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The world premiere of a dark and funny play set in 1855 Boston, where life is governed by a hundreds-years-old “Code of Dueling.” Starring Amy Brenneman, Jamie Harris and Josh Helman.
World premiere comedy
Honor! Madness! Blood! Obie Award-winner Jo Bonney directs the world premiere of an edgy, intense and darkly comic new play by John Pollono (Small Engine Repair, Lost Girls) in a Latino Theater Company production presented in association with The Temblors, a unique new collective of seven Los Angeles-based playwrights. Rules of Seconds opens March 23 at The Los Angeles Theater Center, with low-priced previews beginning March 16.
Amy Brenneman (The Leftovers, Judging Amy), Jamie Harris (AMC’s Turn, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Josh Helman (X-Men:Apocalypse, Mad Max:Fury Road) head the cast of Pollono’s highly dramatic and very funny play set in 1855 Boston, where the local citizenry mingle, love — and fight with regularity.
“I’m fascinated by the idea that daily life in the 19th century was governed by an archaic code of dueling,” says Pollono. “The idea that the slightest infraction between gentlemen was grounds for a challenge to be resolved with pistols, a fight to the death. That ridiculousness of sticking to rules at all costs in order to be a man seems the perfect way to comment on modern culture and politics.”
According to Bonney, “It’s a period piece, but John’s take on it is very 2017 — quick, smart, funny and socially responsible. The mix of characters comes from all strata of society: the privileged elite, the working class, and immigrants from many cultures. It’s interesting to look at American class structure through the eyes of the 19th century and see how it remains relevant today, with the power and money still concentrated with the few who get to set the rules for the many.”
In Rules of Seconds, Matthew Elkins stars as mild-mannered Nathanial “Wings” Leeds, who suffers from what we would now call OCD. When Wings is challenged to a duel by the most dangerous man in Boston (Harris), he enlists the aid of a renowned duelist, who just happens to be his estranged brother (Helman) — to the consternation of their mother (Brenneman) who harbors secrets from the past. Deep family tensions and old rivalries resurface. Blood is spilled.
The Temblors is a collective of seven diverse and acclaimed Los Angeles-based playwrights dedicated to shaking up local theater by debuting original world-premiere plays at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and supporting local voices. The founding members of The Temblors are Meghan Brown, Nate Rufus Edelman, Oliver Mayer, John Pollono, Kemp Powers, Vasanti Saxena and t. tara turk-haynes.
John Pollono is an actor, playwright and screenwriter from New England who currently lives in Los Angeles. He won the LA Ovation and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Play for the 2011 L.A. production of Small Engine Repair, for which he also received the LADCC Award for Best Writing. As an actor, John has appeared in This is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Masters of Sex and Mob City. He is a founding member of Rogue Machine Theatre. His screenplay Stronger, based on the story of Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman and directed by David Gordon Green, will be released in theaters this fall. He is currently developing the dark comedy My First Black Friend with Kemp Powers at FX.
Jo Bonney directed premieres of plays by such renowned playwrights as Alan Ball, Eric Bogosian, Eve Ensler, Neil LaBute, Warren Leight, Suzan-Lori Parks, David Rabe, and Michael Weller, directing at such prestigious theatres as The Public Theater, NYC New York Theater Workshop Second Stage Goodman Theatre La Jolla Playhouse Geffen Playhouse Williamstown Theater Festival Playwrights Horizons Arena Stage Mark Taper Forum, LA Long Wharf Humana Festival The Royal Court, London Edinburgh Festival and many others. Jo is the recipient of Lucille Lortel Best Musical and Lucille Lortel Best Revival awards, a Drama Desk nomination for her direction of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, an Audelco Award for her direction of Father Comes Home from the Wars, an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction and a Lilly Award.
Presenter / Producer: Latino Theater Company
Theater > Theatrical Comedy
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Performance Dates: 3/23/2017 - 4/16/2017
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