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Spitting out insults and barbs and using words that cut like knives, British actor Simon Templeman takes to the theater and consumes the pivotal role of Jimmy Porter in this live production of John Osborne's 1956 critically acclaimed and groundbreaking examination of the emotional isolation of post-WWII England. As Jimmy's wife, Alison, Moira Quirk's level, nuanced upper-class intonation and accent are the perfect foil. Every time she sounds understanding or affected by her husband, it drives him to newer, more vicious tirades against all those around him. Don't be surprised about how this performance sticks with you. Uncompromising and startling theater at its best.

Summary

Jimmy Porter barely ekes out a living running a candy stall by day and playing jazz trumpet by night. Although he usually takes his frustrations out on his emotionless wife, Jimmy's scathing tongue and self-loathing seem destined to destroy everything. Set in the UK at the dawn of the '60s social unrest, this savage morality tale spawned the phrase “angry young man". 

Original music performed by Elliott Caine on the trumpet.

Includes an interview with Dan Rebellato, author of 1956 and All That: The Making of Modern British Drama

Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA, in March of 2012.   

Directed by Rosalind Ayres

Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg

Steven Brand as Cliff

Moira Quirk as Alison 

Simon Templeman as Jimmy 

James Warwick as Colonel Redhorn 

Joanne Whalley as Helena 

Recording Engineer/Sound Designer/Editor: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood 

Trumpet: Elliot Caine 

Sound Effects Artist: Tony Palermo 

Music Supervisor: Scott Willis  

©2012 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2012 L.A. Theatre Works

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