On the very same day that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon during the summer of ‘69, three teenaged friends from LA's West Side set-out on a six-week tour drumming-up pick-up games of basketball across the country. The shoes were Converse, the music playing on the radio of their VW bus was Top 40, and the world was open to possibility. But is it possible for three high school friends to reconnect after 25 years? As he flashes back from the ‘90s to the music, mischief and iconic moments that defined that cross-country road trip, 40-something Paul Lewin must reconcile the expectations he once held with the reality that he, Stein and “G” – his once-best friends – have drifted apart. It’s a funny and bittersweet exploration of youth, hope, aging and the meaning of friendship.
“This play resonates strongly with me because there’s so much honesty in the words and the characters,”
“Just as our perception of the size of the moon shifts against the horizon, so too does the way we view our own lives as we get older,” says Hirsch. “So, how does our perception of ourselves and others change as we age, and how does who we thought we’d be clash with the men and women we have now become?”
The Closeness of the Horizon opens on Friday, May 18. Performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm through June 24. Tickets are $25-$30; Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90025; 323-960-1054;