The Theatre District
804 North El Centro
Hollywood, CA 90038 (323)-957-2343
www.thetheatredistrict.com

Date: July 22, 2002
Contact: Alice Ensor, Coordination Mgr.
  
PRESS RELEASE
 
AUTHOR ATTENDS WORLD PREMIERE OF “OPEN HOUSE” With informal reception on
Saturday, July 27th at The Theatre District.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – Chicago Playwright, Pauline Dessler will attend the world premiere production
of her new play, Open House at The Theatre District at The Cast on Saturday, July 27th. The evening’s production will also include an informal reception following the show. Press and audience are invited to attend and meet this exciting new female author. Open House  asks every day questions… do sisters ever really grow up? Can any of us help with whom we fall in love? 
 
Open House –a family drama… a human comedy. One of the hundreds of plays submitted to the theatre in past year, Open House was chosen to receive its world premiere, based on the humanness of its characters. “The script jumped out at us,” said Managing Producer, Summer Spinks, “the dialogue felt real and the characters rich.” Two single women who sell real estate for a living, one successful and driven, the other a struggling single mother of two… Open House  explores family relationships at their most real and basic levels. Ms. Dessler is equally excited in having established this new relationship with The Theatre District at The Cast. In 1997, 
she wrote her first play and began to devote a majority of her time to writing for the theater. "It's the most complex form of entertainment, where the audience is fully a part of the enterprise," she says. "A movie is a static thing, frozen in time.  The audience merely sits and watches. But a play is alive, always changing, different every performance, and the audience provides an energy that gives additional life to the story on the stage."
 
That same year, Ms. Dessler formed a small production company, Homegrown Productions, and staged her first play in a small Chicago theater. Another play followed. Thereafter, she helped produce and write for a local skit comedy/improv theater group and in 2000, she retired from producing with the intent of putting an even greater focus on her writing. 
 
Spinks concluded, “The Cast Theater has a vast and rich history of producing new original works, and providing safe harbor to new voices of American plays. We’d have a hard time stepping into the shoes of any who’ve come before us, but we hope to continue that rich tradition, initially with Open House and Ms. Dessler, and over the next decade with a number of new and wonderful works that we’ve been lucky enough to receive.” Open House began on Thursday, July 18th and will continue through at least Sunday, August 25th. Thursday through Saturday shows at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are just $15 Friday, Saturday and Sunday - and Thursday nights are always "Pay What You Can". Family, Group, Senior, and Student Discounts are available for all events. The theatre is located at 804 N. El Centro, just two blocks North of Melrose and one block East of Vine in Hollywood.

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