Nothing green about 'Whole Banana' play
Theater 150, 918 E. Ojai Ave., will
present "The Whole Banana," a brand-new romantic comedy
by local playwright Deb Norton, March 7 through 23, with performances
on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.
It's the dead of winter in New York City.
Fran is suffering from artist's block, quitting smoking, and
struggling to end a long-term dead-end relationship. On the advice
of her Nicotine Anonymous sponsor, she tries to make contact
with her "higher power" in the hope that he/she/it
will make some sense of her life. To her utter amazement, her
higher power makes contact with her, and, as a result, the world
is brought to the brink of apocalypse.
This is the debut production of "The
Whole Banana," Norton's first full-length play. Norton says,
"Theater 150 is a playwright's dream - where standards are
so high, and yet, there is still room for risk and experimentation."
Norton, who also plays Fran, studied acting at the American Conservatory
Theater in San Francisco. She then made the leap to New York
City, where, during her six-year stay, acting moved over to make
room for writing when the weird wonder of that city demanded
expression. Norton eventually moved back to Ojai to focus on
developing "The Whole Banana."
This production also marks Kim Maxwell-Brown's
directorial debut at Theater 150. Kim and her husband, Dwier
Brown, built Theater 150 in 1996 and served as its founding artistic
directors for its first five seasons. Kim has taught and directed
numerous acting class showcases throughout the years, brought
in many incredible talents to perform in several Solo Series,
and produced Theater 150's first full-length, mainstage production
of "True West," which Sam Shepard called "one
of the best productions he'd ever seen of his play."
Other cast members include Chris Nottoli
("American Buffalo," "Twinkle, Twinkle")
as Phil, Veralyn Jones (L.A. Women's Shakespeare Co.) as Georgia,
Charlotte Bronstein ("True West," "Human Chain")
as Mrs. Sarah and Shopping Lady, and Dwier Brown ("True
West," "Field of Dreams") as Hermes.
Admission to "The Whole Banana" is $15 and two for
one on Sundays; $8 admission with valid student identification
on Fridays and Saturdays only.
For reservations call 646-4300.
The Ojai Valley News
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DWIER BROWN turns
his attention to Deb Norton, "The Whole Banana's" playwright.
The romantic comedy opens Friday for a three-week run at Theater