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One needn't be a fan of conspiracy theories or the NFL to appreciate Sunny Afternoon, but a more­ than­ passing familiarity with both could offer grounding for the macho power games of playwright Christian Levatino's taut and inspired take on the JFK assassination. Sunny Afternoon wonders what exactly went down over the course of the two days that Lee Harvey Oswald spent in custody of the Dallas police, before his appointment with the business end of Jack Ruby's revolver. Was Oswald just a pawn in a shadowy larger game? How do the priorities of ordinary people become political footballs? Why is Coca­Cola so dang refreshing? Much of the humor of Levatino's tersely funny script springs from the well­ delineated personalities featured in its large, finely polished ensemble, in particular Darrett Sanders' assured performance as the shrewd but outfoxed homicide captain William Fritz, trying to conduct an honest investigation amidst the machinations.

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LA WEEKLY

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Mindy Farabee

“A Primer in ensemble acting… all actors in Los Angeles… should catch this production simply to be reminded of how it’s done.”

BITTER LEMONS

Colin Mitchell

"Levatino’s knack for creating rich characters and clever dialogue—not to mention casting exceptional actors to interpret his vision—makes it possible to suspend belief in knowing historically how this sunny afternoon a half ­century ago turned out. Even as the play rushes through 90 minutes of tense confrontations and chest ­butting among between a roomful of testosterone­laden Texans calling dibs before what we all know will be the inevitable conclusion, Levatino’s deliciously perverse final twist is a knockout sure to flabbergast even the heartiest Kennedy assassination theoreticians."

ARTS IN L.A.

Travis Michael Holder

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"A powerful piece with an equally powerful cast. Sunny Afternoon will keep you spellbound in 

your seat."

ReviewPlays.com

Carol Kaufman Segal

"Playwright Christian Levatino sets forth a fascinating new scenario on what really happened and how it happened... this is ONE OF THE BEST ENSEMBLE CASTS I'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME." 4 out of 4 Stars"

Patricia Foster Rye

Cast

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Darrett Sanders
as
Captain Fritz

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Andy Hirsch 
as
Lee Harvey Oswald

Christian Levatino as

Elmer T. Boyd

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Dustin Sisney
as
Richard
'Dick'
Simms

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Patrick Flanagan
as James T. Hosty

Jim Boelsen
as James Bookhout

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Donnie Smith
as Forrest Sorrels

Gil Glascow as Chief Jesse Curry

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Patrick Hume
as 'Skinny' Bill Alexander

Michael Franco
as
District Attorney 
Henry Wade

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Giovanni Adams 
as
Clarence
Shoemake

Janellen

Steininger

as

Postal

Inspector

H.D.

Holmes

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Mark St. Amant

as

Eduardo/John Abt