Santa Monica, CA, April 10, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Producer Emily Mayer announced today that due to popular demand Jerry Mayer’s two plays now playing in rep at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse: the hit dramedy “Black & Bluestein” and the acclaimed romantic love story “Dietrich & Chevalier, the Musical,” will extend through June 1st.
“Black & Bluestein,” Mayer’s autobiographical tale of Black and Jewish relations in 1963 St. Louis has “an added punch and relevance” (BackStage West) due to the recent changes on the political landscape that resonate with audiences. You’ll laugh, You’ll cry, You’ll think. Saturdays at 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm, through May 3rd and at 8:00 pm only May 10 - May 31, 2008.
In the same location but with a different cast and set, Mayer’s “Recommended” (LA Times) “Dietrich & Chevalier, the Musical” a fascinating, revealing, love story with 15 of their signature songs, continues on Sundays at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm through Sunday, June 1st, 2008.
Playwright Jerry Mayer’s writing experience spans a twenty-five year period of writing and/or producing hit TV comedies including “All in the Family,” “MASH,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “The Facts Of Life,” (Exec. Producer) and multiple Mitzi Gaynor Specials, including her live Las Vegas shows. Los Angeles theatre audiences will remember him from his long string of critically and audience acclaimed hit plays all of which debuted in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles: “Almost Perfect,” “Aspirin & Elephants,” “A Love Affair,” “Killjoy,” “Falling in Love Again” -the Dietrich/Chevalier story, “You Haven’t Changed A Bit And Other Lies” (with Steve Mayer), “2 Across,” and “Black & Bluestein.” Mayer’s plays have been performed Off Broadway, throughout the USA, in Canada and throughout Germany. In April, three of his plays will be playing concurrently on Los Angeles stages when his 2004 hit comedy “2 Across” will be performed as part of the Westside JCC celebrity stage readings series.
“Black & Bluestein” an engaging dramedy, set in 1963 St. Louis and based on a true event, explores the ripple effect in the neighborhood when a well-to-do black scientist Dan Black, wants to buy a home in an upscale, all-white mostly Jewish neighborhood from the Jewish builder, Jeff Bluestein. Bluestein always tried to be a good liberal but breaking the color barrier could break his bank account and even his marriage. Tension, conflict, prejudice, fear of plunging home values, and Jewish guilt add up to gripping drama and laugh-out-loud comedy. It features Kimberly Arland, John Eric Bentley, George Coe, Larry Gelman, Kelly Lester, Loren Lester, and Lenora May and is directed by Deborah Harmon (“2 Across” at Santa Monica Playhouse, “Magpie’s Tearoom” & “Verbatim, A Comedy Review,” both at the Ventura Court Theatre).
“Dietrich & Chevalier, the Musical” celebrates the love affair between entertainers Marlene Dietrich and Maurice Chevalier. In the 1930s they were Paramount's biggest stars. They met in Hollywood and fell in lust, which turned into love and lasted two lifetimes. During World War II Dietrich entertained GIs at the front and became a hero, while Chevalier, in occupied France, sang, with Germans in his audience and was accused of collaboration and put on trial. The war had separated them; Chevalier¹s trial for treason brought them back together when Dietrich rushed to his side to help him. A return engagement of the much-loved Jerry Mayer musical that Drama-Logue called “a heartfelt homage to two wonderfully courageous performers, a delightful, inspiring evening of theatre” with a new outstanding All-Star cast. It features Broadway veteran Ray Baker as Chevalier and nightclub performer Cissy Conner as Dietrich joined by Zack Medway playing eight distinct characters. Directed by Chris DeCarlo, who previously teamed up with Mayer on four of his critically acclaimed hits. DeCarlo has been directing, writing and acting in Los Angeles for over forty years and is acknowledged for his critically acclaimed crafting of world and American premiere productions by such renowned playwrights as Michel Garneau, Stephen King, Brenda Krantz, Robert B. Parker, Sheila Rae, Annie Reiner, Sammy Shore, Robert Waldman, David Williamson, and Lois Wyse.
Both shows continue in repertory, “Black & Bluestein” plays Saturdays through May 3rd at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and at 8:00 pm only May 10 - May 31, 2008. Tickets are $25.00, with discounts available for students, seniors and groups of ten or more. Use discount code: “flyer” for $6.00 off per ticket. Call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or buy them online at BrownPaperTickets.com/event/26952.
“Dietrich & Chevalier, the Musical” plays Sundays with two performances, 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm through June 1, 2008. Tickets are $25.00, with discounts available for students, seniors and groups of ten or more. Seating is limited and some dates are already sold out. Call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or buy them online at BrownPaperTickets.com/event/27009.
For information and group sales for both shows call 1-310-459-1548.
The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse is located at 1211 4th Street (between Arizona & Wilshire) in Santa Monica. Convenient inexpensive parking is located directly across the street in Structure #1. By public transportation take the Santa Monica Blue Bus or the LA Metro Rapid #620 and exit at 4th and Wilshire.