Armenian News Network / Groong September 3, 2010 Entertainment Wire By Alex Fumero BEAST ON THE MOON By Richard Kalinoski Directed by Paul Lampert - http://www.paullampert.com/ Costume Designer: Sarah Register (Behind the Gates, All My Sons) Lighting Designer: Tom Ontiveros (Lascivious Something) Dialect Consultant: Joel Goldes Production Stage Manager: Shazia Malik Assistant Producer: Rita Rani OPENING: September 11th and running through October 17th Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm Previews September 9 and 10 (@8pm) The Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center 7936 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90046 (one block West of Fairfax) Richard Kalinoski's critically acclaimed, award-winning "BEAST ON THE MOON", which deals with the history of the Armenian people and its diaspora, opens September 11th at the The Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center in West Hollywood, and runs through October 17th. "BEAST ON THE MOON" explores the ongoing controversial, and often-overlooked, tragedy of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. The play brings this history to people's awareness through a powerful love story. It's a new look at how we learn to love others in the face of challenges like displacement and grief. Olga Konstantulakis and Zadran Wali star as Seta and Aram, who have one thing in common: they survived. Now, this young photographer and his mail-order bride - two exiles in a foreign land - must look to their future together in order to heal the past. `Yes, you are my husband, and I am grateful, but I am Armenian too, I am a dead person living too...' -Seta, BotM, Act Two, Scene Three 1920's Milwaukee. In ordering his bride, Aram Tomasian saves a teenage girl, Seta, from a shared peril: the Armenian holocaust. His plan is to start a family, one big enough to replace the family ripped from him - the plan is to start over in America. But, as the couple struggles to redefine family amidst grief and displacement, these kindred strangers realize a love deeper than ever imagined. Richard Kalinoski's Beast on the Moon won the 2001 Best Play from the Repertory prize at the Moliere Awards in Paris. The Wisconsin native has distinguished himself as a playwright by writing plays with great international appeal. Since emerging as a `triumph' (Ben Brantley, The New York Times) at the 1995 Humana Festival, Beast on the Moon has been translated into 17 languages and produced in venues all over the world, such as Athens, Brussels, London, Moscow, off-Broadway in New York, Prague, Sao Paolo, and Toronto. It has garnered a host of awards including the Osborn - `Best New Play in America by an Emerging Playwright', awarded by the American Theatre Critics Association in 1996, and, in 2001, five Ace Awards, including Best Play, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2005, President of Armenia Robert Kocharian awarded Kalinoski the Khorenatsi Medal for contribution to the Arts from the country of Armenia. Kalinoski also spent a year at the National Playwrights Conference, and a year as Dramaturg under Lloyd Richards at the O'Neill Center. Director Paul Lampert has worked extensively as a director, actor, and teacher. His European directing credits include the national premiere of "Oleanna" for the Stary Theatre in Kraksw, Poland; "Raised In Captivity" in Berlin, Germany; "I Claudia" in Barcelona, Shanghai and Munich; twice directing at the renowned East 15 Acting School in London, England; and, most recently, directing "Problem Child" in Munich, Germany. His many directing credits in Canada include work for the Actors Repertory Company, Globe Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Persephone Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Tattoo, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, The National Theatre School of Canada, the renowned Shaw Festival and the Blyth Festival. He has taught in Canada, England, Poland, Sweden, Cuba, Austria, Switzerland and China. Olga Konstantulakis is an actor/producer based in LA, and a partner at Malabar Hill Films. Recent LA theatre credits include: Beatrice in Modigliani and Mademoiselle `Y' in The Stronger (People's Theater), Collette in Four Dogs and a Bone (Lisa Robertson Studio/Coast Playhouse), Bess in Bury the Dead (ICAP/Union Film & Theatre Co.) and Cecily in The Importance of being Ernest (ICAP Theatre). In 2005, she produced and starred in Miss Julie, at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal, which garnered a MECCA nomination and was noted as `one of the most memorable productions of 2005,' by the Montreal Gazette. The production is presented by Malabar Hill Films, which strives to create works of art that illuminate different facets of the world, yet speak to a global audience. For reservations: Call 323-960-7784 or online at www.plays411.com/beast. For Press or Media Contact: Alex Fumero or Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners 818-342-4319 Groong has previously reviewed Beast On The Moon in 2003. Bedros Afeyan's review is at http://www.groong/tcc/tcc-20030108.html.
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