Congratulations to our friend, Robert. J. Ammidown. Bob is a local playwright and will be attending a staged reading of his play, “Life, Love, and Chaos,” at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, California on September 10th, 2007.
I have known Bob for over a decade and he lives to write and it is very satisfying to see his work staged. On the surface, “Life, Love, and Chaos” is a loose, semi-autobiographical play about Bob’s struggle to find himself when the eleven year old protagonist Randy has his happy, upper-class childhood taken away overnight after the tragic loss of his mother and the subsequent arrest of his father for his conspiratorial role in her murder. We then follow Randy through the aftermath and devastation as he grows into a man and attempts to forge his own destiny.
I’ve read the script myself numerous times and I have had the fortune to act as a sounding board and second ear as Bob has spent the last ten years of his life working on this play. What you have is an existential exploration of a young man’s attempt to find sanity, love, and stability in a world that doesn’t understand him any better than he understands it. The play is highly accessible and yet is an unapologetic statement about the paradox of fate versus free will, and how the two concepts are entangled and reliant upon one another. It is incredibly powerful, moving, and has moments of black comedy interspersed with musings about quantum physics and spirituality.
I may be somewhat biased here, but since this is our blog, I have the right to say that I feel this is the next “Death of a Salesman.” And no, I am not getting paid to say that, although Bob should probably take me out to dinner. (Hint, hint.)
I am very pleased that he is having it read at The Blank Theater, a venue that has won every major theater award in Los Angeles at least once. It is a world-class theater that is currently producing the premier of the play “Heads,” which is running now until September, 23rd.
A staged reading is generally the final developmental step a play must go through before being officially produced by a theater company. It gives agents, buyers, producers, and directors a chance to see the potential of the play as an actual production. I am not able to say names at this point, but it appears as if there is quite a bit of buzz about the actors who will be performing the reading. So far, all I can say is that the people involved have a true love of the material and there seems to be a very good energy surrounding the whole project.
Good luck, Bob! Enjoy your trip! Bring me back a t-shirt!
- The Blank Theatre Company
- 6500, Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, Ca, 90038
- If you are interested in attending the staged reading, please call the box office at 323-661-9827
Click here for Bob’s page and all of his contact information.