"74 Georgia Avenue" &
"The Pushcart Peddlers"
Poignant, Funny Plays by Murray Schisgal (“Tootsie”) Open at LCGRT
The Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre presents Murray Schisgal’s “74 Georgia Avenue” & “The Pushcart Peddlers,” two plays filled with laughter and pathos while chronicling the Jewish American experience, opening on Friday, July 17, at 8:00 pm and running July 17 – August 22, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. There will be Talk Back Discussions with the cast and the directors after the matinees on Sunday, July 26, and Sunday, August 9.
Veteran playwright, Murray Schisgal, is a native New Yorker who burst on the scene in 1963 with the Off-Broadway hit, "The Typists and The Tiger", hit, "TheTiger",which earned him an Outer Critics Circle Award. His Broadway debut, "Luv", earned him a 1965 Tony nomination for Best Play. His other Broadway successes "The Chinese & Doctor Fish" "All Over Town", "Twice Around the Park", and "An American Millionaire." His screenplay for the classic comedy "Tootsie" starring Dustin Hoffman, co-written with Larry Gelbart, took home a cartload of awards and honors, including the New York Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay, and Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Screenplay.
"74 Georgia Avenue"& "The Pushcart Peddlers", along with "The Man Who Couldn’t Crying", were recently part of Shpiel! Shpiel! Shpiel!, the well-received trilogy of Schisgal plays performed in Yiddish, English and Russian at the Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene in New York, as part of its 94th consecutive season.
"74 Georgia Avenue" & "The Pushcart Peddlers"(which will be performed in English) are amusing and heartwarming plays - one is the story of a successful businessman revisiting his past, and the other is a farce about two immigrants on a race to the future.
In "74 Georgia Avenue" Avenue, a middle-aged Jewish man whose marriage is in trouble, seeks refuge in the once-Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood of his youth. During the visit, he discovers that his past is linked with the present tenant of his old apartment. The uproarious comedy, "The Pushcart Peddlers" Peddlers, takes place on the gold-paved streets of the Lower East Side where a fresh off-the-boat-greenhorn is taught the ropes by an ‘old hand’ banana peddler. Life moves fast in America and so do both men's illusions - - for better, or is it for worse?
What do two men discussing the sale of a banana pushcart and a man returning to his old neighborhood in Brooklyn have in common? You don’t have to be Jewish or from New York to understand the underlying themes, the irony, and the humor which tie these plays together.
The Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre is located at 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601.
Lot and street parking available.
For reservations please call (818) 700-4878.
Purchase tickets online at www.lcgrt.com or call (866) 811-4111.
Groups please call (323) 464-2088.
Added by nohonora on July 4, 2009