Pay Attention: ADHD in Hollywood, On the Rocks with a Twist
Frank South's true story of his life as a New York waiter and performance artist who is catapulted into fast track Hollywood TV writing unwittingly unleashing his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Hypomania, Alcoholism, and Issues with Authority.
Frank South left the high-pressure world of Hollywood for Hawaii to write and produce Baywatch Hawaii and he never came back. But before he left Frank wrote for and/or produced some of the most watched TV series in the 90s among them: Melrose Place, Cagney & Lacey, Fame, Hill Street Blues and General Hospital. In nearly two non-stop hours of intense hilarity and horror, South careens from a high school talent show, to mentorship with Robert Altman, to the deadly world of network television.
“Pay Attention, Frank South's descent into the Hollywood vortex, is both hilarious and heartbreaking, a raw and riotous ride. Anyone who's dreamed of fame and fortune finding them should see this show. It's thoroughly authentic theater. “ -Andre and Maria Jacquemetton (Producers Mad Men)
Developed by Margaret South and Mark Travis, directed by Mark Travis “Pay Attention” premiered in Hawaii in 2008 to critical acclaim. “Fast pace... Comic... Intriguing... South is unfailingly disarming, ingratiating, charming and full of energy," said Joseph T. Rozmiarek of the Honolulu Advertiser.
Writer, performer, and actor Frank South's one-act plays, 2 by South, were directed by Robert Altman, premiered at The Los Angeles Actor’s Theater, opened Off-Broadway and were filmed by Altman for ABC Arts. Teaming with Margaret and Mark Travis again, he is developing a new solo show about acting sexual identity and acting on the fringe in the 70’s: “Straight Man.”
Director Mark Travis is perhaps best known for the solo shows that he has developed and directed over the past 15 years. Notably: Time Flies When You're Alive, A Bronx Tale, Undressing New Jersey, Insomnia, Something In His Genes, The Dangerous Lure of High Heels, Cabin Fever, What Does The Sun Sound Like?, They Call Me Mr. Fry, Hip Bones and Cool Whip, Almost Made, Walking Back to Brooklyn, and Fornicationally Challenged. Travis has been credited in the LA Times with having created a 'new theater genre'.
Producer Margaret South has developed television and feature film projects for Disney, Fox and Tri-Star Studios, HBO, ABC, and NBC. She produced several feature films, including the beloved Beaches, starring Bette Midler.
“Pay Attention: ADHD in Hollywood: On the Rocks with a Twist” runs May 2 through June 7 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 6 pm. Tickets $25; $20 for tickets purchased before April 15 (use code 007). Call (323) 960-7738 or online www.plays411.com/PayAttention. For information and group sales go to http://www.FrankSouth.net or call (808) 382-8283.
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