False Solution by Oren Safdie
Golden Globe and two-time Emmy Award-winner Daniel J. Travanti ("Hill Street Blues") and Amanda Saunders ("Firemen") star in the West Coast Premiere of Oren Safdie's new play FALSE SOLUTION - the 3rd in a series of plays set in the world of contemporary architecture.
"This intellectually stimulating play will leave your head spinning. Safdie has written two very human characters, both with high ideals and real flaws ... On top of that, he's given us an awful lot to think about when we leave the theater." -THEATERMANIA
"The writing in False Solution is crisp, witty, and precise ... It will certainly give you a lot to think about A moving experience." -EXEUNT MAGAZINE
"Safdie is a brilliant artist who infuses his characters with complex intellectual understandings and keen critical thinking skills ... I find him to be one of the most intelligent, complex, dynamic writers in New York." - NEW YORK THEATRE REVIEW
In this play, Mr. Travanti plays Anton Seligman, an established German-Jewish architect, in his studio late at night working on the design for a new Holocaust museum in Poland. His plans for the museum are challenged by Linda Johansson (Amanda Saunders), a striking young intern and a first-year architecture student. Over the course of this intimate evening, Linda confronts Anton's resolve and throws his vision for the museum into turmoil. The effects of war, religious identity and sexual politics loom large over their electrifying encounter as creative process and personal agendas collide.
FALSE SOLUTION is the third in Oren Safdie's series of plays set in the world of contemporary architecture including PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES ("Inspired and astonosihing, the verbal dexterity alone is mesmerizing .."- NY TIMES) and THE BILBAO EFFECT ("A hilarious send-up of idiotic architect-speak." - NEW YORKER).
Daniel J. Travanti is best known for his portrayal of Captain Frank Furillo on "Hill Street Blues," for which he received two Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. He can currently be seen in "Boss" starring Kelsey Grammer. Mr. Travanti's stage Off-Broadway credits include Oren Safdie's THE LAST WORD and Eugene O'Neill's A TOUCH OF THE POET. Other credits outside New York include OLD WICKED SONGS and ALL MY SONS at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego; A TOUCH OF THE POET at American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage and Denver Theatre Center; and THE GUYS in Chicago. Other credits include THE ASPERN PAPERS in London's West End; LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES at the Ambassadors Theatre, London; RHINOCEROS and ONLY KIDDING at the Cleveland Playhouse; and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at Old Globe Theatre. He also toured as Nick in Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? opposite Colleen Dewhurst; in TWIGS opposite Sada Thompson; and I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER, which was later filmed for PBS' American Playhouse.
Amanda Saunders recently played Annie in The Echo Theater Company's World Premiere of FIREMEN as well as Monyca in WIREHEAD. She has worked at American Conservatory Theater, Zeum Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater and Alpine Theater Project. Favorite roles include Nora in A DOLL'S HOUSE, Scilla in SERIOUS MONEY, Caliban in ANOTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND a world-premiere adaptation of THE TEMPEST, starring Olympia Dukakis and Olivia in TWELFTH NIGHT. Amanda has appeared in film, television and many national commercials. Amanda is a graduate of Princeton University and received her MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Oren Safdie is a native of Montreal, where he grew up in his father, Moshe Safdie's, famed Habitat '67. Oren is also a former architecture student at Columbia University. In addition to its successful debut in New York City, PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES has been produced internationally in Toronto, London, and the National Theatre in Romania, and translated into Japanese. Other plays include the recent Montreal hit, UNSEAMLY, CHECKS & BALANCES; THE BILBAO EFFECT, WEST BANK, UK; JEWS & JESUS; FIDDLER SUB-TERRAIN; and LA COMPAGNIE, which he developed into a half-hour pilot for CBS. As a screenwriter, Oren scripted the film You Can Thank Me Later starring Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Plummer, Genevieve Bujold, Mark Blum and Mary McDonnell, and the Israeli film Bittersweet.
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