|YES, VIRGINIA - starring MINDY STERLING and ARNETIA WALKER - reading benefits JUDSON THEATRE COMPANY and LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE, 12-17|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:10 am EST 11/25/20|
|MINDY STERLING AND ARNETIA WALKER
STREAMING READING OF NEW HOLIDAY COMEDY BY
STAN ZIMMERMAN & CHRISTIAN McLAUGHLIN
JUDSON THEATRE COMPANY AND LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE
Yes, Virginia - the new holiday comedy by Stan Zimmerman ("The Golden Girls," "Gilmore Girls") and Christian McLaughlin ("Desperate Housewives," "Married…With Children") - will be presented as a streaming benefit for Judson Theatre Company and Laguna Playhouse on Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 PM Eastern. For VIP ticket holders on opening night, the performance will be immediately followed by a virtual talkback with the cast and creative team. Yes, Virginia will be available on demand until Sunday, December 20 at 7:00 PM. Starring Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers, "The Goldbergs") and Arnetia Walker ("Nurses," Dreamgirls), the presentation will be produced by Judson Theatre Company, Pop-Up Playhouse, and Stefani Von Huben. Stan Zimmerman serves as director. For tickets, which start at $20, please visit StellarTickets.com
Yes, Virginia is the heartwarming and hilarious holiday comedy in the vein of Zimmerman's writing for The Golden Girls. The story centers on two older women navigating the perils of aging in suburban Detroit. Virginia Campbell was a longtime housekeeper and confidant for Denise Miller and her family, helping Denise raise her children during a difficult divorce. But when she shows up for work, Denise is very confused. Especially since she thought she had let her go several months ago, over a bowl of breadsticks at The Olive Garden. She is sure of it. So why is Virginia here? When an accident in the kitchen keeps Virginia from being able to walk, Denise offers to care for Virginia for a few days until she has healed. Their roles suddenly reversed, they share memories of their lives and families over the course of an evening. Soon they learn secrets about each other that they had kept from everyone else, and bond in a way that they hadn't been able to in the past, over their very different, but similar pains.
The play was called "an uplifting holiday dramedy" by StageSceneLA . According to Showmag.com, "the script is warm and natural, with humor gracefully woven through the dialog." All About the Stage praised its "laugh-out-loud production."
MINDY STERLING (Denise Miller) is a 2017 two-time Emmy nominee for "Best Actress in a Short Form Comedy" for her work on "Con Man" and "Secs & Execs." She is probably best known for her character portrayal of Frau Farbissina, Dr. Evil's German henchwoman and lover in all three "Austin Powers" films. She is delighted to be recurring on "The Goldbergs" with mutual Groundlings alumnus Wendi McClendon Covey. On Netflix she has guest starred on "Grace and Frankie" and "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Kids and parents know her from "iCarly" and "Ant Farm." She is the voice of Lt. Lin Beifong on the Nickelodeon animated series "Legend of Korra." Her voice can be heard on "Voltron," "The Grinch," "Loud House," "Adventures of Puss and Boots," "Pig Goat Banana Cricket," "Scooby Doo," "Chowder," and many others. Mindy has appeared in numerous Zimmerman productions including Gemini, A Tuna Christmas, right before I go, and the recent A Wendy Weekend, appearing in all three Wasserstein readings for Playbill.com (Uncommon Women and Others , Isn't it Romantic, The Heidi Chronicles).
ARNETIA WALKER (Virginia Campbell) was attending NY's prestigious High School of the Performing Arts when she was cast in her Broadway debut, Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window. She went on to standby for Stephanie Mills as Dorothy in the original Broadway run of The Wiz. Cast as Lorrell Robinson in the National and International companies of Dreamgirls, Ms. Walker eventually achieved the distinction of being the only woman to have played all three of the show's principal characters. Two Gentlemen of Verona, Raisin, Head of Passes, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom round out her stage credits. TV: "Dynasty" (recurring), "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Steve Harvey Show," "City of Angels," "Touched by an Angel," "Malcolm and Eddie," "Just Shoot Me," "NYPD Blue," and "Nurses." Film: College Road Trip, For Love of the Game, Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, Love Crimes, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Cast a Deadly Spell, and The Wizard of Speed and Time.
STAN ZIMMERMAN (Playwright /Director/Producer) has been nominated for two WGA Awards for his work on "The Golden Girls" and "Roseanne." He's also written and produced on "Gilmore Girls" and co-created the Lifetime sitcom "Rita Rocks" and the Emmy nominated webseries "Secs & Execs." In film, he wrote both Brady Bunch movies. Zimmerman directs and produces theatre in LA, including such productions as the LatinX The Diary of Anne Frank, Heartbreak Help, Pledge, Warm Cheese, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, BLINK & You Might Miss Me, Gemini, and the virtual three play reading benefit for Playbill.com, A Wendy Weekend. He also directed three plays he co-wrote with McLaughlin, on stage and their virtual play readings - Yes, Virginia; Knife to the Heart; and Meet & Greet. He was the host/showrunner on Sean Hayes' Bravo reality show "Situation: Comedy." He recently starred in a virtual production of his suicide notes play, right before I go with Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood, Wilson Cruz, and Hari Nef for the Quick Center (CT). www.zimmermanstan.com
CHRISTIAN MCLAUGHLIN (Playwright) is a Daytime Emmy-winning L.A.-based writer-producer and author of the novels Sex Toys of the Gods and Glamourpuss, now available in an expanded 25th Anniversary Kindle edition. His many TV credits include "Married…With Children," "Drawn Together," "Desperate Housewives," "Rita Rocks," and the MTV cult soap "Spyder Games," which he co-created/executive produced for 65 episodes. For the L.A. stage he devised and directed the triple-run smash satire The Phacts of Life, and, with Stan Zimmerman, his produced plays include It's On! The TV Theme Song Musical; Knife To the Heart; and Yes, Virginia. His latest creation, CandiLand, a scathing satire of the children's television industry, is available as an audiobook and soon will be a TV series from Red Rover Films, written and produced by the author. Christian's world-renowned original movie poster webstore can be found at westgategallery.com (Twitter/Instagram: @westgateposters)
JUDSON THEATRE COMPANY (Producer) is the professional theatre company in residence at Bradshaw Performing Arts Center (BPAC) in the resort town of Pinehurst, NC. Co-founded by Morgan Sills and Daniel Haley in 2012, JTC is a recipient of NC Theatre Conference's statewide Parides Award for Excellence in Professional Theatre. Recent productions include Witness for the Prosecution starring Alan Campbell; Love, Loss, and What I Wore starring Sally Struthers, Kim Coles, and Joyce Reehling; and The Sunshine Boys starring Don Most and Robert Wuhl. www.JudsonTheatre.com
POP-UP PLAYHOUSE (Producer) presented three highly-successful productions for their 2018 inaugural season at the Dorie Theatre/Complex Hollywood. First up was the all-star revival of Justin Tanner's Heartbreak Help with Tony-winner Marissa Jaret Winokur, followed by the World Premier of Paul Shoulberg's Pledge. They concluded with the world premiere of Knife to the Heart by Stan Zimmerman & Christian McLaughlin. The sold-out run starred Andrea Bowen, Anne DeSalvo, Todd Sherry and Josh Zuckerman. Pledge, Knife to the Heart and the initial production of the LatinX The Diary of Anne Frank, garnered fifteen Broadway World 2018 nominations. The Diary of Anne Frank went on for a second run at the Dorie, followed by performances at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills and The Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver. Pop-Up Playhouse's last production was A Wendy Weekend, virtual readings of 3 Wasserstein classic comedies starring 30 actors for Playbill.com
STEFANI VON HUBEN (Producer) is the founder of 4th Street Park Productions; a Southern-California based production company that has produced short and full-length films, television programming, music concerts, and live stage theatrical productions. Stefani has partnered with Broadway San Diego Civic Theatre to bring theatrical experiences surrounding the arts to elementary students. She is involved with ongoing collaborations with Disney-ABC Studios, DC Entertainment, and DreamWorks Animation. Ms. Von Huben's producing highlights include Unspeakable: A Dramatic Fantasia of Richard Pryor at the legendary Apollo Theater, New York (2013), and The Broadway Playhouse, Water Tower Place, Chicago (2015); Indie Merit Award for her short film, Blue Butterflies (2014); Knife to the Heart showcase at the world renowned Second City, Chicago (2017); and staged productions at the Dorie/Complex Hollywood, Los Angeles including: Knife to the Heart; Yes, Virginia (2018); and A Wendy Weekend (2020) for Playbill.com.
LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE, founded in 1920, is one of the oldest continuously-operating not-for-profit theatres on the West Coast and is proud to be an active participant in the celebrated Laguna Beach arts community. Laguna Playhouse has been recognized for the past five years as one of Orange County Register's "Best of OC" in the category of Live Theatre and brings the magical experience of the performing arts direct to over 100,000 patrons each season. Learn what's going on at www.lagunaplayhouse.com.
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