“THE PORNOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER”
COMES TO Z BELOW
Autobiographical work by Liberty Bradford Mitchell, daughter of Artie Mitchell,
January 17 – February 16, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (20 December, 2013) – Artie and Jim Mitchell comprised one of San Francisco’s most infamous duos, the Mitchell Brothers, pioneers in the pornography industry. Liberty Bradford Mitchell, daughter of Artie, tells the story of growing up on the fringes of an X-rated world in the World Premiere of THE PORNOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER, directed by Michael T. Weiss (NBC’s “The Pretender”) and produced by San Francisco-based producer and designer Jeff Rowlings, with musical accompaniment by San Francisco rock band The Fluffers. THE PORNOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER plays January 17 – February 16, 2014, at Z Below, 470 Florida St in San Francisco. Press opening is 8pm Wednesday, January 22. For tickets ($32), the public may visit wwww.PDtheplay.com.
Notorious for entertaining a stream of celebrities, politicians, and artists at their XXX movie theatre and strip club, The Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre, Artie and Jim capitalized on the “free love” movement of the 1970s. Their “Behind the Green Door,” one of the first feature-length porn films ever made, earned a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and sparked a new wave of adult entertainment. The party ended in February 1991 when Jim shot and killed Artie. In THE PORNOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER, Artie’s eldest child Liberty Bradford Mitchell recounts this unique slice of San Francisco history with a first-hand perspective, from her counter-culture beginnings, growing up and coming of age in the wings of the porn industry, through surviving the surreal aftermath of her father’s murder. Joining Bradford Mitchell on stage will be San Francisco rock band The Fluffers, providing a driving soundtrack of music from the ‘60s to the ‘80s and beyond.
Liberty Bradford Mitchell first began writing THE PORNOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER while attending Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she received her BFA in Theatre (playwriting and directing). What began as an exercise in writing about her uncle’s trial ultimately grew into a full-length play, exploring the parallels between the fascinating Mitchell family story and those of Shakespearean tragedies and Greek epics. The play continued to take shape as she moved to Los Angeles, worked for two seasons as a writers’ assistant for Nickelodeon Studios, produced theatre productions at the Rose Alley Theater in Venice, and worked as an artist educator at Los Angeles public schools in Los Angeles. Bradford Mitchell also worked with California First Lady Maria Shriver and as the Senior Aide for The Women’s Conference, which hosted such notable guests as the Dalai Lama, Madeleine Albright, Eve Ensler, Billy Jean King, and Oprah Winfrey. THE PORNOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER staged a workshop performance in March 2013 at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California.
Director Michael T. Weiss is a native of Chicago, studied acting at The Second City, and holds a BFA in acting from University of Southern California. Well known for starring as “Jared” on NBC’s “The Pretender,” Weiss has directed numerous plays in Los Angeles including In Progress (Matrix Theater), A Brush With Fate (West Coast Ensemble), and Streams of Consciousness (Met Theater), which he both wrote and directed. His theater credits include a starring role in the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Second Stage Theatre in NYC, which won both the OBIE Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Production of a Play. He co-starred on Broadway with Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in the new play Impressionism directed by Jack O’Brien, and received a Drama Desk nomination for his work in Scarcity at the Atlantic Theater Company. Other acting credits include Burn This and Les Liaisons Dangereuse (The Huntington Theater Company) and Of Equal Measure (Center Theater Group). Weiss’s feature film acting credits include the Oliver Stone produced cult hit film “Freeway,” opposite Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, and Amanda Plummer, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; the film “Jeffrey,” based on Paul Rudnick’s Off-Broadway hit play of the same name, alongside Patrick Stewart, Steven Weber, Sigourney Weaver, Olympia Dukakis, and Nathan Lane; the New Line feature film “Bones” with Pam Grier and Snoop Dogg; and the independent films “Net Worth,” “Until the Night,” “Marmalade,” and “Iowa,” which was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival and for which he received the “Best Actor” Award at the Midwest Film Festival. His television credits include roles on “Blue Bloods” (CBS) and “The Pretender” (NBC).
Jeff Rowlings, a producer and set and lighting designer, is a longtime San Francisco-based theatrical producer, production manager and designer. He was production manager for American Conservatory Theater (2001-2012), San Diego Repertory Theatre (1996-1998), and Magic Theatre (1985-1995). He has designed sets and lights in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego and co-founded Foghouse Productions, an independent commercial production company. Foghouse produced Culture Clash Anthology which ran in S.F. and L.A. and the hugely successful and award-winning R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe in Chicago, Seattle, and three runs in San Francisco. Jeff produced the September world premiere of Brenda Wong Aoki’s MU at Jewish Community Center in San Francisco, which will tour in 2014.
WHAT: Artie and Jim Mitchell comprised one of San Francisco’s most infamous duos, the Mitchell Brothers, pioneers in the pornography industry. Liberty Bradford Mitchell, daughter of Artie, tells the story of growing up on the fringes of an X-rated world in the World Premiere of THE PORNOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER, directed by Michael T. Weiss (NBC’s “The Pretender”) and produced by San Francisco-based producer and designer Jeff Rowlings. Joining Bradford Mitchell on stage will be San Francisco rock band The Fluffers, providing a driving soundtrack of music from the ‘60s to the ‘80s and beyond.
WHEN: January 17 – February 16, 2014
Press Night: 8pm Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Previews: January 17-19 (no preview 10:30pm Fri, Jan 17)
SHOWS: Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 8:00pm, 10:30pm
WHERE: Z Below
470 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110
TICKETS: $32 (general admission)
INFO: For information or to order tickets visit wwww.PDtheplay.com.
PRESS: Contact Kelsey Verdier, Carla Befera & Co.
650.327.1200 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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