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U.S. premiere of real-life thriller ‘Pressure’ by David Haig
commemorates 75th anniversary of D-Day
Four performances starring Jonathan Cake, Sarah Drew, James
Morrison set for UCLA’s James Bridges Theater Oct. 4 – Oct. 6
American premiere of Pressure — Jonathan Cake (The Affair, Desperate Housewives) stars as Scottish meteorologist James Stagg with James Morrison (best known as Bill Buchanan on FOX’s 24) as General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) as Eisenhower’s personal secretary, Kay Summersby, in the U.S. premiere of David Haig’s intense, real life thriller. It’s June, 1944 — just 72 hours prior to the D Day landings — and Stagg is advising General Eisenhower on the weather conditions likely to prevail when 350,000 troops are to be sent across the Channel in Operation Overlord. But with Stagg predicting severe storms and Irving P. Krick — Hollywood’s meteorological movie consultant — predicting beautiful weather, the future of Britain, Europe and the United States rests on one single forecast.
The cast also features Mike McShane (NCIS) as Krick, as well as Darren Richardson (Velvet Buzzsaw), voice actor André Sogliuzzo (Family Guy, American Dad, Lego Star Wars, Castlevania) and Matthew Wolf (The Royals), each playing multiple roles. Martin Jarvis, director of numerous productions and in-studio recordings for L.A. Theatre Works, is at the helm.
Pressure premiered at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in May, 2014 before transferring to the Chichester Festival at the end of the same month. In 2018, the play was revived for a UK tour, and transferred to the West End Ambassadors Theatre. The L.A. Theatre Works production comes as we celebrate the 75th anniversary, in 2019, of the D-Day landings.
Each of the four performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); daily in China and worldwide on the Radio Beijing Network; weekly on KCRW Berlin 104,1 FM, Berlin’s English language public radio station; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and NPR One; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
• Written by David Haig
• Directed by Martin Jarvis
• Starring Jonathan Cake, Josh Cole, Sarah Drew, Mike McShane, James Morrison, Darren Richardson, André Sogliuzzo, Matthew Wolf
• Produced by Susan Albert Loewenberg
• Presented by L.A. Theatre Works
• Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.
James Bridges Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd.; park in Lot 3 on the lower level)