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World premiere of ‘Bright Light City’ at L.A. Theatre Center

Garrett Michael Langston (l), Leon Russom and Heidi James.
Garrett Michael Langston (l), Leon Russom and Heidi James.Ed Krieger

Los Angeles Theatre Center presents the world premiere of new dark comedy by Nate Rufus Edelman “Bright Light City” opening May 31, 2014. Directed by Edelman and Angie Scott the show stars Heidi James, Garrett Michael Langston and Leon Russom.

With a title inspired by a pop song “Bright Light City” is set in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Boulevard, “aka” The Strip, is a street of thoughts of bright lights, but beneath the glitz and the glamor, the city has a seamy underbelly. The action evolves at a sleazy motel. Powerful mobster, Sam, has sent hit men Wally and Larry are gangland hit men to kill someone he wants dead. Veteran assassin Larry, about to retire, mentors neophyte killer for hire Wally.

They are being paid big bucks to off Audrey, a beautiful “take-home girl” (code for cocktail waitress/ prostitute). Complicating matters Wally falls for Audrey. “He doesn’t want to harm a hair on her lovely head. Plus, he discovers that he has a connection to her that he did not initially suspect. But if he doesn’t kill Audrey, he will himself become selected for execution. What can he do?”

Edelman also wrote “The Belle of Belfast,” one of the most acclaimed shows of the last season, which was nominated for the Ovation Award. His other plays include “Another Fine Mess,” “Desert Rats,” “Twist of Fate,” “Blind Struck Ugly Luck,” “Bittersweet Salvation” and more. Also a director, his helming credits include “Under Milk Wood” for Celtic Arts Center and “Uranium + Peaches” at Theatre 40, and more. He co-directed Amy Freed’s “The Psychic Life of Savages” for the Savage Players at LATC.

“Bright Light City” previews 8 p.m. May 29 and 30, opens 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31 and performs 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. through June 22. Admission is $30, $20 students, seniors, veterans and groups of ten or more, $15 LATC Members and previews. A limited number of tickets for $10 will be available for Thursday performances. Call 866-811-4111 or visit www.thelatc.org.

Suggested for ages 14 to adult.

Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theatre 4, 514 S. Spring St. in Los Angeles.