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Michael McKeever’s funny, passionate and poignant play takes an unflinching look at how we choose to tie the knot — or not.
There is the rule of law, and there are the laws of the heart. Which do we follow and when? The Fountain Theatre presents the funny, passionate and poignant Southern California premiere of Daniel’s Husband, the 2018 off-Broadway hit play by Michael McKeever that was hailed as “compelling” by The New York Times, “emotionally charged” by the Huffington Post and “beautiful and powerful” by the Daily Beast. Opening night is set for May 4, with performances continuing through June 23. Pay-what-you-want previews begin May 1.
A bold commentary on love, commitment and family in our perilous new world, Daniel’s Husband reunites director Simon Levy, who helmed the Fountain’s 2013 award-winning production of The Normal Heart, with the stars of that production, Bill Brochtrup and Tim Cummings. This time, the two play Daniel Bixby and Mitchell Howard — a seemingly perfect couple. What isn't so perfect is that Daniel desperately longs to be married, but Mitchell doesn’t believe in it. When an unexpected turn of events puts their perfect life in jeopardy, they are thrust into a future where love may not be enough.
“When I first read Daniel's Husband, I fell in love with the love story and was deeply moved by it,” says Levy. “One of the central questions the play asks is, ‘How far will you go to fight for the one you love?’ The characters wrestle with what it means to be committed to someone, to be ‘married’ — and what's legally and morally lost if we don't tie the knot. McKeever’s play may be about gay marriage, but it's a universal story that reminds us to grab those we love and hold them close. Love really is precious and when we find someone we truly love, we should fight for them with everything we have.”
Also in the cast are Jenny O’Hara (the Fountain’s Bakersfield Mist) as Daniel’s mother, and Ed Martin and Jose Fernando as the couple’s good friends.
“I practically had to carry my best friend out of the theater in New York,” Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty recently noted in a spring arts preview article that highlighted the Fountain’s production.
Daniel’s Husband runs May 4 through June 23, with performances on Fridays at 8 p.m. Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. Three preview performances will take place on Wednesday, May 1 Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3, all at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25–$45 Pay-What-You-Want seating is available every Monday night in addition to regular seating (subject to availability). The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie) in Los Angeles. Secure, on-site parking is available for $5. The Fountain Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Patrons are invited to relax before and after the show at the Fountain’s indoor/outdoor café. For reservations and information, call (323) 663-1525 or go to www.FountainTheatre.com.
Presenter / Producer: The Fountain Theatre
Theater > Drama
Event Phone: 323-663-1525
The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90029
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 5/1/2019 - 6/23/2019
Fri., Sat., Mon. 8:00 pm Sat., Sun. 2:00 pm
Tickets $25 - $45
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