San Francisco, CA, August 26, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- “You'll laugh. You'll cry... Randolph mines new depth of hilarity.” - Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle
“Irreverent, hilarious and deeply human.” - Linda Ayres-Frederick, SF Bay Times
“Riotously demented and brilliantly humane. Not to be missed.” - Rob Avila, SF Bay Guardian
Due to its unabated popularity, The Marsh is proud to resume performances of Ann Randolph’s acclaimed “Loveland” after a short summer break. The show, now in its sixth sold-out extension, will celebrate its first anniversary on October 1.
The audience is advised to fasten their seat as Ovation Award® winning playwright and performer Randolph takes them on a cross country flight they will never forget. This is the emotional, hilarious and very human journey of Frannie Potts - an out of control, sexually charged misfit whose is overwhelmed by grief. Randolph embodies many of the characters cooped up in the cabin with Frannie, as she faces the loss of the greatest love of her life, stumbling from outrageous confrontation and awkward confusion to a glimpse of the mystery, tragedy, and beauty that unite us. And all at the cruising altitude of 30,000 feet.
Randolph is renowned for transforming horror into humor. The impetus for the show was the year leading up to the death of her father when she was always on a plane from LA to “Loveland” (Ohio,) fearing this would be the last time she would see him. During the course of these flights, she wrote “Loveland” as a way to deal with the grief, mining the humor along with the pain. Indeed, Mel Brooks compares Randolph to the late Gilda Radner for her audacious humor, her generosity and her ability to take us from tears to laughter in the same minute.
Directed by Matt Roth, the show plays Fridays at 7:00 pm and Saturdays at 5:00 at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way (off Shattuck) from September 24 through November 13, 2010. For tickets, the public may call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or visit www.themarsh.org.
Randolph's past productions have dealt with other social issues surrounding loss - from homelessness to mental illness. Her multi-character solo show “Squeeze Box,” originally produced by Mel Brooks and the late Anne Bancroft, went on to become a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit. The show was the Winner of LA Weekly’s Best Solo Show for 2002, the Los Angeles Times Ovation Award for Best Solo Show 2002 and enjoyed an extended run at The Marsh last year. Randolph has been hired by Brooksfilms (Mel Brooks’ Production Company) to create an original movie based on the play.
A resident of Los Angeles, Randolph is a former member of the Groundlings and Unsafe Sketch, and received LA Weekly’s “Best Female Comedy Performer” award. Her other solo shows include "Ann Randolph Miss America," nominated for "best solo show of 2000" by the LA Weekly and "Ohio," which headlined the Los Angeles Women's theater Festival and the New York City Word Fire Festival. As an actress she has appeared in numerous plays including the long running cult classic, “Bob’s Office Party,” for which she created two of the most beloved characters in “Squeeze Box.” The LA Times critic wrote of Randolph’s performance, “In a pair of wickedly hysterical roles, Randolph steals the show.”
In the theater, Randolph has acted in "Eight Ways To Meet Your Neighbor" (for which she was nominated for Best Comedy Female Performance by the LA Weekly), "Betsy Loves Snap Beans," "Hair" and "Waiting for Godot." She has also made numerous TV and film appearances including the release of this year’s “Internet Dating” with Kat Williams. As a writer, she has contributed personal essays to NPR, Weekend America and the BBC and has also created original programming for Gullane Pictures, PAX, Lifetime, and Klasky Csupo.
Randolph, who feels passionately about writing the things she fears, and is eager to share her gifts with others, has led a multitude of writing and performance workshops. She has taught at NYU, Ohio University, Wells College, Esalen, Kripalu, Omega, Yoga Oasis and many other academic institutions. Concurrently with her performance, she will be holding two ten-week workshops called “Write Your Life,” one at The Marsh San Francisco and one at The Marsh Berkeley.
Matt Roth directed the Ovation Award nominated productions of “Big Baby” (written by Joe Keyes) and “Teen Girl” (written by Justin Tanner). He also directed the premiere of William Wright's “Texmas” and last year's production of “Bob's Holiday Office Party” at the Zephyr theatre.
Developed at The Marsh, “Loveland” was the recipient of a Fomenting Arts Grant. Randolph was named the “ Best Solo Performer in San Francisco 2010” by the San Francisco Examiner.
For Calendar Editors
What: Ann Randolph’s “Loveland”
When: September 24 – November 13, 2010
Where: The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way In Berkeley Near Shattuck
Parking Is Available At The Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way Between Milvia St. & Shattuck Ave.
Show Times: Friday At 7:00 Pm; Saturday At 5:00 Pm
Tickets: Fridays: $20-35 sliding scale; Saturdays: $25-35 sliding scale; $50 reserved seats
For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit www.themarsh.org
For more information, visit The Marsh website at www.themarsh.org or www.annrandolph.com
For photos, please visit The Marsh Photo Gallery at http://gallery.me.com/themarsh#100999&bgcolor=black&view=grid