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HIGH PRIEST OF CALIFORNIA

Written by Charles Willeford directed by Leo Farley
February 10-March 29, 2003 /

"The production is terrifically attuned to Willeford's noir spirit..."The actors seem to delight in the period vernacular and the evocative apartment setting and the myriad production details-is enough to make you imagine it all in black and white."
The New York Times - Bruce Weber

"BEST OF THE SEASON" - July 2, 2003 - The New York Times

TAPED FOR LINCOLN CENTER ARCHIVES

"Charles Willeford a novelist in the Raymond Chandler tradition...An engrossing insightful depiction of sexual manipulation...classic noir tale...David Mogentale and Carol Sirugo both turn in powerful performances. Directed with a fine respect for telling silences by Leo Farley" Jocelyn Smith, The New Yorker

"High Priest may not have Willeford's jaded detectives sillhouetted in black and white, but the nasty drama definitely leaves its characters black and blue."
Webster Younce, Time Out New York

"...his spirit might offer some clues on storytelling to playwrights who haven't written 16 novels."
Michael Feingold. The Village Voice

"An enjoyably lurid, even creepy tale"
Michael Sommers, The Star Ledger

"Director Leo Farley interweaves murky mystery and quirky wit, maintaining a consistently tense and tentative tone throughout. His acting ensemble incorporates an exciting mix of dramatic flair and subtle comedy."
Elias Stimac, Backstage

"...a highly entertaining two hours without a dull moment"
Elyse Sommer, Curtain Up

"Menacing and sardonically humorous, this thriller keeps you hooked...it's Willeford's sardonic dialogue- that steals the show in this highly enjoyable potboiler."
Jessica Branch, City Search

Theater doesn't get more compulsively watchable than High Priest of California...a cool and compelling evening out, as giddy and guilty a pleasure as the pulp fiction it so determinedly evokes."
Martin Denton, NYtheatre.com

 


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“We are committed to the creation of powerful and provocative theater. Our primary mission is to provide a nurturing environment for a diverse group of artists who are dedicated to an uncompromising approach to storytelling and full collaborative efforts.” Leo G. Farley - Artistic Director