Wink

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It's easy to lose your way in Hollywood. A homeless gender questioning teenager and Dario Villanova, a former A-list actor who is now doing B movies, are both down on their luck in Los Angeles. When a synchronistic meeting connects these two souls, they quickly bond over music, art, and life's unexpected misfortunes. Sometimes the best way forward is to stop fighting the past.

“Volunteering at a New York LGBTQ center for homeless youth was a transformative experience for me. It became the inspiration for WINK. I wanted to tell a story about a non-binary kid, about the unexpected connections that happen in life and how it can forever change us,“ says Neil Koenigsberg; Playwright

Written by Neil Koenigsberg (On A Bench and Fit, produced at 59E59 Theater in New York; Off the King's Road in NY at Theater for the New City, in Los Angeles at the Odyssey Theatre, and in London at the Jermyn Street Theater), this production is being directed by Michael Allen Angel (directed Blake Warner in his autobiographical play After Hours; the gender-bending illusionist duo IMAJICK in their Adventures Of Priscilla and Trixie; as well as Cathy Lind Hayes in her award-winning solo show The Beauty, The Banshee & Me. He helmed The Fortune Teller and Barrage From The GarageFestival Directors' Pick” for the 2017 Short + Sweet Festival.

Ensemble cast includes Amy Argyle as Valerie (The Blank Theatre's Peter Pan The Boy Who Hated Mothers and Young Playwright's Festival; film short “A Funny Thing Happened to Kelly and Ted” starring opposite Dominic West), Adam Cardon as Peter (Hulu's series "Ark," the film, “Ringer" - Best Actor, Bali International Film Festival), Euriamis Losada as Manuel (Romeo & Juliet - Best Actor, Miami New Times; Long Day's Journey Into Night - Best Supporting Actor nomination, Curtain Up Award; Bat Boy, and Jekyll & Hyde - Best Actor in a Musical, Carbonell Award, Carbonell Award; Ricky Ricardo on the National Tour of I Love Lucy Live on Stage), David Mingrino as Dario (title role World Premiere The Man Who Saved Everything Theatre West, Room Service - 6 Ovation nominations including best ensemble cast), features “The Haunted Maze” Amazon Prime), Andrik Ochoa (The Vagina Monologues and the film "Morir de Amor" 2017).

Creative team includes Racquel Lehrman; Theatre Planners (Producer), Pete Hickok (Set Design), Matt Richter (Lighting Design), Jesse Mandapat (Sound Design), Wendell C. Carmichael (Costume Design), Katrina Pagsolingan (Projection Design), and Michael Donovan (Casting), Danny Crisp (Stage Manager). 

Wink opens on Saturday, December 8th and runs through January 13, 2019. Saturdays and Mondays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm (added performances on Fridays Dec 21, 28, and Jan 11, 2019 and no performance on Monday December 24 & 31, 2018). Zephyr Theatre is at 7456 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Tickets $15 - $45. Reservation and information at www.Plays411.com/Wink and 323-960-1055. Wheelchair access and ample street parking.

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Reviews

Cynthia Citron
"“Wink” is a badly written one-note play about a young person who is both male and female. He/ she is not gay nor transgender, but a non-binary human, according to the identification in the playbill of Andrik Ochoa, who plays a character like himself, and/or Wink. I thought it might be enlightening and interesting. I was wrong on both counts."

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Steven Stanley
"Casting a non-binary actor as a non-binary protagonist merits snaps, but the two-hour suspension of disbelief required of an audience by Neil Koenigsberg's Wink sinks whatever good intentions may have prompted its playwright to put fingertips to keyboard."

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Shari Barrett
"Playwright Neil Koenigsberg spent time volunteering at a New York LGBTQ center for homeless youth, and that transformative experience inspired him to write WINK, a play about a non-binary kid and the unexpected connections that happen in life and forever change us. I encourage everyone from all belief systems to see it, not only for its brilliant commentary on why unconditional acceptance of all people is how our lives should be lived, but also for the perfectly cast lead actor, Andrik Ochoa, whose own life mirrors the title character, adding incredible realism to his portrayal."

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"The play itself is just as dramatic as it's comical as it's heartwarming! It's not sweet, nor it's bitter. It's expressed as a basic case study of a honest and trusting friendship. Michael Allen Angel direct this show as a story full of characters that desire to belong. Some with specific labels, and with one (Wink) who just wants to be Wink!"

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Gil Kaan
"Playwright Neil Koenigsberg, a founder/partner of PMK PR, must have experienced some pretty outrageous incidents in his tenure at PMK, as well as, in his stints as talent manager and film producer. Koenigsberg has taken probably one of his most far-fetched scenarios to base WINK on. Andrik Ochoa, totally at ease and comfortable on stage, plays the non-binary Wink as a total innocent with no bad attributes whatsoever."

sweet-sour - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron
"“Wink” is a badly written one-note play about a young person who is both male and female. He/ she is not gay nor transgender, but a non-binary human, according to the identification in the playbill of Andrik Ochoa, who plays a character like himself, and/or Wink. I thought it might be enlightening and interesting. I was wrong on both counts."

sour - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Casting a non-binary actor as a non-binary protagonist merits snaps, but the two-hour suspension of disbelief required of an audience by Neil Koenigsberg's Wink sinks whatever good intentions may have prompted its playwright to put fingertips to keyboard."

sour - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"Playwright Neil Koenigsberg spent time volunteering at a New York LGBTQ center for homeless youth, and that transformative experience inspired him to write WINK, a play about a non-binary kid and the unexpected connections that happen in life and forever change us. I encourage everyone from all belief systems to see it, not only for its brilliant commentary on why unconditional acceptance of all people is how our lives should be lived, but also for the perfectly cast lead actor, Andrik Ochoa, whose own life mirrors the title character, adding incredible realism to his portrayal."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Avatar
"The play itself is just as dramatic as it's comical as it's heartwarming! It's not sweet, nor it's bitter. It's expressed as a basic case study of a honest and trusting friendship. Michael Allen Angel direct this show as a story full of characters that desire to belong. Some with specific labels, and with one (Wink) who just wants to be Wink!"

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


Gil Kaan
"Playwright Neil Koenigsberg, a founder/partner of PMK PR, must have experienced some pretty outrageous incidents in his tenure at PMK, as well as, in his stints as talent manager and film producer. Koenigsberg has taken probably one of his most far-fetched scenarios to base WINK on. Andrik Ochoa, totally at ease and comfortable on stage, plays the non-binary Wink as a total innocent with no bad attributes whatsoever."

sweet-sour - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review