NewStuffProductions is all about presenting new stuff. Jack Messenger and Lois Bourgon have been performing, directing and producing plays and musicals in the Los Angeles South Bay for almost 40 years. We've seen just about everything and so have you! So now we bring you "new stuff" - former hit Broadway and off-Broadway shows you may have heard of and always wanted to see. Jack's “THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS” is an original passion play about the NRA and gun control. It represents a fresh activist platform for new works and is available for outside production.
“Funny and very life affirming. Tracy Letts has written a heartwarming play.”
- Detroit Free Press
“Comfort humor of the warmest kind. Letts’ play evokes the Norman Lear comedies of the 70’s in this sweet story. This is NOT “August Osage County”. This is decidedly more affectionate.”
- New York Post
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Superior Donuts takes place in the historic Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, where Arthur Przybyszewski runs the donut shop that has been in his family for sixty years. Franco Wicks, a young black man and Arthur's only employee, wants to modernize the shop, while Arthur is more content to spend the day smoking weed and reminiscing about his Polish immigrant father. This provocative comedy, set in the heart of one of Chicago's most diverse communities, explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.
June 12-28, 2020
2nd Story Theater
(in the Civic Center building)
710 Pier Avenue,
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
AUDITIONS & REHEARSALS
will be held at the
New Stuff Rehearsal Studio
1756 Nelson Ave.
Monday & Tuesday
Monday thru Thursday
Starting May 11
Casting for the play "Superior Donuts" by Tracy Letts
"Superior Donuts" is a comedy of wit and energy. Actors must be specific and create an identity all their own. Headshot and resume required.
Arthur, a 1960s holdover, operates a rundown donut shop in Chicago's Uptown, while Franco, a young, African-American assistant, writes his own great American novel. They build an unlikely relationship despite butting heads. Franco is eager to add healthy foods, music, and a more trendy atmosphere. Arthur wants to keep everything as is. Throughout the play, Arthur reminisces in humorous and poignant ways about this city, his family, and times past.
Arthur Przbyszewski (Lead): White Male/European Descent, 55-65
Polish-American, owner of his immigrant parents' dated donut shop. An ex-hippie draft-dodger who lives a disappointed and unambitious life. Must be able to withstand fight choreography.
Franco Wicks: African American Male, 18-25
Intelligent and idealistic. He's written what he considers the new Great American Novel - all he needs is validation. Has massive gambling debts and has taken a break from college to work.
Max Tarasov: White Male/European Descent, 45-60
Russian immigrant who owns the video store next door to Arthur's donut shop, would like to expand his store by buying Arthur's. Humorous, a bigot without realizing it, and his ambitious nature makes a good contrast to Arthur. Must be able to learn a slight to moderate Russian accent.
Officer Randy Osteen: White Female/European Descent 45-55
Irish-American, has known Arthur for some time. Others see that she is attracted to Arthur, but this has to be pointed out to him.
Officer James Bailey: African American Male, 40-50
Randy's beat partner who investigates the vandalism of the donut shop. A matter of fact man who, with his wife, in his off time is a Star Trek fanatic.
Lady Boyle: White Female/European Descent 70-75
Irish-American, a homeless woman who is often a bit less than lucid. Can always count on Arthur for a handout of a donut or coffee when she pops into the shop.
Luther Flynn: White Male/European Descent, 42-48
Irish/Italian-American, a thug, loan shark, and bookie. Has an ulcer an constantly medicates. Not a person you want to be an enemy of. Franco owes him $16,000.
Kevin Magee: White Male/European Descent, 25-30
Irish-American, Luther's minion. Also a thug and definitely not a nice guy.
Kiril Ivakin: White Male/European Descent, 32-37
Russian, Max's nephew who has just come to the United States from Russia. Has a penchant for track suits and looks like a great big scary strongman. Speaks no English. Must be able to say a few things in Russian.
DISTRACTED | Summer 2018
Lisa Loomer's ("Living Out", "The Waiting Room") searing Broadway comedy about one family's journey to find a solution for their 9-year old son's Attention Deficit Disorder. They seek the help of psychiatrists, educational therapists, occupational therapists, homeopaths and a cowboy boot-wearing New Mexico guru for answers. In the end, the key that unlocks the door is found in a little four letter word.
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS | World Premiere Fall 2019
Jack Messenger's deeply personal 'passion play' about the epidemic of gun violence in the USA, the dirty politics of the NRA and the mounting irrelevance of the 2nd Amendment. "Thoughts and Prayers" follows one powerful Congressman's epiphany and eventual journey to redemption after he loses his family in a mass shooting at his Texas hometown church.
SEMINAR | Summer 2019
Theresa Rebeck's 'Seminar' tells the story of four young writers who each pay $5,000 for a ten-week seminar with Leonard, an international literary figure. The story begins with Kate, a well-to-do Upper West Sider with a fancy apartment who arranges the seminar for herself and three friends: Martin, her neurotic ex-boyfriend who refuses to share his work with anyone; Douglas, the well-connected prep school sweetheart; and Izzy, the gritty opportunist sexpot. Leonard’s unorthodox teaching style soon pits the classmates against each other: some of them flourish under his version of tough love, while others flounder with self-doubt. Funny to a point. Endlessly witty. 'Seminar' opens us up to the emotional pitfalls of becoming a writer. It works!
"Congratulations once again, Jack! Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed Seminar last Sunday. A great choice of play and cast -- lots of meaty content with plenty of twists and turns, well performed and -- of course -- well directed, as we all expect from you. You keep raising the bar for yourself! Looking forward to the next one from New Stuff Productions!"
“Bravos for NewStuff's debut production of 'Seminar,' a whip-smart, literary comedy that makes you think even as it makes you roar with laughter. A quintet of crackling good actors bring the intelligent and hilarious script to life under Jack Messenger's snappy and sure-handed direction. 'Seminar' is not to be missed and there's only one weekend left. Highly recommended.”
– P. Buxton, Venice
"NewStuff Productions comedy ‘Seminar’ at the 2nd Story Theater In Hermosa Beach is a raw, powerful production that spares no one. Critics will eat you alive in the world of the arts. After digesting and peeling away the layers, it’s a brilliant piece of writing. ‘Seminar’ is a lesson in real life and the actors perform their roles with raw emotion, crisp comic timing and enormous talent."
– J. Anderson, Easy Reader News
"Jack Messenger has written a profound and powerful new play. 'Thoughts and Prayers' explores the heart wrenching tragedy of mass shootings and one politician's journey to salvation. Raw and emotional, this impassioned new work must not be missed."
– S. O'Connor
"This play is wild! Who knew that ADHD could be portrayed in such a funny and endearing way? Lisa Loomer's fetching comedy 'Distracted' will bring a tear to your eye as it brings a smile to your face. Jack Messenger and Lois Bourgon have done an outstanding job in mounting this new play."
– E. Vincent, Marina Del Rey