The Victory Theatre Center presents - A New Comedy by Lissa Levin
Directed by Dan Guntzelman
Produced by Tom Ormeny
The new one-act comedy by award-winning Los Angeles playwright, Lissa Levin, SEX AND EDUCATION at The Victory Theatre’s Big Victory offers audiences a raucously intense adult comedy to enjoy, and directed by the talented Dan Guntzelman (WKRP in Cincinnati, Growing Pains).
Graduating High School Basketball star, Joe Marks (Kanin Guntzelman), is suddenly in danger of not graduating and potentially losing his college scholarship. He has written a profanely erotic note to his hot cheerleader girlfriend (Jessica McKee) which is intercepted by retiring English teacher, Miss Edwards (Maria Gobetti), during his last final exam before graduation ceremonies. Miss Edwards threatens to jeopardize Joe’s future. What commences is a contest between Joe and Miss Edwards, and after years of disrespect from students, Miss Edwards challenges Joe to “analyze” and rewrite a better letter. We see Joe, with his sense of entitlement because of his skill as a basketball player, defy and question his teacher and her motives. Miss Edwards imposes all the years where fulfillment was unattainable as a teacher onto Joe, turning her resentment into verbal combat. But sports strategy serves Joe well and he uses this to appeal his situation. Vignettes by all the characters explain how the past has brought us to this moment, and we meet the Cheerleader, Joe’s love interest.
Lissa Levin’s intelligent script, Dan Guntzelman’s direction and the ensemble cast of talented actors, bring intensity to the performance. The one-act play invites us to not lose intensity with an intermission. It succeeds and you gain the full objective of SEX AND EDUCATION. Both teacher and student learn lessons of life. There is extensive adult language which for the most part is integral to the subject. Be prepared for heavy use of the “F”, “C”, and “BJ” words.
This West Coast premiere at The Victory Theatre’s Big Victory of SEX AND EDUCATION is a smart, adult, persuasive conversation between two large personalities. While profane, the script is extremely literate with extensive use of the English language…That is a welcome respite. I found it more ironic than funny. Sometimes Miss Edward’s is right, sometimes Joe’s right. You decide.
Cast: Maria Gobetti, Kanin Guntzelman, Jessica McKee
Director: Dan Guntzelman
Producer: Tom Ormeny
Co-Producer: April Dammann
Set Design: Gary Randall
Lighting Design: Carol Doehring
Sound Design: Rob Corn
Cheerleader Choreography: Anna Valendez
Graphic Design: Studio Fuse, Inc.
Stage Manager: Robin Woodruff
Theatre Administrator: Suzie Gardner
Artistic Directors for the Victory Theatre Center: Tom Ormeny & Maria Gobetti
The Victory Theatre Center’s
3326 W. Victory Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
June 3 – July 10, 2011
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00pm
Sundays @ 4pm
Friday & Saturday: $24
Preferred seating: $34 all performances
Group and Senior Citizen rates available