Like most instructors at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Graphic Design Instructor Doug Haverty is a working creative professional who conducts classes in addition to his exciting career in the design industry. An award-winning playwright and lyricist, Haverty’s latest play, Next Window, Please, has been showing at Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood since August 13 and will continue through September 17.
“The play is a portrait of six intelligent, vivacious, outspoken and financially-strapped women who work in a bank. The delicate balance of their workday relationships is toppled with the news of a bank merger, complete with potential layoffs, and the infiltration of their environment by a handsome male junior executive. Instead of humbly accepting what fate dishes out, these women take matters into their own hands,” according to Noho Arts District’s website.
Don’t miss it!
Next Window, Please
Lonny Chapman Theatre
10900 Burbank Boulevard,
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Tickets: www.theGROUPrep.com or ((818) 700-4878
By Doug Haverty
Directed by Richard Alan Woody
Produced for Group Rep by: Fran Freedman
Set Design by: Winfield/Woody
Lighting Design: Sabrina Beattie
Costumes by: FIDM Alumna, Angela M. Eads
Cast: Stephanie Colet, Kady Douglas, Bianca Gisselle, Trisha Hershberger, Shelby Kocee, Chris Wolfe, Gina Yates
Read the Reviews:
“… playwright Doug Haverty deposits several working-woman archetypes into a warm-hearted dramedy steeped in the current economic malaise … much to its credit, starting with actors Stephanie Colet, Gina Yates, Bianca Gisselle, Shelby Kocee and Trisha Hershberger, who are all adept, vivid and appealing as the surviving-from-paycheck-to-paycheck tellers who face termination. Haverty has a knack for charged exchanges and zingers … interstitial monologues that underscore each woman’s dilemma, for example, are frequently arresting, perhaps the evening’s best writing … it’s pleasant entertainment, sleekly appointed, certain to bring in the crowds.”
— David C. Nichols | L.A. Times
“Haverty uses the small Santa Monica branch of a bank as the setting for his examination of the daily routine of these six vivacious, opinionated and financially-strapped working women … Scenes that chart their final workweek are intercut by insightful monologues as each character takes a turn in a spotlight to share personal confessionals with the audience … this device permits their individual stories to sneak into our hearts … heartfelt comedy … a feel-good tale of feminine camaraderie.”
— Pauline Adamek | LA Weekly
“ … you should definitely go see this new play … in today’s tough times, when people are getting hurt unfairly, through no fault of their own, they can still maintain their human dignity and even nobility. Which is a worthy thing to be reminded of … costume designer Angela M. Eads’s array of urban professional office outfits is understatedly spectacular.”
— Lyle Zimskind | LAist
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