Closing Credits


June 22, 2012 8pm
Admission: $10
Please note: this show is in place of our regular Friday night improv show 

Debut reading of “Closing Credits: An Evening with Frank Capra”, a new play by award-winning writers George Morgan and Loren Marsters.

The Ventura Improv Company is proud to present the world premiere reading of a new play about legendary film director Frank Capra. The play, entitled CLOSING CREDITS: AN EVENING WITH FRANK CAPRA, is the collaborative work of long time VIC performer George Morgan, and former Ventura County resident and playwright Loren Marsters.

“I had wanted to do a Frank Capra project for some time,” said Marsters. “I had worked with George on a few projects back in the 70’s and thought we would make a good team bringing to life the story of a director that has meant so much to both of us.”

One of the little known facts about Capra is that he was a Caltech alum, having graduated in the 1920’s with a degree in chemical engineering. As Caltech’s Playwright in Residence, the project was a perfect fit for George. “When Loren approached me about doing a play on Frank Capra I immediately said – Yes! The more research we did, the more surprised I became that no one had thought about staging Capra’s story until now. He led a very colorful and exciting life.”

From his early days as a peasant Italian immigrant to his graduation from Caltech – from his homeless wanderings during the Great Depression to his unlikely ascendance as America’s premiere film director – from his enlistment and service in the U.S. Army to his eventual fall from Hollywood grace, the life of Frank Capra is a story that is often inspiring, sometimes tragic, but always engaging.

CLOSING CREDITS: AN EVENING WITH FRANK CAPRA will be one night only: Friday, June 22, at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $10, and proceeds go to the Ventura Improv Company.