Charlotte Cohn to Star in Colony Theatre's Simply Complicated
What do you get when you cross a Danish Orthodox Jew and a simple Israeli girl from a kibbutz? You get Charlotte Cohn, who at nineteen was already a Commander in the Israeli Army, but had her sights set on a different path. Join her in this eclectic evening of music ranging from the Beatles to Broadway to Opera and hear the real stories that brought her from Ben Yehuda Street to the Great White Way. SIMPLY COMPLICATED has already had three very successful runs at The Cell Theatre in Manhattan, The Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL, and Baltimore's CenterStage.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM: CHARLOTTE COHN (Performer and Playwright)) is delighted to be working again at the Colony Theatre, where she recently appeared as Ayelet in Handle With Care (written by her husband Jason Odell Williams). Performing highlights include Broadway's La Boheme (Baz Luhrmann, director) and Coram Boy, Happy End at A.C.T. (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards Best Actress nominee), La Boheme at The Ahmanson in L.A. (Ovation Award Winner), The Murder of Isaac and The Boys from Syracuse, both at Baltimore's Centerstage, David Gordon's Uncivil War s- Moving with Brecht and Eisler. She is a founding producer of both NYMF and Mainstreet Musicals. Other producing credits include:Rated P for Parenthood and the recent NY Times Critics' Pick Handle With Care (both at the Westside theatre Off-Broadway). Charlotte was born in Denmark and raised in Israel where she served in the Israeli Army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, playwright Jason Odell Williams and her daughter, Imogen. JASON ODELL WILLIAMS (Playwright) is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer whose plays have been produced at the DR2, the cell, the Kitchen Theatre Company, Gulfshore Playhouse, JCC Centerstage, the Minnesota Jewish TheatreCompany, Theatre Jacksonville, Actors' Summit, and Teatron Toronto. His work has been developed at Primary Stages, The Lark, The Blank Theatre (L.A.), and the Hudson Valley Writers Workshop where he won first prize in their 2012 new play competition. Previous plays have starred Vincent Piazza and Anatol Yusef from HBO's Boardwalk Empire; readings have starred Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh, and film and TV star Matthew Lillard. In addition to having its West Coast Premiere at the Colony, Handle With Care recently premiered Off-Broadway at The Westside Theatre and ran for 112 performances starring Carol Lawrence, Charlotte Cohn and was directed by Karen Carpenter. The play will be produced at 4 other regional theatres this season and will soon be published by Dramatists Play Service. Jason is currently a writer and producer on the National Geographic Channel's hit TV series Brain Games. His first novel, Personal Statement, was published in August 2013 and has been optioned for a three-picture deal. SIMPLY COMPLICATED will be performed Saturday, January 24 at 8:00pm and Sunday, January 25 at 2:00pm. Ticket prices are $25-$45 for Colony subscribers and $29-$49 for the general public through January 15. After that day, all tickets will be $39-$59. For tickets, call the Colony Theatre Box Office at 818/558-7000 ext. 15 or online at www.ColonyTheatre.org. The Colony Theatre is located at 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center Mall. The Colony Theatre has long been a vibrant center of L.A.'s theatre life. Its subscribers renew at an astounding rate of 90%, and in 2012 the theatre received nine Ovation Award nominations, including the coveted one for Best Season. From its beginnings in 1975 as a 99-seat Equity-waiver theatre in Silver Lake, the company became so successful artistically, and built such a large subscriber base, that in 2000 it was able to move into a 270-seat state-of-the-art theatre created for it by the City of Burbank. As such, it became one of only a handful of mid-sized professional theatres in the L.A. area that produce a year-round season of plays and musicals, and that employ actors under contract with Actors' Equity Association. The theatre is located at 555 North Third Street, at the corner of Cypress, in the heart of Downtown Burbank.