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Nancy Travis as Lucy in “I Love Lucy:The Untold Story” on October 6

September 4, 2013

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I’ll be directing a staged reading of my original short play, I Love Lucy: The Untold Story, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, from 3pm to 4pm at University Synagogue in Brentwood (11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049)

Based on my dad’s memoir, this humorous look behind the scenes at the creation of TV’s most beloved sitcom has had successful productions on both coasts, as well as a nationwide broadcast on SiriusXM™ Radio. This performance will have new scenes, including the story of how Vivian Vance became “Ethel Mertz.”

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The show is performed in the style of old-time radio, with the actors and singers standing at microphones, scripts in hand, plus sound effects and recorded music.

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My phenomenal cast includes such talented performers as Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing) as Lucille Ball, Dick Van Patten (Eight Is Enough) as CBS head William S. Paley, Tony Dow (Leave It to Beaver) as I Love Lucy director Marc Daniels, Phil Proctor (founder of the legendary Firesign Theater comedy group) as Desi Arnaz, William Schallert (The Patty Duke Show, Get Smart) as CBS Programming chief Hubbell Robinson, Second City alum Lance Kinsey (“Lt. Proctor” in the Police Academy films) as I Love Lucy Pilot director Ralph Levy, Alan Oppenheimer (The Six Million Dollar Man, Murphy Brown) as Jess Oppenheimer, and musical guest Dora Pearson (former lead female vocalist for Sha Na Na).

Read more about our star-studded cast!

After the show, refreshments will be served, and you’ll have the opportunity to mingle with members of the cast.Proceeds benefit University Synagogue. Tickets are $18 in advance or $25 at the door. Free parking is available. (Cast lineup is subject to change.)

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We’re going to have a lot of fun on October 6th, and I really hope to see you there.

– Gregg Oppenheimer

P.S. Be sure to check out the full-cast recording of I Love Lucy: The Untold Story—the 60th Anniversary Benefit Performance—now available for download with a donation of $1.95 or more to the  Motion Picture & Television Fund. Click here to learn more.  And after you follow the link, please remember to share it on Twitter and Facebook!