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'M*A*S*H' closes REP season Nov. 13

Prepares DVD to send to U.S. troops now overseas

Posted: October 27, 2009 4:56 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2009 2:03 p.m.
The Repertory East Playhouse (REP) will end its 2009 season with the highly anticipated production of the classic comedy "M*A*S*H," by Tim Kelly, sponsored by ServPro of Santa Clarita and presented by the city of Santa Clarita.

"M*A*S*H" opens on Friday, Nov. 13, with an Opening Night Gala wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m. and curtain at 8 p.m.

An Opening Night Gala is sponsored by Travel Center Santa Clarita with wine and food sponsored by Engelmann Cellars Wine and RSVP Catering. 

"This is a very special experience," Artistic Director Ovington Michael Owston promises. "The production is funded in part by the city of Santa Clarita and their Community Services Grant Program. With their help we will be producing a video of the 'characters' in the production on the set, showing their support and admiration for all soldiers in uniform.

"We will then edit these vignettes along with production stills into a DVD and send about 1,000 of them to our soldiers overseas."

"M*A*S*H" was an American TV series developed by Larry Gelbart, which was adapted from the 1970 feature film "MASH" directed by Robert Altman, which in turn was based on 1968's "MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors" by Richard Hooker.

The REP's production is set in November 1951 during the Korean War. The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is shaken up by the arrival of Captains "Hawkeye" Pierce and "Duke" Forrest...crack surgeons but lousy soldiers.

Joined by renowned chest-cutter "Trapper" John McIntyre, the surgeons set about dealing with the daily carnage of the war by raising hell.

From getting rid of the idiotic Major Burns to helping the camp dentist commit "suicide,'' there's no length to which the Swampmen won't go to distract themselves from the horrors of war.

The REP will host post-show discussions each Sunday matinee immediately following the show. Join the cast and crew for an intimate discussion about the process of creating live theatre.

"M*A*S*H" stars a widely talented cast. Leading the antics of the 4077th are Ransom Boynton, Joe Roselund, Jarod Scott, Tony Cicchetti, David Kenny, Erik Klein, Bill Quinn, Daniel Lench, Johnny Schwinn, Jillann Tarara, Amber Van Loon, Sam Strickland, Jill Kocalis-Scott, Henry Bennett, Dave Forster and John Morris.




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