The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles is pleased to present a staged reading of SOPHIA, a musical comedy, with book, music and lyrics by VBS member Michael Antin. The show had its world premiere and highly successful run at the Richmond Shepard Theatre in New York City and had its Los Angeles premiere with a full theatrical production at the WriteAct Theatre in Hollywood. Much of the original cast will be performing, under the direction of Darrel Friedman. One night only - July 11, 2013. Admission is free. Reception to follow.
Sophia, the heroine of this new musical comedy by Michael Antin, is beautiful, bright, articulate and sophisticated, excelling at everything except relationships. Consulting a therapist, Sophia is diagnosed with Beautiful Woman Syndrome and instructed to search her past for every "hit-man" which has ever led to a quick tryst. She must now learn about the forgotten majority of male society and try to focus on the invisible men, those who would never approach her, if she is to find true love. As it turns out, the perfect "invisible man" might be waiting in plain sight: the nondescript, seemingly forgettable George.
(Contains adult language and content)
Upon retiring from 45 years of the active practice of tax law, writing (3 books and numerous articles), and teaching (Visiting Professor at Berkeley Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley (2008-11), University of Riga, Latvia; Palacky Law Faculty, Olomouc, Czech Republic; and Catholic University, Lublin, Poland), Michael Antin returned to music (piano and choir). His first musical, Answer the Call ran in Hollywood in the fall, 2009; Butterfly ran in Hollywood and NY, 2010, and Sophia finished its run in Hollywood after running in New York City, February through March, 2012. Sophia is to run again in NY as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival at the June Havoc theatre, opening July 20, 2013. Renewal, will run in New York in the fall, 2013, and will run in North Hollywood early 2014. His next musical, All Fall Down, is in development. He writes the book and lyrics, and composes the music.
An acting coach and director for over 25 years, Derrel Maury Friedman has taught at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, also for Estelle Harman (head of talent/development at Universal Studios), Tracy Roberts (co-founder of the west coast Actor's Studio) and many top theatrical agencies in LA. He has directed theatre programs at the Sinai Akiba Academy, the VBS Day School and Heschel Middle School. He also runs Derrel Maury's Young Actor's Workshop and was recently highlighted on CNN in a special report on acting classes for kids.