The Awful Grace of God
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Michael Harney, star of the three-time SAG Award-winning Netflix hit drama series Orange Is The New Black as Inmate Counselor Sam Healy, returns to his theater roots as playwright of the evening of highly anticipated one-act plays right here in Los Angeles. Reuniting with critically acclaimed director Mark Kemble after starring in Kemble’s moving drama film, Bad Hurt, Harney and Kemble assemble a prestigious production team and cast of exceptional actors to bring these plays to life.

Go The Distance Productions will present the World Premiere production of THE AWFUL GRACE OF GOD, an evening of six original one-act plays written by Michael Harney directed by Mark Kemble. The seasoned cast of 15 actors includes: Curtis Belz (To Protect And Serve), Oscar Best (The Last Face), Joseph Bongiovanni (Amercon), Marie Broderick (Frankie And Johnnie), Tim DeZarn (Halfway To Hell), Amelia Jackson-Gray (The Girl on the Roof), Rebecca Lidvan (Over The Hill), Daniel Litz (When We Were Friends), Marshall McCabe (Behind Closed Doors), Agatha Nowicki (The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle), Bechir Sylvain (Emergency Contact), Janine Venable (The Bostonians), Ilia Volok (Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), James Harvey Ward (True Blood) and Johnny Whitworth (Bad Hurt).

Michael Harney said, “THE AWFUL GRACE OF GOD is a true expression of my artistic life. I’ve written these plays to be open ended so that each person in the audience can arrive at their own place. Any art of great value is experienced; it inspires the person viewing it in a way that is personal and illuminating for them. I feel very fortunate to have my friend Mark Kemble at the helm of something that is so personal to me, my first series of plays.”

Mark Kemble said, “With a strong cast and a team of exceptional designers on board, I expect this production will be very special. I am happy to be collaborating again with my friend and colleague, Michael Harney on this new adventure.”

The production will be presented at The Other Space @ The Actors Company, 916A North Formosa Avenue (between Santa Monica Boulevard and Willoughby Avenue in the CAZT Complex), West Hollywood, CA 90046. Discounted Previews for $20.00 each will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, 2017 at 8:00 p.m., and on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The production will be presented for a Five-Week Run from April 28 (Opening Night) – May 28, 2017 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. Tickets during the Five-Week Run are $25.00 each for General Admission, $15.00 each for Students and Seniors, with ID (use code 005), $10.00 each for Military, with ID (use code 115) and $20.00 each for Groups of eight or more. For further information and to purchase tickets, please call the Box Office at 323-960-7784, or visit online at www.plays411.com/graceofgod

There is limited free parking, on a first come, first served basis, surrounding the building the theatre is in. Parking is also available on the streets surrounding the theatre and in the nearby Target Mall located on Santa Monica Boulevard and LaBrea Avenue. Get social with playwright Michael Harney @MichaelHarney4 on Twitter and @MichaelHarney7 on Instagram.

About The One-Act Plays in THE AWFUL GRACE OF GOD:
Surrender is an exploration of a couple’s search for meaning and the power of their love for each other after the passing of their child. The play looks into the potential interpenetrative nature between heaven and earth. The cast includes: Tim DeZarn as Dodge and Janine Venable as Ellen.

Through is a play about transformative suffering in adversity depicting one person’s journey from bondage into freedom. The cast includes: Oscar Best as Zip.

Off explores the effect that violence has on two friends and how their personal experiences of our world’s brutality influence their ability to cope with their respective lives. The cast includes: Curtis Belz as Joe and Bechir Sylvain as Stan.

The Long Walk Home is a story exposing powerlessness, loss and the courage of a family to continue on after unspeakable harm has been done while in the grip of addiction. The cast includes: James Harvey Ward as Joe, Tim DeZarn as John, Janine Venable as Ann, Rebecca Lidvan as Dee Dee, Daniel Litz as Charlie, Amelia Jackson-Gray as Kate and Joseph Bongiovanni as Tom.

Willy And Rose depicts two people’s struggle to love each other and survive in a harsh world. The play explores desperation, aggression and fear expressed through their tragic love affair. The cast includes: Johnny Whitworth as Willy, Agatha Nowicki as Rose and Joseph Bongiovanni as Infini.

Need explores the pure force of love and how that love transcends all boundaries when discovered. The cast includes: Marie Broderick as Katherine, Ilia Volok as Francis (5/28, 29, 30, May 5, 6, 7, 12, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2017) and Marshall McCabe as Francis (April 21, 22, 23, May 13, 14, 2017).

The production team for the World Premiere production of THE AWFUL GRACE OF GOD includes: Michael Harney, Playwright and Executive Producer; Mark Kemble, Director; Brian Foyster, Producer; Joel Daavid, Set Designer; Andrew Schmedake, Lighting Designer; Ed Zajac (of Los Angeles) Sound Designer; Fritz Davis (of Los Angeles) Projection Designer; Thomas Zoeschg (of Los Angeles) Stage Manager; Jennifer Abel, Publicist for Michael Harney at PMK*BNC; Kaho Koinuma, Graphic Designer; Bruce Nehlsen, House Manager: Ed Krieger, Production Photographer and Steve Moyer Public Relations, Show Publicist.

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