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Rita Rudner & Charles Shaughnessy to star in ACT 3 at Laguna Playhouse, January 6 - January 31, 2016

Rita Rudner and Charles Shaughnessy to Lead U.S. Premiere of ACT 3... at Laguna Playhouse

Rita Rudner and Charles Shaughnessy to Lead U.S. Premiere of ACT 3... at Laguna Playhouse
The third show in Laguna Playhouse's 2015-2016 season will be the U.S. Premiere of ACT 3..., written by David Ambrose and Claudia Nellens and directed by Martin Bergman. Rita Rudner and Charles Shaughnessy will star.
"What a delight to have Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman back and coupled with the incomparable Charles Shaughnessy in this delicious comedy," Wood commented.
"We are delighted to bring the U.S. Premiere of this very smart dramedy to our audiences and subscribers. It's a great new play and we have a fantastic team putting together its American debut!" Wareham added.
ACT 3... will begin performances on Wednesday, January 6; will open on Saturday, January 9 and will run through Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.
Old enough to know better? But still young enough to want more? That's a dangerous combination for a couple of a certain age. They'd been together for longer than most marriages. She thought she understood him. He, of course, was quite sure she didn't. Because he had a secret. But she had a secret too. An even bigger one than his. What happens when secrets collide?
MARTIN BERGMAN (Director) is a British producer, writer and director. After leaving Cambridge University in 1979, Bergman produced several live arena shows with an Australian partner Michael Edgley, most notably the world tour of ice skaters Torvill and Dean. He also worked on Australian tours of The Moscow Circus, the Royal Shakespeare Companyand The Bolshoi Ballet, as well as producing several live comedy shows in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and the USA. Bergman married the American comedian Rita Rudner in 1988. They have written several films, plays and TV projects together, including 1992's award-winning film "Peter's Friends" which reunited Bergman with some of his Cambridge University contemporaries. The couple performed together too in a TV series for the BBC in England, as well as in a series of British TV commercials. Bergman has directed many of the projects he and Rita wrote together, including Tickled Pink at the Laguna Playhouse in 2012, and Bergman's production company has produced most of his wife's shows, including her record-breaking, thirteen-year-long run in Las Vegas.
RITA RUDNER has performed over 3,000 solo shows in Las Vegas since the MGM Corporation built a theatre for her twelve years ago. She also regularly performs concerts and at corporate and charity events across the country. She recently performed as an actress in the world premiere of her play Tickled Pink at the Laguna Playhouse.One of the country's top comedians and a New York Times bestselling author, Rita Rudner is also an award-winning television personality, screenwriter, playwright, Broadway dancer, and actress. A house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June, 2000, Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. She performs at The Venetian in Las Vegas, where over the course of a ten year run and 2,000 plus shows, she has sold over one million tickets and become the longest-running solo show in the history of Las Vegas.
She has been named Comedian of the Year nine years in a row and in 2006 received The Nevada Ballet's Woman Of The Year Award (other recent recipients include Bette MidlerCeline DionChita Rivera and Twyla Tharp).
Rita's first solo HBO special, Rita Rudner's One Night Stand, was nominated for several awards, as was her eponymous English BBC television show that later appeared in the USA on A&E. Rudner's two one-hour specials for HBO, Born to Be Mild and Married Without Children, were ratings standouts and she performed all over the country, filling Carnegie Hallin New York three times and the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles twice. In 2008 Rita Rudner: Live From Las Vegas was PBS's first ever stand-up comedy special.
Rita Rudner has written five books, including her bestselling non-fiction titles, Naked Beneath My Clothes and Rita Rudner's Guide to Men and the novels Tickled Pink and Turning the Tables. The audio version of Tickled Pink received a Grammy nomination. Her latest collection of essays, I Still Have It...I Just Can't Remember Where I Put It, was published in May 2008.
In 2003, Rudner launched from Las Vegas her first syndicated daily TV show, Ask Rita, which featured a panel of celebrities lightheartedly attempting to solve personal problems submitted by members of the public; it ran for two years. For her work on the show, American Women in Radio and Television awarded Rudner a 2004 Gracie Allen Award for Best Program Host. Rita helped write the 2001 and 2003 Oscar shows with Steve Martin and the 2002 Oscar broadcast with Whoopi Goldberg.
Rita Rudner moved to New York at the age of fifteen to become a dancer on Broadway. She appeared in several shows, including the original productions of Follies and Mack and Mabel. It was while in Annie on Broadway that she began exploring the comedy clubs of Manhattan. In the early '80s, Rudner took a full-time leap from chorus lines to punch lines and was soon a regular guest on both Late Night With David Letterman and The Tonight Show.
Rudner is a frequent collaborator with her writer/producer husband of twenty years, Martin Bergman. The couple's first produced film script was Peter's Friends. The film, starring Emma ThompsonHugh LaurieKenneth BranaghImelda StauntonStephen Fry, and Rita, won the Evening Standard Peter Sellers Award for Comedy and was nominated for the Goya Award for Best European Film of 1994. Bergman and Rudner's latest film, Thanks, recently premiered at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival. The couple's first play - Room 776 - ran as part of the 2008 season of the Las Vegas Little Theatre. Tickled Pink had its world premiere at the Playhouse.
In 2009, Rita, Bette Midler and Sheryl Crow joined forces to perform a fundraiser for President Obama and the Democratic leader of the Senate, Harry Reid.
Rita Rudner lives in Las Vegas and Monarch Beach, California, with her husband and daughter. For more information on Rita, log on to her website at or become her fan on Facebook.
Rita Rudner and Charles Shaughnessy to Lead U.S. Premiere of ACT 3... at Laguna PlayhouseCHARLES SHAUGHNESSY born and raised in London, England, came from a show business family. His father was the principal writer and script editor on "Upstairs, Downstairs", his mother was an actress and his brother, David, a director and producer in Television. After graduating from Eton College, Shaughnessy got his BA in Law at the Magdalene College of Cambridge University. "Despite a lifelong love of the theater, I thought it was about time someone in my family did something sensible," he said.
Upon graduation, however, Shaughnessy returned to his first love, acting, and enrolled in drama school in London, where he met American-born actress, Susan Fallender and with whom he moved to California in 1983. He has enjoyed a successful and varied career on large and small screen. From his six year stint as Maxwell Sheffield on The Nanny to his memorable arc as St. John Powell in AMC's hit series: Mad Men. He was recently seen in the latest installment of Hallmark's highly rated Loves... franchise, playing the weasly lawyer, Alex Weaver in Love's Christmas Journey, as well as guest appearances on Castle, CSI NEW York, and the popular Kid's favorite, Victorious!
Charles' many stage appearances include the Triple Tony Award winning Broadway musical Urinetown, Pasadena Playhouse's acclaimed production of Orson's Shadow as well as double dipping as Arthur in both Cam- (and Spam-) alot! More recently he garnered great reviews for his performance as Henry Higgins in the North Shore Theater production of My Fair Lady, and has just wrapped a SciFi movie called Moontrap: Target Earth that will be released in 2016.
Off stage Charles is always interested and engaged in the world around him. He is a regular contributor to the Hollywood Journal, an online Blog that focuses on the "Soul" of show-business and, grateful for all that his career has given him, Charles spends a lot of time bringing the life-tools of Improvisation to Youth at Risk groups. Recently he honored to be elected to the Advisory Board at The Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps in Massachusetts. It is also a little known fact that Charles is actually a legitimate member of the English aristocracy since inheriting the title of Lord Shaughnessy 5th. Baron of Montreal and Ashford, County Limerick!  For more information on Charles, go to his website, and become his fan on Facebook.
ACT 3...will begin previews on Wednesday, January 6; will open on Saturday, January 9 at 7:30pm and runs through Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Performances will be Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 2pm; Sundays at 1pm. There will be additional performances on Thursday, January 7; Thursday, January 21 & Thursday, January 28 at 2:00pm, Sunday January 10 & Sunday, January 17 at 5:30.
Tickets range from $48 - $61 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. The box office is open Mondays - Saturdays: 12p.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sundays: 11a.m. - 4p.m.
Laguna Playhouse is your "go to" for a great night out - be it plays, musicals, concerts, dance, stand-up comedy, author panels, family entertainment and more. No matter what your entertainment taste, with over 300 performances a year, we're what's going on!
Founded in 1920, the Laguna Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously-operating not-for-profit theatres on the West Coast and is noted for its artistic excellence, wide-ranging performing arts programming, award-winning youth education offerings and community partnerships. A member of the League of Resident Theatres, the Laguna Playhouse is also home to the annual Laguna Dance Festival, the Laguna Beach Music Festival and the Laguna Beach Concert Band. The Laguna Playhouse has been recognized for excellence by the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, LA Drama Critics Circle, OC Weekly and more.
Because of its longstanding commitment to the arts, The Laguna Playhouse has been recognized for excellence by the LA Drama Critics Circle, NAACP, Backstage, ArtsOC, OC Weekly, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and more. Laguna Playhouse's educational programming, which includes classes, productions by and for children and teens (Youth Theatre) and a school tour, has been honored by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education.
Serving more than 100,000 patrons each season, the Laguna Playhouse has featured many talented performers on stage, including Leslie CaronVal Kilmer, Ed Asner, Hershey FelderLinda PurlDavis Gaines, Donna McKechnieRita Rudner, violinist Joshua BellLee Rocker, ballerina Misty CopelandHarrison Ford, and Bette Davis.
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