CANTERBURY TALES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 1, 1996

Harriet & Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Contact: Diane Turner
Phone: (323) 343-6610
Fax: (323) 343-6423

NEW VIC THEATRE OF LONDON CANTERBURY TALES AT
LUCKMAN THEATRE ON MARCH 3

Interactive fun with audience and artists in this zany show

The New Vic Theatre of London presents an irreverent audience participation version of The Canterbury Tales on Sunday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre.

Chaucer is served with a vaudevillian spin, a wicked sense of fun and the taste of a barroom brawl. These tales of adventure are adapted into modern English by the zany New Vic troupe.

In 1973, the founder of the New Vic Theatre of London, Micky O'Donoughue, was a member of a group of actors under the direction of Michael Bogdanov at the Phoenix Theatre in Leicester. This company sowed the seeds of a unique ensemble-style, with heavy emphasis placed on audience participation. The first of these fun shows to emerge was an adaptation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, written by Phil Woods with Michael Bogdanov. The aim was to take a well known classic and turn it into popular theatre.

In 1978, the work was continued at the Young Vic Theatre with many members of the original company. In 1980, Mickey O'Donoughue formed the New Vic Theatre. His objectives were to further develop this theatre style and make it available to audiences throughout the country. More than 10 years later the New Vic has played to more than two million people in the British Isles and the Company has gained an extraordinarily high reputation for presenting unique and entertaining theatre of outstanding quality.

In the present version of Canterbury Tales at Luckman Theatre, the artists are competitors acting out a handful of Chaucer's masterful tales, hoping to win the audience's favor, and, in turn, the "Geoffrey Chaucer Storytelling Competition." It's possible to find a cast member on your lap or under your seat, or to find yourself whisked up on stage. You are sure to find yourself having a wild, fun-filled evening with the New Vic Theatre of London's brilliant production of this extremely untraditional Canterbury Tales.

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, is noted for its integrity in bringing innovative dance, music and theatre to Southern California.

Located at the junctions of the I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways on the California State University, Los Angeles campus, Luckman's beautiful red brick structures house one of the newest performing arts theatres and fine arts galleries in Los Angeles. The fine arts gallery -- free to the public -- is open one hour prior to each theatre performance and Monday through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

For ticket and additional information call (323) 343-6610.


WHO:
Luckman Theatre presents The New Vic Theatre of London Canterbury Tales.

WHAT:
Chaucer is served with a vaudevillian spin, a wicked sense of fun and the taste of a barroom brawl as these tales of adventure are adapted into modern English with audience participation by the zany New Vic troupe.

WHERE:
Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A., Eastern Ave. exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) freeway.

WHEN:
Sunday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS:
$22 &$25 (student/senior $12); group and series prices available. Call (323) 343-6610.

INFO:
Luckman information, call (323) 343-6610.

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