Mindy Sterling & Arnetia Walker to Star in Holiday Encore of Comedy Play "Yes, Virginia."
November 08, 2018 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment NewsYes, Virginia is a role-reversal comedy based on Zimmerman's mother and his long time housekeeper. The story centers on the relationship between Denise Miller (Sterling), a woman living alone in suburban Detroit and Virginia Campbell (Walker), her long-time housekeeper who helped raise Denise's kids during a difficult divorce. The play deals with dementia and the options currently available to aging parents.
The two character play will be directed by Zimmerman and produced by Pop-Up Playhouse and Stefani Nicole Von Huben. Yes, Virginia will have a limited run of 12 performances. It previews Friday December 7, 2018, opens Saturday December 8, and closes December 30. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays @8pm, Sundays @3pm. A Talk Back will follow the Sunday December 16 matinee.
WRITTEN BY: Stan Zimmerman & Christian McLaughlin DIRECTED BY: Stan Zimmerman
PERFORMED BY: Mindy Sterling and Arnetia Walker
PRODUCED BY: Pop-Up Playhouse, Stefani Nicole Von Huben
DATES: Preview - December 7, 2018; opens, Saturday December 8, and closes Sunday, December 30, 2018
SHOWTIMES: Fridays & Saturdays @8pm, Sundays @3pm PERFORMANCES: 85 minutes (no intermission)
LOCATION: Dorie Theatre/The Complex – 6474 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038
Tickets are $25 general seating online/$35 reserved seating online/$30 cash at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com
For members of the press seeking comps, please contact: Stefani Von Huben –
MINDY STERLING (DENISE) is a 2017 two time Emmy nominee for Best Actress in Short Form Comedy or Drama for her work on "Con Man" and Tellofilms' "Secs & Execs". She is probably best known for her character portrayal of Frau Farbissina, Dr. Evil's German henchwoman and lover in all three "Austin Powers" Films. She is delighted to be recurring on "The Goldbergs" with mutual Groundlings alumni Wendi McClendon Covey. On Netflix she has guest starred on "Grace and Frankie" and "A Series of Unfortunate Events". Kids and parents know her from Disney's "Ant Farm" and "I Carly". She is the voice of Lt. Lin Beifong on the Nickelodeon animated series "Legend of Korra". Her voice can be heard on "Loud House", "Adventures of Puss and Boots", "Pig Goat Banana Cricket", "Scooby Doo", "Chowder" and many others. She recurred on "Blackish", FX's "Legit" and ABC- TV's "Desperate Housewives". Guest star roles include: "Life in Pieces", "2 Broke Girls", "Detour", "Young and Hungry" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm". Some of her memorable film credits are "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", "Drop Dead Gorgeous", and "Reno 911". Sterling has been directed by Zimmerman in numerous stage productions, including Gemini, A Tuna Christmas and It's On!, the TV theme song musical, which premiered at NYMF (Signature Theatre).
ARNETIA WALKER (VIRGINIA) was 16 and attending New York's prestigious High School of the Performing Arts when she was cast in her Broadway debut, Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window. Soon after, she went on to standby for Stephanie Mills as Dorothy in the original Broadway run of The Wiz. Cast as Lorrell Robinson in the National and International companies of Dreamgirls, Ms. Walker eventually achieved the distinction of being the only woman to have played all three of the show's principal characters. Two Gentlemen of Verona, Raisin, Head of Passes and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom round out her stage credits. Ms. Walker's extensive television credits include; "Dynasty" on which she currently has a recurring role, "Everybody Loves Raymond", "The Steve Harvey Show", "City of Angels", "Touched By An Angel", "Malcolm and Eddie", "The Cosby Mysteries", "Just Shoot Me", "NYPD Blue", and "Nurses". Her film credits include: "College Road Trip", "For Love of the Game", "Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, Love Crimes", "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", "Cast a Deadly Spell", and "The Wizard of Speed and Time".
In 2012, Ms. Walker enrolled in American University's School of Communications to earn a BA as a Film and New Media major with a Literature Minor. For the past twenty years, between acting jobs, she has mentored young acting hopefuls and taught and directed Theater and Performing arts for children of all ages. Presently, she resides in the Washington DC area and is married to news anchor Elliott Francis. They have one son, Trevor. For more info: www.arnetiawalker.com
STAN ZIMMERMAN (DIRECTOR, CO-WRITER, PRODUCER) with James Berg, has written for such classic TV series as "The Golden Girls", "Roseanne", "Gilmore Girls" and the ABC movie "Annie". They received two WGA nominations for Best Episodic Comedy Writing for the first two series. They are currently writing two pilots, the infamous "Silver Foxes" for Super Deluxe and one for POP TV! They also wrote on both "Brady Bunch" movies. Zimmerman, with Christian McLaughlin, wrote the award winning production of Meet & Greet, It's On!, the TV theme song musical (NYMF/Signature Theatre) and Yes, Virginia. Zimmerman directed such plays as Gemini, A Tuna Christmas, Blink & You Might Miss Me, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Meet & Greet, Synthesis, Pledge, Heartbreak Help and the recent controversial LatinX production of The Diary of Anne Frank. He created and directed Right Before I Go. (aka Suicide Notes: In Their Own Words). He recently appeared in productions of the play in Orlando and Claremont, CA. Stan directed/co-wrote two webseries for tellofilms.com: "Skirtchasers", "Secs & Execs". Right Before I Go. had an all-star benefit/reading at NYC's Town Hall including Judith Light, Ellen Burstyn and Vanessa Williams. Dancer/Broadway: Nureyev & the Joffrey Ballet (Mark Hellinger Theatre). TV Host/Showrunner: "Situation: Comedy" (Bravo/Producer Sean Hayes). Teacher: Chapman University, BH Playhouse, American Comedy Institute (NYC). Education: Cranbrook Theatre School, Hampton Playhouse, BFA- Drama NYU/Circle-in-the-Square. www.zimmermanstan.com
CHRISTIAN MCLAUGHIN (CO-WRITER) is the author of the 90's novels Glamourpuss and Sex Toys of the Gods (Dutton/Plume) and co-created/exec-produced cult MTV soap "Spyder Games" (Daytime Emmy nominee for Writing). His extensive TV scripting and staff credits include "Married… With Children", "Rita Rocks", "Desperate Housewives" "Jessie" and "Drawn Together", and pilots for NBC, FBC, Nickelodeon and Logo. As a playwright with Stan Zimmerman, he co-authored IT'S ON!, the TV theme-song musical, Yes, Virginia, and the multi-award-winning Hollywood Fringe breakout hit Meet & Greet, which enjoyed a five-month L.A. run. Since 2016, he's been on the writing team of the #1 daytime drama for the past 30 years, CBS-TV's "The Young & The Restless", a key corruptive influence on him since grade-school. Visit his internationally renowned original- movie-art webstore: westgategallery.com & https://twitter.com/WestgatePosters.
POP-UP PLAYHOUSE is a new LA-based theatrical production company. Their first season started with the acclaimed revival of Justin Tanner's comedy Heartbreak Help starring Melissa Peterman, Teresa Ganzel, Sarah Gilman and Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur. Next up was the Hollywood Fringe hit Paul Shoulberg's Pledge and closed with a completely Sold Out run of Zimmerman & McLaughlin's new circumcision comedy, Knife to the Heart. Their 2nd season opened with the highly talked about LatinX production of The Diary Anne Frank, which is being remounted for a 2019 run. Pop-Up Playhouse intends to produce a yearly holiday run of Yes, Virginia.
STEFANI NICOLE VON HUBEN (PRODUCER) is the founder of 4th Street Park Productions; a Southern-California based production company that has produced short and full-length films, television programming and live stage theatrical productions. Stefani has partnered with Broadway San Diego Civic Theatre to bring theatrical experiences and opportunities surrounding the arts to elementary students, including the Broadway productions of: Cinderella (2015); Beauty and the Beast (2015); Newsies (2016); Lion King (2016); Matilda (2017); Finding Neverland (2017); The Little Mermaid (2017); Stomp (2018); School of Rock (2018); Wicked (2018); and future shows: Aladdin and Cats (2019). She currently is involved with on-going collaborations with Disney-ABC Studios; DC Entertainment; and DreamWorks Animation. Ms. Von Huben's producing highlights include: launching Unspeakable at the legendary Apollo Theater, New York (2013); winning the Indie Merit Award for her short film, "Blue Butterflies" (2014),premiering Unspeakable: A Dramatic Fantasia in Chicago at The Broadway Playhouse, Water Tower Place (2015); developmental readings of Knife to the Heart at The Lex Theatre, Los Angeles (2016), and the world renowned Second City, Chicago (2017); and showcasing Knife to the Heart at The Dorie Theatre, Los Angeles (2018).
For further information about Yes, Virginia, contact:
Stefani Von Huben (562) 644- 7475 firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, Virginia will be performed at the Dorie Theatre/The Complex - 6474 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038.
Running time is 85 minutes. Tickets are $25 general seating online/$35 reserved seating online/$30 cash at the door, with comps available for members of the press upon request.
For tickets go to: www.brownpapertickets.com
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