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Conventional wisdom says you're not supposed to write plays about politics, sex and religion, unless your name happens to be Tony Kushner (``Angels in America'').
That makes Sharianne Greer a perfect three-for-three in the ox-goring department. Not only did the Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach, city (1990 pop. 32,063), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1912. It is a residential and beach community with an oil refinery and nearby factories that produce transportation and electrical equipment, computers, and pottery. playwright pen a satirical drama about how abortion affects a dysfunctional family dysfunctional family Psychology A family with multiple 'internal'–eg sibling rivalries, parent-child– conflicts, domestic violence, mental illness, single parenthood, or 'external'–eg alcohol or drug abuse, extramarital affairs, gambling, . She decided to set her play at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
In Greer's ``The First Bedroom,'' President Robert Fuller
Robert Fuller (born Robert Welch (Quinn K. Redeker) and his wife (Dena Dietrich) come to verbal blows over the unplanned pregnancy of their youngest daughter, Holly (Kristina Lear). After Holly gets dragged from an abortion clinic An abortion clinic is a medical facility that performs or specializes in abortions. Such clinics may be public medical centers or private medical practices.
Planned Parenthood, whose clinics offer abortions as well as other reproductive care and counseling, is the largest by Secret Service agents, and the media gets wind of the affair, enough hell breaks loose to make Iran-Contra look like a Tarzana pool party.
If the play lives up to its feather-ruffling potential, you may need a reservation to join the picket line at Studio City's Ventura Court Theatre, where ``First Bedroom'' opens a five-week run tonight.
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Funded by a $2,000 California Arts Council The California Arts Council is a state agency governed by an 11-member council appointed by the Governor and the state Legislature to advance the state through the arts and creativity, with an emphasis on children and under-served communities. grant, the production will raise funds for two local nonprofits, Women in Theatre and T.H.A.W. (Theatre of Hope for Abused Women).
Producer Veronica Crystal Young thinks ``First Bedroom's'' touchy subject matter may serve as a kind of litmus test litmus test
A test for chemical acidity or basicity using litmus paper. for the L.A. theater market. Before Women in Theatre and T.H.A.W. stepped in, at least two other theaters had passed on the play.
``I wouldn't say it's a hard sell on the pro-choice or the pro-life side. It looks at all sides, and I think it provokes thought. And I feel that's what theater is supposed to do,'' Young says.
The spark that ignited Greer's imagination was a 1989 Newsweek story about an alleged sexual fault line in the Bush White House. Reports at the time hinted that first lady Barbara Bush was personally in favor of abortion rights, but kept her feelings private so as not to embarrass her anti-abortion husband, George Bush.
When she read those accounts, Greer says, a ``lightbulb went off and I said, `Oh, my god, that's perfect.' '' By getting behind closed Oval Office doors, Greer figured she could humanize hu·man·ize
tr.v. hu·man·ized, hu·man·iz·ing, hu·man·iz·es
1. To portray or endow with human characteristics or attributes; make human: humanized the puppets with great skill.
2. the abortion issue and leaven leaven (lĕv`ən), agent used to raise bread or other flour foods. Physical leavens include water vapor, which is released as steam at high temperatures (as in popovers), and air, which is incorporated by beating. it with back-room political intrigue.
Although she describes her fictional first lady as closer to Barbara Bush or Nancy Reagan than Hillary Clinton, Greer stresses that her play's central conflict between private belief and public action transcends party lines.
``I'm a Democrat, but I can't believe he (Bush) would be unmoved by that situation. I'm just ready to believe that a politician can say one thing and do another, because that's what they're about.''
Calm, thoughtful and wryly understated, Greer doesn't send up any red warning flags that you're in an iconoclast's presence. Temperamentally, she's more of a moderate.
The eldest child of a Democrat father and a Republican mother, she was raised in a bipartisan, nondenominational non·de·nom·i·na·tion·al
Not restricted to or associated with a religious denomination.
Adj. 1. nondenominational - not restricted to a particular religious denomination; "a nondenominational church" Christian home, ``so I'm open to both sides.'' Her grandfather was a director of photography for Howard Hughes and her great-grand-aunt, Mae Marsh, starred in D.W. Griffith's silent film epic ``The Birth of a Nation.''
Dreaming of becoming an actress, she used to stage her own plays as a kid, excelling at bossing friends and siblings around. She went on to attend Los Angeles City College's Theatre Academy at Loyola Marymount University before earning an MFA See multifactor authentication. in play writing from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. Three previous works, ``Fortressed,'' ``Brilliance'' and ``Tabooki,'' have been produced in the L.A. area.
When she's not writing plays, Greer supports herself by assisting two executive producers at Disney's TV animation studios in Burbank. Like the White House, it's a place that works hard at buffing its public image.
``You know, Disney for the most part is like a totalitarian birthday party,'' Greer says. ``It's completely festive, and yet you've got to watch your step sometimes. We do have some high-level people in management who have very strict beliefs. This (the play) could be the nail in my coffin, for all I know. On the other hand they are very liberal. I work in TV animation and (a number of) people in our building are gay, and it's not an issue.''
Greer fully expects ``First Bedroom'' to raise hackles hackles
the hairs over the neck and back that are elevated by arrector pili muscles in response to fright or anger. A mechanism to threaten opponents, perhaps by appearing larger. again, as it did when she originally wrote it for her MFA thesis at UNLV UNLV University of Nevada, Las Vegas . ``This is feminist dogma and you'll never see this produced!'' one male instructor chided her at the time.
``Now it's been eight years of rewriting, and I guess it's not quite dogma, but I guess some of it is,'' she says. ``It definitely has a feminist slant.''
What: ``The First Bedroom.''
Where: Ventura Court Theatre, 12417 Ventura Court, Studio City.
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; through Sept. 27.
Tickets: Tonight's opening gala benefit $25; general admission $15; students and seniors $12. Call (818) 763-3856.
Photo: Dena Dietrich and Brian Gaskill in ``The First Bedroom,'' a satirical drama about how abortion affects a dysfunctional White House family.