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Bernadette Hale August 29, 2011
LAUGHTER AND HEARTWARMING MOMENTS IN
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JIMMY & SAM BY
MICHAEL RHODES, PAT HARRINGTON and HOWARD STORM
NEXT AT THEATRE 40
THEATRE 40 will present THE WORLD PREMIERE of JIMMY & SAM, a charming and heartfelt new comedy by
MICHAEL RHODES, PAT HARRINGTON and HOWARD STORM, as the second production in their 2011-2012 Season,
opening on September 29th in their Reuben Cordova Theatre on the Beverly Hills High School Campus.
In JIMMY & SAM , Jimmy, a retired Irish dockworker and Sam, a retired Jewish barber, have been friends for 40 years.
Both of their wives are deceased and through circumstances they end up living together in Jimmy’s apartment. They play
pinochle, go to dances and meet new people. Their life is “good!” But when a lovely lady comes into their lives, Jimmy
and Sam will have to make a choice about the future of their relationship. This wonderful and touching new play will
keep you laughing while at the same time tug at your heartstrings.
PAT HARRINGTON has been nominated 6 times, winning an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Dramalogue Critics Award.
In addition to numerous guest-starring roles, his work has created not one, but two legendary characters on Television.
Harrington became famous in the 1950s as a member of Steve Allen's TV comedy troupe, the Men on the Street. Then
for one of his 58 performances on the Jack Paar Show he created his landmark characterization of Guido, an articulate
and discerning Italian visitor to America. His character was so believable that the United States Immigration Service
called the show, explaining they had no Date or Port of Entry for any Guido Panzini! They requested Guido’s presence at
a hearing, downtown in the Federal Building! For this landmark work, Pat received the 1959 Radio/TV Daily Best Male
Newcomer Award and very nearly became the first Irish-American in history to be deported to Italy! His second
legendary success was as Dwayne Schneider on One Day At A Time reigning with top TV ratings for 10 years. His work
on this Series earned him 3 nominations and his ‘Emmy!’ A sampling of his theatrical credits includes: THE PAJAMA GAME,
THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES (Dramalogue Award), SHOWBOAT, LOVE LETTERS, BLACKOUT, FALLING UPWARD and
FATHER OF THE BRIDE.
HOWARD STORM (Sam) is one of television’s reigning directors of comedy, having been snatched from the comedy
club circuit to direct Valerie Harper in her starring series RHODA, her first TV assignment. He subsequently helmed such
popular long-running sitcoms as LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY, MORK AND MINDY, TAXI, MAJOR DAD, ALF and EVERYBODY
LOVES RAYMOND, to name a few. The roster of stars he’s directed lists Robin Williams, Penny Marshall, Billy Crystal,
Steve Martin, Tony Danza, and Howie Mandel, among others. And he’s written scripts for such shows as All In The
Family, The Partridge Family and the original Bob Newhart Show. Howard also directed Once Bitten, Jim Carrey’s feature
film debut. Beginning in theatre as an actor/comedian, he guested on the Johnny Carson, Steve Allen and Merv Griffin
Shows and he assisted Woody Allen in Allen’s early directorial efforts on Take the Money and Run and Bananas. Later, in
Hollywood, Storm’s impeccable comedy credentials earned him a spot with The Committee, a group which specialized in
performing improvisationally. He also teaches improvisation technique and frequently teaches ‘directing for writers’ in
USC’s film department.
CLEMENT E. BLAKE (Jimmy) is originally from New York. He has performed in an interesting array of theatrical
productions in Los Angeles including Twelve Angry Men, Zoo Story, The Johnstown Vindicator and his Award-winning
performance of Al in Bukowski’s Decline and Fall. Among his many film credits are Superbad, Minority Report, Magnolia,
The One and Bread And Roses. Clement has also appeared in numerous TV shows including CSI, Curb Your Enthusiasm,
Bones, NYPD Blue. Monk and Seinfeld. Last year, Clement receivef the Rotten Tomatoes Lifetime Achievement Award for
KATHERINE HENRYK (Carol) received her formal theatre training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Her classical background has taken her from Joe Papp’s N.Y Shakespeare in the Park where she starred as Rosalind in As
you Like It to several seasons at San Diego’s Old Globe and to regional theatres from Massachusetts, Texas, Colorado and
the State of Washington. In Los Angeles she has appeared at the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson, the Doolittle,
Pasadena Playhouse and numerous Hollywood theatres. Miss Henryk is one of the founders of Theatre 40. At T40 she
received a Drama Logue Award for her portrayal of Mrs. Alving in Ghosts and a Robby for best supporting actress in Both
Your Houses. Some of her more recent portrayals on our stage are the Diva in Quartet and Queen Eleanor in Lion in
Winter. As always, she dedicates this performance to the memory of her parents both of whom were leading actors in
Leon Schiller’s famed Warsaw Theatre.
TIM BYRON OWEN (DIRECTOR) has produced, directed, or appeared in over 60 theatrical productions with
various LA theater companies and venues. In 1985, Tim became a founding member of The Celtic Arts Center
Theater and served as president of the board. In 1984, he began working for television production companies
creating six television shows that were optioned for development by CastleRock Ent., Dick Clark prods, HBO and
Ralph Edwards Prods. Tim founded The Sarah Fulton Group with American Academy classmate Nick Cassavetes,
serving as Artistic Director since 1990. It has produced multiple theater productions, and two films: A Far Cry
From A Distant Land, co-directed by BAFTA member Angela Lubbock, and the EMMY AWARD winning Where’s
Joe? for the American Heart Association. In 2002, Tim directed A Night In November, at the Celtic Arts Center,
winning a DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD for Best Performance. At the Edinburgh Festival 2002, A Night In
November won the SPIRIT OF THE FRINGE AWARD for Best Production and the TAPWATER AWARD for Best
Actor. After a hit run at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre, the production moved to the Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin, Then
Owen and Maguire brought their production back to LA earning two Ovation Award nominations, Best Play and
Best Performance, followed by a hit run at the Irish Arts Center in New York, and then a three month run in
Boston at Jimmy Tingle's Off-Broadway Theater. Tim directed the West Coast premiere of Fighting Words, a play
about Johnny Owen, which opened to rave reviews for a nine week run at the Celtic Arts Center of Los Angeles.
Tim also directed Ray Bradbury's Falling Upward at Theater West, in 2007, and again at the El Portal Theater in
2009, earning Critic's Choice from LA Times, and Critic's Pick from LA Weekly.
Technical Staff for JIMMY & SAM includes: Set Designer - JEFF G. RACK; Lighting Designer - ELLEN
MONOCROUSSOS; Sound Designer - BILL FROGGATT; Costume Designer - MICHELE YOUNG; Prop Master -
EVAN PAVLICA; Assistant Director - RHONDA LORD and Producer - DAVID HUNT STAFFORD.
SCHEDULE - opens September 29, 2011 - closes October 30, 2011
PRODUCTION: JIMMY & SAM - A World Premiere
By MICHAEL RHODES, PAT HARRINGTON and HOWARD STORM
Director: TIM BYRON OWEN
WHERE: THEATRE 40 at the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 Moreno Drive on the Beverly Hills High
School Campus (off Little Santa Monica adjacent to Century City)
SCHEDULE: Opens Thursday, September 29th for five weeks playing Thursday through Sunday,
closing on October 30th.
PERFORMANCES: Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 PM; Sunday at 2 PM
TICKETS: Thursday and Friday: $23.00 Saturday and Sunday: $25.00
Students & members of the 4A’s half-price on stand-by at the door
RESERVATIONS: 310-364-0535 or buy tickets on line at http://www.theatre40.org
Theatre is newly renovated - air-conditioned - ample FREE INDOOR parking - disabled access - credit cards