Monday, February 11, 2013

Play: I love Lucy -The Untold Story

I'm excited to announce that I'll be directing a live, full-cast performance of my original radio play, "I Love Lucy: The Untold Story", Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 4pm, at Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation, 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.

It's a humorous look behind the scenes at the creation of TV's most beloved sitcom, based on my dad's memoir, "Laughs, Luck...and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular of Sitcom of All Time." Since its New York premiere in 2011, the play has had successful productions on both coasts, as well as a nationwide broadcast on SiriusXM Radio.

Our phenomenal cast features such talented performers as Charlene Tilton (Dallas's "Lucy Ewing"), Dick Van Patten (star of "Eight Is Enough"), Phil Proctor (founder of the legendary Firesign Theater comedy troupe), William Schallert ("Dad" on "The Patty Duke Show"), Second City alum Lance Kinsey ("Lt. Proctor" in all the "Police Academy" films), and musical guest Dora Pearson (lead female vocalist for Sha Na Na). Also featured are Tommy Cook ("Little Beaver" on "The Adventures of Red Ryder"), Ivan Cury (star of "Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders"), Stuffy Singer ("The Jack Benny Program"), Gregg Berger ("Odie" on "Garfield & Friends"), and Alan Oppenheimer ("The Six Million Dollar Man").

The show, which runs about 45 minutes, will be 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.

After the show, refreshments will be served, and you'll have the opportunity to mingle with members of the cast.

Proceeds benefit Kehillat Israel's "Sages" seniors program. There is no charge to attend the event, but any donations are welcome. (The suggested donation is $18) Free parking is available.

Seating is limited. Reserve your tickets now at Cast lineup subject to change.

For further information, please contact Kehillat Israel's Director of Programs & Marketing, Matt Davidson, at 424.214.7454 or

We're going to have a lot of fun on March 3rd, and I really hope to see you there.

- Gregg Oppenheimer

P.S. If you can't make the March 3rd performance, be sure to check out the full-cast recording of "I Love Lucy: The Untold Story" now available at iTunes, at, at, and at All royalties from sales of the recording benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

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