Valentino: a play in verse

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For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Rachel Stoll ([email protected])

Valentino: a play in verse at the Hollywood Fringe Festival
“Shakespeare meets The Godfather”

Hollywood, CA (June 1, 2010): Producers David Wisehart and Rachel Stoll will present the world premiere of Valentino: a play in verse at the Flight Theatre at The Complex as part of the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 17-27. Valentino: a play in verse will have eight full-length shows over the two weekends and a free showcase of scenes Saturday, June 19.

The play is based on the true story of the Borgia dynasty in Italy, 1502. Duke Valentino must face the sins of his past in order to protect his family. Brilliant and ambitious, Valentino wages a war to reclaim the Papal States for Rome, but he is haunted by the memory of murdering his brother. His beloved sister, Lucrezia Borgia, may already be plotting his destruction. Now his mercenary captains have formed a conspiracy against him. Valentino’s only hope for survival lies with two Florentine men of genius: Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolò Machiavelli.

Valentino: a play in verse was workshopped in the 2007 New Works Festival at College of the Canyons. Wisehart later directed a staged reading at the Valencia Public Library. Now he directs the world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The running time of the full-length play is two hours, plus a 15 minute intermission. The running time of the showcase is approximately one hour.

Valentino: a play in verse
Written and directed by David Wisehart
Produced by David Wisehart and Rachel Stoll

Flight Theatre at The Complex
6476 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038

Fridays and Saturdays: 6/18, 6/19, 6/25, 6/26 @ 9:00 PM
Thursdays and Sundays: 6/17, 6/20, 6/24, 6/27 @ 8:00 PM

A free showcase of scenes from Valentino: a play in verse will be presented at Fringe Central on Saturday, June 19 at 12:30pm. Fringe Central is located at Theatre of Arts Arena Stage, 1625 North Las Palmas, Hollywood.

About the Hollywood Fringe Festival

The Hollywood Fringe Festival has been in the works for three years and will take place June 17-27. The festival includes 176 projects, more than 30 venues, and over 800 performances. Venues include theatres, city parks, bars, and beauty salons. Performance styles include cabaret, circus, comedy, dance, physical theatre, music, musicals, opera, theatre, visual arts, and workshops.

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