The Lyons by Nicky Silver


The Lyons
By Nicky Silver
Directed by Scott Alan Smith
Featuring- Judith Scarpone, James Handy, Verity Branco, Chad Coe, Kris Frost, Liz Herron & Amy Tolsky


The Cast of the Lyons
Ben – James Handy
Rita – Judith Scarpone
Lisa – Verity Bronco
Curtis – Chad Coe
Brian – Kris Frost
Nurse – Liz Herron and Amy Tolsky

Rita – Janet Chamberlain
Ben – Allan Wasserman
Lisa – Elizabeth Kimball
Curtis – Ray Paolantonio
Brian – Tim Wardell
Nurse- Amy Tolsky/Liz Herron


In this scathingly funny look at a family in crisis, the Lyons family is falling apart just when they need to pull together. Rita Lyons, in a heroic effort to keep the family united while her husband, Ben, is dying of cancer, has called their grown children together to say good-bye around his hospital bed. In the ensuing maelstrom of kvetching, guilt-giving, and recriminations, they discover that despite being a family, each of them is utterly isolated. Afraid of closeness and afraid of solitude, the Lyons are unexpectedly propelled into foreign territory- human connection.

“Black comedy perfection.” –Hollywood Reporter, “Smart and funny and moving.” –NY Observer


Assistant Director- Kailee Rogers
Set Design- Sarah Brown
Lighting Design – Derrick McDaniel
Sound Design – David B. Marling
Costume Design – Mary Jane Miller


NICKY SILVER – has been produced extensively in New York City as well as across Europe and as far away as South Korea (where THE LYONS was called HAPPY HAPPY FAMILY). His plays include PTERODACTYLS (Oppenheimer Award, Kesselring Award, Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critic’s Circle nomination), THE EROS TRILOGY, THE FOOD CHAIN (Outer Critic’s Circle nomination), FAT MEN IN SKIRTS, FIT TO BE TIED, THE MAIDEN’S PRAYER, FREE WILL & WANTON LUST (Helen Hayes Award), MY MARRIAGE TO ERNEST BORGNINE, THE ALTRUISTS, RAISED IN CAPTIVITY (Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination, Drama-Logue Award), TOO MUCH SUN and THE LYONS (Drama Desk nomination).


SCOTT ALLAN SMITH – Scott began his acting career studying at the legendary Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. he then studied at Washington’s Studio Theatre and worked extensively there before getting his M.F.A. at San Francisco’s prestigious American Conservatory Theatre.  He began working in Los Angeles upon graduation landing guest starring roles on television and films such as MAGNOLIA, MOUSEHUNT, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, STARGATE, DÉJÀ VU, BEWITCHED, X-FILES: THE MOVIE and most recently A MATTER OF FAITH. He serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Road Theatre Company and has been the Summer Playwrights Festival (the largest new play reading series in the nation) Festival Director since it began in 2010. At The Road he has directed the critical hit Melissa Arctic by Craig Wright (LA Times Critic’s Pick), Sovereign Body (world premiere, Don Shirley’s 25 best plays in Los Angeles of 2014 list), That Good Night (world premiere and Ovation Recommended) and Lady by Craig Wright (4 Ovation nominations and 5 LA Weekly Award nominations with 2 wins) Scott also directed New York Mets (ADA nominated) and So Nice to See You (1 Dramalogue award), and The Petoskey Stones. At Pepperdine he has directed The Yellow Boat, Almost, Maine, These Shining Lives, Three Days of Rain, Bus Stop, Proof (with Michael O’Neill), The Roads to Home. Other directing credits include: Bus Stop (at Spokane’s Interplayers Theater – People’s Choice Award), Tabak (The Met), Lynette at 3AM, Mr. Happiness, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Elizabeth Sampson’s play Bringin’ Home the Girl. He has assistant-directed Mother Courage, Light (Theater@Boston Court ) and True West (Deaf West Theater). Scott is co-author along with Adam Paul of King of the Moon which ran Off-Off Broadway, in Los Angeles at the Groundlings Theater and HBO Workspace. He co-wrote and produced the film version which and was made for FOX Searchlab and premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. He directed Ed Harris for the L.A. Philharmonic’s 2005 Season Opening Gala at Disney Hall, and Heart…Beat for the Boston Court’s Music at the Court series. As an Associate Artist at the New American Theatre he directed The Adding Machine.  

Scott’s lengthy acting career includes The Dinosaur Within (Theatre@Boston Court – Stage Scene L.A. Award), Apollo (Taper Too), Richard III (with Alfred Molina), King of the Moon, Kindertransport, Detachments, The Memorandum, The Water Engine, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Rose Tattoo. Scott has also appeared regionally at the Studio Theater, Scena and the Source Theater, as well as in New York at the Present Company where his two-man show, King of the Moon, ran to sold-out houses. His over 100 appearances in television and film include playing Kate Walsh’s therapist on ‘Private Practice’ appearing in 21 episodes. Other TV credits include ‘Scandal’, ‘Switched at Birth’, ‘Rosewood’, ‘Scorpion’, ‘The Fosters’, ‘State of Affairs’ ‘Revenge’ ‘Newsroom’ (with Jeff Daniels), ‘Rizzoli and Isles’, ‘Murder in the First’, ‘Hung’, ‘CSI: Miami’, ‘CSI:NY’, ‘CSI’, ‘Medium’, ‘NCIS’, ‘NCIS:LA’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘Without a Trace’, ‘Next’, ‘Rules of Engagement’, ‘Bones’, ‘Three Rivers’, ‘True Blood’, ‘House’, ‘Chuck’, ‘The Closer’, ‘Veronica Mars’, ‘Big Love’, ‘Entourage’, ‘Justice’, ‘Philly’ (recurring), ‘NYPD: Blue’, ‘Boston Legal’, ‘Six Feet Under’, ’24’, ‘JAG’, ‘Alias’, a recurring role as Dr. Jack Gannon on ‘The Young and the Restless’, and others. Scott’s film credits include “ A Matter of Faith”, “The Curse of Sleeping Beauty”, “Stargate”, “Mousehunt”, “D.C.9/11”, “Magnolia”, “Déjà Vu”, “Bewitched”, “The Ring”, “X-Files: The Movie”, and “Bounce”.  He is also featured in the documentary, No Net about making intimate theater in Los Angeles. Scott trained at Arena Stage and the Studio Theater before earning his MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, SDC and the Actor’s Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit, and is also a proud alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab West (Gold Medal Class of ’05). He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Pepperdine University, and a lecturer at Cal State Northridge and UCLA.


The Lyons Cast Interviews

Scott Alan Smith

The Road Theatre on Lankershim is proud to present The Lyons by Nicky Silver, a scathingly funny play about a dysfunctional family in the process of disintegration. The play opens Friday May 12. During the next several weeks we will feature the cast and creative team in our spotlight. This week it shines on veteran Road member Scott Alan Smith, director of The Lyons.

Tell our readers about directing The Lyons.

Working on The Lyons has been pure joy for me. I was excited to get a chance to direct it as I have been a fan of Nicky Silver’s plays for years. During the process I got a chance to talk to Nicky for over 90 minutes on the phone and we discussed the play in great depth and detail –as well as talking about theater folk we had in common and how to pack sensibly for an extended trip to England…We have also shared many emails where we have discussed the characters’ journeys and he has been exceptionally candid and available to our production.

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