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Fountain Theatre produces new play Fatherland,’ true story
of son who turned father in for Jan 6 attack on Capitol


LOS ANGELES (January 24, 2024) — A 19-year-old son faces the hardest day in his life when he testifies in federal court against his father after informing on him to the FBI. The Fountain Theatre presents the world premiere of Fatherland, a new work of verbatim theater conceived and directed by Fountain artistic director Stephen Sachs. Performances take place February 25 through March 30, with Pay-What-You-Want previews beginning February 22.

The first defendant to stand trial for the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Guy Reffitt was found guilty on five criminal counts and sentenced to 7¼ years in prison — based in part on emotional testimony by his son. Fast-moving, powerful, and theatrical, Fatherland erupts verbatim from official court transcripts, case evidence, and public statements.

“This play is not a political diatribe,” says Sachs. “It’s the true personal story of a father and a son and the dangerous propaganda that drove them apart. Every word of it is true. It’s a shout of warning in this election year.”

”The heartbreaking family tragedy at the center of this true story is a brilliant window on the staggering human costs of the rise of fascism and the assault on democracy in America,” comments Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, whose play Building the Wall debuted at the Fountain in 2017.

Ron Bottitta (previously seen in Fountain Theatre productions of The Lifespan of a Fact and The Children, the voice of Carver Butcher on Call of Duty: Vanguard) stars as The Father, opposite Patrick Keleher (recurring co-star, The Egos on Amazon Prime) as The Son. Anna Khaja (AMC’s The Walking Dead: World Beyond) and Larry Poindexter (ABC’s Station 19, Days of Our Lives) take on the roles of the U.S District and Defense Attorneys.

The creative team includes scenic designer Joel Daavid; lighting designer Alison Brummer; sound designer Stewart Blackwood; costume designer Danyele Thomas; properties designer Jenine MacDonald; and graphics designer David Mellen. The production stage manager is Sati Thyme. Barbara Herman is executive producer; Dr Robert G Meadow and Carrie Menkel Meadow are producers; Simon Levy and James Bennett produce for the Fountain Theatre.

Stephen Sachs is the award-winning author of 19 plays produced in theaters across the United States and translated worldwide. His international hit, Bakersfield Mist, ran for three months on London’s West End starring Kathleen Turner, and Sweet Nothing in my Ear was made into a TV movie starring Marlee Matlin and Jeff Daniels. Over a theater career spanning nearly 40 years, Sachs has been honored with multiple awards, including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and two Ovation Awards for Best Director. He was recently honored by the Los Angeles City Council for “his visionary contributions to the cultural life of Los Angeles.”

The Fountain Theatre is dedicated to presenting outstanding theater that challenges thinking while shining an artistic light on social justice issues and on the diverse voices and cultures within Los Angeles. The L.A. City Council  commended the Fountain for “achieving a position of leadership in the Los Angeles theatre community… producing meaningful new plays of social and political importance that enrich the lives of the citizens of Los Angeles.” The Fountain is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Circle’s Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater, presented for “outstanding productions of meaningful new plays and first-class performances spanning three decades.” Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty  hailed the Fountain, stating “No L.A. theater has done a better job of asking us to reexamine our lives through the lens of acute contemporary drama.”  

Fatherland opens on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., with performances thereafter on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 30 (dark Monday, Feb. 26). Three preview performances take place on Thursday, Feb. 22; Friday, Feb. 23; and Saturday, Feb. 24, all at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25$45; PayWhatYouWant seating is available every Monday night in addition to regular seating (subject to availability); all previews are Pay-What-You-Want.

The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie) in Los Angeles. Patrons are invited upstairs to relax before and after the show at the Fountain’s café. For reservations and information, call (323) 6631525 or go to


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The Fountain Theatre presents the world premiere of Fatherland, a riveting true story. A 19-year-old faces the hardest day in his life when he testifies in federal court after informing the FBI of his father’s involvement in the Jan 6 attack on the Capitol. Fast-moving, powerful, and theatrical, Fatherland erupts verbatim from official court transcripts, case evidence, and public statements.

• Conceived by Stephen Sachs from official court transcripts, case evidence, and public statements

• Directed by Stephen Sachs
• Starring Ron Bottitta, Patrick Keleher, Anna Khaja, Larry Poindexter
• Presented by The Fountain Theatre

Previews: Feb. 22 – Feb. 24

Performances: Feb. 25 – March 30
Thursday at 8 p.m.: Feb. 22 (preview) ONLY

Fridays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 23 (preview); March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22, March 29
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 24 (preview); March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30
Sundays at 2 p.m.: March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24 (no matinee on Feb. 25)
Sunday at 7 p.m.: Feb. 25 (opening night) ONLY
Mondays at 8 p.m.: March 4; March 11; March 18; March 25 (dark Feb. 26)

The Fountain Theatre

5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029
(Fountain at Normandie)

$25 $45:
• Premium Seating: $45
• Regular Seating: $40
• Seniors 65 or older: $35 (regular seating only)
• Students: $25 (valid ID required)
• Monday nights: Regular seating ($40) and PayWhatYouWant (subject to availability)
• Previews: PayWhatYouWant

• Secure, on-site parking: $5

• Street parking available in the neighborhood north of Fountain Ave.
• No parking after 6 p.m. on Mariposa or Alexandria Avenues south of Fountain Ave.
• Allow extra time to find street parking; make sure to read all parking signs

(323) 663-1525 or

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