The Theatre District
804 North El Centro
Hollywood, CA 90038

Date: July 12, 2002
Contact: Alice Ensor, Coordination Mg

PRESS RELEASE
 
RETURN ENGAGEMENT OF LAKE STREET EXTENSION by Lee Blessing at The Theatre District
HOLLYWOOD, CA - 

The Theatre District is proud to announce the return engagement of, Lake Street Extension  
by Lee Blessing. Lake Street Extension will open on Friday, July 26th and run Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. through August 24th.Lake Street Extension is a haunting drama that fuses psychological and political themes. A middle-aged man who dreams of doing religious work in South America, his estranged hustler son, and a secretive refugee from El Salvador, each of them hold dark secrets that eat away at their ability to live… and more importantly, their ability to love.  Time Magazine wrote that Blessing's script strips away the layers of secrets, "and suggests a link between the men's sins -- a dependence on the propensity of bourgeois Americans to look away from ugly facts rather than decry them." This play delves into the psyche of fathers and sons and patriarchal society in and of itself. Here's what some of the critics have said about Lake Street Extension:

Julio Martinez of Variety writes, "Lescot balances the shifting dynamics among this trio, never allowing the playwright's through line to falter as the emotional spotlight seamlessly moves from one to the other and back again."
 
Daryl Miller of the LA Times writes, "Scary little squalls build out of nowhere in Mario Lescot's carefully modulated staging, and Holiday gives a haunting performance as Trace--still very much a boy, in many ways, yet used up and tossed aside."
 
Martin Hernandez of LA Weekly writes, "…director Mario Lescot’s subtle direction pulls understated but gripping performances from Rousseve as the brooding Fuller and Andrei as the tormented Gregorio, whose own grim secrets rival those of the father and son. But it is Holiday’s tender vulnerability as the volatile Trace, a disjointed man-child in search of a father’s love, that anchors this riveting personal and political parable." 

Anne Kelly-Saxenmeyer of BackStage West writes, "Director Mario Lescot's production makes ample use of Blessing's visual cues… his production offers haunting moments from all three actors."

The Pink Sheet writes, "Director Mario Lescot carefully lays out the tangled compulsions and complexities, and he is well served by his actors."
 
Directed by Artistic Director Mario Lescot, the show features David Rousseve, Christian Holiday, and Julian Andrei.  

Show times are 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Ticket prices are $15. Group, Senior, and Student Discounts are available. The theatre is located at 804 N. El Centro, just two blocks North of Melrose and one block East of Vine in Hollywood.