Chance Theater proudly presents the West Coast premiere of The Vandal

Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater company, is delighted to present Hamish Linklater’s eerie drama-comedy, The Vandal. Written by Hamish Linklater and directed by Kari Hayter, The Vandal will preview from September 20th through September 27th; with regular performances beginning September 28th and continuing through October 20th on the Fyda-Mar Stage at the Bette Aitken theater arts Center.

Two strangers are waiting for the bus on a cold road at night… next to a cemetery. The bus is late. The woman’s coat is too thin. And this fast-talking teenager waiting at the same bus stop won’t leave her alone. He works hard to get her to talk to him, using everything from philosophical riffs to brash seduction. Just around the corner is a liquor store, whose owner is waiting for a special delivery. All three people have no idea what this fateful night holds in store… and that it may provide the answers they’ve all been looking for. Hamish Linklater’s funny and spooky debut play goes on a twisty journey exploring the important topics of life, death, and Doritos.

Recommended for ages 13 and up. Contains frequent use of adult language.

“Tart, often friskily funny dialogue. All three characters are effectively drawn with sharp contours… [Their] antagonism gives way to a growing sense of camaraderie in their mutual acceptance of life’s sadness, and the long, inescapable shadow of mortality”
– New York Times

“Wistful… It’s about the unbreakable bond between life and death and the little pleasures and huge hurts along the way… Linklater could take the narrative anywhere. He leads it to the Twilight Zone” – New York Daily News
Hamish Linklater is best known by the general public as a film and television actor, having appeared in the Oscar-nominated The Big Short, and television shows like Fargo and The New Adventures of Old Christine. However, Linklater is a veteran of the stage, having appeared on Broadway in the original cast of Seminar, alongside Alan Rickman, and locally in South Coast Repertory’s production of Hamlet. Linklater made his first foray into playwriting with The Vandal, which premiered in 2013 at the Flea Theater in New York. The play was met with critical and audience praise upon release.

“What excites me about this play is the element of surprise. I love the reminder that we must always be open to the unexpected and to what we cannot control,” says director Kari Hayter. “The Vandal takes you on a wild ride that is similar to an episode of The Twilight Zone. It explores the struggles of the human experience as it questions reality and one’s perception of reality as we negotiate through life’s challenges and the power of loneliness. The Vandal is smart and honest about the complicated connections and questions that humans face every day.”

Hamish Linklater (Playwright) Theater acting credits include Broadway: Seminar. Off-Broadway: The School for Lies (Classic Stage Company, Obie); The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night (Drama Desk nomination), Hamlet, The Square (NYSF/Public); The Busy World is Hushed (Drama League nomination), Recent Tragic Events (Playwrights Horizons); Good Thing (New Group); Cyclone (Studio Dante); Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Fire (Acting Company). Regional: Hamlet, The Violet Hour (South Coast Rep.); Hamlet (CT Critics Circle Award), Singing Forest (Long Wharf); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure For Measure (Ahmanson, Paul Green Foundation Award). On television, Hamish has appeared in 5 Days to Midnight and Live From Baghdad, as well as The Good Wife, The Newsroom, The Big C, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and The Crazy Ones. Films include 42, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Lola Versus, Battleship, The Future (Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals), and Groove (Sundance Film Festival).

Kari Hayter (Director) Prior Chance Theater credits include the Ovation Award nominees for Best Musical Parade and Lysistrata Jones, as well as Hairspray and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Ovation Recommended, LA Times Critics’ Pick). Some of Kari’s favorite directing projects include Urinetown the Musical (Coeurage Theatre: Ovation, Stage Raw and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nomination for Direction), Rock of Ages (Summer Repertory Theatre), The Diary of Anne Frank and A Streetcar Named Desire (CSUF), the one-man show adaptation of Judevine (Vine Theatre, San Diego), and the award-winning remount of 365 Days, a historical account of medics and their patients during Vietnam. Most recently, Kari directed The Laramie Project at Citrus College, In the Heights and Edges at California State University Northridge, and assistant directed Once at South Coast Repertory.

Joining Hayter on the production team for The Vandal are returning Chance artists scenic designer Joe Holbrook (The Big Meal), lighting designer Nick Van Houten (Violet), sound designer Cricket S. Myers (The Other Place), costume designer Elizabeth Cox (Violet), stage manager Jazmin Pollinger (Elevada), and resident artist Karen O’Hanlon is the Assistant Director. They are joined by dramaturg Morgan Green, who is making her Chance debut with this production.

Starring in The Vandal are resident artist Robert Foran (Good People) as Man and returning Chance artists Amanda Zarr (Good People) as Woman, and Sam Bullington (Skylight) as Boy.

The Executive Producers for this production are Rachelle Menaker & Eddie Schuller. Bette & Wylie Aitken are the Season Producers and for the entire 2019 Season.

Proud to be one of the leading ensemble-driven theatre companies in Southern California, CHANCE THEATER has received the National Theatre Company grant from American Theatre Wing for “nurturing a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre.” The Chance has won six Ovation Awards, including two for Best Production of a Musical – Intimate Theater for its West Coast premiere of Triassic Parq – The Musical and Southern California premiere of Jerry Springer – The Opera, as well as four LADCC Awards, including the Polly Warfield Award for Outstanding Season.

The Anaheim City Council named Chance Theater “the Official Resident Theater Company of Anaheim” in 2014, and Arts Orange County has twice named the Chance as “Outstanding Arts Organization.” Known for using bold and personal storytelling to promote dialogue and connection within the Southern California theatrical landscape, the Chance is committed to contributing to a more compassionate, connected and creative community. As a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Orange County Theatre Guild, and LA Stage Alliance, Chance Theater continues to bring national attention to the Southern California and Orange County theater scenes.

This article was released by Chance Theater.