MEDIA RELEASEContact: SARA MEEK (858) 481-2155 ext. 13Email: sara@northcoastrep.orgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 22, 2005T...
around San Diego for more than 45 years, and has been seen in hundreds ofproductions. He is an associate artist at The Old...
played Orgon in Tartuffe for Century Stage, New Jersey, and The Grub Manin the NYC premier of Bartleby the Scrivener at th...
About the North Coast Repertory TheatreFrom its modest beginning as a community theatre in a shopping center in1982, the N...
North Coast Repertory Theatre Calendar and Fact SheetJanuary 2006WHERE: NCRT main stageJan 18 – Feb 19,2006:WHAT: Halpern ...
outrageous games lead us on this wild romp of love, loyalty, andfriendship.WHEN: Previews: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday...
p.m.Week 3 (May 17 – 21): Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday andFriday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and7...
Week 5 (Jul 26 – 30): Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday andFriday, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday,2:00 p...
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  1. 1. MEDIA RELEASEContact: SARA MEEK (858) 481-2155 ext. 13Email: sara@northcoastrep.orgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 22, 2005TWO OF NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE’S FAVORITESCOME TOGETHER FOR THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OFHALPERN AND JOHNSON(Solana Beach, CA) The North Coast Repertory Theatre proudly presents theWest Coast Premiere of Halpern and Johnson, by Lionel Goldstein anddirected by David Ellenstein, as the 4th show in the 24thseason. Starring aSan Diego favorite, Jonathan McMurtry (A Life in the Theatre, 2004), andreturning Guest Artist Robert Grossman (Breaking Legs and The Chosen,San Diego Critics Circle award for Best Actor 2004). Halpern and Johnsonopens on Saturday January 21, 2006 @ 8p.m., and runs through February 19,2006.NCRT’s box office is located in the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza at 987 LomasSanta Fe Drive, Suite D, in Solana Beach, just east of Interstate 5. The boxoffice is open daily from 12 noon through 7:00 pm on performance days andto 4:00 pm on non-performance days. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-888-776-NCRT (6278) or 858-481-1055. NCRT’s Web site iswww.northcoastrep.org.The West Coast premiere of Halpern and Johnson, by Lionel Goldstein anddirected by David Ellenstein plays at NCRT through February 19, 2006. Thispoignant and funny story tells the tale of two gentlemen later in their liveswho have shared companionship with the same woman for a number ofyears, and meet in person for the first time. Previews: January 18-20 @8p.m. Show days and times: Thursday through Saturday evenings @ 8p.m.,Sundays @ 2p.m. and 7p.m., select shows on Wednesday evenings at 7p.m.,and select Saturday matinees @ 2p.m. Ticket prices range from $27-35.David Ellenstein, NCRT’s Artistic Director, has made a unique and excitingchoice this season with Halpern and Johnson. Ellenstein first directed thisshow at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami Florida with actors HalLinden and Brian Murray. Finding the play so engaging, David wascompelled to bring Halpern and Johnson to the North Coast stage. Althoughthe play only has two characters, the actors handpicked by David to play theparts of Joseph Halpern and Dennis Johnson are two of the biggest talents tograce the stage at North Coast Jonathan McMurty has been acting in and- more -David EllensteinArtistic DirectorPaul VierraManaging Director977 Lomas Santa Fe DriveSuite ESolana Beach, CA92075T 858.481.2155F 858.481.0530
  2. 2. around San Diego for more than 45 years, and has been seen in hundreds ofproductions. He is an associate artist at The Old Globe Theatre, and was lastseen at NCRT in 2004 in David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. RobertGrossman, also a seasoned actor of more than 40 years is returning to NorthCoast from New York after doing two shows in the 23rdseason, BreakingLegs and The Chosen, for which he won a San Diego Critics’ Circle awardfor Best Actor 2004. David also worked with Robert on The Chosen at TheArizona Jewish Theatre,and The Los Angeles Repertory Company, beforeEllenstein brought it to North Coast last season.In addition to the acting talents, renowned author Lionel Goldstein has comein from England to work with the cast and Ellenstein during the rehearsalprocess. Goldstein has written numerous plays, teleplays, and four novels,including The Man Before Yesterday and The Executioner. He adapted thelatter into a television drama and it was produced by the B.B.C. in 1980.Halpern and Johnson, his second play, was made by H.B.O. starring LordLaurence Olivier and Jackie Gleason. His play Anne and Debbie, originallystarring Deborah Kerr and Claire Bloom on H.B.O., was produced at theCoconut Grove Playhouse starring Lucy Arnaz and Elizabeth Ashley lastseason.LIONEL GOLDSTEIN (AUTHOR)Lionel was born in London, England. He missed out on the first six years ofhis education because of being an evacuee in the Second World War. He leftschool just before his fifteenth birthday and became, in turn, a furrier, aladies’ hairdresser, a car parts warehouseman (in Canada), a silver antiquedealer, and a carpenter and electrician. He began writing short stroies whilstserving as a hairdresser/barber in the British Merchant Navy. Over thefollowing years he wrote four novels, the fouth of which The Man BeforeYesterday was published in 1991. His first novel was The Executioner(unpublished). He adapted it into a television drama and it was produced bythe B.B.C. in 1980. Halpern and Johnson,his second play, was made byH.B.O./H.T.V. starring Lord Laurence Olivier and Jackie Gleason.Following this he wrote for various programs in Brittish Television. Asecond “two-hander” Anne and Debbie was produced by Granada Televisionand starred Deborah Kerr and Claire Bloom. By an odd quirk of fate,Halpern and Johnson was picked up b the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv, andwas first performed on the stage there. It has subsequently been produced forthe stage in Argentina and Uraguay, (several seasons) and in Brazil andAustraliaROBERT GROSSMAN (HALPERN)Last season, Robert was seen at North Coast Repertory Theater as MikeFrancisco in Breaking Legs, and Sunders in The Chosen, for which hereceived a San Deigo Critics Circle Award for best actor. Most Recently, he- more -
  3. 3. played Orgon in Tartuffe for Century Stage, New Jersey, and The Grub Manin the NYC premier of Bartleby the Scrivener at the Blue Heron Theatre.JONATHAN MCMURTRY (JOHNSON)Jonathan McMurtry was last seen at NCRT in David Mamet’s Life in theTheatre. He is Hardly a stranger to San Diego audiences, having graced thestage of the The Old Globe Theatre for Shakespeare to David Mamet formore than forty-five years where he is an Associate Artist. HisShakespearean roles are too numerous to mention, having appeared in all butone of the thirt-seven plays. Suffice to say, Mr. Mcmurtry has receivedcritical acclaim for his portayals of Hamelt, Macbeth, Richard II, Shylock,and Iago, to name a few. At San Diego Rep he performed in six productionsof A Christmas Carol as Scrooge and Charles Dickens. For RenaissanceTheatre Company he was James Tyrone in O’neil’s Long Day’s Journey IntoNight, directed by David Ellenstein. Away from San Diego, Mr. McMurtryhas performed leading roles in major regional theatres across the countryincluding Canada. On television he has guest-starred on Frasier, Cheers,Encore Encore, Wings, Almost Perfect, and Thirtysomething, among others.Recent motion pictures include Beautiful Joe, with Sharon Stone, and soon tobe released Running With Scissors, with Annette Bening and Alec Baldwin.Jonathan McMurtry is a graduate of England’s Royal Academy of DramaticArts. He is honored with thirty Drama-logue Awards, the Los AngelasDrama Critics’ Circle award for the title role in Uncle Vanya, two San DiegoCritics’ Circle Awards, and last year received the Shiley (PBS) Patte Awardfor “Lifetime Acheivement in the Theatre.” Between engagements, Mr.McMurtry finds time to teach Shakespeare with The Old Globe’s MFAprogram at USD and a masters class in Point Loma. He lives in Vista withhis beloved wife Terri, and their beautiful daughter Coral.###Now at North Coast Repertory TheatreThe San Diego premiere of the hilarious holiday comedy, Sister’s ChristmasCatechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold, by Maripat Donovan withMarc Silvia & Jane Morris is at NCRT through January 8, 2006. Its going tobe one ho-ho-holy night as Sister tackles the question thats been puzzlinghistorians through the ages: Whatever happened to the Magis gold? CSI-goes-to-Bethlehem as Sister storms into Solana Beach, delivering a sleighload of side-splitting holiday laughs.- more -
  4. 4. About the North Coast Repertory TheatreFrom its modest beginning as a community theatre in a shopping center in1982, the North Coast Repertory Theatre has evolved into one of the areasleading performing arts organizations, recognized for the quality of its workand its commitment to excellence. Located in Solana Beach, in the heart ofSan Diegos Coastal North County, the theatre boasts an award-winning mainstage season, with performances year-round to over 40,000 people in itsintimate 194-seat setting. In addition, the theatre involves thousands of youngpeople each year in the Theatre School - NCRTs education and outreachprogram.- more -
  5. 5. North Coast Repertory Theatre Calendar and Fact SheetJanuary 2006WHERE: NCRT main stageJan 18 – Feb 19,2006:WHAT: Halpern and Johnson. By Lionel Goldstein. Directed by DavidEllenstein.San Diego favorite Jonathan McMurtry (A Life in the Theatre,2004), 2004 Patte Award for Lifetime Achievement) and guestartist Robert Grossman (Breaking Legs and The Chosen, SanDiego Critics Circle award for Best Actor 2004) will star in thisstory of two very different men with one thing very much incommon.WHEN: Previews: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Jan 18, 19, 20,2006, 8:00 p.m.Opening night: Saturday, Jan 21, 8:00 p.m.Sunday, Jan 22, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Week 2 (Jan 26 – 29): Thursday and Friday, 8:00 p.m.;Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00p.m.Week 3 (Feb 1 – 5): Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday andFriday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and7:00 p.m.Week 4 (Feb 9 – 12): Thursday and Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday,2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Week 5 (Feb 15 – 19): Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday andFriday, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday,2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.WHERE: NCRT main stageTICKETS: Previews: $19Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: $26Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings; Saturday matinees: $30Saturday evening and Sunday matinees: $35Special discount prices for seniors over 65, students under 18,and militaryBonus-Pak: Buy one regular price ticket and get two half pricetickets. For performances through January 29, 2006.Mar 15 – Apr16, 2006:WHAT: The Nerd. By Larry Shue. Directed by David Hay.Belly laughs await in one of the most out-and-out fun playswritten in many years. Mistaken identities, practical jokes, and
  6. 6. outrageous games lead us on this wild romp of love, loyalty, andfriendship.WHEN: Previews: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Mar 15, 16, 17,2006, 8:00 p.m.Opening night: Saturday, Mar 18, 8:00 p.m.Sunday, Mar 19, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Week 2 (Mar 23 – 26): Thursday and Friday, 8:00 p.m.;Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00p.m.Week 3 (Mar 29 – Apr 2): Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.; Thursdayand Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m.and 7:00 p.m.Week 4 (Apr 6 – 9): Thursday and Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday,2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Week 5 (Apr 12 – 16): Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday andFriday, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday,2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.WHERE: NCRT main stageTICKETS: Previews: $19Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: $26Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings; Saturday matinees: $30Saturday evening and Sunday matinees: $35Special discount prices for seniors over 65, students under 18,and militaryBonus-Pak: Buy one regular price ticket and get two half pricetickets. For performances through March 26, 2006.May 3 – Jun 4,2006:WHAT: No Way to Treat a Lady. Books, music, and lyrics by DouglasJ. Cohen. Based on William Goldman’s novel and film.Directed by Rick Simas.In this Off Broadway hit musical we follow a publicity-crazed-actor-turned-killer and the endearing detective who pursues him.Great songs, suspense, and unexpected plot twists lead usthrough this theatrically charged musical comedy.WHEN: Previews: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 3, 4, 5, 2006,8:00 p.m.Opening night: Saturday, May 6, 8:00 p.m.Sunday, May 7, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Week 2 (May 11 – 14): Thursday and Friday, 8:00 p.m.;Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00
  7. 7. p.m.Week 3 (May 17 – 21): Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday andFriday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and7:00 p.m.Week 4 (May 25 – 28): Thursday and Friday, 8:00 p.m.;Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00p.m.Week 5 (May 31 – Jun 4): Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday andFriday, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday,2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.WHERE: NCRT main stageTICKETS: Previews: $19Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: $26Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings; Saturday matinees: $30Saturday evening and Sunday matinees: $35Special discount prices for seniors over 65, students under 18,and militaryBonus-Pak: Buy one regular price ticket and get two half pricetickets. For performances through May 14, 2006.Jun 28 – Jul 30,2006:WHAT: Collected Stories. By Donald Margulies. Directed by DavidEllenstein.By the Pulitzer Prize winning author, this tale of mentor andstudent is clever, moving, and rich with the examination ofauthority, ambition, and protocol. Funny and touching; frankand revealing; a pleasure to watch on an intimate stage.WHEN: Previews: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Jun 28, 29, 30,2006, 8:00 p.m.Opening night: Saturday, Jul 1, 8:00 p.m.Sunday, Jul 2, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Week 2 (Jul 6 – 9): Thursday and Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday,2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Week 3 (Jul 12 – 16): Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday andFriday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and7:00 p.m.Week 4 (Jul 20 – 23): Thursday and Friday, 8:00 p.m.;Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00p.m.
  8. 8. Week 5 (Jul 26 – 30): Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday andFriday, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday,2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.WHERE: NCRT main stageTICKETS: Previews: $19Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: $26Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings; Saturday matinees: $30Saturday evening and Sunday matinees: $35Special discount prices for seniors over 65, students under 18,and militaryBonus-Pak: Buy one regular price ticket and get two half pricetickets. For performances through May 14, 2006.

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