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Pay Attention: ADHD in Hollywood on the Rocks with a Twist

Director Mark Travis (left) with Performer Frank South
“Pay Attention” tells Frank South’s story of how as a New York waiter and performance artist he was catapulted into fast track Hollywood TV writing, unwittingly unleashing his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Hypomania, Alcoholism, and Issues with Authority. In nearly two non-stop hours of intense hilarity and horror, South careens from a high school talent show, to mentorship with Robert Altman, to the deadly world of network television.

Written & Performed by Frank South. South is a writer, performer, and actor. His one-act plays, 2 by South, were directed by Robert Altman, premiered at The Los Angeles Actor’s Theater, opened in New York, Off-Broadway and then were filmed by Altman for ABC Arts. He wrote for and/or produced some of the most watched TV series in the 90s among them: Melrose Place, Cagney & Lacey, Fame, Hill Street Blues and General Hospital.

Directed by Mark Travis. Travis is perhaps best known for the solo shows that he has developed and directed over the past 15 years. Notably: Time Flies When You’re Alive, A Bronx Tale, Undressing New Jersey, Insomnia, Something In His Genes, The Dangerous Lure of High Heels, Cabin Fever, What Does The Sun Sound Like?, They Call Me Mr. Fry, Hip Bones and Cool Whip, Almost Made, Walking Back to Brooklyn, and Fornicationally Challenged. He has been credited in the LA Times with having created a ‘new theater genre’.

Produced by Margaret South( South has developed television and feature film projects for Disney, Fox and Tri-Star Studios, HBO, ABC, and NBC. She produced several feature films, including the beloved Beaches, starring Bette Midler.) A guest production at Santa Monica Playhouse. 1211 4th Street SM,CA 90401. May 2- June 7, 2009. Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 6pm. Tickets $25 at 1-323-960-7738 or online at www.plays411.com/PayAttention.

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