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“a fever blister of a play”
- Michael Strangeways, Seattle Gay Scene

LOS ANGELES, CA. MAY 1st, 2013 – Downtown artist Tommy Smith’s WHITE HOT had its New York Premiere at The Flea Theater in April. Now, The Vagrancy is honored to bring you the raw, intimate and emotionally-invasive Los Angeles Premiere helmed by Caitlin Hart at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2013. This dark, psychological thriller is encased in a tight love triangle between a troubled woman, her sexy sister and opportunistic husband. The play opens at Theatre Asylum Lab and plays June 7th-June 28th.

“WHITE HOT is bleak terrain, a buried cesspool of self-loathing and unseemly, sadistic yearnings in love. The play can be read as a critique of the deadening fallout of our reactionary, materialistic, exploitative and soulless era. It can be read as a bad dream or a soap opera about the banality of evil. However you read it, it doesn’t go down easy.” Craig Lucas, New York Theatre Review

Director Caitlin Hart says, “I am eager to share Tommy Smith with Los Angeles. This production of WHITE HOT confronts the fears and profound fantasies we indulge while seeking validation and comfort from one another.” Playwright Tommy Smith says,“WHITE HOT is very edgy, adult, challenging…when people say their life was changed by theatre, it is never a show that is pleasant.”

Tommy Smith has quite a number of projects in the works. Recently, his feature film FIGMENT was optioned by Ridley Scott’s Production Company, ScottFree and the New York Premiere of WHITE HOT is currently playing at The Flea. Smith’s productions include PTSD (Ensemble Studio Theatre; d. Billy Carden), WHITE HOT (Here Arts Center; d. May Adrales & West Of Lenin, d. Braden Abraham), PIGEON (Ensemble Studio Theatre; d. Billy Carden), THE WIFE (Access Gallery; d. May Adrales), SEXTET (Washington Ensemble Theatre; d. Roger Benington), CARAVAN MAN (Williamstown Theatre Festival, music & lyrics by Gabriel Kahane, d. Kip Fagan).

WHITE HOT features Christopher Illing*, Arthur Keng, Michal Sinnott* and Karina Wolfe.

Production staff for WHITE HOT includes Caitlin Hart, director; Nick Santiago, scenic design; Ric Zimmerman, lighting design; Martín Carrillo, sound design; Traci LaDue, costume design; Kathleen Jaffe, stage manager; Gabriela Zarate, assistant stage manager and props design; Doug Oliphant, fight choreographer; Sabina Ptasznik, producer; Cole Pensinger, associate producer; Leigh Jandernoa, graphic artist; Andie Bottrell, publicity artist and Robert Corn, technical director.

The Vagrancy is a bold and daring Los Angeles-based theatre company. The Vagrancy creates visceral work that seeks to touch the human spirit. Caitlin Hart and Sabina Ptasznik, Co-Artistic Directors; Tiffany Moon, Managing Director; Cort Brinkerhoff, Literary Manager; Andie Bottrell, Resident Artist & Communications Director; Nate Aylworth, Company Manager; Doug Oliphant, Resident Movement Director; Leigh Jandernoa, Resident Graphic Designer.

Theatre Asylum Lab, 1078 Lillian Way (@ Santa Monica Blvd. ). Hollywood, CA

WHITE HOT plays for 5 performances only:
Friday, June 7th @ 8:30PM
Saturday, June 15th @ 10:00PM
Tuesday, June 18th @ 10:00PM (PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN)
Tuesday, June 25th @ 7:00PM
Friday, June 28th @ 7:00PM

$15.00 general admission
$10.00 Fringe participants
$7.50 LA Stage Alliance

60-minute run time

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For press reservations or inquiries contact Sabina Ptasznik, The Vagrancy, [email protected]; 610.247.7378

*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


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