February 3. It's 2008 and Hollywood A-lister, Caroline Connors (Serena Scott Thomas), having recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, braves her descent into an uncertain future while attempting to navigate her relationships with her ultra-conservative and less than politically correct husband Kevin (David Sessions), and her defiant and idealistic daughter Rachel (Laura Long). Set in an affluent community near Silicon Valley in the months leading up to the financial crisis and the election, Two Fisted Love makes good use of its irreverent and original characters and artfully incorporates a blend of styles, ranging from, as Mr. Sessions puts it, “…a modern drawing room comedy to painfully dark conversations for mature audiences only…” The ensemble cast features Serena Scott Thomas (British actress; Paul Michael Anderson's Inherent Vice, The World is Not Enough, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, BBC's Diana) as matriarch Caroline Connors; Laura Long (AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies) as Rachel; David Sessions (Mail Call with R. Lee Ermey and Shootout; Candida at PRT, Hunger at the Odyssey, Bed Facing North at the Court Theatre, and Fortune and Men's Eyes at the Coast Playhouse directed by David Galligan) as Kevin; Jason Downs (Hairspray, Clara's Heart, The Homecoming directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos and Cigarettes and Chocolate at PRT) plays Andy, the offbeat and ‘amoral' computer programmer; Lynne Oropeza (The Manchurian Candidate, HBO's Westworld, FX's Baskets) plays Caroline's best friend, Maggie; Jacob Osborne (Home Invaders, White River Tales) plays the underachieving son, Justin; Guy Kapulnik (After the War, The Dibuk, Bordo) plays Caroline's neurologist, Dr. Sharon; Rene Rivera (King of the Desert, Boleros, Disenchanted) plays Robert, a ‘rags to riches' immigrant from across the border; and Paula Lafayette (Roxanna, Australian TV's Wonderland) plays Maria, an ‘illegal' immigrant who finds herself living in the basement and scrubbing floors for this rich and famous, yet dysfunctional American family. Two Fisted Love began its development at the Pacific Resident Theatre, where it was carefully tuned for nearly three years under the watchful eye of Marilyn Fox before receiving a staged reading at the Odyssey Theatre in October of 2016 (courtesy of Ron Sossi) which featured Orson Bean and Alley Mills in two of the leading roles; the script then received further dramaturgical input and revision over the first half of 2017 by Jules Aaron before finding its way to Serena Scott Thomas. David Sessions was born in Roswell, New Mexico and raised in Berkeley, California. He studied playwriting at the HB Studios in New York under the direction of Uta Hagen, and is the son of philosopher and deep ecologist George Sessions. The creative team for Two Fisted Love includes scenic designer John Iacovelli, lighting design by Brian Gale, and sound designed by Cricket Myers. The assistant director is Ryan McRee and the stage manager is Morgan Wilday. Two Fisted Love runs Feb. 3 through March 11, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Two preview performances take place on Thursday, Feb. 1 and Friday, Feb. 2. All tickets are $34 (reserved seating) except previews which are $15. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. Secure, on-site parking is available for $5. For reservations and information, call 866-811-4111 or go to www.twofistedlove.com.

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"There is a great deal of talent involved in "Two Fisted Love," currently running at the Odyssey Theatre. On stage and off, the production is saturated with film and television professionals whose program notes would prime the salivation glands of about 87 percent of the actors in this town. Playwright Sessions, who has re-booted Grant Wood's "American Gothic," has worked the surface details nicely but has not attended to the interior demands of the piece. This limits what director Jules Aaron can accomplish, since a director's work is 90 percent beneath the surface."

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


"Overall I left the play confused about what specifically to take away from the performance, however, the effects of the emotional roller coaster the play took its audience on lingered."

sweet-sour - Jessica Doherty - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


"The topical nature and voracity are truly evident in the wonderful writing and superb acting. Director Jules Aaron is a genius, proven multiple times over. I was moved by the pathos, dry humor, irony of an absurd degree, and melodrama. Two Fisted Love is a dynamic production at the Odyssey; well worth a ticket."

sweet - Bonnie Priever - ...read full review


"But if the play is not entirely successful, the production by director Aaron is more than competent, with fine performances by the entire cast, including Robert Bella as Caroline's caring but baffled doctor, Lynn Oropeza as her best friend Maggie, and Rene Rivera as Maggie's eloquently passionate business-man husband. We can feel compassion for the characters, and still be uncertain why they should concern us."

sweet-sour - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"I think Two Fisted Love should not be facilely pigeonholed. It has elements of tragedy as well as horror, and no small amount of emotional cruelty, along with plain bad, sometimes disgusting, behavior. It also calls to mind the work of Jacobean playwright John Webster (The Duchess of Malfi, The White Devil)."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


"There is a great deal of talent involved in "Two Fisted Love," currently running at the Odyssey Theatre. On stage and off, the production is saturated with film and television professionals whose program notes would prime the salivation glands of about 87 percent of the actors in this town. Playwright Sessions, who has re-booted Grant Wood's "American Gothic," has worked the surface details nicely but has not attended to the interior demands of the piece. This limits what director Jules Aaron can accomplish, since a director's work is 90 percent beneath the surface."

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


"Overall I left the play confused about what specifically to take away from the performance, however, the effects of the emotional roller coaster the play took its audience on lingered."

sweet-sour - Jessica Doherty - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


"The topical nature and voracity are truly evident in the wonderful writing and superb acting. Director Jules Aaron is a genius, proven multiple times over. I was moved by the pathos, dry humor, irony of an absurd degree, and melodrama. Two Fisted Love is a dynamic production at the Odyssey; well worth a ticket."

sweet - Bonnie Priever - ...read full review


"But if the play is not entirely successful, the production by director Aaron is more than competent, with fine performances by the entire cast, including Robert Bella as Caroline's caring but baffled doctor, Lynn Oropeza as her best friend Maggie, and Rene Rivera as Maggie's eloquently passionate business-man husband. We can feel compassion for the characters, and still be uncertain why they should concern us."

sweet-sour - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"I think Two Fisted Love should not be facilely pigeonholed. It has elements of tragedy as well as horror, and no small amount of emotional cruelty, along with plain bad, sometimes disgusting, behavior. It also calls to mind the work of Jacobean playwright John Webster (The Duchess of Malfi, The White Devil)."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review