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Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy locked in a room in world premiere at NoHo ACE

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The multi-award-winning NoHo Arts Center Ensemble (NoHo ACE), Independent Shakespeare Co. and Efficiency Studios present a world premiere play, “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” written by Scott Carter (executive producer/writer – “Real Time with Bill Maher”) and directed by Matt August. “Discord” will open 8 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood.

Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy find themselves locked in a room together, and life, art, religion and politics get vigorously debated as if their souls depend on it. Because they do. This provocative and funny world premiere play is a fascinating insight into the spiritual lives of three of the greatest minds that ever lived. And, if these great men get second thoughts about their lives, what hope has everyone else?

The cast includes Larry Cedar (Thomas Jefferson), David Melville (Charles Dickens) and Armin Shimerman (Leo Tolstoy).

Carter has been executive producer/writer for "Real Time with Bill Maher" since it debuted on HBO in 2003. He produced the first 1,100 episodes of "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher" from its 1993 Comedy Central debut to its 1997 move to ABC. While at “P.I.” Carter received eight Emmy nominations and three consecutive CableAce Awards for Best Talk Series.

A former stand up comedian, Carter has written and performed two full-length monologues, "Heavy Breathing" and "Suspension Bridge," at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, The Kilkenny (Ireland) Murphy's Cats Laugh Festival, the Cleveland Performance Festival, Dixon Place, Primary Stages, Manhattan Punchline, etc.

August is a theater director specializing in new musicals and plays, Shakespeare, contemporary comedy and holiday classics. His productions have been seen both on Broadway and off, in the American Regional theatre, on National Tours, in Festivals and have been nominated for Helen Hayes, Bay Area Critics, and Australia’s Helpmann Awards.

“The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” previews 3 p.m. Sunday, January 12 and 8 p.m. Thursday, January 16, opens 8 p.m. Friday, January 17 and performs 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through Sunday, February 23. Tickets are $35, $25 previews, students and seniors. Call 818-508-7101 ext. 6 or visit www.nohoace.com. Group rates are available.

The NoHo Arts Center is located at 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood.

For more information about the play visit www.jdtproject.com.

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