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The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
October 7 - November 16, 2014
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
Written by Scott Carter
Directed by Matt August
Featuring Larry Cedar, David Melville and Armin Shimerman
"This provocative and funny world premiere play is a fascinating insight into the spiritual lives of three of the greatest minds that ever lived." - Theatermania
A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary walk into a … stop me if you've heard this one. Thomas Jefferson (yes that one), Charles Dickens (the very same) and Count Leo Tolstoy (who else?) are brought together in a blistering battle of wits for the ages. From Scott Carter (Executive Producer of Real Time with Bill Maher), this whip-smart comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.
THE WHY" NOW PLAYING ON THE BLANK'S MAINSTAGE
A fast-paced tragicomedy; one part modern satire, one part honest investigation.
The central story concerns Robert, an American teenager guilty of murdering three of his classmates in a school shooting. Spliced among the dramatic exchanges between Robert and his assigned social worker, a parade of fantastical stereotypes storms in and out, creating a dichotomy between moments of hilarity and sorrow. Confronted by disturbingly accurate exaggerations of the tabloid-like modern media, the audience is made to laugh, and then question that laughter.
"The Why" was written by Victor Kaufold at the age of 19. It was a winner in The Blank's Young Playwrights Festival.