Pacific Resident Theatre. Photo courtesy of Yelp.

A contemporary comedy with a scientific twist, Pacific Resident Theatre presents the West Coast Premiere of “Smart Love” by Brian Letscher. The Wachowski household is turned upside down when their son makes a surprise visit home, from MIT, with an unexpected guest. How far will human beings go in order to salvage love?

“So MUCH in this brave new world of technology! No doubt I am severely over-stimulated,” said playwright Brian Letscher. “Irony apparent, I turn on my TV and click through a half-dozen streaming services trying to find the perfect viewing pleasure that will help me feel better and send me off to sleep. Further down that meta-hole, I find a documentary on the explosion of technology and the possibilities moving forward in this brave new world. I cannot fall asleep, but a year later I have this play.”

Brian Letscher’s play When The Lights Come On premiered at Jeff Daniels’ The Purple Rose Theatre Company where Smart Love had a sold-out run in 2017. As an actor Brian appeared as “Tom Larsen” on the hit show Scandal among several regular and recurring roles.

Director Elina de Santos received the LADCC Career Achievement in Directing Award (2012), she is Co-Artistic Director at Rogue Machine Theatre. Selected World Premieres: Hostage (MK Brooks), In the Valley of the Shadow (K. Cortez), Dirty Filthy Love Story (R. Mersola), Razorback (J. Pollono), Church & State (J. Williams). American Premiere: Daytona (J. Cotton). LA Premieres, Stop Kiss (D. Son), Falling (Jent), New Jerusalem (Ives), Albee’s A Delicate Balance and Mamet’s Speed the Plow. PRT, Odyssey, WCJT: Miller’s All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, & Broken Glass, Odets’ Rocket to the Moon, Awake & Sing!, & Williams’, Orpheus Descending -LADCC Direction.

Pacific Resident Theatre is nationally recognized as one of the top regional theaters on the West Coast. The company presents works of the highest quality, in order to entertain, inform and educate its multicultural community. In addition to the company’s commitment to rediscover the rarely performed classics, PRT is focused on fostering and developing new works through the collaboration of an artistic ensemble influenced by societal relevance, past, present and future. Pacific Resident Theatre promotes the theatre arts by providing opportunities for artists and craftsmen to develop and enrich their skills.

The cast includes: Melissa Weber Bales (Rhinoceros, A View from the Bridge – LA Weekly Award nom – Leading Female Performance); Scott Conte (Big Love, Golden Boy, Anna Christie, Lulu, Rocket to the Moon, Lions, The Cherry Orchard at PRT); Zachary Grant (Rogue Machine’s Oppenheimer, Skylight Theatre’s Hostage, Odyssey Theatre’s Punk Rock. Film: Being Charlie directed by Rob Reiner); Michael Mantell (The Model Apartment at Geffen Playhouse, Broadway Bound at Odyssey, A Small Fire at Echo, The Tenth Man at Lincoln Center).

SMART LOVE opens at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 12 and runs at 8 p.m. on Thursdays – Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays through February 24. Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 703 Venice Blvd. in Venice, CA 90291. Tickets are $25 – $34 and can be purchased online at or by calling (310) 822-8392.

For reservations call (310) 822-8392 or online at $25 – $34

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