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New Theater Company Premieres September 11 Play at the Odyssey

Liz Rebert and Paul Kampf in Breadline's '11, September' | Photo: Alice Fox
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--by Lyle Zimskind for LAistBreadline Productions, a new theater company in these parts that presented more than 20 original plays in a previous Chicago incarnation, is now introducing itself to Los Angeles audiences with the world premiere staging of 11, September at the Odyssey Theatre on Sepulveda Boulevard.

Written by and co-starring company artistic director Paul Kampf, 11, September mostly takes place in the New York apartment of a young waitress who hooks up with one of her café customers, an out-of-town professor participating in a conference to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. Whether by fate, design or coincidence, then, the pair’s respective disclosures reveal that their lives are more tightly, and tragically, entwined than their evidently random initial encounter had indicated.

During its decade of activity in Chicago, and before that in downstate Illinois, Breadline became known for producing new work with distinctly, though not overbearingly, social and political resonance. “The theater,” suggests Kampf, “is one of the last places where you can bring together a group of people who really agree or disagree with what they’re seeing, but won’t remain indifferent to it. And our company gives you a night in the theater that, whether you love it or dislike it, will make you think about your place in this world.”