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A Misunderstanding

A MisunderstandingCan two people fundamentally disagree and continue to love one another? Leave all your preconceived notions at the door… this play is sure to turn them inside out.

Understand you? I don't even understand myself. Elina de Santos directs a playful play of ideas that challenges our fundamental understanding of reality. The world premiere of A Misunderstanding by Matt Chait (Disinherit the Wind) opens on Friday, Jan. 4 at The Complex in Hollywood, where performances continue through Feb. 3. Leave all your preconceived notions at the door… this play is sure to turn them inside out.

In today’s ever-increasingly partisan world, A Misunderstanding offers a philosophical and humorous exploration of the misunderstandings that arise when people with radically different world views become wary of one another and unable to communicate.

“I’m always interested in the big questions,” says de Santos. “What is life? Do we have a soul? Is there intelligent design? Matt Chait’s play asks these questions and dramatizes them in a story about a man wanting to be heard who finds much more.”

Challenging one another’s perceptions in A Misunderstanding are Bertram Cates, a biology professor who has been dismissed from the University of California for sharing his spiritual views with his science students (played by Chait, whose resume includes over 100 plays on and off Broadway, at theaters including American Place Theatre, Cafe LaMama, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre Company of Boston, National Playwright's Conference, Eugene O'Neil Foundation and more) Joshua Brownstein, head of the University’s biology department (Bruce Katzman, whose numerous credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of Cabaret on Broadway and Way to Heaven at the Odyssey) Brownstein’s daughter, Melinda, portrayed by Amy-Helene Carlson (Heavenly Bodies at the Players Theatre, Bachelorette at BrooklynONE, both in NYC) and graduate student Howard Blair, played by Dennis Renard (Baby Eyes at Playwrights Arena, 12 Angry Men at Laguna Playhouse).

Audiences might recognize the character names from Chait’s previous play, Disinherit the Wind — a work that reviewers called “fascinating” (Stage Raw) “gripping” (LA Splash) “intense and compelling” (Los Angeles Post Examiner) “entertaining, moving and thoughtful (The World Through Night-Tinted Glasses) “provocative” (Theatre Notes) and “genuine and profound” (Colorado Boulevard). A Misunderstanding is a spin-off of sorts, presenting a similar situation — a face-off between opposing belief systems — but from a completely different perspective.

According to Chait, “A Misunderstanding is about the essence of reality itself, and about the difficulty people have in understanding one another when the lens through which they view reality differs. Although my head was very much at work in the writing, so was my heart and my sense of humor.”

Performances of A Misunderstanding take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. from Jan. 4 through Feb. 3. There will be two preview performances, on Wednesday, Jan. 2 and Thursday, Jan. 3, both at 8 p.m. Tickets to all performances except opening night (Jan. 4) and previews are $30 general admission and $15 for students and seniors. All tickets on Jan. 4 are $45 and include a post-performance reception with the actors tickets to previews are $15. The Complex is located at 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038. To purchase tickets, call (323) 960-4418 or go to

Presenter / Producer: Rubidor Productions

Listed Categories
Theater > Drama

Event Phone: 323-960-4418

The Complex
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood CA 90038

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 1/2/2019 - 2/3/2019
Wednesday, 01/02/2019
Thursday, 01/03/2019
Friday, 01/04/2019
Saturday, 01/05/2019
Sunday, 01/06/2019
Friday, 01/11/2019
Saturday, 01/12/2019
Sunday, 01/13/2019
Friday, 01/18/2019
Saturday, 01/19/2019
Sunday, 01/20/2019
Friday, 01/25/2019
Saturday, 01/26/2019
Sunday, 01/27/2019
Friday, 02/01/2019
Saturday, 02/02/2019
Sunday, 02/03/2019

Performance Times
Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 pm Sundays at 3:00 pm Previews 8:00 pm

Ticket Information:
General Admission $30 Previews (Jan. 2 and 3) $15 Opening Night, Jan. 4 $45 Students and Seniors $15 (except Jan. 4)

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