Written in 1910, The Guardsman centers on a celebrated husband-and-
Founded in 2007, New Phoenix Theatre-Los Angeles is a company of theatre artists dedicated to the great international classical theatre repertoire. Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso, co-founders of American Players Theatre, Spring Green, WI, provide artistic advice, direction and inspiration.
Through a series of workshops, readings and chamber theatre presentations, New Phoenix Theatre- LA has presented the following works: (2007) William Shakespeare’
Franz Molnar / Playwright (1878-1952) Molnár's most popular plays are Liliom (1909, tr. 1921), later adapted into the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical play Carousel (1945); The Guardsman (1910, tr. 1924), which served as the basis of the film of the same name (1931); and The Swan (1920, tr. 1922). His Hungarian film from 1918, The Devil, was later adapted for American audiences in 1921 and starring George Arliss in his first nationally released film. The 1956 film version of The Swan (which had been filmed twice before) was Grace Kelly's next to last movie, and was released on the day of her wedding to Prince Rainier.
Two of Molnar's other plays have been adapted for other media: The Good Fairy, was adapted by Preston Sturges and filmed in 1935 with Margaret Sullavan, and subsequently turned into the 1947 Deanna Durbin vehicle, I'll Be Yours. (It also served as the basis for the 1951 Broadway musical Make a Wish, with book by Sturges.) The film version of the operetta The Chocolate Soldier used the plot of Molnar's The Guardsman rather than the plot of its original stage version, which was based on George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man. Molnar's play Olympia was adapted for the movies twice - as His Glorious Night (1929 - the notorious talkie which allegedly ruined John Gilbert's career), and as A Breath of Scandal (1960), starring Sophia Loren. In 1961, Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond turned Molnar's one-act play Egy, kettő, három into the film One, Two, Three starring James Cagney and Horst Buchholz. Finally, Molnar's play The Play at the Castle has twice been adapted into English by writers of note: by P. G. Wodehouse as The Play's the Thing and by Tom Stoppard as Rough Crossing.
IAN BUCHANAN (The Actor) For NPT: Jason in Medea; Pastor Manders in Ghosts; Theseus in Phaedre; Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Claudius in Hamlet. Other stage appearances include starring roles in The Actors Company's critically-acclaimed Entertaining Mr. Sloane and West Coast Ensemble's Equus, The Maids at the Actor’s Playhouse/Studio and The Heiress at the Chichester Festival in England. Currently, Buchanan is a member of The Ensemble of The Citizen’s Band, an avant-garde cabaret collective of international performance artists, reminiscent of the Weimar Era, whose acclaimed theatrical presentations deal with current and controversial political, religious and social themes. Television guest-starring roles include “Nip/Tuck,”
PEGGY GOSS (The Actress) NPT: Title roles in Phaedre and Medea; Mrs. Alving in Ghosts. Peggy received a 2007 Ovation Award nomination for “Best Featured Actress” as Susan in the west coast premiere of Chris Thorpe’s Safety. Other LA stage roles include: Jean in Emma's Child (Odyssey Theater); The Wife in Love in the DMZ (Actor's Workout Studio); Kitty in Last Summer at Bluefish Cove (Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Producers, 2005 GLAAD Award Nomination); Det. Sergeant Caroline Patterson in the American premiere of Gary Mitchell's Force of Change. Television credits include: "Medium," “Alias,” “The Gilmore Girls,” ”Judging Amy” and the HBO series “Tell Me You Love Me.” Film: "Go For It" (winner of the 2010 Audience Award at the L.A Latino Film festival), “Redemption Maddie,” “The Rat Thing” and the title role in the short film “Norma Grace.” She starred and co-produced the short film "The Road to Ruin," nominated for "Best Sci-Fi Short" at the 2012 Beverly Hills Short Film Festival.
FRANK TOBIN (Producer/Director)
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