Opening Night: Wild Prairie Rose
Fri, Mar 30 from 7pm - 10pm
Duration: 90 minutes
Director: Deborah LaVine
Country: United States
In 1952, Rose Miller returns to her rural hometown of Beresford, South Dakota to care for her ailing mother. Once there, she falls in love with a deaf man and must decide if she has the courage to follow her heart. Wild Prairie Rose is an examination of the changing roles of women in 1950s America and in the ways that people who have great differences can learn to communicate with one another. It is a film that focuses on one woman's story, and yet challenges the audience to examine their own assumptions about what makes a good life. A Q & A session with Troy Kotsur and reception will follow the film. Non-alcoholic rinks and Appetizers will be provided.
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Troy Kotsur has been acting and directing for over 25 years, and has earned multiple awards for his work on stage and films. Deaf since birth, he was raised in Mesa, Arizona. Troy graduated at Westwood HS and attended Gallaudet University, where he played basketball from 1987-1989. In 1990, he left to become a professional actor with The National Theatre of the Deaf and in 1994, Troy moved to Los Angeles and joined the company of Deaf West Theatre, where he has performed for the past 25 years in countless productions, Troy's successful acting career encompasses TV, film and stage. His TV guest-starring roles include CRIMINAL MINDS ( Esp #801, "The Silencer"), SCRUBS, CSI: NY with Marlee Matlin, and SUE THOMAS: FBEYE (starring alongside Deanne Bray) in a recurring role that became a fan favorite. In film, he has had notable supporting roles in THE NUMBER 23, with Jim Carrey, UNIVERSAL SIGNS, FATHER'S DAY BREAKFAST.
This year, Troy stars in the currently, WILD PRAIRIE ROSE, with numerous awards including Best Audience Choice from Sedona Film Festival, Az, Jimmy Stewart Award at Heartland Film Festival, upcoming film, INSIDE, TRACK with Nyle DiMarco in 2018-19. He also directed, NO ORDINARY HERO: THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE and THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF with Dawn Press Sign Production. Troy's stage credits include recently, OUR TOWN at Pasadena Playhouse, and a successful Tony Award-winning run of BIG RIVER, on Broadway, 2005, (directed by Jeff Calhoun). He also had starring roles in Deaf West Theatre's productions of PIPPIN, Pippin (Mark Taper Forum), SLEEP BEAUTY WAKES, OLIVER! SPRING AWAKENING, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Actor, Stephen Sachs' CYRANO (Foundation Theater-LA Ovation Award, Nominee- Lead Actor in a Play, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, LA Weekly Award and LA Drama Critics Award), and OF MICE AND MEN, (Best Actor, LA Weekly). Thank you to my best friend, Deanne Bray, daughter, Kyra and our Australia Shepard dog, Stella!