Playwright Tony Blake directs a staged reading of his play Sunday Dinner on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Theatre Forty, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Theatre Forty is Beverly Hills’ professional theatre company. It is located on the campus of Beverly Hills High School. There is ample free parking beneath the theatre. Enter the parking area from the intersection of Moreno and Durant Drives. Admission is FREE.
Family loyalty, sexual identity and the Church are all targets in Sunday Dinner, a heart-wrenching dark comedy about a working class family with one too many secrets. Michael Matera, a young priest, has flown home to see his parents, a retired working class couple. But no sooner has he arrived than his father pulls him aside to “confess” an ugly family secret. Expecting absolution from his priest son, he’s furious when Michael refuses to grant his father’s wish.
Michael ultimately must wrestle with whether or not to reveal the ugly family secret, a decision complicated by a sibling rivalry with Michael’s older brother, whose lack of a filter between his brain and his mouth causes Michael’s own devastating secrets to unexpectedly explode over Sunday dinner with the relatives.
The cast includes Jonathan Medina, Sharron Shayne, John Wallace Combs, Burt Grinstead, Gail Johnston, Joe Lorenzo. Stage directions are read by Diana Angelina.
Tony Blake is best known as a writer/producer for television. His many credits include Whistler, Charmed, She Spies, The Pretender, Sliders, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. With Stan Lee, he co-created the comic book Stan Lee’s Mighty Seven.
Reservations are not necessary.