Going...Going...GONE!

Comedy · quack quack productions · Ages 12+ · family friendly · world premiere · United States of America

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Our universal need to be remembered is the underlying theme of a behind-the-scenes baseball comedy by Ken Levine, an Emmy Award-winning writer (Cheers, M*A*S*H, The Simpsons), acclaimed sportscaster and former host of Dodger Talk. The world premiere of Going… Going… GONE! runs Oct. 1 through Nov. 6 at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Hollywood.

Set in the press box of a major Los Angeles baseball stadium, Going… Going… GONE! is a poignant and hilarious new comedy about four sports journalists whose lives are changed during the course of one game.

“The characters are all loosely based on people I know,” says Levine. “These folks are working in a world that celebrates milestones above all else. They are wrestling with time, wondering what their legacy will be.”

Levine has married comedy and sports before: for a baseball episode of The Simpsons, he and writing partner David Isaacs had the announcer nickname the local team “The Isoptopes” — a moniker later appropriated and still used by a minor league team in Albuquerque, NM. “So I ended up naming a real baseball team,” he laughs.

“Ken is writing from a very personal perspective,” says director Andrew Barnicle. “He understands what it means to be locked in a room for hours with a group of very smart sports journalists who can give as good as they get, and whose one shared experience is a love of the game.”

Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years, Ken has been the head writer of M*A*S*H*, producer of Cheers, creative consultant of Frasier and Wings, and has co-created three of his own series including Almost Perfect that starred Nancy Travis for CBS from 1995-1996. In addition to the Emmy, he’s won two Writers Guild Awards and has had Peabody and Humanitas recognition. As a sportscaster, Ken hosted Dodger Talk on the Los Angeles Dodgers Radio Network for eight years. For the last 20 years, Ken has done radio/TV play-by-play for the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres and has contributed pieces for ESPN and Fox Sports. He was voted the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year in 1989 (when he broadcast for the Tidewater Tides minor league team), and twice was named “Best Sports Talk Host” by the Southern California Sportscasters Association for his work on Dodger Talk. Ken’s other plays include Upfronts & Personal and A or B?. His musical, The ‘60s Project, which he co-wrote with Janet Brenner, was directed by Tony-winner Richard Maltby Jr. and starred Andrew Rannells at the Goodspeed Theatre in Connecticut. Ken also writes a popular daily blog, “By Ken Levine,” which was named one of the ten best television blogs in America by Entertainment Weekly and one of the 25 best blogs in the world by TIME magazine. He contributes essays to the Huffington Post and has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, London Times, Toronto Star, Hollywood Reporter, Variety and ESPN.com.

Going… Going… GONE! runs Oct. 1 through Nov. 6 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Two previews are set for Thursday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Sept. 20, both at 8 p.m. Tickets to all performances are $30, except previews which are $20. The Hudson Guild Theatre is located at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038. For information and to purchase tickets, call (323) 960-5521 or go to www.plays411.com/gone

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