Gerald McCullouch (CSI, OUT magazine’s “Out 100”) and Dan Via reprise the roles they created when Rick Sparks directs the West Coast premiere of Via’s Off-Broadway hit play, Daddy. Also in the cast is Ian Verdun. Presented by Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners the show opens January 8 at The Hudson Mainstage.
”Colin (McCullouch) and Stew (Via), couldn’t be more different on the surface – but they share an intellectual vitality and a love of sports that cements their long-time friendship. Enter Tee (Verdun), an enigmatic young man whose attraction to Colin forces the two friends to examine their relationship and their life choices more closely. Daddy offers a provocative, humorous, and unsettling look at love, loyalty, and the consequences of our actions in a culture without marriage equality.”
“DADDY is an urban Greek tragicomedy,” comments director Sparks. “It offers a potent exploration into the meaning of family that’s especially relevant at this time in our history. What influence do the dynamics of the families we grow up in have on our life choices?”
“I love that it’s a laugh-out-loud funny story that also has a very dark quality,” asserts McCullouch. “The story has a driving sexuality and also an odd edginess that makes its relevance to the ongoing struggle over marriage equality uniquely disarming. It also illuminates that weird journey of navigating a male gay friendship that I’ve never seen portrayed before. And it packs such an emotional punch at the end that it breaks my heart.”
McCullouch has portrayed firearms technician Bobby Dawson on CSI for 10 seasons,and was a recurring guest host of FYE! on E! TV. He stars in the current hit gay film Bear City, and was recently honored by OUT Magazine as ”one of the 100 most compelling people of 2010.
Via appeared as the über-Boss in the hit Adding Machine: A Musical at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Daddy marks his debut as a playwright.
Verdun has appeared on the New York stage in Houses On The Moon, The Hard Lull (Discovery Hill Productions), Storm and Stress (Center Stage), and New York’s ABC Diversity Showcase.
Sparks recently co-adapted and helmed (in association with CBS) I Love LucyLive On Stage for Las Vegas. Other directing credits include Divorce! The Musical andthe critically acclaimed L.A. premiere ofPsycho Beach Party by Charles Busch.
Daddy previews 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, January 5, 6 and 7, opens 8 p.m. January 8 and performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and7 p.m.Sunday through February 13, 2011. Tickets are $30, previews are $15. Call 323-960-7738 or visit www.plays411.com/daddy.
The Hudson Mainstage is located at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd.in Hollywood.
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