An intriguing new play will premiere in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater in mid October.
THE STAND-IN looks behind the scenes during the filming of the film noir classic “Double Indemnity”. Billy Wilder, the picture’s director, and Kasia, an enigmatic younger woman, struggle for identity as foreigners while the movie is written, shot, and premiered in a strange new land: Los Angeles 1942. Appearing like some sort of siren, Kasia washes onto a beach, only to be rescued by cinematographer Max. The two quickly fall into an affair as he hires Kasia to work on set. While their passion is genuine, Kasia’s ambitions in Hollywood challenge the strength of their relationship. Meanwhile, Billy Wilder acts as ring-leader, guiding everyone on set in an effort to create one of the greatest films ever made.
Playwright and actress Alicia Adams is artistic director and co-founder of the Bootleg Theater. THE STAND-IN is her second original play, and her ambition is to produce “original, genre bending works that are daring, contemporary, and striking”.
Co-writer Peter Munro a film-maker came to the Bootleg Theater as an actor. His feature film “Days Together”, which he wrote, directed, edited, and produced was awarded the Programmer’s Award for Best Feature at the Virginia Film Festival.
Director Patrick Murphy has numerous directing credits including “Dogtown” at the Eclipse Theatre Company in Chicago, which received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble. Patrick is also Professor Emeritus at the Theatre School of DePaul University in Chicago, where he was Head of the Professional Actor Training program.
THE STAND-IN will preview on Thursday, October 13; Friday, October 14 at 7pm; will open on Saturday, October 15 at 7pm and run through Saturday, November 5 at the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays; Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm.
Ticket prices are $20; $25 (day of admission); $15 – $20 (student/senior and presale); Previews are $15. For tickets call 213-389-3856 or visit www.bootlegtheater.org to purchase tickets online or to view a complete schedule.