Los Angeles, Calif. (June 10, 2013) — Molly C. Quinn, best known for her role as “Alexis Castle” on ABC's hit show Castle, has been set to join Jane Kaczmarek, Susan Sullivan, Hugo Armstrong, Shannon Lee Clair and Angela Paton when L.A. Theatre Works records Diane Samuels’ award-winning play, Kindertransport, for radio broadcast and digital download. In Kindertransport, Quinn will play opposite Susan Sullivan as her daughter – on Castle, she plays Sullivan’s granddaughter. Five performances will be recorded in front of a live audience at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater June 20 through June 23. Jeanie Hackett directs.
“Kindertransport” (Children's Transport) brought thousands of refugee Jewish children to Great Britain from Nazi Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia between 1938 and 1940, most of whom never saw their parents again. 2013/14 marks the 75th anniversary of that rescue operation.
Inspired by true-life accounts from surviving ‘Kinder’, Samuels’ play tells the poignant fictional story of seven-year-old Eva Schlesinger who, in early 1939, was put aboard a train with other Jewish children and evacuated from Nazi Germany. Torn between her Jewish-German heritage and her desire to wipe the Kindertransport experience from her memory, Eva strives to become “English” like the British woman who adopts her. The audience witnesses the kaleidoscope of emotions encountered by Eva at four different points in her life as she remains burdened by a painful past, her own fears, and the secrecy that threatens her relationship with her daughter.
Nineteen-year-old Molly C. Quinn recently starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in We’re the Millers for Warner Bros. Prior to that she played the starring role in Black Forest: Hansel and Gretel and The 420 Witch. Her past credits include working alongside Rene Zellweger in the indie My One and Only, and John C. Reilly in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, for Sony and director Jonathan Kasdan. Additionally, she is the voice of ‘Super Girl’ for Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics, and the voice of ‘Bloom’ for Nickelodeon's highest rated series to date, The Winx Club. She is also the voice of the lead character in Simon & Schuster's YA series “The Mortal Instruments.” She is best known for her role as "Alexis Castle" in ABC's hit show Castle, starring Alongside Nathan Fillion and Susan Sullivan.
L.A. Theatre Works is the leading radio theater company in the United States, committed to using innovative technologies to preserve and promote significant works of dramatic literature and bringing live theater into the homes of millions. The company’s public radio series, featuring stage plays performed by America's top actors augmented by interviews with the artists and others, can be heard in over 100 markets nationwide and on SiriusXM Book Radio; can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org; and are available worldwide through Amazon and iTunes. L.A. Theatre Works audio plays are available at over 11,000 libraries throughout the U.S., and recordings and teaching materials are used by over 3,000 middle and high schools across the country.
Performances of Kindertransport take place on Thursday, June 20 @ 8 pm; Friday, June 21 @ 8 pm; Saturday, June 22 @ 3 pm & 8 pm; and Sunday, Jund 23 @ 4 pm. The James Bridges Theater is located in Melnitz Hall on the campus of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, Television at 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd. and park in Lot 3 on the lower level). Tickets are $49; student tickets are $15 at the door, subject to availability. To purchase tickets, call L.A. Theatre Works at 310-827-0889 or got to www.latw.org.