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under my skin
Sept. 17 at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA

Under My Skin, a Sternin & Fraser's Heath Care Comedy, Gets CA Reading

By Kenneth Jones | 14 Sep 2009

Richard Kind, Lesli Margherita, Nick Stabile and Megan Sikora are among players in a West Coast industry reading of a new Broadway-aimed play, Under My Skin, by Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser.

The presentation will be Sept. 17 in the McCune Founders Room at the Granada Theatre, in Santa Barbara, CA.

The new comedy about "sex, love, and the health care industry" is being produced by Tony Award-nominated Producers Heather Provost (Reasons to be Pretty, [title of show]) and Jeff Davis (Rock of Ages, Next Fall) along with Marla McNally Phillips (Emerald Forest Ent., formerly of Chappell Music and WB Music).

Best known for their many successes as writer-producers for network television, authors Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser have written shows for CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and the WB, producing hundreds of episodes of primetime television. They have also created and developed over a dozen series. Credits include "Alice," "Three's Company," "Who's the Boss?" "The Charmings," "Married People," "Live-In," "The Simple Life," "Run of the House," and "The Nanny," which they co-created and executive produced with series star Fran Drescher.

Sternin and Fraser recently collaborated with Hall of Fame songwriter Jeff Barry on the stage musical The Girl Who Would Be King, which premiered at the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara and went on to be seen at the Stamford Center for the Arts and Riverside Theater in Vero Beach, FL.

Sternin and Fraser said in a statement, "Under My Skin is a story about two people from totally different walks of life who meet and quickly become intimate in a not-so-ordinary way. And, yes, the healthcare business is involved. As is aging, being best friends, some pretty strange sex, and a smartass angel. Under My Skin is, at its core, a romantic comedy, where circumstances beyond their control give a corporate C.E.O. and a girl from Staten Island a chance to get to know each other and maybe fall in love."

The reading will feature SAG Award nominee Richard Kind ("Spin City," "Mad About You," "A Bug's Life," Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Producers, Sly Fox), Nick Stabile ("Saints & Sinners," "Sunset Beach," "Days Of Our Lives," "Passions"); 2009 Olivier Award Winner Lesli Margherita (London's Zorro); Megan Sikora (Curtains, Wicked); Joseph Sicari (Golden Boy, Damn Yankees); Brian Beacock (Les Miz, Naked Boys Singing); James Leo Ryan (Annie, Les Miz); Scott Damian ("General Hospital," "Scrubs" and "Las Vegas"); and Suzanne Friedline ("Desperate Housewives").

The staged reading will be directed by Sean Daniels, associate artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville.

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