”Death Before Cocktails”
Theatre 68 and producer Ronnie Marmo announce the World Premiere of “DEATH BEFORE COCKTAILS.” A new play by Laureen Vonnegut acclaimed playwright of The Porcini Test, and a familiar name in the industry. She will also be directing the show alongside Alex Rotaru. The modern black comedy is set to open April 20th, 2018 at Theatre 68, in North Hollywood.
ABOUT DEATH BEFORE COCKTAILS
Part Big Chill and part Night of the Iguana, DEATH BEFORE COCKTAILS is a modern black comedy about love, sex, and the secret concoction at the end of the tunnel. When your famous twin sister’s suicide letter instructs you to put together a makeshift wake in a Palm Springs cocktail lounge, what can you do but grant her final wish? LA writer Lana arrives in Palm Springs to host an evening with competing ex-lovers, surprising new flames, and enough arousing confessions to raise the dead. Everyone’s sexuality is fair game at this wake, where sexual fluidity meets ironclad hetero and labels interfere with love. As the night unfolds, it becomes clear to Lana why her deceased twin has instructed these particular characters to meet for an evening of truths and lies and curious cocktails.
Arial Hart – “LANA”
Paul Keany – “CLIVE”
Tom Kearney – “WILL”
Damien Diaz – “MARIO”
Rose Hunter – “RUTH”
Writer / Director Laureen Vonnegut
Director Alex Rotaru
Produced by Theatre 68, Ronnie Marmo and Laureen Vonnegut
Set Design and build by Argent Lloyd
Musical Production by John Schnackenberg and Rob Taylor
Lighting Design and Stage Manager Jennifer Nwene
Graphic Design by Heather Harwood
Publicity by Kuker & Lee PR
LAUREEN VONNEGUT - Playwright
Playwright and director Laureen Vonnegut is an American playwright, fiction writer and filmmaker. In 2015, THE PORCINI TEST, her first theater production, had a six-week run in Los Angeles with rave reviews.
Her first novel, OASIS, was hailed as “a completely original literary milestone” (Strand) and “possessing a Felliniesque delirium, geopolitical knowingness, and womanly-wise toughness” (American Library Association). Her latest book, TWIN LIES, is read in book clubs from Alaska to Bulgaria. Over 20 of her short stories and movie scripts have been published worldwide, and she was shortlisted for an Ian St. James Award.
Vonnegut wrote and directed several short films, including CUCKOO AND ICE CREAM (winner of the Orange award, Best in Festival). Another, STUFF THAT BEAR!, opened at the Cannes Film Festival, was shown in more than 100 festivals worldwide and won 16 awards. She co-produced the soon to be released feature film THE DOT MAN. Her feature revenge thriller THREE WAY WEEK, is currently in post-production.
Mexico is her home base, a converted cookie factory her abode, although she maintains a residence in Romania and has lived in England, Portugal, Holland, Bulgaria and Hungary.
She is currently working on a new theater play, a series of short stories called AMSTERDAM BUDDAH, and the production of her film, THIS IS PALM SPRINGS.
ALEX ROTARU – Director
Born in Bucharest to an actress mother and a playwright father, Alex Rotaru grew up in the theatre and won national awards as a teenage actor. Inspired by studying film at the Sorbonne, after earning a top-honors Physics degree from MIT he switched gears and earned an MFA in Film from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He has directed several award-winning documentaries, including NY Times Critic’s Pick THEY CAME TO PLAY, and SHOWTIME’s SHAKESPEARE HIGH, produced by Dana Brunetti and Dean Devlin. As a US Department of State cultural ambassador, Alex has traveled the world far and wide in numerous cultural exchange programs designed to educate and entertain globally. Currently in post-production with MONA/LISA (a hybrid documentary based on pianist Mona Golabek’s life as told by the NY Drama Desk-nominated play, THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE); MISSING TIME (a hermetic mystery sci-fi thriller); and SWAN SONG FOR ELVIS (a biodoc - with a twist - of twice Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter, Carol Connors), Alex won a Christopher Award for PBS POV’s THE HOBART SHAKESPEAREANS. He lives in Beverly Hills with his son Max.
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