Tuesday, January 9, 2018

4 Play comes just in time for Valentine's Day

Sexy play premiers Feb. 14 at Actors Company

Patti Pietschmann
Photo by Jason M. Hammond

Looking for a Valentine's Day date to motivate your mojos? Here's one that might turn you on. It's called '4Play:Sex in a Series' and it's coming to Los Angeles by way of of a SRO performance in Chicago.

The delightful romcom blurs the lines between art and life, (photo by Michele Stine)between gay and straight. 

trip. brings  the audience a  not-so-simple story of boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets girl — and all the little things that can ruin a perfectly good dinner party — in a fresh and uniquely theatrical way. Show Business Weekly called the New York production “an all-around feel-good, fun night out, which leaves you wanting more… The romances are steamy, the characters are lovable, and the performance is expressive, lively and animated.” TheWashington Square Newslabeled it “a rare find with superior acting and writing. A must see,” and TIME OUT Chicago hailed “the endearing characters, the honest and playful performances and the credible chemistry between everyone in the cast.” Chicago’s The Fourth Wall found it to be “so perfectly executed that the audience may well forget they are watching a play.”

“We’re so excited to bring this very special show to L.A.,” says trip. founder and artistic directorGraham Brownwho created 4Play together with Nathan Faudree and Lisa Roth. Brown also directs and appears in the production as a member of the ensemble. In addition, the Los Angeles cast features Ariana AndersonBevin Bru, Eve Danzeisen, ZoĆ« Simpson Dean, Marian Frizelle, Dustyn Gulledge, Lara Helena, Kaitlin Large, Zoquera Milburn, Cameron J. Oro,Christi Pedigo, Kirstin Racicot, Kelsey Risher, Robert Walters and Dan Wilson.

A meta-theatrical, play-within-a-play, 4Play explores the meaning of personal entanglement, focusing on three couples — one gay, one lesbian and one heterosexual — and referencing everything from quantum physics to the Infield Fly Rule, William Shakespeare and Cole Porter. Performances will take place in The Actor’s Company flexible “Other Space,” where the theater seats will be removed and replaced with cocktail tables to create a heightened experience. With an intimate acting style and environment, trip. seeks to draw the audience into the action, rather than push them away with spectacle or pretension.

“trip. has developed a reputation for our highly realistic style,” explains Brown. “Because the action takes place in the audience, the show is constantly evolving and adapting itself to its surroundings. In a sense, the actors never really stop rehearsing, even after the production is open. They are constantly trying new things with nothing set in stone — choices are fresh, without presentation.”

4Play was originally produced in 2004 at Tribe, a small club in New York’s East Village. The company continued to re-visit the project every few years, performing in back rooms, theaters, galleries — anywhere they could find space. In 2014 they brought the show to Chicago, where it sold out, and according to Time Out, became the number two show to see in Chicago.

Founded in 1995, trip. is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to reaching out to a new audience by producing original work that is vital, challenging and relevant. trip. strives to consistently provide audiences with a unique, truthful and engaging experience through a commitment to the actor, particularly the actor as a part of the ensemble. Equally dedicated to developing and nourishing a sense of community, trip. seeks to bridge the gap between artist and audience. trip., a place we have not been before.
Performances are onThursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through March 17. All tickets are $25; a Valentine’s Weekend “Lover’s Package” is available Feb. 14-17 for $70 that includes two tickets, champagne, chocolates and a naughty/nice surprise package. 

The Actors Company is located at 916 A North Formosa AveLos Angeles CA 90046. For reservations and information, call (800) 838-3006 or go to www.tripnyc.org.