MasteringtheAudition in association with the Stella Adler Theater proudly presents the West Coast premiere of the award winning play The Bow Wow Club by Levy Lee Simon, starring John Marshall Jones, at the Stella Adler Theatre, opening Friday, September 8, 2006 and running Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm. with a Sunday matinee commencing at 3:00 pm., through October 15, 2006, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor, Hollywood, California 90028. The Bow-Wow Club is the recipient of the Lorraine Hansberry Award for Best Full Length Play awarded by the ACTF and the Kennedy Center.
The Bow Wow Club is a serious comedy about friendship, love, responsibility, and survival. Five teenage friends reunite after 20 year to reconnect emotionally and through discovery, revelation and realities, they are forced to choose between their stunning and fundamental differences or the undeniable power of their lifelong bond. Lee Simon’s riveting tale of what happened to The Bow Wow Club once they left the security of the streets, as insecure a place as one could imagine. It shows their hopes, their dreams, their disappointments, their successes and the surprising changes that took place in their lives as they found acceptance and compromise in the modern world to be as big an adversary as any rival gang they had faced in their prime.
John Marshall Jones, producer (and founder of Masteringtheaudition.com), is starring as Kirk Bright, the optimistic ringleader of the once defiant Bow Wow Club. After institutional racism caused him to turn his back on a promising military career, Kirk focuses on the Bow Wow Club's 20 year reunion to help him fight off the feeling of uselessness that haunts his every step. John Marshall Jones is presently appearing in “50 Pills” (which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival) and the SciFi Channel’s sleeper hit “John Doe” (also starring Dominic Purcell of FOX’s Prison Break). John Marshall Jones, best known as the loving father, Floyd Henderson on the international hit TV series “Smart Guy,” has compiled an impressive list of credits since coming to Hollywood from Chicago’s “Second City Theatre” in 1987. Over the past few years Jones has booked jobs in major movies such as "Good Morning, Vietnam," "White Men Can’t Jump," "Con Air," "The Doctor," "Sgt. Bilko" and recently, “50 Pills,” as well as television roles in "Malcolm in the Middle," "Nip/Tuck," “Still Standing,” "Joan of Arcadia," "Soul Food," "ER", "Home Improvement," "Roseanne," and “Any Day Now," just to name a few.
Director of The Bow Wow Club, Dan Martin is an actor, director and photographer, who has been one of the busiest and most familiar faces in TV and film. He is currently appearing as Lt. Baker on CBS’s “The Bold & the Beautiful.” His film and television credits include “Beverly Hills Cop #3,” “Heat,” “Steven King’s Sleepwalkers,” “Rush Hour,” “Enough,” “Lep in the Hood,” and more including the upcoming feature “The Gridiron Gang.” as well as “Laurel Avenue,” “NYPD Blue,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and many more. Dan has directed many successful plays such as, “For Colored Girls….”, “The River Niger,” Ron Milner’s “A Theme for Linda,” and the dark fantasy “A Bag of Magic.” He also directed August Wilson’s “Fences” for the National Black Theater Festival and “Ambiguity for the Towne Street Theater, LA’s premiere Black Theater Company as well as the short film “When Night Comes” for E Hubbard Productions. His stage credits as an actor include stints with the famed Negro Ensemble Company in New York as Captain Davenport in “A Soldiers Play” and as Theo in “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men,” both directed by Douglas Turner Ward. View Dan Martin’s photography at Dangerousphotos.
Playwright, Levy Lee Simon, is no stranger to the arts. His past enterprises include three award winning productions centering on Haitian slaves who fight for their freedom which were produced by the Robey Theatre Company. Originally from Harlem in New York City, award winning actor, screenwriter and playwright, Mr. Simon is a graduate of Cheyney State College and the University of Iowa’s Playwright’s Workshop where he received his MFA in playwriting. He was a visiting professor of theatre at the University of Iowa from 1999-2001. Levy Lee is the author of over twenty plays which have been produced and read in theatres around the country.
The stellar cast includes: John Marshall Jones, Larry B. Scott, Nancy Cheryll Davis, Mamie~ Louise Anderson, Erik Kilpatrick, Addie Daddio, Amanda Aardsma, J.Todd Howell, Terrance Ellis, Freedom Williams. The alternate actors include: James Black, Lyn Michele Ross, and Lynne Conner-Smith.
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