JOHN IS A FATHER at The Road on Lankershim

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REMAINING PERFORMANCES:

 

“The prolific Myatt excels at using small details to evoke larger truths… ‘John is a father’ and ‘Birder’ are directed with clarity and sensitivity… it’s utterly compelling naturalism rendered with economy and grace.” – L.A. Times

“Wholly commanded by [Sam] Anderson… With his watery eyes and halting, melancholic delivery, Anderson endows John’s journey with the epic whisper of Greek tragedy.” – L.A. Weekly

“A thing of beauty… by turns uncomfortable and life-affirming. John is by no means an easy character but, in [Sam] Anderson’s hands, we know that the man will find his way home. “CurtainUp Los Angeles

“A delicate portrait of humanity brought to us by accomplished playwright Julie Marie Myatt under the careful direction of Dan Bonnell…John is a father’ proves the transformative power of theater.” – Giaonthemove.com

“Sam Anderson is just breathtaking as John. His stillness, his frailty, his total embodiment of the character was so touching and so compelling that I think it is quite the most brilliant performance I have seen for some time.”NoHoArtsDistrict.com

“Myatt’s play is skillful… Director Don Bonnell gives the piece a loyal and finely honed production that underscores to all its nuances, and he has cast it admirably.” – Stage Raw

“Myatt, director Dan Bonnell, and a fine cast are in emotional sync for a 90-minute theater experience that proves as deeply satisfying and seemingly timeless as something discovered in a classic short story anthology.” TheaterTimes.com

“Schwartz as an actress is every bit as mesmerizing as Anderson… a masterpiece of spoken and unspoken communication.”San Diego Jewish World

JOHN IS A FATHER
By Julie Marie Myatt
Directed by Dan Bonnell
Opens Thur, May 12 at 8PM

SYNOPSIS

Recovering alcoholic John Owens was estranged from his family for decades before his son, a Marine, was killed in Afghanistan. Now, six years later, he receives an invitation to meet his widowed daughter-in-law and his grandson for the first time. From the streets of Los Angeles to a cramped apartment in Phoenix, he prepares to face the ghosts of his past. But nothing can prepare him for the people he’ll really meet along the way – and their capacity for forgiveness.

LOCATION

The Road on Lankershim
Inside the Historic Lankershim Arts Center
5108 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

CAST

Sam Anderson as JOHN
Mark Costello as EDWARD
Elliot Decker and Jackson Cole Dollinger as REGGIE
John Gowans as DOUG
Carl Johnson as KENNETH
Hilary Schwartz as PATRICIA

 

 

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