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Berlin Cowboys
Write Act Repertory
Hollywood, CA
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Berlin Cowboys
BERLIN COWBOYS, a play dealing with the audacious and controversial exploits of the CIA in post-WW II Berlin, will have its world premiere at the Write Act Repertory Theater, March 30-April 22, 2012.

Written by Willard Manus and directed by Iris Merlis, BERLIN COWBOYS is based on an actual historical event.  In 1953, at the height of the Cold War when Berlin was divided into four zones--American, Russian, French and British--the CIA station attempted to dig a half-mile-long tunnel under the US/USSR demarcation line and tap into the KGB's telex and telephone lines with Moscow.

The scheme was a daring and dangerous one. The CIA had to figure out a way to build a tunnel deep beneath East German soil, knowing full well that if the KGB detected it, it might trigger an angry and violent military response.

BERLIN COWBOYS recaptures the glory days of the CIA, when the organization was young and frisky, unafraid to take on the vaunted KGB at its own game.  At the same time, the play does not shy away from pointing up the shortcomings of the CIA team--a team that not only took reckless chances but failed to protect itself from KGB penetration.

The people who were involved in the Berlin spy tunnel caper went on to dominate American intelligence for decades to come.  Their influence on global events can be felt even today, in the first part of the 21st century.

While BERLIN COWBOYS has all the elements of a Graham Greene thriller, it mostly focuses on the human dynamics of the story, the personal rivalries that turned the CIA station into a veritable battleground.  BERLIN COWBOYS stars Sophie A. Bell, Nikki Bohm, Marc Cervania, Tyler Cook, *John Long, *Rico Simonini, *Cindy MarTODAY: Rain City Rock Camp for Girls Volunteer Meet & Greet at 6:00pm in the alley behind the U bookstore. Follow the balloons! It'll be worth the rain, promise.inangel, and *Jack Seal.  (*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association)

Willard Manus has had numerous plays produced in L.A., most recently BRIDGE, which enjoyed a 7-month run at Write Act Rep and Ruby Theatre at the Complex. Iris Merlis studied theatre at Vassar College and the Guildhall School of Music & Dance in London. She started her professional career in Europe, working as an Assistant Director at a state theatre in Germany.  In the USA, she directed plays at the Phoenix Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival and LaMama before moving into television, where she produced plays, concerts and comedy shows for HBO, Lorimar, and Brandman Productions. Her projects included Hughie with Jason Robards and Long Days Journey Into Night with Jack Lemmon.

Manus and Merlis are fellow members of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit in Los Angeles.

BERLIN COWBOYS is produced for Write Act Rep by John Lant III, Anne Mesa and Alex Rodrigo. The theatre is located at 6128 Yucca St., Hollywood, CA 90028, on the grounds of St. Stephens Episcopalian Church. Free parking one block south on Carlos Ave.  

Press night is Saturday, March 31, 2012, 8pm (or any subsequent performance)

Thurs, Fri & Sat evenings at 8pm and *Sun, April 22 at 4pm.

April 5, 6, 7
April 12, 13, 14
April 19, 20, 21

*April 22 at 4pm (Sunday Matinee - call Box Office for tickets)

$25 At the door
$20 Online

BOX OFFICE: (323) 469-3113

Visit: www.writeactrep.org or www.brownpapertickets.org


Write Act Repertory
6128 Yucca Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
United States


Arts > Theatre

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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