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The Sexual Life of Savages

Ruskin Group Theatre

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The Sexual Life of Savages

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How many have you slept with? Everyman Hal is about to discover all the baggage this answer will entail. With fierce humor and candor, The Sexual Life of Savages follows the lives of a group of young people thrust into a new sexual era and forced to come to terms with its shifting definitions of tolerance, empathy, and morality.




“Developed through our INKubator program, We’re lucky to have found this talented young playwright, whose fresh voice about relationships will undoubtedly find audiences nationwide” says Gary Grossman; Producing Artistic Director.


Ian MacAllister-McDonald (Playwright) is a writer/director whose plays have been produced or developed at venues such as Playwrights Horizon, Soho Rep, Theatre Masters, The Portland Stage Co., Moving Arts Theatre Co., The Blank Theatre, and American Repertory Theatre. He is the recipient of The Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, The Clauder Competition's Gold Prize, and a Playwriting Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His works include The Boy Who Lived Forever, The Vikings of Munjoy Hill, In The Boneyard, and TOT! He is currently at work on his first feature film, "Some Freaks."


SKYLIGHT THEATRE COMPANY is about discovering, developing and producing new, impassioned theater while nurturing and educating the artists that create it. We offer writers a home to test and refine their work through our programs, and before a live audience, giving voice to new perspectives of American life. We are a vibrant and expanding family of artists. Our goal is to help establish Los Angeles as a center of innovation in the American Theatre. Skylight's world premiere production of Hermetically Sealed was on the LA TimesTop Ten Plays for 2011. In 2013, Skylight's productions of Years To The Day and Sexsting, and were on the LA Weekly’s list of Top Ten Plays for the year.



THE SEXUAL LIFE OF SAVAGES opens July 6th and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm through August 16. 2014 at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, 254 South Robertson Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA. Tickets are ($30 - $34). Reservations: 213-761-7061 or online athttp://skylighttix.com       

Elina de Santos (director) is the Co-Artistic Director, Rogue Machine Theatre, World premieres; Dirty Filthy Love Story (Rob Mersola), Razorback (John Pollono) and Yard Sale Signs  (Jennie Webb), West Coast Premieres; Bhutan (Daisy Foote), Vivien (Rick Foster), Stop Kiss (Diana Son) and Falling (Deana Jent).  WC Jewish Theatre, New Jerusalem (David Ives)  & Broken Glass (Arthur Miller.) For Error! Contact not defined., west coast premiere of Vincent inBrixton (Nicolas Wright.) Odyssey, LA Premiere, David Mamet’s Speed the Plow, Clifford Odets’ Awake & Sing!, and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.  Pacific Resident Theatre: Odets’ Rocket to the Moon, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Tennessee Williams’, Orpheus Descending (LADCC Awards for performance, direction and production) and LA premiere of Albee’s A Delicate Balance. Ark Theatre, A Doll’s House (Ibsen), LA Weekly - Direction, Production, and Ensemble nominees. Regional: Orphans (Lyle Kessler), International City Theatre, Romeo & Juliet: Circus Verona, Deaf West Theatre, Ovation Nomination, Awake & Sing!, Berkshire Theatre Festival & Pittsburgh Public. Recipient of the 2012 Milton Katselas Career Achievement in Direction awarded by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle


Gary Grossman (Producer/Artistic Director) started his career at New York’s Public Theatre, Café La Mama, and Sheraton Square Playhouse, eventually owning two theaters and a theatrical lighting company by the age of 23. He has produced over 300 stage plays, including more than 50 world premieres. Among his celebrated productions are Pray To Ball, Years To The Day (2 LADCC nominations; Edinburgh Festival), Hermetically Sealed, Sexsting, Mad Women (Best Solo Performance), Romeo and Juliet directed by Milton Katselas (3 LADCC Awards), Dylan (3 LADCC Awards), Influence, Dream Man, Beautified and La Ronde de Lunch. In addition to his work for Skylight Theatre Company, Gary produced at The Cast Theatre, Director's Theatre, and co-produced The Homecoming, Endgame, and The Seagull for the Matrix Theatre Company. For television he created and co-produced "Sadie and Son" (CBS-MOW) and the sitcom pilot "Man In The Kitchen" (ABC). He is the Executive Producer for award-winning director Chuck Workman's documentary, "The Actor's Life."


Tony Abatemarco (Co-Artistic Director) served as Producer on the recent Pray to Ball.  He founded two LA theatres: The Accident Theatre & The Night House. Among his awards: Ovation (Lead Performance), LA Weekly (multiple), two NEA Directing Fellowships. He is a 3x LA Drama Critics’ Nominee (lead), most recently for: Rothko in Red at ICT, Long Beach.  Member  Antaeus. Director: Regional & Broadway (Julie Harris in Lucifer’s Child) & London West End (Robyn Peterson in CATWALK CONFIDENTIAL). Film credits include "Beverly Hills Ninja 2," and "Sleeping with the Enemy." TV Guest credits: "The L Word," "E.R." and "Frasier." As playwright, he has won LA Weekly & DramaLogue awards. His most recent play, Beautified, had its world premiere at Skylight Theatre in 2012.



Luke Cook (Hal) stars in the webseries Soccer Moms as the “Flamboyant Gay Soccer Dad.” He starred in the Australian drama series COPS: LAC and recently starred in the Viral video First Kiss with over 80 million views, Cook takes kissing very seriously.


Burt Grinstead (Clark) appeared Off-Broadway as Will in The Girl in the Park, Mitch in Physical, and Albert Feather in Ladies in Retirement. In Los Angeles  roles include Adolf in Creditors, Peter/Craig in Dying City, Clifford Anderson in Deathtrap, and Gerd in Esther’s Moustache. Regionally he's played Paul Hornung in Lombardi (Kentucky Repertory Theatre), and Kent in reasons to be pretty (SpeakEasy Stage: Boston, MA). Film credits include the roles of Austin in "Eat With Me," Josh in "Sebastian," and Freddy in "Paint." Selected television appearances include "My George" (Hallmark Movie Channel), "The Young & the Restless" (CBS), "Criminal Minds" (CBS), "Malibu Country" (ABC), "NCIS" (CBS), and "The Middle" (ABC).


Melanie Lyons (Alice) works steadily in film, television, and theatre in Australia and the US. She received critical acclaim in Australia as Laura in The Glass Menagerie and won Best Actress (WA Theatre Guild) for her portrayal of Evelyn in The Shape of Things, both for Perth’s State Theatre Company. Melanie’s television work includes a recurring role as Lisa in the award winning series "Lockie Leonard," Ruth in "All Saints," and Marjorie Clay in "Cloudstreet." Her film work includes a lead role in "Little Sparrows," which won critical acclaim at film festivals throughout the world. Melanie received the Best Actress award (WA Screen Awards) in 2010 for her work in "Trinkets," and in 2012 received a Best Actress nomination for "Terms of Service," the first film she shot in LA, from Maverick Movie Awards.


T. Lynn Mikeska (Naomi) is an actor/writer/musician who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theater/Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. She helped found and run Shrewd Productions, a feminist theatre collective.  Her first ventures into short film were leads in "The Last Thing She Wanted" and the festival favorite "The Ballad Of Friday and June." Other recent acting credits include The Car PlaysLA Stories, Foote Notes, Uncommon Women and Others, a lead role in the award-winning feature "Where I Begin," and "Denise" a Wigs short film.


Melissa Paladino (Jean) is a member of Rogue Machine Theatre where she appeared in Lone-Anon.Selected stage credits include Daddyo Dies Well (Padua Playwrights), Bingo with the Indians, Razorback (Rogue Machine Theatre), Sailor’s Song (LAByrinth Theater Company at The Public/John Patrick Shanley), Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel, Living Dead in Denmark, The Vampire Cowboy Trilogy (VCT Productions), and A Woman From the Past (German Theater Festival). TV/Film credits include "25 to Life," "The Horribly Slow Murderer with an Extremely Inefficient Weapon" (Special Jury Prize Austin Fantastic Fest, Best Short Film Award Fantasia Film Festival, Citizen's Choice Award/Grand Prize for Short Film Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, Best Short Film Rue Morgue Magazine).


PRODUCTION TEAM includes Hazel Kuang (Set), Jeff McLaughlin (Lighting), Chris Moscatiello (Sound), and Kelly Bailey (Costumes)


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WHAT: The Sexual Life of Savages

Written byIan MacAllister-McDonald

Directed byElina de Santos

Produced by Gary Grossman and The Skylight Theatre Company


PRODUCTION TEAM: Hazel Kuang (Set), Jeff McLaughlin (Lighting), Chris Moscatiello (Sound), and Kelly Bailey (Costumes)


Where: Beverly Hills Playhouse, 254 South Robertson Blvd. Beverly Hills


When: Opening at 7pm on July 6, 2014 with reception to follow

Previews begin Jun 27th (No performance July 4th)

Schedule: Fridays and Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 7pm

Closing: August 16. 2014


How: For reservations call:213-761-7061or online at http://skylighttix.com 


How Much: Tickets   $30 - $34


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and https://www.facebook.com/ktclaTwitter: @SkylightThtr  #sexualsavages

Have questions about The Sexual Life of Savages? Contact Ruskin Group Theatre


Beverly Hills Playhouse
254 S Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Weekly Event - Every Friday Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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