The world premiere of Slice by David Watson is set to open at the Atwater Playhouse May 13th. Slice is a deep, probing, emotional conversation between father and son; man to man, bare knuckled, leaving no topic off the table. The show is directed by Joe Mellis and produced by David Watson. Slice opens Friday, May 13th and runs through June 3rd with shows at 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm on Sundays. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
Kyle visits his childhood home in the suburbs to share a pizza dinner with his parents. His mother is away at a religious retreat, leaving Kyle alone with his father for perhaps the first time in their adult lives. Without his mother hovering around, Kyle seizes on the opportunity to ask his father all the questions about their lives together that he always wondered about. As the evening wears on, the civil dialogue begins to fray, and startling revelations begin to surface. In Slice, Kyle might learn more about his father, and himself, than he ever bargained for.
About the Production Team.
Playwright David Watson spent 40 years in marketing communications, and co-founded an agency in New York, Weiss/Watson, with a diverse roster of clients, including Philip Morris, Equitable Life, Chanel, and Lancome. Since leaving the business at age 55, Mr. Watson has traveled the world, walked across England in 2020, 210 miles in 14 days, and for several years was CEO of Musica Angelica, a Los Angeles-based orchestra performing Baroque music on period instruments. His first cookbook is scheduled for release in early June. Slice, is his second play, with the first, Save to Draft, having had a successful run in 2019 in Los Angeles, and later at the New York Summerfest theater festival at the Hudson Guild Theater in Chelsea. Mr. Watson celebrated his 81st birthday in February and is still going strong!
Director Joe Mellis has worked in theater as both director and actor, and in television and film as an actor. Some of his theatrical roles include Allan Strang in Equus, and Austin in True West. He is delighted to be working with David Watson on their second collaboration in Slice. Joe acted in David’s first piece, Save to Draft, and is honored to be directing this time around.
Scenic and Technical Design is by Justin Huen. Justin is an award-winning Los Angeles actor/director/designer. He most recently designed and starred in @Playaz with Moving Arts, and has been seen on such local stages as the Mark Taper Forum, Fountain Theater, Boston Court and Geffen Playhouse among others. He has been seen in many films and TV shows including Mayans MC, American Gigolo, The Terminal List, Shameless, Justified, Weeds and Dexter. He recently directed and produced the World Premiere of Lolo at Company of Angels. Jesse Fiene is the Stage Manager.
About the Cast
Slice features the cast of Al LaFleur and Tom Simmons.
Al LaFleur has been working professionally in LA since 2014, with television appearances across various channels and streaming networks. Al’s roots are in the theater, having previously appeared as Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire), Dallas Winston (The Outsiders), and Detective Sgt. Trotter (Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap). Al has trained with Robert Carnegie at Playhouse West, as well as Margie Haber Studio, Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshops, and David Rountree’s Los Angeles Actor’s Studio.
Tom Simmons arrived in L.A. in the early Eighties and has found numerous roles in movies, television, and the theater. He can be seen currently in David Fincher’s “Mank”, as Bradley (The Incorrigible) in ABC’s “Mixedish”, and in Ryan Murphy’s “Impeachment”, acting with the incomparable Sarah Paulson.
About the Atwater Playhouse
Tucked into the corner of an industrial complex, the Atwater Playhouse brings a whole new intimate dimension to the theatrical experience. With just 45 comfortable, well spaced seats, and a raked audience with perfect sight lines, you’ll almost be part of the drama before you. Not to be confused with the Atwater Village theater complex just down the street, the Atwater Playhouse offers that most prized asset, unlimited free parking steps from the theater. And a few blocks down the street is MoMed, a highly praised restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine in a patio setting, perfect for pre or post performance drinks or dinner. Nearby Atwater Village itself features a wide variety of dining options, from Cuban to Continental. It’s easy to make an evening of Slice and food, see you there!
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WHAT: Slice by David Watson
WHEN: Friday, May 13th – June 5th, 2022.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm, Sundays at 3pm.
WHERE: The Atwater Playhouse 3191 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
TICKETS: $25 at Eventbrite