By Beau Bridges and Emily Bridges
Adapted from the novel by Richard Boleslavsky

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Monday, September 11 at 7:30pm + Post-Show Discussion
Tickets: FREE but reservations required
Box office:  612-339- 4944 #200 (no online reservations)


(Minneapolis; August 29, 2017) – Famed TV-film actor Lloyd Bridges gave each of his children the novel, Acting: The First Six Lessons, when they decided to go into show business. Eldest son, Beau Bridges, passed it on to his daughter, Emily Bridges, and together they adapted the book into a two-person play. Illusion Theater is proud to present Acting: The First Six Lessons on Monday, September 11 at 7:30pm at the downtown Minneapolis theater, located on the eighth floor of the Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave. The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with Beau and Emily.

In this special reading, Beau Bridges, winner of three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Grammy Award, will again team up with his daughter, Minnesota-based Emily, who co-created this stage version of Richard Boleslavsky’s 1933 narrative about a dedicated acting teacher who, while instructing a young actress in her craft, gives her valuable lessons for living as well. Over the course of 10 scenes, the action moves from the teacher’s studio to a small theater to a film set to Central park and back, and finally, to a moving denouement atop the Empire State Building in 1936.

Tickets to Acting: The First Six Lessons are free but must be reserved by calling the Illusion Theater Box Office at 612-339- 4944. There will be no online reservations.

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Beau Bridges has appeared in over 50 feature films, including “The Other Side of the Mountain,” “Norma Rae,” “Heart Like a Wheel,” “Sordid Lives,” “Max Payne,” “The Descendants” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” opposite his brother Jeff for which Beau received the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics.  In television, Bridges has received 14 Emmy nominations and won three, along with two Golden Globes, for “Without Warning: The James Brady Story,” “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” and “The Second Civil War.”  Beau was nominated for Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”  He can also be seen currently in Netflix’s “Bloodlines.”  On Broadway, he appeared in “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”  He co-authored a play with his daughter Emily called, “Acting The first Six Lessons,” published by Sam French.  He won a 2009 Grammy for Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” in the category of Best Spoken Word Album.  Beau was inspired by his father Lloyd to work towards promoting and preserving a healthy planet.  He currently serves on the board of Wishtoyo, an organization that works to protect the California coastline and sacred Chumash sights. 

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Emily Bridges is a proud member of the Illusion Theater and School's board of directors. She works as the program director for the East Side Arts Council and as an independent organizational consultant specializing in strategic planning and board development. As an active member of the Actors Equity Association and Screen Actor’s Guild, some of Emily's recent work in film and television includes The Public Domain, Code Black, Flower Shop Mysteries: Dearly Depotted, and the award- winning short film, Grooming. She has appeared on stage in New York and Los Angeles, as well as locally in Dark and Stormy Productions' Extremities and Sparkle Theatricals' Parent Observation Day. Emily holds a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Leadership from the University of Minnesota.