ANDAK STAGE COMPANY
The World Premiere of
Book and Lyrics by Dakin Matthews
Music by B. T. Ryback
OPENING WEEKEND March 13 & 14, 2010 with receptions to follow
NewPlace Studio Theatre in the NoHo Arts District
Opens: Saturday, March 13 at 8:00pm and Sunday March 14, 2010 at 2:00pm.
Previews 3/5, 3/6, 3/12 at 8pm; 3/6, 3/7, 3/13 at 2pm.
Closes: Sunday, April 25, 2010
Ticket price: $25; group, senior, student, and industry discounts available.
Reservations: Call (866) 811-4111 (beginning Feb. 15) or purchase online. No service charge to ticket buyers. For more information call: (818) 506-8462.
Location: NewPlace Studio Theatre - 10950 Peach Grove St., N. Hollywood, CA 91601
Amenities: ADA accessible. Gated lot and street parking. Excellent restaurants nearby.
Press Contact: Judith Borne (310) 305-7888
The Play: Liberty Inn: The Musical is a full-length musical comedy set in post-colonial America about a Hessian Captain who hates women and the wily landlady who tames him. The play features a book and lyrics by Dakin Matthews (based on a Goldoni farce) and twenty-two original songs by award-winning composer B. T. Ryback.
Los Angeles, CA – The Andak Stage Company announces a seventh world premiere to open its fourth season. Liberty Inn: The Musical is a full-length musical adapted from Goldoni’s comic masterpiece La Locandiera (“The Landlady”) by Dakin Matthews (book and lyrics) and B. T. Ryback (music). The two met while performing together in The History Boys at the Ahmanson Theatre; they wrote this musical mostly in cyberspace while Mr. Ryback was working in L.A. and New York, and Mr. Matthews was touring the world with Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project.
Associate Artistic Director Anne McNaughton will direct the world premiere of this tuneful and rollicking courtship comedy with strong feminist themes, transferred from 18th Century Italy into in the early days of the new American republic. Deborah May and Norman Snow star as the wily American innkeeper and the misogynistic Hessian Captain in an intriguing ‘battle of the sexes’ waged in her fashionable inn in post-colonial Liberty, New York. The rest of the seven-member cast includes an English Count, a French Marquis, an Italian actress, and two servants. The show will play for seven weeks at Andak’s NewPlace Studio Theatre in the NoHo Arts District.
Dakin Matthews (Book & Lyrics, Co-Producer) is the Artistic Director of Andak Stage Company and a multiple award-winning playwright, who has produced five of his scripts at Andak: three originals (The Prince of L.A., A Magic Christmas, and The Savannah Option) and two translations (Spite for Spite and Don Juan the Trickster of Seville). Other scripts: The Liar and The Proof of the Promise, verse translations from the Spanish, were produced by the Antaeus Company and toured to the international Siglo de Oro Festival in El Paso; Uncommon Players was produced at the Old Globe Theatre and Shakespeare on the Beach, and The Great Fugue at ACT in San Francisco; his single play adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV has been produced across the country, including a Tony Award winning production at Lincoln Center Theater, for which he won a special Drama Desk Award. He is also a busy actor, teacher, dramaturge, and Shakespeare scholar, and was the Founding Artistic Director of the Antaeus Company.
Brett Ryback (Composer, Musical Director) is an actor, playwright, and composer. His plays and musicals include Weïrd (Winner, 2007 Tennessee Williams One-Act Competition), A Roz By Any Other Name, (Winner, Henrico County One-Act Competition), I, Abraham (UCLA commission), Quit India (Finalist, 2007 Richard Rodgers Award), the book for Darling (PACE New Musicals), and the music for the movie-musical Shoulder Pads. He is currently completing the book, music, and lyrics to The Tavern Keeper's Daughter. This season he will also be appearing in The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at La Mirada Theatre and in Dr. Cerberus at South Coast Repertory Theatre.
Anne McNaughton (Director, Co-Producer) is the Associate Artistic Director of Andak Stage Company and directed its previous productions of Spite for Spite and The Bay At Nice, and world premieres of The Prince of L.A., The Savannah Option, A Magic Christmas, Don Juan The Trickster of Seville, The Letters, and her own Molière update, San Fran Scapin. She was the Artistic Director of the Valley Shakespeare Festival in Saratoga and a founding member of both the Antaeus Company and John Houseman's Acting Company, for which she directed U.S.A. off-Broadway. She was a Resident Director at San Jose Rep, California Actors Theatre, Berkeley Stage Company, and Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, and taught and directed in the American Conservatory Theatre's advanced training program. She is a member of the first graduating class of the Juilliard Drama Division and holds a graduate degree in directing from Stanford University. Her award-winning productions in the San Francisco Bay Area include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Richard III, Artichoke, and Letters Home. Most recently, she directed The Prince of L.A. and Collected Stories at the Old Globe, and The Liar, The Proof of the Promise, Trial By Jury, and The Will for the Antaeus Company.
Cast: Deborah May, Norman Snow, John Combs, John DeMita, Charlotte DiGregorio, Bill Mendieta, and Mark Doerr.
Staff: Sets & Costumes: Dean Cameron
Webdesign by Tricia Bølle
Andak Stage Company, 10849 Acama St., N. Hollywood, CA 91602 • Office: (818) 506-8462 • Press Contact: Judith Borne (310) 305-7888