Blood from a Stone - West Coast Premiere of Caustic Hit Drama

Can you get blood from a stone?  Sure.

 

 

Travis has returned home to his parents’ house in Connecticut before his intended departure for the West Coast to “start over.”  He wants to see his folks and his siblings again before moving to the far side of the country.

 

 

All is not well, however, and it never has been for this particular family.  Travis’ parents Bill and Margaret are intensely angry people, with both of them having significant attachments outside their marriage.  Kid brother Matt has several compulsions: gambling, lying, and thievery, all of which will imperil his safety when he runs afoul of shady associates.  Only sister Sarah could pass as relatively normal.  Ironically, Margaret, Matt, and Sarah are all nurses, devoting their working lives to the care of other people while failing to keep the peace within their own family.

 

 

Meanwhile, Travis has reignited erotic sparks with an ex-lover, Yvette.  She lives next door and is the married (and not to Travis) mother of two.

 

 

Bill gets so angry he punches his fist through walls and windows.  Margaret berates him constantly.  Will Travis be able to make peace in his family before he leaves his family home?

 

 

The new production is the West Coast Premiere engagement of Blood from a Stone.  The New York debut production received an Obie Award and an Outer Drama Critics Circle Award nomination.  Of this production, theatre blogger Joe Straw says, “It's probably the best new play I've seen in years.  I am breathless, or out of breath, I don't know which.  Run! Run! Run!”

 

 

So... Can you get blood from a stone?  Sure.  Just throw the stone directly at someone’s face.

 

 

 

WHAT:  Blood from a Stone. West Coast Premiere engagement of the acclaimed play.

WHO:  Written by Tommy Nohilly.  Directed by Thomas C. Dunn.  Produced by Racquel Lehrman/ Theatre Planners for LB Productions.  The cast includes Joanne Baron (Murder in the First; Love), Chad Brannon (Emmy® winner for General Hospital; What It Takes), Frankie Ingrassia, Jossara Jinaro (American Family; Passions), Ryan Lahetta, and Gareth Williams.

WHERE:  The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291.

WHEN:  Through May 22, 2016.  Show times:  Thurs.- Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.

ADMISSION:  $30. Previews $20.

RESERVATIONS:  (323) 960-7788.

ONLINE TICKETING:  www.plays411.com/stone

ESTIMATED RUNNING TIME:  Two hours, plus intermission.

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