World Premiere of Build at the Geffen

Real Talk about Artificial Intelligence after the World Premiere of BUILD at the Geffen Playhouse


Following the Opening Night performance of the new play, “BUILD,” at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, the audience adjourned to nearby Tanino Ristorante for wine, hors d’oeuvres and an Italian buffet. There to celebrate were playwright Michael Golamco, director Will Frears, cast members Thomas Sadowski, Laura Heisler and Peter Katona, Geffen supporters and other theater VIPs. 

In BUILD, Sadowski and Katona play computer geniuses, working out the kinks in the sequel to their blockbuster computer game, which has made them both multi-millionaires. The Tony-nominated Sadowski, who currently stars in HBO’s “The Newsroom,” plays a shut-in, popping pills and eating pizza in his bathrobe; Katona is a straight-laced businessman, in suit and tie; while Heisler is a red-headed robot, modeled after Sadowski’s late wife.

In conversations over the lasagna, pasta and other Italian specialties at the after-party, theater-goers talked of technology, computer games and the kind of  artificial intelligence depicted in the play, i.e., the robot, known as “the a.i.”  Heisler said she thought of her character as a sophisticated hologram.

How far from reality is she? Golamco said perhaps in the coming years, people will look back at the play and gauge how much future technology will compare to the play’s depiction.  

Audi of America sponsored the Opening Night celebration; Malibu Family Wines provided drinks.

The play continues through Nov. 18. Click here for tickets and further information.


Top photo: Cast members, from left, Thomas Sadoski, Laura Heisler and Peter Katona celebrate the world premiere of BUILD at the Geffen Playhouse  (photo: Kevin Sharp)

Bottom photo: The players behind the play at Tonino Ristorante in Westwood, from left: Geffen’s managing director Ken Novice; cast members Thomas Sadoski, Peter Katona and Laura Heisler; playwright Michael Golamco, director Will Frears and Geffen artistic director Randall Arney at the world premiere of BUILD at the Geffen Playhouse (photo: Kevin Sharp)



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World Premiere of BUILD at the Geffen
Published Oct. 26, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA