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GOD’S FAVORITE Comes to the Actor’s Co-op

Successful Long Island businessman Joe Benjamin is a God-fearing man with a high-maintenance wife, ungrateful children and wise-cracking household help. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, he is visited by a man on a mission: test Joe’s faith and report back to “the Boss.”Based on the Book of Job, GOD’S FAVORITE, is a contemporary morality tale turned into a hilarious comedy.

Ticket Information
Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors (60 and older) and $20 for students. Group rates are available for parties of six or more. For reservations, call (323) 462-8460, ext. 300 or visit www.actorsco-op.org.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

About the Director
Mr. Greg Zerkle directs. Mr. Zerkle trained “on-the-job†as a director during more than 20 years as a professional actor, where he was fortunate to work with some of the very best; Hal Prince, Susan Stroman, Susan H. Schulman, James Lapine, Tommy Tune, John Caird, John Jory, A.J. Antoon, John Bowab, Ray Cooney, Jeff Calhoun, Andrew Barnicle, Christopher Renshaw, Jason Alexander, Mike Ockrent and Garry Marshall.

Creative Team
The creative team for GOD’S FAVORITE includes Costume Designer Vicki Conrad Dlugolecki, Lighting Designer Lisa D. Katz and Set Designer Mark Svastics. Nick Acciani is the Stage Manager. GOD’S FAVORITE is produced by Gina D’Acciaro.

About the Cast
The talented ensemble of GOD’S FAVORITE includes Greg Baldwin, Adam Dlugolecki, Jeff Guilfoyle, Steve Gustafson, Montelle Harvey, Rebecca Hayes, Rhonda Kohl and Kim Walker.

About Actors Co-op
In its 19th season of transforming theatre, Actors Co-op operates two 99-seat Equity-approved theatres on the campus of Hollywood Presbyterian Church. Actors Co-op began on January 8th, 1987, with a dozen actors. Currently, its membership exceeds 40 professionals. Since the Crossley Theatre opened its doors in April of 1989 and its second theatre, the Crossley Terrace Theatre opened February of 1995, Actors Co-op has produced over 60 main stage productions, over 26 second stage productions, staged readings of original works, and has received 125 Drama-Logue Awards, 27 LA Weekly Award nominations (four wins), 25 Theatre LA Ovation Award nominations, five Garland Awards and five Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. In addition, Actors Co-op was honored with the 1996 Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Achievement” in smaller theatre from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle as well as the 1996 Charlie Award for “Excellence in the Arts†by the Hollywood Arts Council.

Actors Co-op’s 19th season will continue with KING LEAR directed by Marianne Savell and THE TRAVELING LADY directed by Stephen Rothman.

Schedule
GOD’S FAVORITE opens Friday, October 8, 2010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM through November 14, 2010. Saturday matinees are scheduled for October 16 and October 23 at 2:30 PM.

Pre-show Lecture – MUSE
Actors Co-op presents MUSE, a pre-performance lecture series on spirituality and the arts. The lecture/discussion for GOD’S FAVORITE takes place on Saturday, October 16th at 1:00 PM and will be led by Rev. Dr. Todd Johnson. The event includes a box lunch and admittance to the 2:30 PM matinee performance of GOD’S FAVORITE. Tickets are $30 and include lecture and performance. Lunch is available for an additional $8. Rev. Dr. Todd E. Johnson is the Brehm Chair of Worship, Theology and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary. Besides his expertise in the study of worship, spirituality and theology, Dr. Johnson has studied theatre at the Victory Gardens Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre and The Second City Theatre in Chicago. He has taught theatre and performed in a variety of productions, from Feiffer’s People to Equus. Dr. Johnson is co-authoring a book on Theology and Theatre for the Engaging Culture Series (Baker Academic).

Location
Actors Co-op’s Crossley Theatre is located at 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of Hollywood Presbyterian Church, one block north of Hollywood Boulevard, just off the Gower Street exit of the 101 Hollywood Freeway. Free, well-lit parking is available on Carlos Street (1/2 block east of Gower). Entrance to the theatres is on Carlos.

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