I am writing this spoiler-free review having just come home from seeing Sam Anderson (aka Holland Manners/Angel) in the Road Theatre Company’s world premiere production of “DEATH HOUSE”, written by Jason Karasev and directed by Michael Peretzian, with Sam Anderson, Verity Branco, and Chase Cargill as the mesmerizing cast.
Synopsis: On the night a death-house chaplain must hand over the reigns to the confident young pastor set to replace him, the men encounter an enigmatic inmate who challenges their convictions and changes their lives forever. DEATH HOUSE explores justice, redemption, and the possibility that we’re all more connected than we may want to admit.
The script is powerful and unexpected. The three actors and sparse stage setting focuses your attention to the words and actions. The words and actions are so compelling and intriguing, I found myself never looking at my watch to see when would be the intermission or ending.
Content Warning – This production contains brief (1-2 minutes) nudity and some strobe effect elements.
The Road Theatre is inside the Lankershim Arts Center, a small storefront in the heart of NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood/Los Angeles CA. I encourage you to come early to wander the art gallery downstairs and enjoy a drink from the refreshment bar which helps support the non-profit venue. The theater is upstairs with just 44 comfy seats and an elevator for those who can’t take the stairs. If you hang out in the gallery afterwards you may get the chance to meet the cast.
Link to Promo for DEATH HOUSE. Warning, there are spoilers, I watched it after I saw the play, gave deeper meaning https://vimeo.com/311526932
Performances will be held January 18-March 10 at The Road on Lankershim. Tickets prices are only $34, Students and Seniors $15, special group rates for 8+. For tickets call 818-761-8838 or visit The Road Theatre website
Special Post-Show Talkbacks
Sunday, January 27th – 2 PM – Cast & Crew
Sunday, February 10th – 2 PM – Jennifer Friedman
Sunday, March 3rd – 2 PM – John Cragen
Sunday, March 10th – 2 PM – Romarilyn Ralston
Sunday, March 17th – 2 PM – Cast & Crew