Theatre of Note presents the world premiere of Wonderlust, written by Cody Henderson and directed by Amber Skalski. Wonderlust was work-shopped and developed in NOTEworthy, Theatre of NOTE’s ongoing staged reading and play development series. Amber Skalski directs Tristan James Butler (Film: Enemy Empire), Carl J. Johnson (Holy Ghost, Wreck of the Unfathomable; TV: Monk), Brad C. Light (Holy Ghost; Film: Silver Case starring with Eric Roberts) and Elia Saldana (Family Planning; TV: The ClevelandShow).
“After his wife leaves him, beloved high school biology teacher Andrew Goodspeed suffers a mild heart attack. In an effort to make sense of his disillusionment, Andrew devises a new course for his students: a study of the science of love. Sharon, Andrew’s best student, is convinced that she is incapable of love. She manipulates the experiment, her teachers, and her peers to prove this theory. But she and Andrew begin to wonder: can true love be proven by observable physiological data? Against his better judgment, Andrew allows Sharon to guide the experiment down a more intimate track, putting his job and his reputation in jeopardy.
“Word of Andrew’s exploits spreads to an evangelical congressman with a personal interest in the story. Accusations of impropriety and misconduct fly, as the lines between student and teacher, science and spirituality blur. According to the congressman, love is the province of religion, not science. And by bringing love into the classroom has Andrew opened the door to God as well?”
Henderson’s plays include: The Lawn (Ojai Playwrights Conference, writer in residence; Redwood Curtain, Eureka, CA), Cold/Tender (The Theatre @ Boston Court), The Bewildered Herd (development: Center Theatre Group), Carrots for Hare (Ghost Road Co./Powerhouse Theatre), PacificDaylight(Theatre of NOTE), and several LA Philharmonic “Symphony for Youth” scripts. His writing has been nominated for L.A. Weekly and Garland Awards, and Cold/Tender received an OC Weekly Award for “Best New Play.”
Wonderlust performs 8 p.m.Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m.Sunday through October 1. Tickets are $22, $18 students and seniors. Call 323-856-8611 or visit www.theatreofnote.com.
Theatre of Note is located at 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.
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