Julia Cameron's Love in the DMZ: A Play in Letters
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Art, by provocative playwright Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage), focuses on three men whose 15-year friendship is tested when one of them buys an expensive modern painting that appears to be just a completely white canvas. They each have different reactions to the piece and differing opinions on art. As the argument moves from aesthetics to something deeper, this witty and insightful comedy explores the extent to which our identities are shaped by our social circle, and reveals how deep friendships can be shaken up by the most unexpected events. Art picked up a Tony Award for Best Play in 1998. Learn More
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A play in letters (the husband and wife read letters to eachother while he serves in Vietnam). Unfortunately, there was very little dramatic action and I kept dozing as it just wasn't that interesting. It would have been much better if the actors had at least learned the material. As it was, I'm afraid I was bored.
<p>“Love In The DMZ: A Play in Letters” dramatizes the correspondence between an American soldier in 1968 Vietnam and his wife and mother to his children back home in Kansas. Their love is fiercely devoted, but the ravages of war and the separation of an ocean test the marriage when the man falls under the spell of a Vietnamese woman with multiple hidden agendas. Will the marriage survive? Can the Americans’ love endure? The play makes a powerful commentary about the damage inflicted on human relationships by the madness of war. Now that America is once again involved in armed conflict, this story is particularly timely. </p>
<p>The playwright is Julia Cameron, best known as the author of the book “The Artist’s Way,” a human development tome that presents a program linking creativity and spirituality. The best seller has spawned seminar programs around the country. A woman of many parts, Ms. Cameron is also a poet, novelist, filmmaker and composer. She worked with ex-husband Martin Scorsese on three of his films, receiving “special thanks” credit on “Taxi Driver.” She directed a feature, “God’s Will,” and has written for television (“Miami Vice,” “Elvis and the Beauty Queen”) and film (“American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince”). Her previous plays have been performed in her hometown of Taos, Nex Mexico, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and at Princeton’s McCarter Theater.
Fran Montano portrays the soldier/husband. He is the artistic director of Actors Workout Studio, one of the NoHo Arts District’s first and oldest theaters, which will be completely renovated and refurbished prior to the new play’s opening. In addition to many plays, he’s been seen frequently on TV (“ER,” “Days of Our Lives,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Becker,” much more). He’s toured nationally with “Intimate Views,” a performance piece that also calls upon his skills as composer and accomplished concert pianist.
Peggy Goss plays the wife. In addition to appearing in the 25th Anniversary production of “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” at the Lily Tomlin Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, she’s also been seen on TV in “Alias,” “Strong Medicine,” “The Gilmore Girls,” Judging Amy,” and more. </p> <p>James Paradise directs “Love in the DMZ.” The director/producer/actor/writer created and taught Eliciting The Actor’s Best Performance: A Workshop for Directors in Understanding the Actor’s Craft at UCLA Extension. He has numerous credits on stage, on film (“Congo,” “Road to Revenge,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” much more) and television (“L.A. Dragnet,” “Friends,” ‘The Practice,” much more). </p> <p>Dorian Richard produces the new play. The recipient of a French baccalaureate degree, she trained in film at UCLA and has directed and produced commercials, documentaries and short features internationally, and has cast and directed the English language versions Japanese animes. Her awards include the Galaxy Award, the Houston International Film Festival Award and more. Currently, she is a Senior Video Game Producer at Atari. </p> <p>Cast alternates: Andrea Lauren Herz, Charles Pacello. </p> <p>Executive producer: Fran Montano. Casting director: Wendy Goodman Thum/Transatlantic Casting. Lighting design: D. Martyn Bookwalter. Set design: D. Martyn Bookwalter with Sarah Palmrose. Costume design: Cynthia Herteg. Original music: Elia Cmiral. Graphic deisn: Julie Salestrom/Salestrom Design. Production assistants: Jenny Montgomery, David Lieberman, David Goldberg, Paul Respass, Ryan Burke. Production stage manager: Rebecca Harrison.