The Time of Your Life

The Open Fist Theatre Company presents
by William Saroyan

Playing at The Open Fist Theatre
May 12 - July 1, 2006

Directed by Stefan Novinski
Choreography byJennifer Lettelleir
Produced for Open Fist Theatre Company by Martha Demson

"Have no shame in being kindly and gentle, but if the time comes
in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret..."

Previews: May 12, 14, & 18: $10
Opening Night Gala, Friday, May 19 at 8PM: $25
Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM: $20 Sundays at 7PM & Fridays at 8PM: $15
“Pay What You Can” Sundays May 28 & June 4 at 7PM

Open Fist Theatre Company warms its new home at 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. with a highly anticipated production of the classic The Time Of Your Life, written by the incomparable William Saroyan and directed by award-winning director Stefan Novinski.  Set in 1939, on the eve of America's foray into the great War, The Time Of Your Life is Saroyan's bittersweet homage to grace and the glory of survival.

A poignant glimpse into a heartbreakingly grand and funny world, The Time Of Your Life won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as well as a Pulitzer Prize, though Saroyan refused the latter honor on the grounds that commerce should not judge the arts.  As is true of so many of William Saroyan’s works, The Time Of Your Life is drawn from Saroyan’s own experiences, although his approach to autobiographical facts is undeniably poetic.  Born in Fresno, California, the son of an Armenian immigrant, Saroyan had an enduring love affair with San Francisco and her oft-maligned citizens and he worked tirelessly to perfect a prose that was as full of zest of for life and character as the city itself; indeed, Saroyan advocated to other writers that they "try to learn to breathe deeply; really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell.” The style became known as 'Saroyanesque.’

Celebrated director Stefan Novinski, the visionary behind such past award-winning Open Fist productions as Fen, As I Lay Dying & The Cosmonaut’s Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union, once again collaborates with the ensemble the L.A. Weekly lauds as “one of L.A.’s best small theatre companies.” Joining Novinski is a team of perennially acclaimed designers: Donna Marquet (set), A. Jeffrey Schoenberg (costumes), Dan Reed (lights), and Drew Dalzell (sound).

Nestled in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, Nick's Pacific Street Saloon is a place where heroism abounds in the smallest of gestures. A honky-tonk haven for broken dreamers and the hope that is their muse, Nick's is an escape from a world that everyday destroys innocence for sport. It is at Nick’s we meet Joe, a wealthy champagne-drinking regular who “believes dreams sooner than statistics” and who endeavors to live “a life that can’t hurt any other life” – a man who has immersed himself in a world of “wonderful people” who simply seek what we all seek: refreshment, in the truest sense of the word...

The cast:
Alex Burke,Amelia Borella,Andrew Schlessinger,Anna Khaja,Benjamin Burdick,
Bruce A. Dickinson, Heather Fox, Hannah Dalton, Ibrahim Sama,
Jacque Lynn Colton, Jeff Graham,Jeremy Johnson, Jimmy Kieffer,Mark Thomsen,
Melanie Chapman,Michael Franco,Michael McGill,Peter Vance,Rob Nagle,
Rod Sell,Sarah Jones, Weston Blakesley

Press Contact:  Jimmy Kieffer 818-605-9978 or

Name Sales End Price
General Admission Ended $15
Pay $15 at the door Ended Free

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