REMEMBERING THE FUTURE will now open July 23 at the Odyssey Theater
Sweet Talk Productions has announced new preview and opening dates for the world premiere of Remembering the Future, an existential comedy by Peter Lefcourt. Produced by Racquel Lehrman, Theater Planners, and directed by Terri Hanauer, the cast will include (in alphabetical order) two-time Emmy Award-winning Michael Corbett, Fatima El-Bashir (Nick Musleh’s Love’s Labors Lost), David Jahn (General Hospital), Andrew Neaves (The Upshaws on Netflix) and Tarina Pouncy (Human Interest Story by Fountain Theatre, The Whites by Rogue Machine). There will now be three previews on Saturday July 16 at 8 p.m.; Sunday July 17, at 2 p.m.; and Friday July 22 at 8 p.m.; and the opening will take place on Saturday July 23 at 8 p.m. The race will continue with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. until August 21.
What would your 18 year old self say to your 58 year old self if given the chance? How would that person view the life you are living? This question hangs over the world premiere of Lefcourt’s comedy which deals with love, life and the tinted prism of memory. Two groups of actors, portraying the same couple at two different ages, reunite for dinner after nearly 40 years of not seeing each other. There’s a lot of water under the bridge and the two have unresolved feelings about the past. Is it too late to change direction? Can they? Should they?
Scenic Design is by Ulyana Chava, Lighting Design is by Gavan Wyrick, Sound Design is by Alysha Bermudez, Projection Design is by Nick Santiago, and Property Designer is Jenine MacDonald. Casting is by Michael Donovan, CSA, and Richie Ferris, CSA. Associate producer is Misha Riley, Theater Planners, and production manager is Roella Dellosa.
Michael Corbett is a two-time Emmy Award winner whose Broadway credits include Nefertiti, Grease and Come Back Little Sheba with Shirley Knight. Off-Broadway work includes The Matinee Kids and Bread and Circus. Los Angeles theater credits include Catch Me If You Can, Love Letters, Dying for Laughs and Night Club Confidential. Best known for his 17-year run on the daytime dramas Young and the Restless (CBS), Search for Tomorrow (NBC), and Ryan’s Hope (ABC). Films include Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet and The Whole Wide World.
Fatima El-Bashir trained at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy from age 10, attended New Roads School, and received a full scholarship to the Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program at UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. She has toured internationally and created lead roles in four world premiere musicals. Film credits include Nick Musleh’s Love’s Labors Lost, Johnny Ray Gill’s WALLD and upcoming feature film Better Half.
David Jahn is a Groundlings main company alumnus who still performs on the hugely popular Beverly Winwood Showcase and his latest solo effort, Fill Your Hole. He is a series regular on My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss (FOX) and currently portrays DA Richard Sheridan on General Hospital. Film credits include A Patient Man, Outside, The Package, Men Women and Children, Thank You for Smoking, Neverland and Straight Jacket. TV credits include recurring roles on Mobbed, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Running with Scissors, as well as appearances on All American, The Morning Show, Arrested Development, Black-ish, The Comeback, Bad Judge, Modern Family and Cougar . Town. Los Angeles theater credits include Blueprint for Paradise, Is There Sex After Marriage? and Dandelion Wine.
Andrew Neaves earned his BFA in Acting from the University of Southern California in 2021. His last stage appearance was as Kilroy in Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real. He is featured in the next season of The Upshaws on Netflix.
Tarina Pouncy’s theater credits include Human Interest Story (Fountain Theatre), Vendetta Chrome (Coeurage Theater Company), The Whites (Rogue Machine), A Raisin in the Sun (Ruskin Group Theatre) and The Old Settler (International City Theatre) , for which she won an NAACP Theater Award. Film and TV credits include A Hard Problem, Of the Devil, 9-1-1: Lone Star, NCIS, SWAT and Queen Sugar. She can also be heard on the scripted podcast Shondaland #MATTER on iHeartRadio.
Playwright Peter Lefcourt has worked in television, film and theatre, with many of his plays produced locally and nationally, including Sweet Talk, La Ronde de Lunch, Mutually Assured Destruction, The Death of Leon Trotsky: A Comedy, The Way You Look Tonight, Café Society, and The Death and Life of Mary Jo Kopechne. He is the author of eight published novels – The Deal, The Dreyfus Affair, Di & I, Abbreviating Ernie, The Woody, Eleven Karens, The Manhattan Beach Project and Purgatory Gardens. The Deal was made into a film in 2008. His television career spanned over 30 years and he won an Emmy Award as a writer/producer. Notable credits include Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Our Family Honor, Studio 5B, Due South, Beggars & Choosers, Karen Sisco and Desperate Housewives. Among her long TV credits are Cracked Up, The Women of Windsor, Fine Things and the miniseries Monte Carlo.
Director Terri Hanauer has worked in the United States and Canada as an actress in film, television, commercials and theatre. Directing credits include The Death and Life of Mary Jo Kopechne, The Way You Look Tonight, Mutually Assured Destruction, The Assassination of Leon Trotsky: A Comedy, Drama Queens from Hell, Café Society, Father, Son and Holy Coach, and Collected Stories (all at the Odyssey Theater); April, May and June (Theatre 40), The Trip Back Down (Whitefire Theatre), Mutant Olive (Beverly Hills Playhouse, Lounge Theatre) and La Ronde de Lunch (Katselas Theater Company), among others. Film and TV directing credits include Recycling Flo, Sweet Talk, Smothered (Amazon Prime), and Zane’s Chronicles (HBO/After Dark).
Admission is $20 for previews on Saturday July 16, Sunday July 17 and Friday July 22 and $25 for regular performances. Tickets are available online at www.OnStage411.com/Future or by phone at (310) 477-2055, ext. 2. Proof of covid vaccination will be required for admission and masks must always be worn indoors. The Odyssey Theater is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles, 90025. Valet parking is available.