Quake, A New Play, Starts At Open Fist Theatre Company

A scene from Quake

A new play by D. Tucker Smith
at the Open Fist Theatre
Performances begin July 13, 2011

Quake, a new play by acclaimed playwright D. Tucker Smith opens this weekend at the Open Fist Theatre Company in Hollywood. Set in the summer of 2005, Quake tells the story of Artie Erlich, a Jewish businessman struggling to stay afloat at work and at home after his wife’s death on 9/11, and Marena, an Armenian immigrant who lost everything in the Spitak earthquake in 1988. When Artie and Marena meet, is it the beginning of finding solid ground or will the tremors in their lives only grow stronger? When the lights go out, how they handle the dark will make all the difference.

When asked about the inspiration to write this play, Smith says: “I’ve always been intrigued by how survivors of trauma experience the vestiges of the event, how some move on and others get mired. Since 9/11, Katrina, two wars and an economic crisis, I believe we are experiencing our own quake and I wanted to write a play that captured that and perhaps, in its small way, said something about human resiliency.”

The cast includes Ray Abruzzo (The Sopranos, Mauritius), Marc Aden Gray (Proof, Of Mice and Men), and Open Fist Theatre Ensemble members Charlotte Chanler, Allison Mattox, Alex Pierce, Maxie Solters, and Stephanie Terronez. Tickets are available at Open Fist Web site.

About the QUAKE Creative Team:
D. TUCKER SMITH (Playwright/Director) has authored several full-length plays including the Broadway-bound The Great Game (premier, Theater Previews at Duke), Quake and Catalog. His short plays include: The Knockout Suit (Finalist, Samuel French Short Play Competition); Overnight Delivery and Patriot Act (both finalists in the New York City 15-Minute Play Festival); while his screenplays include: “The Rose Quilt” and “The Eleventh Commandment.”  Smith is an active member of The Playwrights Workshop and New River Dramatists, and is thrilled to be part of the OFTC “First Look” Festival, once again taking the director’s chair with an exceptional cast of actors.

ANJALI BHIMANI (Co-Director / Producer) is the Producer/Owner of Ithaka Theatricals. OFTC: The Existents. Broadway: Bombay Dreams, Metamorphoses (Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award for Best Play).  Off-Broadway: The American Pilot (Manhattan Theatre Club), Brundibar and But the Giraffe (New Victory Theatre), Pentecost (Barrow Group), Portraits (Union Square Theatre), The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Metamorphoses (Second Stage). Regional: As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre of D.C.), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Mirror of the Invisible World (The Goodman Theatre), The Great Game (Theatre Previews at Duke), Comedy on the Bridge and Brundibar (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), The Vagina Monologues (Apollo Theatre), Metamorphoses (Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep), The Odyssey (McCarter Theatre, Seattle Rep, Goodman Theatre), Arabian Nights (Lookingglass, BAM, Steppenwolf), Pentecost (Berkeley Rep). Television: “Shark,” “Journeyman,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Sopranos,” “Flight of the Concords,” “Lie To Me.” Film: “The Medicine Show.”  Upcoming: “The Great Game.”

Quake Performance Schedule
Sat., July 23, 8 p.m. – Performance
Sun., July 24, 2 p.m. – Performance
Thurs., July 28, 8 p.m. – Performance
Fri., July 29, 8 p.m. – Performance
Sat., Aug. 6, 2 p.m. – Performance
Wed., Aug. 10, 8 p.m. – Performance
Thurs., Aug. 18, 8 p.m. – Performance
Sat., Aug. 20, 2 p.m. – Performance
Sun., Aug. 21, 7 p.m. – Performance
Wed., Aug. 24, 8 p.m. – Performance
Sat., Aug. 27, 8 p.m. – CLOSE


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