Emmy Award-winning actor Hector Elizondo and Garry Marshall have collaborated on fourteen movies, including "Nothing In Common," "Pretty Woman" and "The Princess Diaries." But they have never worked on a play together, until this past fall, when Elizondo starred in "Wrong Turn at Lungfish" at Marshall's Falcon Theatre in Burbank The play was such a success that it is returning to the Falcon for a twelve-performance limited engagement beginning May 12th through the 29th.
"Lungfish" marks Mr. Elizondo's first return to the stage since the 1992 revival of Arthur Miller's "The Price" on Broadway. "This is a big deal going on here," Elizondo said as rehearsals began for the return engagement. "Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz (responsible for the classic film comedies 'Splash' and 'A League of Their Own') wrote this about eighteen years ago with me in mind. I was too young for the role at the time but I read it enough times for Garry to be convinced that I was right for the part. Garry waited until my bones suited it, my DNA changed??1/2 in other words until I got older, and here we are."
Starring opposite Elizondo is Ana Ortiz. Marshall, who is responsible for launching the careers of many well-known stars, from Julia Roberts to Anne Hathaway, discovered Ms. Ortiz at an open call (public) audition for the play. The LA Daily News raved of her performance, saying "What may be a first here is that Elizondo - who has gone toe to toe on screen with the likes of Julia Roberts and Julie Andrews - has found a scene partner worthy of his own abilities. Her name is Ana Ortiz, and her name belongs on the Riverside Drive marquee right up there next to Elizondo's."
The LA Weekly recommended the show, saying, "It's also most refreshing to see two outstanding Latino actors portraying something beyond standard stereotypes...the suitably bellicose Hector Elizondo and the delightful Ana Ortiz."
"Wrong Turn at Lungfish" is the story of an elitist and irascible college dean (Hector Elizondo) who has suddenly gone blind. His only enjoyment comes from tormenting his beleaguered nurse (Joanna Canton/Christine Lakin) until he is assigned Anita Merendino (Ana Ortiz) to read to him. Anita is a young blue collar girl, both sexy and manipulative, with a jealous boyfriend (Jason Gedrick/Marc Hart). In the poignant comedy the intellectual odd couple soon finds that within each other lies the missing link in their own personal evolution.
"Wrong Turn at Lungfish" plays for 12 performances only, beginning Thursday, May 12th. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 and Sundays at 4pm, through May 29th. Seating is LIMITED, and parking is FREE!
Tickets range from $30 to $37.50, but ticket buyers who mention Latino LA may purchase tickets for only $20!
The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank. Call the Falcon Theatre box office at (818) 955-8101 for ticket reservations. For additional information call the box office or visit www.falcontheatre.com.
Wesley Horton is the Marketing/PR Director of the Falcon Theatre.