Studio C Artist and Combined Artform present
WORLD PREMIERE OF
TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK
BY AWARD WINNING BROADWAY DIRECTOR
ROBERT ALLAN ACKERMAN
TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK, written and directed by Robert Allan Ackerman
Starring Stephen Caffrey & JD Cullum
Studio C – 6448 Santa Monica Blvd. LA CA 90038
October 20, 2017 through November 19, 2017
Fridays & Saturday at 8 PM; Sundays at 5 PM
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Fresh from directing the production of “God Looked Away” at the Pasadena Playhouse, which
starred Al Pacino, (which goes to Broadway in 2018), director and writer Robert Allan
Ackerman, weaves a suspenseful and comical story, based on his real life experience.
Greg Berman, a stage and film director, is seeking the rights to produce and direct a stage
version of the classic mystery novel, “Who’s That Knocking At My Door?” It turns out that the
rights are owned by Brendhan Wren, an American ex-patriot living in Sussex, England.
Greg travels to Sussex where he finds Wren, himself a failed writer, living in a deserted farm
house on the edge of nowhere. He also discovers that the ex-pat is an abusive, bullying drunk
who is capable of sudden violent outbursts. Unfortunately, Wren is not happy about signing
away his rights to the novel. What ensues, on a stormy Guy Fawkes night in Sussex, is a mental
wrestling match (a la SLEUTH and DEATHTRAP) a dangerous cat and mouse game between
the two men and the eventual unveiling of a deeply guarded secret involving sex, art, literature,
forgery and the painter Francis Bacon.
Produced by John Coppola, Matthew Quinn, Bertha Rodriguez,
Diantha Lebenzon and Lyndall Hobbs.
Production Team: Stage Manager-Nick Foran, Production SM-Dan O’Rielly
Lighting Design: Donny Jackson, Set Decorator-Kevin Bailey, Scenic Painter-Lacey Anzelc
Sound Design: Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski, Props-Janet Fontaine
About the Writer/Director:
Robert Allan Ackerman (writer and director) …Mr. Ackerman is an internationally acclaimed
director of film and theater. His Tony and Obie award winning New York Broadway and
Off-Broadway productions include BENT, Slab Boys, Extremities, Taken In Marriage, Salome,
Legs Diamond, A Prayer For My Daughter, Family Devotions And Fathers And Sons. London
productions include: Torch Song Trilogy, Burn This, Our Town, When She Danced, A Madhouse
In Goa, Mystery Of The Rose Bouquet, and most recently Strangers On A Train. His work has
also been seen in Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo- where he had his own company and Israel. His
award-winning films have earned a total of more than twenty Emmy and ten Golden Globe
nominations. They include the highly praised Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows, The
Reagans, Tennessee Williams’ The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone, The Ramen Girl, Double
Platinum, David’s Mother, Safe Passage, Radiant City, Forget Me Never , Night Sins and Mrs.
Cage. Most recently Mr. Ackerman directed God Looked Away with Al Pacino. This is his
second outing as a playwright. The first was Blood with the Garage Company at the Complex
Theater. With music by his son, Nicholas, Blood was a great critical success and received 5
Stage Raw nominations. He has had the great honor and pleasure of having directed such
brilliant actors as Mr. Pacino, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft, John Malkovich.
Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Glenne Close, Alan Alda, Kirsty Ally, Judy
Davis, Mia Farrow, Frank Langella, Colleen Dewhurst, Jason Robards, Madeline Kahn, Gilda
Radner, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Martin Sheen among many many others.
About the Actors:
Stephen Caffrey (Brendhan Wren) Credits include: Stage Kiss, Geffen Playhouse, Yes
Prime Minister, Geffen Playhouse, Red, Geva & Playmakers, Galileo, Cleveland Playhouse,
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Portland Centre Stage, Victoria Musica, Cincinnati
Playhouse, ,The Constant Wife, Pasadena Playhouse, Bach At Leipzig, South Coast Rep.,
Heartbreak House, Berkeley Rep., The Voysey Inheritance, The Real Thing, A Dolls House,
A.C.T. San Francisco, Thirty Six Views, Laguna Playhouse, The Body Of Bourne, Mark Taper
Forum, Alls Well That Ends Well, Santa Cruz Shakes., Bargains, The Old Globe, The Miser,
Hartford Stage, I Hate Hamlet, The Royal George, What You Get & Expect, N.Y. Theatre
Workshop, King Lear, Henry Iv, Autumn Garden, Anteaus, Scarlet Letter, Classic Stage
Company, The Cost Of Doing Business Met Theatre , & Restoration Comedy, Seattle Rep.
Among Others. Film & Television: American Odyssey, NBC (Recurring), Cinema Verite, HBO,
CSI Miami, Columbo, Tour Of Duty, CBS (series regular), Longtime Companion, Chicago Hope,
All My Children (Series Regular), Buried Alive, The Profiler, Indiana Jones Chronicles, Nothing
Lasts Forever, Blowback, Showtime, Murder Of Innocence, Seinfeld (Yada, Yada).
JD Cullum (Greg Berman) is a veteran of Southern California stages (and freeways), JD has
starred in plays at the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Kirk
Douglas Theater, and the Pasadena Playhouse. A member of the Antaeus Company since
1993, he has performed in numerous productions, including most recently “As You Like It,”
“Hedda Gabler” and “Cloud 9.” Other recent work includes “For Piano and Harpo” (Garry
Marshall Theater) and “All The Way” (South Coast Repertory). He appears in the upcoming TV