The Road Theatre Company presents the World Premier of The Different Shades Of Hugh, a compelling drama about an artist struggling to recapture his artistic ability, his personal relationships with two significant women in his life and one difficult, life altering decision that could result in Hugh losing everything that means the most to him, love and creativity.
The Different Shades Of Hugh moves you through “The Artistic Process, One Shade Passion, One Shade Doubt, One Shade Obsession,” an evolving process in the struggle to regain creativity in a world that will not accept the sacrifice Hugh must make to keep it.
In order for Hugh, played by Coronado Romero , to resolve these issues he consults two initially unwanted visitors, the voices of inspiration, Paul, played by Tom Musgrave and Paul’s Friend Vincent, played by Zachary Mooren , art critics themselves that have offered their opposing strategies to help Hugh restore his lost personal style of painting except that Paul and Paul’s Friend are not entirely real people.
The two women in Hugh’s life, Diane played by Whitney Dylan is his former girlfriend and psychologist that sees the practical side and Maris, played by Ellie Jameson, his new love interest that has faith in Hue’s ability as a creative artist. These two women present opposing but convincing arguments involving a personal decision that only Hue can make concerning whether he can continue to be creative or not be creative.
Hugh’s decision is further complicated by an art dealer, Michael (Stephen Smith Collins) that promises to financially change Hugh’s life by selling Hugh’s art in his art gallery but will Hugh make the right decision? Will he sacrifice his creativity over living his life in a way that society has determined is normal?
The Different Shades Of Hugh, written by Clete Keith and directed by Road Theatre’s Co- Artistic Director Sam Anderson.
Clete Keith (Playwright) began his entertainment career at age 17 in Repertory Theater. He was involved in over 50 plays. His performance of “William,” in the play “THE WILLIAM,” won him the Drama Logue Award for Best Actor. In the 18 years he spent at the Stable Theater in Hollywood, Clete sharpened his skills not only as an actor, but as a writer and director. “DEAD SILENCE,” his first film in which he wrote and starred, was a finalist in the Santa Barbara Film Festival. He then wrote and starred in the film titled “THE FOOl, a finalist at both the Palm Springs Short Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival and was rated one of the top 5 most watched short films on the Sci-Fi channel. Clete wrote, starred in and directed the film ‘INSTANT TRAMA” which won “Best Mockumentary” at the New York International Film and Video Festival. In late 2011, Clete completed “THE DIFFERENT SHADES OF HUGH.” Family background: Grandfather was Hugh Bennett (director/editor). Father was Bryan Keith (actor). Mother was Dorothy Bennett (actress). Brother is Christopher Keith (producer/editor). Sister is Kacey Daley (married to actor/writer Jonathan Daly).
Sam Anderson (Director) is Artistic director of the Road Theatre Co., a position he shares with founder Taylor Gilbert. As an actor, he has appeared at the Road in “The Bird and Mr. Banks,” (LA Drama Critics Circle Award, Best Actor), “Napoli Millionaria” (Ovation Award, Best Actor) and “Madagascar.” He won his second LADCC Best Actor Award for “Blackbird” at Rogue Machine, along with an LA Weekly Award for Best Duo Performance. Road directing credits include Theresa Rebeck’s “The Water’s Edge,” Stacy Sims’ “As White As O,” and “Shove” by Mark Eisman (LA Weekly Directing Nomination). Film and television audiences know him from 35 years of performances, including his recent recurring turn as the evil Lee Paxton on “Justified,” Bernard on “Lost,” Dr. Kaysen on “E.R.” (SAG Award, Best Ensemble), Holland Manners on “Angel,” and the films “Water for Elephants,” “Forest Gump,” “La Bamba,” “Frankie Go Boom,” “Breaking the Girls” and the recently released horror thriller from Fox, “Devil Due.”
The Different Shades Of Hugh previewed to a sold out audience on January 21st and will open on Friday January 24 at 8pm and run through Saturday, March 15 at the Road Theatre Company’s new second home, the Road on Magnolia, located in The NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood. Ticket prices are $34; Students and Seniors are $17.50; Previews are $15.00. Special group rates available for parties of 8 or more. For tickets, please call 866-506-148 for details or visit www.RoadTheatre.org to purchase tickets online or to view complete schedule.