Performance - Robert Cicchini, Barry Cullison, Jack Stehlin
Three LA Weekly Nominations!
Playwriting - Shem Bitterman
Ensemble - Robert Cicchini, Barry Cullison, Deborah Offner, Daniel Nathan Spector, Jack Stehlin
Outstanding Male Performance - Jack Stehlin
Two LA Drama Critics Circle Nominations!
Lead Performance - Barry Cullison
The Hudson Guild launches fourth season with world premiere of Shem Bitterman’s “The Job.”
November 7, 1998, 8 P.M. — marks the opening of the World Premiere of The Job written and directed by Shem Bitterman. The Job is a dark comedy about a washed-up con man and his attempts to go straight, only to have his efforts thwarted by his new friends and his old enemies. The Job, which was developed at Midwest Playlabs, is winner of the prestigious Stanley Award.
The Hudson Guild, under the leadership of Artistic Director Jack Stehlin and Producing Director Jeannine Welles, is entering its fourth season in residence at The Hudson Guild Theatre in Hollywood. Known mainly for producing classic plays with an energetic twist, The Job is the acting company’s first venture into producing an original play on its mainstage.
“This all came together at the right time,” says Jack Stehlin. “We’ve been looking for an exciting new play to do that has the classic elements of great storytelling. Shem and I have known each other for a long time, and when our schedules connected, we decided to do The Job.” Jack Stehlin and Shem Bitterman were classmates at The Juilliard School.
Shem Bitterman is best known for his plays Survivors and Buffalo Hunters (both produced at the Mark Taper Forum) and The Ramp (South Coast Rep). His plays have also been produced at many venues throughout the U.S., including the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, the Humana Festival, Temple University, Pacific Jewish Theatre, and The Actor’s Studio. His plays have been developed at The Sundance Institute, Midwest Playlabs, Steppenwolf, A.S.K., The Playwright’s Kitchen Ensemble and The Mark Taper Forum. He has won The California Playwright’s Competition, The CBS/FDG New Plays Award, The National Play Award, The White Dove Award and The Fund for New American Plays. He has developed films for Dustin Hoffman at Punch Productions, Warner Bros. and Disney. His produced films include “Halloween 5” and “Out of the Rain (with Bridget Fonda), “Peephole” (which he also directed), and “Tinsletown” (co-written and co-produced with Tony Spiridakis, starring Ron Perlman, Joe Panteliano and Kristy Swanson).
Jack Stehlin is a veteran of Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and resident theatres throughout the country. On Broadway he played Stanley in Brighton Beach Memoirs directed by Gene Saks. Off-Broadway, he directed and played Macbeth at (C.S.C.) the Classic Stage Company. At the New York Shakespeare Festival, he played Mowbray in Richard II (dir. Steven Berkoff), Henry V (with Kevin Kline), Casanova (by Constance Congdon, directed by Michael Greif), Henry IV, I (dir Des McAnuff), Julius Caesar (with Al Pacino), Timon of Athens (dir. Brian Kulick), Richard Foreman’s Don Juan, and Romeo and Juliet (directed by Les Waters). He has worked at Primary Stages, The American Repertory Theater, Venice Bienale, Festival D’Atumne in Paris, Hartford Stage, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Paper Mill Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Missouri Rep, and Stamford Center of the Arts, again with Al Pacino in Salome. In Los Angeles, he most recently directed and played Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night at The Hudson Guild. Other L.A. credits include: Tartuffe (The Hudson Guild) the Los Angeles premiere of Speed-the-Plow at the Odyssey Theatre (for which he garnered Drama-Logue and Garland Awards for Outstanding Performance). The Misanthrope (Drama-Logues for Performance and Direction, Garland for Performance), The Kingdom of Earth at The Hudson (1996 Garland Outstanding Performance Award), and Horton Foote’s West Coast premiere of The Habitation of Dragons directed by Crystal Brian at the Zephyr Theatre (for which he received a 1995 LA Weekly Award). Jack Stehlin is an alumnus of John Houseman’s The Acting Company, an actor member of The O’Neill Playwright’s Conference, and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Mr. Stehlin serves at Artistic Director of The Hudson Guild.
The Hudson Guild now enters its fourth season. Recent productions included: William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; or What You Will, and Tartuffe. Last Fall’s production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler was Critic’s Choice in the LA Times (and was singled out by the LA Times as one of the ten best productions of the year), garnered four Drama-Logue Awards for Production, Direction, Performance, and Costumes, and received a Garland award for Costumes (with Honorable Mentions for Production, Direction, Lighting Design and Performance). Under the vision of Artistic Director Jack Stehlin, The Hudson Guild won its first Drama-Logue award for “Production” with its debut production of Antigone.
Jack Stehlin and Jeannine Welles present The World Premiere of The Job, Opening Saturday, November 7, then playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM. The Hudson Guild is located at 6543 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood. Admission is $21.00. (Special discounts for groups, seniors and students.) Valet parking is available. For Press Info/Reservations, call Jeannine Welles at 310-442-0816, fax 310-442-0826. Tickets: (310) 289-2999
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Dates, TIMES & LOCATION
Opened Saturday, November 7, 1998
Plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM through May 1st, 1999!
11693 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(corner of Santa Monica and Hudson Avenue)
valet parking in a secured lot