Nov 182014
 

JOE ORTON’S “WHAT THE BUTLER SAW” OPENS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014, AT 7 P.M. AT THE CTG / MARK TAPER FORUM

The Riotous Farce Features Frances Barber, Sarah Manton, Angus McEwan, Rod McLachlan, Charles Shaughnessy and Paxton Whitehead

“What The Butler Saw” Opens At Mark Taper Forum This Sunday

L-R: Angus McEwan, Frances Barber and Charles Shaughnessy in Joe Orton’s “What the Butler Saw” at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by John Tillinger, “What the Butler Saw” plays November 12 through December 21, 2014. Opening is November 23. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Award-winning British playwright Joe Orton’s riotous farce “What the Butler Saw” opens Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum. “What the Butler Saw” is currently in previews, and performances continue through December 21.

The acclaimed cast includes Frances Barber (Ophelia in “Hamlet” and Marguerite in “Camille” at Royal Shakespeare Company), Sarah Manton (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors”), Angus McEwan (“The Duchess”), Rod McLachlan (Broadway’s “Holiday,” “The Government Inspector” and “Our Town”), Charles Shaughnessy (best known for CBS’ “The Nanny”) and Paxton Whitehead (Broadway’s “Importance of Being Earnest,” “My Fair Lady” and “Noises Off”).

“What the Butler Saw” is directed by farce veteran and Orton expert John Tillinger, who previously directed the Orton plays “Loot” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” in repertory at the Taper (1987). Set design is by James Noone, costume design is by Laurie Churba Kohn, lighting design is by Ken Billington and John McKernon, sound design is by John Gromada, wigs and hair are by Carol F. Doran, casting is by Mark B. Simon, CSA, and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Set in the consulting room of a private psychiatric clinic, the action begins when the very proper Dr. Prentice (played by Shaughnessy) is interrupted by his wife (Barber) just as he is about to seduce a beautiful young woman who is applying for a job as a secretary (Manton). As his botched efforts to conceal his actions spiral outrageously out of control, Orton ferociously skewers psychiatry, religion, marriage, morality, government and definitions of gender.


Oct 272014
 

PREVIEWS BEGIN FOR JOE ORTON’S “WHAT THE BUTLER SAW” NOVEMBER 12, 2014, AT THE CTG / MARK TAPER FORUM

The Riotous Farce Features Frances Barber, Sarah Manton, Angus McEwan, Rod McLachlan, Charles Shaughnessy and Paxton Whitehead

Opens on Sunday, November 23

Cast of “What The Butler Saw” At Mark Taper Forum

L-R (back row): Rod McLachlan, Sarah Manton, Angus McEwan, (front row): Frances Barber, Paxton Whitehead and Charles Shaughnessy in rehearsal for Joe Orton’s “What the Butler Saw.” Directed by John Tillinger, “What the Butler Saw” will play at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum November 12 – December 21, 2014. Opening is set for November 23. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Award-winning British playwright Joe Orton’s riotous farce “What the Butler Saw” begins previews Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum. Opening is set for November 23 and performances continue through December 21.

The acclaimed cast includes Frances Barber (Ophelia in “Hamlet” and Marguerite in “Camille” at Royal Shakespeare Company), Sarah Manton (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors”), Angus McEwan (“The Duchess”), Rod McLachlan (Broadway’s “Holiday,” “The Government Inspector” and “Our Town”), Charles Shaughnessy (best known for CBS’ “The Nanny”) and Paxton Whitehead (Broadway’s “Importance of Being Earnest,” “My Fair Lady” and “Noises Off”).

“What the Butler Saw” is directed by farce veteran and Orton expert John Tillinger, who previously directed the Orton plays “Loot” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” in repertory at the Taper (1987). Set design is by James Noone, costume design is by Laurie Churba Kohn, lighting design is by Ken Billington and John McKernon, sound design is by John Gromada, wigs and hair are by Carol F. Doran, casting is by Mark B. Simon, CSA, and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Set in the consulting room of a private psychiatric clinic, the action begins when the very proper Dr. Prentice (played by Shaughnessy) is interrupted by his wife (Barber) just as he is about to seduce a beautiful, young woman who is applying for a job as a secretary (Manton). As his botched efforts to conceal his actions spiral outrageously out of control, Orton ferociously skewers psychiatry, religion, marriage, morality, government and definitions of gender.

Oct 132014
 

FULL CASTING IS SET FOR JOE ORTON’S RIOTOUS FARCE
“WHAT THE BUTLER SAW”
OPENS NOVEMBER 23, 2014, AT THE CTG / MARK TAPER FORUM
Previously-Announced Paxton Whitehead is Joined by
Charles Shaughnessy, Frances Barber, Sarah Manton, Angus McEwan and Rod McLachlan
Rehearsals Begin Tuesday, October 14

Charles Shaughnessy

Charles Shaughnessy, who will appear in “What the Butler Saw” at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum November 12 – December 21, 2014. Written by Joe Orton, “What the Butler Saw” will be directed by John Tillinger.

Casting is set for award-winning British playwright Joe Orton’s riotous farce “What the Butler Saw,” opening at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on November 23, 2014. Rehearsals begin October 14, previews begin November 12 and performances run through December 21.

Joining previously-announced cast member Paxton Whitehead (Broadway’s “Importance of Being Earnest,” “My Fair Lady” and “Noises Off”), are Frances Barber (Ophelia in “Hamlet” and Marguerite in “Camille” at Royal Shakespeare Company), Sarah Manton (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors”), Angus McEwan (“The Duchess”), Rod McLachlan (Broadway’s “Holiday,” The Government Inspector” and “Our Town”) and Charles Shaughnessy (best known for CBS’ “The Nanny”).

“What the Butler Saw” is directed by farce veteran and Orton expert John Tillinger, who previously directed the Orton plays “Loot” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” in repertory at the Taper (1987). Set design is by James Noone, costume design is by Laurie Churba Kohn, lighting design is by Ken Billington and John McKernon, sound design is by John Gromada, wigs and hair are by Carol F. Doran, Casting is by Mark B. Simon, CSA, and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Set in the consulting room of a private psychiatric clinic, the action begins when the very proper Dr. Prentice (played by Shaughnessy) is interrupted by his wife (Barber) just as he is about to seduce a beautiful, young woman who is applying for a job as a secretary (Manton). As his botched efforts to conceal his actions spiral outrageously out of control, Orton ferociously skewers psychiatry, religion, marriage, morality, government and definitions of gender.

Tickets for “What the Butler Saw” are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or visiting www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Tickets range from $25 – $70 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

Aug 282014
 

Mark Taper Forum Calendar Of Events November And December 2014:
“What the Butler Saw” at the Mark Taper Forum Nov. and Dec. 2014

November – December 2014

Paxton Whitehead

Paxton Whitehead, who will appear in “What the Butler Saw” at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum November 12 – December 21, 2014. Written by Joe Orton, “What the Butler Saw” will be directed by John Tillinger. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.

EVENT:

“What the Butler Saw” by Joe Orton
Directed by John Tillinger
With Paxton Whitehead

DESCRIPTION:
Set in the consulting room of a private psychiatric clinic, the action begins when the very proper Dr. Prentice is interrupted by his wife just as he is about to seduce a beautiful, young woman who is applying for a job as a secretary. As his botched efforts to conceal his actions spiral outrageously out of control, Orton ferociously skewers psychiatry, religion, marriage, morality, government and definitions of gender.

DATES / TIMES:
Previews begin November 12, 2014. Opens November 23. Continues through December 21, 2014.
Previews (November 12 –22): Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Exceptions: Added 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, November 22.
Opens Sunday, November 23 at 7 p.m.
Regular Performances (November 25 – December 21, 2014): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Exceptions: No performance Thursday, November 27.