Underneath the Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences


Underneath the Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences

October 10 - November 19, 2017
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

Written by Glen Berger
Directed by Steven Robman
Featuring Arye Gross

★ "Arye Gross delivers a standout performance! An enthralling, mystical, biblical, thought-provoking tale." – Los Angeles Daily News
"Arye Gross is by turns puckish and profound." – Los Angeles Times
"Brilliantly portrayed by Arye Gross in a 90-minute tour-de-force performance!" –
"A riveting evening... Arye Gross's hilarious and poignant portrayal of a Dutch librarian adrift in his waning years... is entrancing to watch" – TheaterMania
"Gross carefully charts his character’s progression from buttoned-down primness to quixotic zeal, to awakening regret, to defiant joy. It’s a triumphant turn that never falters." – Los Angeles Times
"An insightful and hilarious play, Underneath the Lintel offers an inspiring vision of a person who discovers it's not too late to truly live life." – TheaterMania
"This curiously funny drama made of life's most curious stuff is not one to be missed." – The New York Times
"A theatrical miracle! Powerfully human and ultimately sublime." – Variety

When a reclusive librarian discovers a 113-year overdue book in the night slot, curiosity compels him to pursue the borrower. His search for answers leads to a worldwide, whirlwind journey, where he discovers instead the great mysteries of humanity. Called "powerfully human and ultimately sublime," Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel reminds us that the joy is in the journey itself.




Meet The Artists

ARYE GROSS (The Librarian)
Theater credits include Broadway: Brooklyn Boy by Donald Margulies (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regional: After the Revolution (Center Stage Baltimore); Parfumerie (The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts); Coney Island Christmas (Geffen Playhouse); Circle Mirror Transformation, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Brooklyn Boy and Let’s Play Two (South Coast Repertory); The Square (MTF Asian Theatre Workshop); M. Butterfly (East/West Players); Above the Fold and Room Service (Pasadena Playhouse); Three Sisters (Los Angeles Theatre Center); Rose of the Rancho and Bandito! (El Teatro Campesino); La Bête (Stages Theatre at the Ford); Stupid Fucking Bird and The Winchester House (The Theatre @ Boston Court); Uncle Vanya, Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Chekhov X 4 (Antaeus Theatre Company). Film and television credits include Grey Gardens, Minority Report, Big Eden, A Midnight Clear, For the Boys, Gone In 60 Seconds, Soul Man, Tequila Sunrise, Coupe de Ville, Harvest, Friends, The Riches, Six Feet Under, Castle, Designated Survivor and the upcoming Nostalgia.

GLEN BERGER (Playwright)
Glen Berger’s plays include the award-winning Underneath the Lintel, O Lovely Glowworm (2005 Portland Drammy Award Winner for Best Script) and Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22 (Ovation Award and LA Weekly Award for Best Play). He wrote the book and lyrics for the musicals On Words and Onwards (Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan Foundation Fellowship) and A Night in the Old Marketplace (Loewe Award) with composer Frank London. His television credits include two Emmy Awards and more than 150 episodes for children’s series, including Arthur and FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman. Berger is the bookwriter and co-lyricist for the Broadway-bound adaptation of August Rush (with composer Mark Mancina), and was the co-bookwriter for Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark on Broadway (directed by Julie Taymor with music by Bono and The Edge of U2). His memoir Song of Spider-Man was published by Simon & Schuster in 2013. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists.

Steven Robman’s recent work in Los Angeles includes stagings of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah Wilderness! at A Noise Within, Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at Antaeus Theatre Company, Sebastian Barry’s The Steward of Christendom at the Mark Taper Forum, Bernard Weinraub’s Above the Fold at Pasadena Playhouse and Kathryn Graf’s The Snake Can at Odyssey Theatre. Other work at the Taper includes Babbitt, Hoagy, Bix and Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhaus and Made in America. Off-Broadway, he directed premieres of Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others and Isn’t It Romantic, as well as Ron Hutchinson’s Says I, Says He and John Lithgow’s Kaufman at Large at the Phoenix Theatre, Alan Knee’s Santa Anita ’42 and Mr. Knee’s adaptation of The Minister’s Black Veil at Playwrights Horizons and the New York premiere of Gardner McKay’s Sea Marks at Manhattan Theatre Club. Other work in regional theater includes the premieres of The Gin Game at Actors Theatre of Louisville and Moonlight and Magnolias and High Holidays at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, as well as productions of Rat in the Skull at Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Bonjour, La, Bonjour and Right of Way at the Guthrie Theater, Born Yesterday at Baltimore Center Stage, Bosoms and Neglect and Union Boys at Yale Repertory Theatre, Alphabetical Order, The Rose Tattoo, and The Bathers at Long Wharf Theatre and The Desert Dwellers at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage.

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Performance Info

90 minutes, no intermission.