End LA and Scott Disharoon present "The End Of It," a new play by Paul Coates, for a limited engagement at the Matrix Theatre on Melrose with previews beginning Saturday, September 7, 2013 and opening set for 8 p.m. Saturday, September 14. Directed by three-time Ovation Award-winner Nick DeGruccio, the world premiere of "The End Of It" will run through October 20.
"The End Of It" tells the tale of three couples (one gay, one straight, one lesbian) who simultaneously confront the possible dissolution of a twenty-year relationship. The honest, humorous, and frank situation delivers a voyeuristic powerful punch as the couples erupt with anger, blame, grief, and ultimately acceptance that this may in fact be the end of it.
The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) William Franklin Barker, Leslie Bartlett, Paul Coates, Ferrell Marshall, Kelly Coffield Park, Wendy Radford, and David Youse. The scenic design is by Francois-Pierre Couture, lighting design is by Steven Young, costume design is by Morgan DeGroff, and sound design is by Ollie Marland. The production stage manager is Todd Nielsen.
Coates is a writer, actor and producer. His first play, "Desire!," was produced off-Broadway and at the Colony Theatre in Burbank (where he directed it himself). His play "The High Life" received an off-Broadway workshop production, and "Hypno-Lite" was produced regionally. His collection of short plays, "Acts Of Desperation," won the LATC Monologue Competition.
DeGruccio is a multi-award-winning director, coach and teacher. His productions include "Next To Normal," "The Laramie Project," "Putting It Together," "A Year With Frog and Toad," "The Andrews Brothers," "Side Show," "Side by Side by Sondheim," "La Cage Aux Folles," "The Last Five Years," "City of Angels," "The Full Monty" and the world premiere of "Caught" at the Zephyr Theatre, among many others.
"The End Of It" previews 8 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 5 p.m. Sunday, September 8 and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, September 12 and 13, opens 8 p.m. Saturday, September 14 and performs 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday through October 20. All seats are $30. Call 323-960-4418 or visit www.plays411.com/theend.
The Matrix Theatre is located at 7657 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Ample street parking is available.
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