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Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401
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The weather was fine. Parking was easy across the street.. I wore a nice outfit. Easy to eat good Mexican Food going out the alley and down a few doors east. .
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The weather was Perfect, not too hot or cold. I wore Pashmina for warmth. Cold in theater .
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Mark Rydell (the former daytime drama star who became more famous as a director of blockbuster movies (“On Golden Pond”, “The Rose,” “The River”) and classic television (“Gunsmoke,” “Ben Casey”) in the presentation of a themed program of short plays called “Plays in the Park,” unified by their locale. The show will consist of readings of “Park Strangers” and “Swans,” and “Oxymorons.

In “Park Strangers,” a fading stage star is paired with a younger actress in a commercial for an offensive corporation. Offensive, yes, but both need the money. In “Swans,” a woman presses her man to find out when he’ll marry her. It’s the little things that ostensibly bother him…like her collection of swans. In “Oxymorons,” J finds his depressed brother Joey near the park zoo. J’s sister-in-law has sent him to locate Joey. The two brothers have some old issues to settle. Don’t be fooled into thinking they’re polar opposites. They have far more in common than at first appears…like their women.

The cast also includes Esai Morales* (“Fairly Legal,” “NYPD Blue”), Susan Ateh (“In Bruges,” “The Clinic”), Beege Barkette (“The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “The Onion Field”), Chihiro Kawamura (“In Her Shoes,” “The Republic”), and Dahlia Waingort* (“Raging Bull II,” “True Blood”).

Writer-director Brian Connors is a graduate of Rutgers University. His other plays include “Cross Your Heart” and “Two Sisters.” A screenplay, “King Baby,” was made into a short film. Also an actor, he has extensive stage credits and made a number of appearances on several television series.

This guest production is produced by Schott Productions.