2009-01-09 / Schools

College presents drama on Cold War tensions

Play features two faculty members

Organizers for the Year of Democracy at Moorpark College will host a one-night only play featuring two local actors at 6 p.m. Mon., Jan. 26 in the campus' Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark.

John Loprieno and Jack McGee will star in the Cold War drama "A Walk in the Woods" by Lee Blessing. The play was nominated for the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.

"Woods" tells the story of two Cold War diplomats, Andrey Botvinnick (McGee) and John Honeyman (Loprieno), who take a walk in the woods of Geneva to talk together as men, rather than as adversarial negotiators.

The evening begins with a with a hosted reception. The event is free and open to the public.

Loprieno is an award winning writer, director and producer whose credits include "Tell Me My Secrets," which earned him the 2004 Los Angeles Valley Theater League Award for best director/writer of an original drama.

He has written scripts for "General Hospital" and "All My Children," and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his writing on "One Life to Live."

Loprieno played Cord Roberts on the daytime drama series "One Life to Live" for 13 years. He had roles in the film "Death of a President" and the television productions "ER," "Sabrina: The Teenage Witch," "Star Trek: Voyager," "Christy," "Swamp Thing" and "As the World Turns."

He is a fulltime theatre department faculty member at Moorpark College.

McGee has performed as principal cast member in more than 50 stage plays in New York and California. He starred as Zuss in Moorpark College's production of "JB" in 2007.

He had lead roles in "Mr. Roberts," "Wait Until Dark," "That Championship Season" and "The Andersonville Trial."

MGee has played roles in the TV series "The Power Rangers" and has appeared in many commercials.

Since 2002, he has been an adjunct English department faculty member at Moorpark College.

For more information about the Year of Democracy, go to www.moorparkcollege.edu/ yearof.

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