Simon Productions present Richard Raskind's THE BRIDGE CLUB directed by Mike Sabatino, which makes its west coast premiere April 20 – May 13, 2012. Cast features Christopher Franciosa, Shelly Kurtz, Nancy Dobbs Owen, Vesna Tolomanoska, and Andrew Villarreal. The play opens Friday, April 20th as a guest production at Deaf West Theatre in the NoHo Arts District.
THE BRIDGE CLUB is playwright Raskind's second work in recent years. After having written extensively for television, including for shows such as "Coach," "Family Ties," "Hunter" and "Fantasy Island," he returned to theater several years ago with the award-winning "Newtonville Weekly."
THE BRIDGE CLUB debuted at Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia May 2011, where it garnered uniformly enthusiastic reviews including a "Critic's Choice" from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
THE BRIDGE CLUB is the story of a man in his late 30s and a mouthy young woman who meet on the Golden Gate Bridge, as they are planning to jump to their deaths. The man is in despair over the recurrence of a virulent cancer. His interaction with the opinionated young woman, and his relationship with his girlfriend of 10 years whom he doesn't want to hurt or burden with his diagnosis, are at the heart of the play.
THE BRIDGE CLUB takes on a sensitive and taboo subject without veering into melodrama or bleakness.