La Jolla Playhouse presents the next production in its acclaimed Without Walls (WoW) series this fall, featuring award-winning actor Luke MacFarlane (ABC's Brothers and Sisters) in Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir, by Keith Bunin, directed by Mark Rucker.
This west coast premiere will run September 24 – October 10 at Martinis Above Fourth (3940 Fourth Avenue, Suite 200, in Hillcrest). Performances run Mon/Tue/Wed at 7:30 pm; Sat at 2:00 pm; Sun at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (858) 550-1010 or at LaJollaPlayhouse.org beginning now for subscribers and August 5 for the general public.
In a 1958 Greenwich Village nightclub - a decade before the Stonewall riots - the drinks and music flow as a young singer and his band take the stage for his last performance before leaving New York City for good. Featuring the songs of Cole Porter, Kurt Weill and George Gershwin, Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir showcases acclaimed actor Luke MacFarlane as he tells the poignant tale of a gay man looking for love in the wrong decade.
"Our first two WoW presentations – Susurrus at the San Diego Botanic Garden and The Car Plays: San Diego in The Playhouse's parking area – gave our audiences unique theatrical experiences in unexpected places," said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. "We continue this tradition by presenting Keith Bunin's moving play at Martinis Above Fourth in the heart of Hillcrest."
Luke MacFarlane (Sam Bendrix) is well known to television audiences for his role on the hit ABC series Brothers and Sisters. Other television credits include Iron Road, Supreme Courtships, Over There and Tanner on Tanner. Film credits include Trapped Ashes, Recalled and Kinsey. A graduate of Juilliard, Mr. Macfarlane has appeared in The Normal Heart on Broadway, The Busy World Is Hushed and Juvenilia at Playwrights Horizons, and Where Do We Live at The Vineyard Theatre.
Keith Bunin (Playwright) is the author of the plays The Busy World Is Hushed, The World Over, The Credeaux Canvas, The Principality of Sorrows, The King of Clocks and A Joke. He has also written for film and television. He is a graduate of Goddard College and Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn.
Mark Rucker (Director) is Associate Artistic Director at American Conservatory Theatre, where he directed Once in a Lifetime, The Rainmaker and The Beard of Avon, among others. He is an associate artist at South Coast Rep, where he has directed more than 20 productions, including world premieres by Richard Greenberg, Annie Weisman and Culture Clash. Other regional credits include work at Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Intiman Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. His feature film, Die, Mommie, Die!, won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Funded by a generous grant from The James Irvine Foundation, Without Walls is an exciting La Jolla Playhouse initiative designed to break the barriers of traditional theatre. Over the course of four years, The Playhouse has been commissioning and presenting a series of site-based productions at locations throughout the San Diego community. Underscoring the theatre's mission of providing "unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow," coupled with the idea that The Playhouse is defined by the work it creates – not the space in which it is performed – WoW is designed to offer theatrical experiences that venture beyond the physical confines of The Playhouse's facilities.