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Facing East – From the Stage to the Screen

April 1st, 2011

Facing East in its Los Angeles premiere at International City Theatre

Back in 2009, we here at International City Theatre brought to the stage the Los Angeles premiere of Facing East, a captivating play about a Mormon couple struggling with their faith after the suicide of their gay son. The response from the audience was tremendous and we are so excited to hear that a film adaptation of the Carol Lynn Pearson play is in the works.

The film will be directed by Will Swenson, a huge name in theatre right now having just been Tony- nominated for his performance in the Broadway revival of Hair last year and currently starring in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Pearson has also written the screenplay and production is expected to begin in the fall.

It will be interesting to see the aesthetic and creative differences between the two productions and everyone here at ICT is very excited to see what the end result is. This just proves once again that some of the most innovative and original scripts coming out today come from the world of theatre and the stage!

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