New comedy opens Malibu Stage season

“Stage Fright,” a new black comedy concerning the conflict between artists and critics, will premiere June 16 at the Malibu Stage Co.’s theatre.

The play, starring Nan Martin, Alan Mandell and Jeremy Lawrence, is written and directed by Charles Marowitz, Malibu Stage Co.’s artistic director, and is produced by company co-founder Jacqueline Bridgeman.

Malibu Stage, the city’s first and only professional theater company, has mounted works at various venues throughout Malibu since 1990 with Martin and other actors such as Ed Asner, Harry Hamlin, Kathleen Quinlan, Martin Sheen, Rod Steiger, Trish Van Devere and the late George C. Scott.

Originally presented as a staged reading at Pepperdine University several years ago with Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfus, Nan Martin and James Whitmore, “Stage Fright” will be the company’s first full-fledged production in nearly a year.

“Stage Fright” opens June 16 for the first of four consecutive weekends at Malibu Stage Co.’s theatre, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m., Sundays Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 310.289.2999.

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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