The Revisionist -What Do We Really Know Of Our History?

 

 Suffering from writer’s block, pressed for revisions by his publisher, 20 year old David (Seamus Mulcahy) flees to the isolation of a distant, elderly Polish cousin so that he can rewrite his book without distractions.  Unable to grow up, he wants only to run from responsibility.

 Maria (Deanna Dunagan), a Holocaust survivor, hungers for family contact since she had lost everyone in the war, and welcomes the American boy with open arms.  He, however, as an “ugly American,” and coming from a different culture, attitude and place in his life, has another agenda.  He is unable to give her what she most desires.   Facing life choices, he has to question his future and what he must do with family secret he’s now discovered.  Is it something he can handle?

The Revisionist - photo by Sean Daniels

David must also deal with Maria’s friend Zenon (Illia Volok) with whom there appears some jealousy. 

Noted for a number of starring roles including The Social Network, actor Jesse Eisenberg is also an accomplished writer. The play, while fictional, was inspired by Jesse’s own visit to his Polish relatives.

The story, being performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the Lovelace Studio Theater from April 1, 2016, until April 17, 2016, directed by the accomplished Robin Larsen, stars Deanna Dunagan, Seamus Mulcahy, and Ilia Volok who were cast by Beth Lipari.

Seamus Mulcahy, who does a lot of theatre in New York, says he connected immediately with the character as did Deena Dunagan, who often takes major roles in her home town of Chicago.

Russian actor Ilia Volok had been attracted to the range of emotions present in the play even for the few scenes he appears in. 

The Revisionist - photo by Sean Daniels

Stage designer Tom Buderwitz did an amazing job of creating the cramped Polish apartment. “Jesse had specific details in the script that helped me envision the limited space.”  Costumes were designed by Jocelyn Hublau Parker and Deborah  Hartwell while Leigh Allen worked the lighting, and John Zalewski performed the sound.

The original building of The Wallis, built in 1939, had been an elegant post office in the center of Beverly Hills. Reopened in 2013, its goals are to entertain with unique arts, education and other cultural events. 

Tickets range from $40-50 and can be had by calling 310-746-4000.  Parking costs range from $5 for matinee to $8 for evening with a valet option possible.  While the theater appears small, it holds 150 people and all the audience has an excellent view all around.  Join the cast for opening night April 1, 2016.  

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