Promenade Playhouse takes a look at the world premiere of “The New Situation,” a comedy written and directed by Carlo Perez Allen and produced by Nora Plesent and Maria Richwine. The cast includes Allen, Joshua M. Bott, Susan M. Flynn and Jordan Preston.
Francisco and Antonia are middle-aged siblings who share a home in the mid-Wilshire district of L.A. They find themselves in a new situation, one brought about by the circumstances associated with a recessionary economy. Francisco has been laid off his teaching job. Antonia has neither worked nor left the house for a couple of years, traumatized as she’s been by a devastating personal loss. To ease their financial woes, they decide to rent out a vacant room in their home.
The first two applicants couldn’t be any more different. Connie is a retired gay man who volunteers as a docent at L.A. County Museum of Art. He is still grieving from the death of his lover. As a gourmet chef and a great dancer Connie has much to offer.
Rudy is a straight man who is often on the prowl, frequently texting potential dates. He has been a maitre d’ for thirty years, but the restaurant business is rocky because of the economy. He, too, is a good dancer.
These four people are so different. Could they ever possibly live under the same roof? How could it ever work?
“The New Situation” performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through September 28, 2013. There will be two additional performances 5 p.m. September 8 and 15. Admission is $25. Call 800-838-3006 or visit www.thenewsituation.brownpapertickets.com.
Allen’s previous play, “Valentino Valentina,” at the Macha Theatre, won critical plaudits. He has also written for television (“The Facts of Life”) as well as Shakespeare adaptations and an upcoming feature film, “North of Hell,” starring Katherine Heigl and Patrick Wilson. Also an actor, Carlo worked with El Teatro Campesino, the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, the Mark Taper Forum Improvisational Theater Project, in episodic television, feature films and as a voice-over artist for over 200 films and television shows. He is the recipient of an MFA from UC Berkeley.
The Promenade Playhouse is located at 1404 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
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