Notable: Gary Lennon’s play ‘A Family Thing’

I received a lot of positive responses to my features about writer-producer-director Gary Lennon (The ShieldJustified). You can find those features here and here.

Gary is one of the most prolific writers I know. Most recently, he was a writer-producer on Jenji Kohen’s new show Orange is the New Black for Netflix. Also, Union Entertainment Group picked up Gary’s feature screenplay, The McKennas, this year at the Toronto Film Festival. Still more proof Gary is a writing machine: His play, A Family Thing, is opening February 16, 2013, at the Echo Theater in Los Angeles.

Key art for Gary Lennon's play, "A Family Thing." Artwork courtesy of Gary Lennon.

Key art for Gary Lennon’s play, “A Family Thing.”
Artwork courtesy of Gary Lennon.

If you’re in LA, definitely check it out. I went to a staged reading and it’s phenomenal. Raw, gritty, and darkly humorous, A Family Thing boldly taps into Gary’s own life story.

A Family Thing stars Daryl Stephens (2 Broke Girls, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives), who was also in Gary’s wonderful play The Interlopers, along with Johnny Messner (Spartan, The Sweetest Thing, Killer Instinct) , Elizabeth Regen (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sex and the City, Entourage), and Austin Hébert (True Blood, Longmire, Vegas).

Chris Fields, founder and artistic director of the Echo Theater Company, is directing A Family Thing. He recently directed The Illustrious Birth of Padraic T. Duffy, the world premiere of Kate Robin’s What They Have at South Coast Repertory, the Los Angeles premiere of Jessica Goldberg’s Body Politic, Ovation nominated Kate Robin’s Anon, Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play, the world premiere of Paul Zimmerman’s Pigs and Bugs, and the world premiere of Eat Me by Jacqueline Wright, which was nominated for six LA Weekly Awards including best director.

Gary’s a Peabody award-winner and A Family Thing is power-packed with talent drawn together by this amazing play. You don’t want to miss it.

Wanna see A Family Thing? Here’s the info.

The Echo Theater
Stage 52
5299 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019
There’s a preview Friday, February 15, 2013.
The play opens Saturday, February 16, 2013, and runs through Sunday, March 17, 2013.
Performances are Fridays/Saturdays 8PM and Sundays 7PM.
For more info, go here.


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