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Tolstoy in Suffolk by Robert Allan Ackerman
Studio C
Los Angeles, CA
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Tolstoy in Suffolk by Robert Allan Ackerman

September 22, 2017, Los Angeles CA - Studio C Artist and Combined Artform present TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK, written and directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, featuring Stephen Caffrey & JD Cullum, opening October 20th running through November 19th at Studio C - 6448 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90038.

Fresh from directing the production of God Looked Away at the Pasadena Playhouse, which starred Al Pacino, (which goes to Broadway in 2018), director and writer Robert Allan Ackerman (BLOOD - 5 Stage Raw Nominations), weaves a suspenseful and comical story, based on his real life experience.

Greg Berman, a stage and film director, is seeking the rights to produce and direct a stage version of the classic mystery novel, Whos That Knocking At My Door? It turns out that the rights are owned by Brendhan Wren, an American expatriate living in Sussex, England.

Greg travels to Sussex where he finds Wren, himself a failed writer, living in a deserted farm house on the edge of nowhere. He also discovers that the ex-pat is an abusive, bullying drunk who is capable of sudden violent outbursts. Unfortunately, Wren is not happy about signing away his rights to the novel. What ensues, on a stormy Guy Fawkes night in Sussex, is a mental wrestling match (a la SLEUTH and DEATHTRAP) a dangerous cat and mouse game between the two men and the eventual unveiling of a deeply guarded secret involving sex, art, literature, forgery and the painter Francis Bacon.

This is Robert Allan Ackermans second outing as a playwright. The first was Blood with the Garage Company at the Complex Theater. Music by his son, Nicholas, Blood was a great critical success and received 5 Stage Raw nominations.


Presented by Studio C Artists and Combined Artform

Written and directed by Robert Allan Ackerman

Starring Stephen Caffrey &  JD Cullum

Produced by John Coppola, Matthew Quinn, Bertha Rodriguez, Diantha Lebenzon and Lyndall Hobbs.

Production Team: Stage Manager-Nick Foran, Production SM-Dan ORielly, Lighting Design-Donny Jackson, Set Decorator-Kevin Bailey, Scenic Painter-Lacey Anzelc
Sound Designer-Joseph "Sloe" Slawinski, Props-Janet Fontaine

WHERE: Studio C - 6448 Santa Monica Blvd. LA CA 90038

WHEN: October 20, 2017 through November 19, 2017
Fridays & Saturday at 8 PM; Sundays at 5 PM

TICKETS - $30.00 -

About the Writer / Director

Robert Allan Ackerman (writer and director) Mr. Ackerman is an internationally acclaimed director of film and theater. His Tony and Obie award winning New York Broadway and Off-Broadway productions include BENT, Slab Boys, Extremities, Taken In Marriage, Salome, Legs Diamond, A Prayer For My Daughter, Family Devotions And Fathers And Sons. London productions include: Torch Song Trilogy, Burn This, Our Town, When She Danced, A Madhouse In Goa, Mystery Of The Rose Bouquet, and most recently Strangers On A Train. His work has also been seen in Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo- where he had his own company and Israel. His award-winning films have earned a total of more than twenty Emmy and ten Golden Globe nominations. They include the highly praised Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows, The Reagans, Tennessee Williams The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone, The Ramen Girl, Double Platinum, Davids Mother, Safe Passage, Radiant City, Forget Me Never , Night Sins and Mrs. Cage. Most recently Mr. Ackerman directed God Looked Away with Al Pacino. This is his second outing as a playwright. The first was Blood with the Garage Company at the Complex Theater. With music by his son, Nicholas, Blood was a great critical success and received 5 Stage Raw nominations. He has had the great honor and pleasure of having directed such brilliant actors as Mr. Pacino, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft, John Malkovich. Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Glenne Close, Alan Alda, Kirsty Ally, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, Frank Langella, Colleen Dewhurst, Jason Robards, Madeline Kahn, Gilda Radner, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Martin Sheen among many many others.

About the Actors

Stephen Caffrey (Brendhan Wren) Some credits include: Stage Kiss, Geffen Playhouse, Yes Prime Minister, Geffen Playhouse, Red, Geva & Playmakers, Galileo, Cleveland Playhouse,  One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Portland Centre Stage, Victoria Musica, Cincinnati Playhouse, ,The Constant Wife, Pasadena Playhouse, Bach At Leipzig, South Coast Rep., Heartbreak House, Berkeley Rep., The Voysey Inheritance, The Real Thing, A Dolls House, A.C.T. San Francisco, Thirty Six Views, Laguna Playhouse, The Body Of Bourne, Mark Taper Forum, Alls Well That Ends Well, Santa Cruz Shakes., Bargains, The Old Globe, The Miser, Hartford Stage, I Hate Hamlet, The Royal George, What You Get & Expect, N.Y. Theatre Workshop, King Lear, Henry Iv, Autumn Garden, Anteaus, Scarlet Letter, Classic Stage Company, The Cost Of Doing Business Met Theatre , & Restoration Comedy, Seattle Rep. Among Others. Film & Television: American Odyssey, NBC (Recurring), Cinema Verite, HBO, CSI Miami, Columbo, Tour Of Duty, CBS (series regular), Longtime Companion, Chicago Hope, All My Children (Series Regular), Buried Alive, The Profiler, Indiana Jones Chronicles, Nothing Lasts Forever, Blowback, Showtime, Murder Of Innocence, Seinfeld (Yada, Yada).

JD Cullum (Greg Berman) is a veteran of Southern California stages (and freeways), JD has starred in plays at the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Kirk Douglas Theater, and the Pasadena Playhouse. A member of the Antaeus Company since 1993, he has performed in numerous productions, including most recently "As You Like It," "Hedda Gabler" and "Cloud 9." Other recent work includes "For Piano and Harpo" (Garry Marshall Theater) and "All The Way" (South Coast Repertory). He appears in the upcoming TV series Orville.


Studio C (View)
6448 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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