U-R-U

Monday, July 29th | 8pm @ The Road on Lankershim
Written By Julia Lederer
Directed By Larry Biederman

A comedy about robots taking over the world inspired by Karel Čapek’s R.U.R., which coined the term “robot” in 1921.  What happens when the powers of machines exceed those of nature? At what point will A.I. resemble humans enough to deserve human rights?  Absurdly comic and existentially chilling, U-R-U examines the societal obsession with progress at all costs and the decreasing worth of humanity in this increasingly artificial world.

Julia Lederer – Playwright:


Julia is an internationally acclaimed writer from Toronto. Her plays have been produced across North America and most recently in Paris. Her work has been described as: “fiercely original” (NOW Toronto), “laced with sophisticated poetry and wry insight” (The Los Angeles Times), and “deliciously twisted” (Chicago Stage Standard). WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN was part of the Theatre @ Boston Court’s Polly Warfield Award-winning season in 2017 and nominated for “Best Production” by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Julia is currently adapting it into a feature film as part of the Whistler Film Festival’s 2019 Screenwriters Lab. www.julialederer.ca

Larry Biederman – Director:

Larry Biederman has directed many critically acclaimed productions throughout L.A. (Antaeus, Black Dahlia, Evidence Room, Moving Arts, Odyssey, Zephyr, 24th Street). For the Road, he directed the L.A. premiere of Mickey Birnbaum’s Big Death and Little Death. For the Road’s Summer Playwright’s Festival, he last directed Sharr White’s Stupid Kid with Laurie Metcalf and prior to that, Birnbaum’s Backyard, then directing the premiere for the Echo, which was nominated for 5 Stage Raw Awards including Best Direction. Biederman has taught and directed across the country, from Williamstown to the Old Globe as well as seven seasons at A.C.T. He is a professor of directing at Cal State Northridge. www.larrybiederman.net

Starring:

Beth Kennedy* as Dominator
Allison Blaize as Helen Spectacular
Michael Mulkey as Dr. Gall
Candida Rodriguez as Dr. Hallie
Shiku Thuo as Mo(nique)
Dirk Etchison as Big Al
Stephen Tyler Howell as Jo
Julia Manis as Emily
Katherine Murphy as Stage Directions