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Taper brings west coast premiere of ‘Buyer & Cellar’ starring Michael Urie

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CTG/Mark Taper Forum presents the west coast premiere of “Buyer & Cellar” by Jonathan Tolins starring Michael Urie. The outrageous new comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs is directed by Stephen Brackett and opens July 13, 2014.

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Urie plays Alex More, a fellow with a story to tell. As “a struggling actor in Los Angeles, Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like a real bonding in the basement but will their relationship ever make it upstairs?”

“Buyer & Cellar” received numerous awards and nominations for best solo show and Urie’s performance, including the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Clarence Derwent awards.

“Tolins’ script sparkles with sly humor,” said Mark Kennedy of Associated Press. “The freedom he’s created in his nutty premise lends a fresh giddiness to this work … Under the playful and efficient direction of Stephen Brackett, Urie is funny and touching, delivering a winning, sweet performance.”

Prior to Los Angeles, Michael Urie and “Buyer and Cellar” have appeared in NYC, Chicago and Washington, D.C., and following L.A., will go on to San Francisco and Dallas.

Urie played Marc St. James on the hit series “Ugly Betty.” His New York theatre credits include “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (Broadway), “The Cherry Orchard” (CSC), “Angels in America” (The Signature), “The Temperamentals” (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Theatre World Awards, Drama League nomination), “The Revenger’s Tragedy” (Red Bull) and “Another Vermeer” (HB Playwrights). Regionally, he’s worked for The Old Globe, Vineyard Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Folger Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Hyde Park (Austin) and The Blank (L.A.). Films include “He’s Way More Famous Than You” (also directed), “Thank You For Judging” (co-director/executive producer), “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” “WTC View,” “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life,” “The Decoy Bride” and “Petunia.” He starred in the television series “Partners” and trained at Juilliard.

Tolins’ plays include “The Twilight of the Golds” (Booth Theater), “If Memory Serves” (Promenade Theater), “The Last Sunday in June” (Rattlestick and Century Center), and “Secrets of the Trade” (Primary Stages). Tolins co-wrote the films “The Twilight of the Golds” and “Martian Child.” He was a consulting producer on the recent CBS comedy “Partners” and was co-producer on the first season of “Queer As Folk” on Showtime. He has written for the Academy Awards and the Tony Awards, and co-wrote Bette Midler’s “Divine Miss Millennium Tour” and “The Showgirl Must Go On” in Las Vegas.

“Buyer & Cellar” performs through August 17. Tickets range from $25 - $70 (ticket prices are subject to change). Call 213-628-2772, visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or come in person to the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre.

The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.

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