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    Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone: June 5 through

    July 22, 2007

    Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin: August 9 through

    August 19, 2007

LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2007 The Geffen Playhouse concludes its

    2006/2007 season with George Gershwin Alone, created and performed by

    actor, playwright and Steinway Concert Artist Hershey Felder.

    With direction by Joel Zwick, Felder evokes the persona of one of

    America’s most influential composers, and performs his music in George Gershwin Alone, June 5 through July 22, 2007. George Gershwin Alone is the final “rondo” movement in a trilogy of musical plays highlighting

    the lives and works of great composers, including Monsieur Chopin, and the forthcoming World premiere of Beethoven, As I Knew Him in May 2008. Following the scheduled run of the Gershwin presentation, Monsieur Chopin receives its Los Angeles debut in a limited run beginning

    August 9, 2007.

Recreating key moments in George Gershwin’s life through song and

    spoken word, George Gershwin Alone features a look behind some of the

    composer’s most famous works, culminating with Felder’s solo rendition

    of Gershwin’s A Rhapsody in Blue. Since its Los Angeles workshop

    productions in 1999, George Gershwin Alone has been performed more

    than 2,500 times worldwide including numerous record-breaking runs.

    Following the Los Angeles and Broadway presentations in 2000-2001,

    George Gershwin Alone evolved into a longer presentation with

    additional material, audience involvement and the now famous “Gershwin

    Party.” After extensive research through Gershwin’s personal items at the Library of Congress and learning keyboard techniques used by the

    composer himself, Felder is the only individual to whom the Gershwin

heirs have granted permission to create the role of George Gershwin

    for the stage.

Monsieur Chopin, the romantic middle movement of Felder’s composer

    trilogy, features the story and elegant piano music of Polish composer

    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849). Based on an actual piano lesson

    occurring in Paris on March 4, 1848, Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin

    reveals secrets about the art of the piano and composition to his

    students, as well as secrets about himself. Felder’s studies on

    Chopin have taken him to the composer’s residences and locales of

    composition, plus in-depth examinations of the composer’s life and manuscripts, and general period history. Included in the creative

    process is a scholarly relationship with the


United States’ foremost author and professor of Chopin Studies, Dr.

    Jeffrey Kallberg, a Professor of Music and Chairman of the Music

    Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Felder performs several

    of Chopin’s greatest works, including Polonaise Héroique,” Op. 53; Polonaise “Militaire,” Op. 40; Grande Valse Brilliante, Op. 18; Nocturne, Op. 27, No. 1, plus a selection of Mazurkas and Preludes.

    The actor-pianist also plays the famous Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 with a

    recently discovered embellished cadenza in Chopin’s handwriting from

    1834, the manuscript of which Felder owns.

HERSHEY FELDER (George Gershwin/Fryderyk Chopin/Playwright)

    Broadway, London's West End: George Gershwin Alone (Helen Hayes Theatre, Duchess Theatre). Regional and international appearances

    include Monsieur Chopin at Chicago's Royal George Theatre; American

    Repertory Theatre, MA; Hartford Stage; Ravinia, Chicago; The Old Globe

    Theatre, San Diego; Command Performance for the Polish Ambassador to

    the United States, Polish Embassy, Washington, DC; Uijeongbu Theatre

    Festival, South Korea; George Gershwin Alone in 2004-2005 Chicago; 1999-2007 at Ford's Theatre, DC; American Repertory Theatre, MA;

    Hartford Stage; The Old Globe, San Diego; Prince Music Theatre;

    Philadelphia; Florida; The Gilmore Festival; Ravinia; El Paso;

    Uijeongbu Theatre Festival, South Korea; and others. Upcoming: George

    Gershwin Alone at The Arizona Theatre Company and The Cleveland

    Playhouse; Monsieur Chopin in Paris and Warsaw; and the World Premiere

    of Beethoven. Compositions include Fairytale, a musical; Les Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano; Song Settings, poetry by Vachel Lindsay; Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Saltimbanques for

    piano and Orchestra; Etudes Thematiques for piano. Recordings include

    Love Songs of the Yiddish Theatre; Back from Broadway, and George Gershwin Alone and Monsieur Chopin for the WFMT Radio Network

    Recordings label. Worldwide live Broadcast, George Gershwin Alone, July 1-July 4, 2005. Current projects include the completion of the

    "Composer Trilogy" with Beethoven, as well as a Negaunee Foundation

    Chicago commission to complete Noah's Ark, an opera. Mr. Felder is on

    the Board of Directors of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and

    the Board of Directors of America's historic Ford's Theatre in

    Washington, DC. He has also been a Scholar in Residence at Harvard

    University's Department of Music. Mr. Felder is married to Kim

    Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada.

JOEL ZWICK (Director)

    Joel Zwick directed My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the highest-grossing comedy of all time, produced by Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Gary

    Goetzman. Recent films include Fat Albert (with Bill Cosby), and Elvis Has Left the Building, starring John Corbett and Kim Basinger. Mr.

    Zwick directed the Broadway production of George Gershwin Alone at the Helen Hayes Theatre, as well as all other productions. Mr. Zwick began

    his theatrical career at La Mama E.T.C., as director of the La Mama Plexus. He has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway and Broadway touring

    companies. Currently, Mr. Zwick is recognized as Hollywood’s most

    prolific director of episodic television, having the direction of five

    hundred and twenty-five episodes to his credit. These include having

    directed twenty-one pilots, which have gone on to become regular

    series. Television shows include: Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy,

    Bosom Buddies, Webster, Perfect Strangers, Full House, Step By Step,

    Family Matters, It’s a Living, Bros. Wayans, Joanie Loves Chachi,

    Jamie Fox, Kirk, Parent’ Hood, Angie, On Our Own, Two Of A Kind, Love Boat, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, etc. Previous New York productions

    have included Dance With Me (Tony nomination), Shenandoah (Broadway national tour), Oklahoma (national tour) and Cold Storage, (American Place Theater). He acted in the original New York production of

    MacBird. He directed Esther (Promenade Theater, NY), Merry-Go-Round (Chicago and Las Vegas), Last Chance Saloon and Woycek (West End, London). Mr. Zwick has taught drama at Yale University, Brooklyn

    College, Queens College, Wheaton College, and the University of

    Southern California. He is a graduate (B.A., M.A.) of Brooklyn College.


    Awarded the Preservation Award by the Los Angeles Conservancy, the

    Award of Excellence from the Society of American Registered Architects,

    and the Architectural Award of Excellence by the Los Angeles Business

    Council for its acclaimed 2005, $19 million renovation, the Geffen thPlayhouse begins its 11 season in 2006/2007, enjoying its stature as

    a leading West Coast theater company and the crown jewel of Los

    Angeles theater. Noted for its


    intimacy and celebrated for its eclectic mix of classic and

    contemporary plays, provocative new works and musicals, the Geffen

    continues to present a body of work that has garnered national

    recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist

    David Geffen, who donated one of the largest gifts ever made to an

    already-constructed theater, the company is headed by Producing

    Director and President of the Board Gilbert (Gil) Cates, Artistic

Director Randall Arney and Managing Director Stephen Eich, and has

    produced eight world premieres, four Tony, four Pulitzer, and seven

    Obie-award winning shows in its storied 11 seasons. Proudly associated

    with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes more than 130,000 patrons each year,

    and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to

    engage young people and the community at large in the arts. For more

    information, please visit


    Following performances in weeks 3 through 7 of each production, Talk

    Back Tuesdays give patrons the rare opportunity to learn more about

    the play and ask questions of those directly involved such as the

    performers and/or Geffen artistic staff. Talk Back Tuesdays are

    provided at no additional cost to patrons due to support by Peet’s

    Coffee and Tea.

Poised as a relaxing alternative for fast-paced Angelenos, Lounge

    Fridays help patrons ease into their weekends. Guests enjoy a

    complimentary drink and savory bites while listening to music from

    emerging artists. Lounge access is included in the single ticket

    price for George Gershwin Alone on June 22 and 29, and July 6, 2007 thanks to Whole Foods and Andiamo Vineyards.

Geared toward the ladies with enticements for the suits as well, Girls

    Night Out enjoys some theater and a little post-party fun with a kick-

    up-your-heels dance event on June 21, 2007 following the tunes of

    George Gershwin Alone. Generously sponsored by Westside Medical Spa

    with media support from INDIE 103.1 FM and LA Weekly, the special

    events associated with Girls Night Out are included in the single ticket price.


    Geffen Playhouse is located at 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles

    (Westwood), CA 90024

    GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE Production Credits Written and performed by Hershey Scenic Design: Yael Pardess Felder Lighting Design: Michael T. Directed by Joel Zwick Gilliam Show runs June 5, 2007 through Sound Design: Jon Gottlieb July 22, 2007 Technical Director: Matt Marsden Previews: June 5 June 12, 2007 Master Electrician: Tamora Opening Night: June 13, 2007 Wilson Sign Interpreted: Sunday, July 1, Production Stage Manager: Gigi 2007 at 2:00 p.m. Garcia

MONSIEUR CHOPIN Opening Night: August 10, 2007

    Written and performed by Hershey Felder Production Credits Directed by Joel Zwick Scenic Design: Yael Pardess Show runs August 9, 2007 through Lighting Design: Richard August 19, 2007 Norwood Preview: August 9, 2007 Sound Design: Benjamin Furiga

    Technical Director: Matt Marsden Production Stage Manager: Gigi Master Electrician: Tamora Garcia Wilson

Tickets ($55) are on sale now at the Geffen Playhouse box office,

    online at, via credit card phone order at

    310.208.5454, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May and Ritmo

    Latino locations), or by calling Ticketmaster at 213.365.3500. Eight

    performances are scheduled per week for George Gershwin Alone: Tuesday

    through Thursdays at 8 p.m.; Fridays at 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 p.m.

    and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Performance schedules

    for Monsieur Chopin are TBD. Adult rush tickets ($35) and student

    rush tickets ($15) are available 10 minutes prior to curtain. For

    general information or to request a brochure, call 310.208.5454, or


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