L.A. Debut of Eden, the Award-Winning Irish Play
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Hailed as "the best musical of this century" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times and "the funniest musical of all time" by Entertainment Weekly, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards -- including Best Musical -- in its first year on Broadway. Now the national touring production is back at the Pantages for a second round of hilarity. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning co-creator of Avenue Q, this musical comedy is a show that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has called "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." Learn More
High school sweethearts Billy and Breda have been married for eleven years. In what has become a potentially idyllic routine, they still live in the same small Irish town, with the same friends, the same faces. And now that Breda has lost the baby weight, she wants more than anything for herself and Billy to be a ”proper married couple again”. But her otherwise happy plan is jeopardized by Billy’s frantic desire to be noticed by Imelda Egan, the beautiful daughter of a drinking buddy. The play opens on the night that Breda decides to join Billy on his Sunday pub crawl, “the Holy Trinity”. Get ready for a hilarious and heartbreaking look at the dangers of forbidden fruit.
p. Eden is directed by Martha Demson, the recipient of two LA Weekly Awards (for Direction and Production Design/Original Music) and seven Dramalogue Awards (for Direction, Production, Performance, and Sound Design). On loan from Artistic Director duties at Open Fist, Ms. Demson received her principal theatrical training from Yale and Sanford Meisner. She joined Open Fist in 1991 and was made Artistic Director in 1998.
Directing credits include George F. Walker’s Escape From Happiness, Steven Dietz’s God’s Country, Christopher Humble’s The Flight of the Earls, Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s Female Parts and Tenneseee Williams’ Vieux Carre.
Jennifer Pennington, playing Breda, has recently been seen in Medea at Boston Court Theater, and new children’s musical, The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, at South Coast Repertory Theatre. Her additional LA theatre credits include: The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek with Syzygy and The Cosmonauts Last Message, and I Licked a Slag’s Deodorant at the Open Fist Theatre.
Regional and International credits include: The Threepenny Opera, Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret and The Seagull. She is at work on a new children’s production, Shakespeare and Friends and an independent film, Missionary. Jennifer has an MFA from the International Actor Training Academy where she worked with directors and instructors from Poland, Hungary, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Scotland and France.
Andrew J. Turner, playing Billy, is a founding member of the Seanachai Theater Co. of Chicago, IL.. With Seanachai, he originated the role of Freddy in and neither have i wings to fly and played Owen in Translations.
Los Angeles theater credits include Bad Seed with Theater 911 and Buzzworks, God’s Country (directed by Martha Demson) at the Open Fist Theater Co., Orphans of the Storm at Theater 40 and St. Joan at Deaf West. Film credits include Charlotte Sometimes. Television credits include, “The X-Files”, “Malcolm in the Middle” and voice over work on “Chicago Hope” and “Millennium”