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Stella Adler Theatre
just east of Highland Avenue 6773 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028
323-465-4446
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“Given the film’s silver anniversary and Brando’s death last year, the time seemed right to tackle this compelling back story. As I researched the controversial events surrounding the Waterfront production, I found the material rich with opportunities for dramatic conflict and comedy,” said playwright and director Troy Presha. “My stage play FRIENDS OF FRANK, a dramedy, takes place in November of 1953. It centers on two fictitious location scouts for Waterfront who clash with eccentric townies in Hoboken, New Jersey when Brando is cast over hometown hero Sinatra. The legendary actor and crooner do not appear as onstage characters, but the play draws heavily on popular mythology surrounding Brando and Sinatra during the prime of their careers. FRIENDS OF FRANK is a work of historical fiction that dramatizes an influential period in American cinema and a contentious time in our political history.”

Playwright and director Troy Presha is an East Coast gypsy having attended Oberlin College and Julliard and worked in the theater in Philadelphia, Boston and New York. He is currently writing “The George Foreman Story” for NBC. Troy is also working on a series of historical fiction projects relating to the film industry including: Serving Hitchcock, set in the 1930’s, centering on the legendary director’s fanatically devoted butler trying to protect an actress from a gangster’s wrath, Brother’s Keeper, set in the 40’s, follows the downward spiral of a WWII hero whose war deeds were glamorized on film.

Presha directs a cast of seven including Cameron Fife as Nicholas (Cannibal! The Musical and a member of the Second City Improv Comedy Group), Meghann Haldeman as Lilly (a television series regular on “The Home Court” and “Harts of the West”), Tyler McGee as Walter (West Side Story), Edward Nickerson as Myer (Dealer’s Choice and El Salvador), Anthony Reynolds as Hank (Dunsdance), Rachel Roth as Sarah ( a series regular on FOX’s “Titus” and Nickelodeon’s “Noah Knows Best”) and Bruce Solomon as Father Carney (known as the infamous Sgt. Foley in “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and the Elephant Theatre Company’s productions of Search and Destroy and Dearboy’s War). Also joining the cast are Isidora Goreshter as the Sarah understudy (Freddie’s Dead) and Rachel Wittman as the Lilly understudy (The Crucible).

The FRIENDS OF FRANK creative team includes lighting designer Gary Gray (NAACP nominee for Driving Black While in Beverly Hills, “Six Feet Under” and “American Idol”), set designer Scott Ruiz, costume designer Stephanie Bautista and sound designer Derek Brenner.

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