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Steve Allen's "Meeting of Minds"

August 30, 2009

Working Stage Theater at The Center for Inquiry, West Hollywood, CA





Presented as a theater-in-the-round staged reading performance
by Opening Minds Productions in association with Meadowlane Entertainment
Produced by Robert Ladendorf and Diana Ljungaeus.


Directed by Frank Megna


Thomas Paine (1737-1809) - British political writer - Steven Culp
Queen Cleopatra (69-30 B.C.) - Queen of Egypt - Danica McKellar
Pres. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) - U.S. President (1901-09) - Bill Smitrovich
Father Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-74) - theologian - Joe Spano
Steve Allen (1921-2000) - writer, composer, TV personality - Gary Cole



Information about Steven's next performance and pictures of him as Thomas Paine, you can find here.


Gary Cole, Steven Culp, Bill Smitrovich, Danica McKellar, Joe Spano
Photo by Thomas Engstrom


Steven Culp, Gary Cole, Bill Smitrovich, Danica McKellar, Joe Spano
Photo by Thomas Engstrom


Photo by Thomas Engstrom


Photo by Thomas Engstrom


Steven Culp, Danica McKellar, Joe Spano
Photo by Thomas Engstrom


Bill Smitrovich, Steven Culp, Danica McKellar, Joe Spano, Gary Cole
Photo by Thomas Engstrom



Welcome to Meeting of Minds . . . . words not often heard since the 1970s when Steve Allen's brilliant PBS show aired nationally with teleplays featuring dynamic historical characters from different eras first aired nationally. And, now, well-known actors are once again portraying these intriguing historical figures in live stage performances and readings. So prepare to meet President Teddy Roosevelt, Galileo, Cleopatra, Attila the Hun, Charles Darwin, Emily Dickinson, Marie Antoinette, Empress Tz'U-His, Oliver Cromwell and many more portrayed by such acting luminaries as Ed Asner, Gary Cole, Steven Culp, Frances Fisher, Robert Forster, Dan Lauria, Wendie Malick, Danica McKellar, Charles Shaughnessy, Joe Spano, and many other wonderful actors who believe in giving back to our society by inspiring the curiosity and passion of whole new generations and by igniting a desire for education and knowledge that comes from understanding the great men and women of history.

It is our particular mission to perform at colleges, high schools, universities and other educational or cultural venues. Through the insight of Steve Allen, the dry and dusty history of textbooks becomes an exciting, timeless exploration of humans and their quest for understanding -- of each other, their worlds and the universe. (c) workingstage.com

(August 27, 2009, www.headingtonmediacenter.org)

Steve Allen's "Meeting of Minds" is Back with Actors Gary Cole, Steven Culp, Danica McKellar, Joe Spano and Bill Smitrovich

Friday, August 28, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contacts: Diana Ljungaeus, 310.210.1860
Bob Ladendorf, 217.494.5610Email – MeetingOfMinds@WorkingStage.com

Episode 1 of the critically acclaimed series begins this Sunday at the Steve Allen Theater

Hollywood. The award-winning and thought-provoking PBS television series created by Steve Allen returns this Sunday as live theater. Well-known local actors are portraying intriguing and dynamic historical characters from different eras. Prepare to meet President Teddy Roosevelt, Galileo, Cleopatra, Attila the Hun, Charles Darwin, Emily Dickinson, Marie Antoinette and many more. Actors involved include the great Ed Asner, Gary Cole, Steven Culp, Frances Fisher, Robert Forster, Dan Lauria, Wendie Malick, Danica McKellar, Charles Shaughnessy, and Joe Spano.

WHO – Gary Cole (Entourage) is Steve Allen! He is joined on stage by Steven Culp (Desperate Housewives) as Thomas Paine, Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) as Queen Cleopatra, Bill Smitrovich (The Practice) as President Theodore Roosevelt and Joe Spano (Hill Street Blues) as Father Thomas Aquinas.

WHAT – "Meeting of Minds" Episode 1

This is a theater-in-the-round staged reading performance. You'll hear Teddy Roosevelt talk about the abuses of capitalism, Thomas Paine argue organized religion with Father Thomas Aquinas and Cleopatra defend class society. Steve Allen will be moderating.

WHEN – Sunday, August 30, 2009 @ 7 p.m.

WHERE – Steve Allen Theater @ 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027; Plenty of free parking behind the building (enter off of Berendo Street); Click here for a map; Metro: Red line, Sunset/Vermont station

FYI – Directed by Frank Megna, this is the first of 24 episodes in the revival of the Steve Allen master series. Produced by Diana Ljungaeus and Bob Ladendorf. Tickets are still available: Prepaid for $15 or $20 at the door.

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"Meeting of Minds" is presented by Opening Minds Productions. For a full list of episodes and upcoming performances, go to www.WorkingStage.com or email MeetingOfMinds@WorkingStage.com.

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