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Big Sky

Big Sky takes place in the living room of a high-class Ritz-Carlton condominium in Aspen Colorado, a place where Jack (Jon Tenney), his wife Tessa (Emily Robinson, and daughter Jen (Jennifer Westeldt), were invited by the head of The Pederson Fund. Jack has been out-of work for a long time and is in hopes of being offered a big job with the Pederson firm.  It looks promising since Mr. Pederson has invited the family there while he contemplates his final decision.

The family has also asked their long-time friend Jonathan (Arnie Burtoin) to join them in order to help their friend through the loss of his partner of 17-years. Jack and Jonathan have been in a partnership in a pillow business, and Jack had promised Jonathan a check to keep the business going. This is a crucial time for everyone, because if, by any chance, Jack is not offered the job with The Pederson Fund, they will all be looking at bankruptcy.

Outside there is a roaring blizzard while inside an emotional blizzard erupts with each of the characters.  Jonathan seems to be the one that each family member confides in with the problems haunting their lives. Tessa reveals her reason for being so cold to Jack by telling him that she has been having an affair with a married man. Jack tries to offer him his reasons why his love life has become so cold. Jen, who just graduated high school and is expected to go to college, tells him she has a boyfriend and is planning to travel with Catoni instead of going to college. Well Jonathan, too, has his own emotional tensions to contend with.

Act II is filled with a great deal of emotion and internal strife between all four characters, but when, suddenly, the blizzard becomes a life threatening situation, their differences are forgotten and they band together to fight for their survival.

This splendid production is sometimes humorous (believe it or not!), but with a final moral about what is important in ones life. The actors do a “bang-up” job under the fine direction by John Rando. The beautiful scenic design is by Kefek McLane. The lighting design by Jaymi Lee Smith and the sound design by Jon Gottlieb add much to the atmosphere of the production. Big Sky was written by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros.

The play is performed Mondays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 3 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM and 7 PM, at the Geffen Playhouse in the Gil Cates Theater located at 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Los Angeles. Tickets are available at the Geffen Playhouse box office, by phone at (310) 208-5454, or online at