Guests: Writer Vince Melocchi and actors Matt McKenzie, Haskell V. Anderson III, Seth Margolies, Kim Estes, Gloria Charles, Dan Cole, Keith Stevenson, Sarah Zinsser, Dan Kozlowski, & Valerie Dillman
Actors Reporter Host, Kim Estes, performs in the theatre production of “Lions,” written by Vince Melocchi, Directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, and Produced by Lisa Nichols. As actor Dan Cole observes, “Lions” put a real face on economic challenges and how they can affect us.
It’s the 2007 NFL season and the Detroit Lions are on a winning streak – unfortunately John Waite is not. With his lifelong friends at The Tenth Ward Club, he places his hopes on his team, and attempts to escape the creeping demise of his city, and of his way of life.
Actors Reporter review: “Lions” is an example of the best in intimate theatre entertainment.”
A FEW “LIONS” REVIEWS:
“…an all-around touching portrait of Middle America, a reminder that ‘real Americans’ need not be so reductively characterized as Joe the Plumber.” Luis Reyes – L.A. Weekly
“…the ensemble does a masterful job of depicting a posse of bar archetypes. Anderson’s embittered barfly and Zinsser’s tough-talking and resigned spinster are particularly wonderfully vivid and recognizable figures, and McKenzie’s turn as the increasingly desperate Spook, all nicotine-stained voice and machismo as he inescapably devolves into drunken bumhood, is genuinely engrossing.” Paul Birchall – Back Stage
“Playwright Vince Melocchi’s somber ensemble drama about
a group of underachieving pals hanging out at a Detroit neighborhood bar, watching their lives drift down the toilet as the economy tanks around them, possesses a worldly prescience, neatly anticipating the country’s current fiscal woes.” – Backstage West
“In Vince Melocchi’s play, Lions, we are privy to the hardships of a group of downtrodden men and women who are faced with the economic sufferings of today’s world. Playing at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, Lions is a compelling play, performed with realism by a gifted cast under the direction of Guellermo Cienfuegos.” – Stagehappenings
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