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Tom Dugan Plays

July 18, 2012 07:00 ET

One-Man Play 'Robert E. Lee' Extended Through Summer

Award-Winning Playwright/Actor Tom Dugan Returns to Theatre 40 to Perform 'Robert E. Lee - Shades of Gray' Throughout July and August

BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 18, 2012) - Due to overwhelming demand, 'Robert E. Lee' will challenge audiences to look beyond the black and white pages of history for an additional 12 performances. Drama Critics Circle Award Winner Tom Dugan, praised as "an actor of immense discipline, vitality, and presence" by Backstage, will return with his solo performance of "Robert E. Lee - Shades of Gray" on July 30, 31 & August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m. to Theatre 40, 241 South Moreno Drive in Beverly Hills, CA, in observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

"When I researched Lee, I was fascinated by his life and choices," says creator, playwright, and actor Tom Dugan. "Audiences are so intrigued that we've begun holding group discussions after every performance. People are fascinated, it's an absolutely enriching experience for all of us."

Having researched for three years to create the drama, Dugan's play maintains historical accuracy, with help from historians from The Museum of the Confederacy, The Virginia Historical Society and Appomattox Court House.

Mel Johnson, Jr. directs 'Shades of Gray,' with previous directing credits including "Give 'Em Hell, Harry" (starring Jason Alexander) and "Oscar to Oscar" (Dugan's first play), and acting credits including "Total Recall" with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Broadway's "The Lion King," and the critically acclaimed national tour of "Frederick Douglass - In The Shadow Of Slavery."

For tickets, call (310) 364-3606, $25 each or half-price at the door (if available) for students and members of performing arts unions, with ID.

ABOUT TOM DUGAN: Tom Dugan is a veteran actor and playwright who received the 2011 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance for his work in "Nazi Hunter - Simon Wiesenthal." Dugan will be premiering his newest play 'Mary Lincoln' on February 5, 2013.

ABOUT SHADES OF GRAY: One-man play 'Robert E. Lee - Shades of Gray' invites audiences into the mind of the Confederate Commander moments before meeting with General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, the day Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee is to surrender to U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant. 'Shades of Gray' challenges audiences by revealing the Civil War commander was against slavery and repulsed by war.

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