Monday, April 30, 2012

Sacred Fools’ STONEFACE To Star French Stewart as Buster Keaton

Sacred Fools Theatre Company presents Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton, starring French Stewart as the Buster Keaton we never knew: over-the-hill, alcoholic, and struggling to regain the magic that once made him one of the greatest stars of Hollywood and the silent film era. This original play by Vanessa Stewart uses music, film, and stage to  tell the story of Buster’s past and present, as he struggles to join them together and make peace with perhaps his greatest adversary; himself.

Writer Vanessa Claire Stewart (formerly Vanessa Claire Smith) starred in and penned the multiple award-winning Louis and Keely Live at the Sahara, which had a record-breaking run at the Geffen Playhouse in 2009 after originating at Sacred Fools.

French Stewart, best known for six seasons on the NBC Emmy-nominated hit 3rd Rock From The Sun, most recently appeared at Sacred Fools Theater in the award-winning production of Watson and Justin Tanner’s Voice Lessons. In 2011, Stewart received three Ovation Award nominations for his work in both plays, and an L.A. Weekly Award nomination for Watson.

Stoneface will also reunite Stewart with Watson director, Jaime Robledo, who won an L.A. Weekly Award and an Ovation Award nomination for the production.

The complete cast will feature:
French Stewart as Buster Keaton
Joe Fria as Young Buster
Scott Leggett as Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Erin Parks as Mae Scriven
Tegan Ashton Cohan as Natalie Talmadge
Rena Strober as Eleanor Norris / Norma Talmadge
Jake Broder as Joseph Schenk
Conor Duffy as Edward Sedgwick
Pat Towne as Louis B. Mayer
Guy Picot as Charlie Chaplin

Music is by Ryan Johnson, choreography by Natasha Norman, stunt choreography by Andrew Amani, and projection design is by Ben Rock & Anthony Backman.

Stoneface runs May 25 - June 30, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, and Sunday matinees at 2pm Tickets are $25, group rates available; visit www.sacredfools.org or call the box office at 310-281-8337. Sacred Fools Theater is located at 660 N. Heliotrope Dr., Hollywood, CA 90004.

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