Inspired by the book “A Question Of Torture” by Alfred Mccoy, Burkhardt’s play is an often humorous yet provocative examination of the question of torture as seen through a trio of friends whose philosophies and rationales collide with each other over the course of an evening.
“Conversation Storm” is presented as part of a double bill along with “The House of Cards” by Charles Mee. The June 25th audience is invited to remain after the second play to discuss Burkhardt’s work and ask questions of the playwright.
The New York-based playwright/composer/
The Uranium Madhouse production of “Conversation Storm/The House of Cards” enters its final weekend, with its last three performances June 23, 24 and 25 at the El Centro Theatre in Hollywood.
Tickets for “Conversation Storm/The House of Cards” are $18 and are available through Hollywood Fringe Festival ticketing at http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/
About Uranium Madhouse and Andrew Utter
Uranium Madhouse is a theater cabal, based in Los Angeles, founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Andrew Utter, founder of The Mother of Invention Acting School. Seeing the theater as a place for madness, Utter’s mission statement aspires to unleash chain reactions of personal and social transformation. For more information, visit http://uraniummadhouse.org.
Andrew Utter has an MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama and a Ph.D. in German Studies from Stanford University. He currently teaches acting classes in Hollywood-Los Angeles, at his Mother of Invention Acting School. Andrew has directed at venues such as Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, New York, and at New York's Fordham University. Theater companies and institutions for which Andrew has worked, in various capacities, include: the Magic Theater, the Yale Repertory Theater, Manhattan Class Company, Syracuse Stage, Mabou Mines New York, Schaubuehne am Lehniner Platz, Arc-Light Repertory Theater SF, Yale Summer School Acting Program, Northwestern University's National High School Institute, Emerging Artists (New York), The Flea (New York),Odyssey Theater Ensemble (Los Angeles), Fordham University, Fairfield University, and Clark University. He has directed productions of plays by William Shakespeare, Maria Irene Fornes, Peter Handke, Edward Albee, Eric Overmyer, Wallace Shawn, John Guare, John Webster, Kandor and Ebb, Liz Duffy Adams, Julie McKee, Robert Curtis, Jody McAuliffe and Brian Bauman, among others. For more information, see http://www.utteracting.com/
About Rick Burkhardt
“Rick Burkhardt is an Obie-award-winning playwright, performer, composer, and songwriter whose original chamber music, theater, and text pieces have been performed in over 40 US cities, as well as in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. He is a founding member of the Nonsense Company, a touring experimental music / theater trio, and songwriter / accordionist for the Prince Myshkins, a political cabaret / folk duo. Mr. Burkhardt is also an Associate Artist at Uranium Madhouse. In 2011 he was listed as an "Off Off Broadway Innovator to Watch" by Time Out New York.” For more information, visit http://rickburkhardt.com/