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Meet Dick Van Dyke at Malibu Playhouse this Friday, Oct. 2

Dick Van Dyke. Thinkstock: Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Dick Van Dyke. Thinkstock: Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Malibu Playhouse has announced its exciting new programming where they are breaking new ground in the L.A. 99-seat and under theater scene.

First up, Hollywood legendary actor and icon, Dick Van Dyke with his Fan Art Exhibit, book signing and special performance with the Vantastix will be held this Friday, Oct. 2.

This four-time Emmy Award winning actor launched to stardom in the 1960 musical “Bye-Bye Birdie,” which won him a Tony Award and later starred in the movie version.

He has also starred in a number of other iconic films including “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Fitzwilly” as well as a number of successful television series and made-for-CBS movies. Van Dyke serves as Executive Creative Producer for the Malibu Playhouse.

Check out the lineup listed below for a sneak peak at upcoming events, benefits and performances including Oct. 7, Master Class Workshop with Daytime TV Legend Drake Hogestyn.

Last month, the debut of STAND UP! A Night of Comedy, was a sell-out performance and celebrity attendance (Dick Van Dyke, Sam Elliot, Katharine Ross and Ed Asner among the crowd). Stand Up! is back again Oct. 9 more laughs with this show’s headliner, Ian Edwards  (SNL, Team Coco). Edwards was the first comedian signed to Conan O’Brien’s comedy label, Team Coco Records, with the debut album “100% Half Assed.” The show is hosted and produced by writer-producer-comedian, Michael Schirtzer (one of Malibu’s own), who can be heard weekly on The Jimmy Dore show on KPFK 90.7 FM

Also, a unique theatre experience: “MONSTER” (a “You, the Jury” performance) is an interactive show designed by writer/producer Diane Namm (founder of West of Broadway www.westofbroadway.org) to allow young audiences to experience the weighty responsibility of being on a jury to decide a defendant’s fate.  (The show’s outcome depends upon the audience vote of guilty or not guilty.)  There will be a post-show Q&A with an attorney to answer any questions a young audience might have about the jury process.

October 2 – October 11 – Dick Van Dyke Fan Art Exhibit  

(Members can choose this as their Benefit Event)

Dick’s art is fan generated, from Twitter, social media and other sources, an outpouring of love, respect, and admiration for a man who has become a living legend in the film industry and theatrical community. He is also the Executive Creative Producer for the Malibu Playhouse.

October 2 – OPENING NIGHT :

5 p.m.  Private Meeting with Dick Van Dyke

Tickets: $500 per person

Includes: Exhibit Opening, Special Performances with the Vantastix

6 p.m. – Dick Van Dyke Fan Art

Includes: Exhibit Opening and Special Performances with the Vantastix

Tickets: $100 per person

7:30 p.m. – Dick Van Dyke Special Performances with the Vantastix

Tickets: $75 per person

Website for tickets: http://malibuplayhouse.org/dick-van-dyke-fan-art-exhibit/

Oct 3 – Dick Van Dyke Fan Art Exhibit and Special Performances with puppet shows and cartoonist

Tickets: $20 per person

12:30 p.m. / $20 per person – special performance and exhibit

2:00 p.m.  /  $20 per person  – special performance and exhibit

3:30 p.m.  /  $20 per person – special performance and exhibit

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  Book signing for ticket holders only

October 7 – Master Class with Daytime TV Legend, Drake Hogestyn. Acting for Daytime TV @ 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Drake’s acting experiences on Days of Our Lives for 30 years and how it differs from stage and film and other types of TV.

7:30 p.m.

$25 for side seat

$45 for center seat

Website for tickets: http://malibuplayhouse.org/master-class-drake-hogestyn/

OCTOBER 9 – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (and standing room only)!

STAND UP! A Night of Comedy, was such an outrageous success with a sell-out performance and celebrity attendance (Dick Van Dyke, Ed Asner, Sam Elliot, Katharine Ross, and Ray Abruzzo. among the crowd).

This show’s headliner, IAN EDWARDS (SNL, Team Coco) was the first comedian signed to Conan O’Brien’s comedy label, Team Coco Records, with the debut album “100% Half Assed.” Writer/comedian Michael Schirtzer (one of Malibu’s own) serves as host and producer of the event.  Schirtzer can be heard weekly on The Jimmy Dore show on KPFK 90.7 FM.   The lineup features comedians Tre Stewart (BET), Theo Von (fresh off his Netflix special “No Offense,” and TBS), Candice Thompson (NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Comedy Store paid regular), Nicole Aimee Schreiber (Funny Girls, Oxygen), and Greg Kashmanian (BET).

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