Playwright Takes Love in Stages

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Sam Wolfson.

Clearly, Sam Wolfson is not the kind of guy who’s content to rest on his laurels. After co-writing and co-starring in Jewtopia, the comedy franchise went to off-Broadway where it had a sensational and wildly successful run. He decided he wanted to write his second play about something that’s even more universal than Jewish humor: romance.

The fruit of his labor is Play Dates, a four-actor take on love during three very different stages of life. “The goal was to write ‘the ultimate date’ play,’” laughs Wolfson, who is 38 and has been married for one year. In the first scene, a pair of five-year-olds finds their first crush with each other. The second sequence, which allows for audience participation, features a radio talk show host named, appropriately enough, Dr. Love. “He says those things we all wish we could say to our friends when they’re complaining about their love lives,” says Wolfson. The third part is about a couple who have been together for 15 years. “That scene opens with the two of them in bed grooming each other like monkeys. Then it goes from there.”

The show had a trial run last August at the Elephant Theatre in Hollywood, and moves next door to Theatre Asylum for its upcoming run starting this week. Meanwhile, Wolfson isn’t slowing down, busily working on a pair of pilots for NBC and CBS. What he hopes to show with Play Dates is that love is never easy, no matter what stage of life you’re in. “Pretty much everyone can relate to that.”

Play Dates will preview on Thursday, January 27 & Friday, January 28 and will open on Saturday, January 29 and run through Sunday, March 6 at Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 7:00pm. Ticket prices are $25.00 for all performances. There will be a special performance on Monday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day) featuring champagne, roses and other Valentine’s surprises! Tickets are available online at www.plays411.com/playdates or by calling (323) 960-7784. For more information, please visit www.greenbeetleproductions.com.

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