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Make sure you pay a visit to Visiting Mr Green

Preview by Jack Foley

VISITING Mr Green, the New York hit comedy by award-winning author, Jeff Baron, is to receive its eagerly awaited London premiere at the New End Theatre, Hampstead., for a strictly-limited five-week season from March 1, 2005.

Jewish widower, Mr Green (Brian Greene), a retired dry cleaner, wanders into traffic and is almost hit by a speeding car driven by Ross Gardiner (Shane Allin).

The young executive is charged with reckless driving and sentenced to community service, once a week for six months, to care for the difficult Mr Green.

What starts as a comedy about two people who resent being in the same room together turns into a gripping and moving drama.

Family secrets are revealed and old wounds reopened as both men are forced to understand and tolerate their differences.

The Drama League nominated Jeff Baron’s first play, Visiting Mr Green, as Best Play.

Following its two-year run at the Union Square Theatre, in New York, it has been translated into 20 languages and performed around the world in over 200 separate productions.

Its many awards include Best Play in Israel, Greece and Germany and Turkey, and was a Best New Play nominee for the Moliere Award in France.

Baron was awarded the KulturPreis Europa 2001, the first American and the first playwright to receive this award.

He was invited, in 1999, to speak at the United Nations and to present a reading of Visitng Mr Green, and recently completed a screenplay for a film of Visiting Mr Green to star Eli Wallach.

His second play, Mother's Day, has been produced in Australia, Germany and Brazil and Michigan and he has just finished two new plays, Mr & Mrs G, and in collaboration with Moe Angelos, Edna and Joe Forever.

In addition to his work in theatre, Jeff Baron wrote and sold four original screenplays.

His film, The Bruce Diet, won the Cine Golden Eagle award and has been featured at film festivals around the world.

For television, he has written for The Tracey Ullman Show, A Year in the Life and Nickelodeon.

His journalism, poetry and fiction have been published in New York Magazine, Dallas Times Herald, Tetu (Paris), TO (Toronto), and the New York Daily News.

The star of the production, Brian Greene, has become an established actor by the age of ten in his hometown of Chicago, USA.

Leading roles have included Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and Ben in Paint Your Wagon.

He has also appeared in American television on shows such as Hill Street Blues, Days Of Our Lives and Mash.

In London, he appeared in A Saint She Aint at the King’s Head and Apollo Theatre, Jolson at the Victoria Palace and also in Toronto.

Most recently, he appeared as Uncle Willie in High Society at the Shakespeare Theatre in Regents Park.

His co-star, Shane Allin, trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

Theatre includes the lead in Chris Chibnall's Now We Are Free at the Edinburgh Festival, Sticks & Stones by Lance Nielsen, The Brick by Nigel Swain, amd Pains of Youth by Ferdinand Bruckner with the Theatre 28 Ensemble.

Visiting Mr Green at NEW END THEATRE from March 1 until April 3, 2005. 27 New End, Hampstead, London, NW3 1JD
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