Dr. Keeling’s Curve was originally developed by playwright George Shea, actor, Mike Farrell, and director, Kirsten Sanderson in a workshop production at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood where it was originally produced by Ed Murphy.
Mike Farrell is an actor, director, writer and producer best known for his role as B.J. Hunnicutt in the iconic TV series, M*A*S*H. As partner in Farrell/Minoff Productions, he produced a number of films for television as well as the features “Dominick and Eugene” and “Patch Adams.” He later starred in NBC-TV’s “Providence” and most recently appeared on FX’s “American Crime Story”as closeted Chicago real estate magnate, Lee Miglin, who was sadistically murdered by serial killer, Andrew Cunanan’s in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”
“Dr. Keeling’s Curve” is his third one-man show, following “JFK, A One-Man Show” for PBS and a national tour of David W. Rintels’ “Clarence Darrow.”
A longtime social justice and environmental activist, he was Co-Chair of the Southern California Committee of Human Rights Watch for ten years and is currently President of Death Penalty Focus. He is the author of “Just Call Me Mike; A Journey to Actor and Activist,” and “Of Mule and Man.”
George Shea is a playwright, children’s author, and environmental activist who in 2011 was arrested outside the White House with 1250 other activists protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline. His plays have been produced in New York, Williamstown and around the U.S. He is the author of many children’s books, including a biography of Rachel Carson and was a regular contributor of satiric comedy sketches to NPR’s “All Things Considered”
This is George’s second one person show about a little known but important scientist. His first was “Chester Chester Chester Xerox Xerox Xerox” about Chester Carlson, the inventor of xerography. George has also written many magazine articles. In 1988 her interviewed Kurt Vonnegut who woke him up to the apocalyptic danger posed by global warming. ‘Vonnegut scared the hell out of me. That was 30 years ago and we still aren’t doing nearly enough to stop it and I’m still writing about it.
Kirsten Sanderson has directed new plays by, Michael John LaChiusa, Craig Lucas, Shel Silverstein, Steven Schwartz and Blake Edwards among others at theaters including, The Public, PS 122, Circle Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Blank Theatre Company, The Sundance TheaterLab, Theatreworks USA, The Women’s Project, HBO Comedy Arts Festival, The NY Fringe Festival, NY Musical Theatre Festival., Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Town Hall. Kirsten has been Resident Director at New Dramatists, Director of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s National Theatre Colony, and Literary Director of The Blank Theatre in Hollywood. She is an alumnus of Wesleyan University and The National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Her recent New York theatre credits include Michael John LaChiusa’s “First Daughter Suite” at the Public and Robert Sternin’s and Prudence Fraser’s uproarious Off-Broadway comedy, “Under My Skin” at Stage 42.
Upcoming Performance: Broad theatre, Santa Monica, Sept. 30, 2018.
PAST & FUTURE PERFORMANCES:
Portions of Dr. Keeling’s Curve have often been shown and offered as premiums during pledge drives on KCET (PBS SoCal) the top-rated and most-watched public television station in the Greater Los Angeles area, and the third most-watched PBS station in the nation.