Zulu Time - Testosterone + Jet Aviation Fuel = A Lethal Mix

The World Premiere of Zulu Time plays for a limited engagement at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood with a special Opening Night Event on July 11th. The fifth play written by Chuck Faerber (it’s inspired by his two tours of duty with the Navy in Vietnam) is also the third collaboration between Faerber and director Richard Kuhlman, creating a critically acclaimed Playwright/Director tour de force.


Testosterone and jet aviation fuel can be a lethal mix — according to Zulu Time, a poignant and startlingly original drama set on an American aircraft carrier during the civil rights era.  A Navy pilot’s refusal to apologize for voicing an urge to bomb the Watts rioters threatens to ignite mutiny on a warship headed for Vietnam… and awakens ghosts from the carrier’s past battles.  While the play is in part an insider’s often ribald chronicle (written by Navy pilot Faerber) on how men and machines are readied for war, it is also a poetic and insightful revelation about the deadly but intricately beautiful ballet orchestrated on the decks of a vessel of stupefying power.


Richard Kuhlman directs Zulu Time.  He has been a Los Angeles actor and director for the last 30+ years and has directed productions in Los Angeles, Greensboro (NC), Salinas (CA), Seattle, Chicago, Cincinnati, and San Francisco.  He earned raves for his productions for Tartuffe, 12th Night, The Importance of Being Earnest, Catch 22, Of Mice and Men, Inspecting Carol, Fuddy Meers, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, an original Old English Pantomime of The Emperor’s New Clothes, Greeks 6 Trojans 5, Skin of Our Teeth, Nonna (a new drama), and the Restoration comedy The Provoked Wife.  Among the many one person shows Richard has directed is the Ovation Award nominated, Non Vital Organs and his production of Regretrosexual which won the LA Weekly Award for Best Two Person Play.  Richard has extensive experience working with both new playwrights and with classical texts.  He taught Improvisation at the Second City Training Center in LA and currently teaches writing and acting at Columbia College Hollywood.


Chuck Faerber is the playwright.  Zulu Time is the fifth play by Charles N. Faerber to be produced.  It is inspired by his two tours of duty as a Navy carrier pilot in Vietnam.  Most of his plays deal with military topics, including Counter Men (2011 - a dramedy about the Iraq War set in an LA restaurant), and Greeks, 6 – Trojans, 5 (2013) a farce set inside the Trojan Horse - both produced at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, California.


Here’s what the critics said about previous collaborations between Chuck Faerber and Richard Kuhlman:

  • “Touching monologues… charged with empathy.” ~ Variety
  • “Director Richard Kuhlman’s impressive maneuvering… good feel for this world premiere… a character piece, and a funny one.” ~ La Weekly
  • “Riveting… the actors are wonderful… the stories are moving.” ~ Broadway World
  • “Exceptionally well-written and directed.” ~ La Theatre Review


Zulu Time runs from July 11th through August 9th at the Hudson Theatre (6539 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90038) with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.  A preview will run July 10th at 8pm.  General admission with be $25 or $15 for the preview performance.  For reservations or more information please visit https://www.plays411.com/zulu or call 323.960.7740

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