Bending the Spoon



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Three generations of a family prepare to celebrate the upcoming birthday of the youngest member. Doing so, however, forces them to come to terms with past relationships, past decisions and past actions involving a long-ago family tragedy.

​Playwright Ken Lay's play Bending the Spoon has its Santa Monica debut  on Friday, January 11th and plays for one weekend only through January 13th, 2019.  First presented as a Reader's Theatre at the Seventh Street Theatre in Chino, the play has been called both "side-splittingly funny" and "heartbreaking."

Bending the Spoon features:

Tracy Lay (Gina): Steel Magnolias (Shelby); Rabbit Hole (Izzy); Bash: The Latterday Plays (The Women); Dinner with Friends (Karen); The Sound of Music (Maria); and Little Women: The Musical (Jo).

Amanda Walker (Amy): Proof (Claire); Dinner With Friends (Beth); Painting Churches (Meg); Witness for the Prosecution (Romaine); The Country House (Nell); Inherit the Wind (Rachel).

Deborah McFatter (Carol): Other Desert Cities (Polly); Shadowlands (Joy); 2Across (She); Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Lily); Twilight of the Golds (Phyllis Gold); Dead Man's Cellphone (Mrs. Gottlieb).

Aaron Pyle (Jack): The Pillowman (Michal); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Judas); Vincent Van Gogh: A Self-Portait (Van Gogh); Dinner With Friends (Tom); True West (Teach).

Zachary Kanner (Hunter/Joshua): Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical (Jon Snow); The Lion in Winter (King Philip); The Cherry Orchard (Trofimov); King Lear (Fool).

Mel Chadwick (Ray): Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Daddy); Glengarry Glen Ross (George Aaronow); Blithe Spirit (Charles Condomine); South Pacific (Emile Le Becque); Terra Nova (Oates); Time Stands Still (Richard).

Dani Angel Bustamante: Damn Yankees (Mickey); Next to Normal (Gabe); Amadeus (Venticelli; The Drowsy Chaperone (Adolpho).

Playwright/Director Ken Lay moved to Southern California from Missouri to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California. There he received his MA degree from the prestigious School of Cinema/Television where he fell in love with writing. He currently works with L.A.-based actors as Manager of the Standardized Patient Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He lives in the Inland Empire where he became actively involved in the community theatre scene as both an actor and director. He has appeared onstage in more than 30 productions including award-winning turns in Rabbit Hole (Howie), Dinner with Friends (Gabe), and Of Mice and Men (George). He has also directed multiple productions, his most recent being Neil LaBute's Bash: Latterday Plays for which he was honored with a Founder's Award from the Inland Theatre League. He is also a novelist with one published novel, Dexter Clemens and the League of Honorable Youth (written under the pseudonym Dig Wilder), available on Amazon.

Lay and the sterling cast have combined to appear in more than 200 stage productions at more than 30 venues, primarily in the Inland Empire, but also in L.A. and Orange Counties. Along the way, their work has garnered more than 100 awards from various theatre organizations and publications, including the Inland Theatre League, L.A. Stage Scene, and individual theatre companies.

By public transportation: take the Santa Monica Blue Bus or the LA Metro Rapid #720, exit 4th and Wilshire or take the new Metro Expo Line to the last stop in Downtown Santa Monica and walk North up 4th street.

Ages 16+