THE NEW THEATRE PRESENTS
CHARLIE ROBINSON &
THE LAST ROMANCE
By Joe DiPietro
Directed by Dennis D. Hennessy
Starring: Four time Emmy winner Michael Learned from THE WALTONS & TV comedy icon Charlie Robinson from NIGHT COURT
“Funny and heart-warming… you can’t help but fall in love with it.” – Boston Globe
THE LAST ROMANCE is a heart-warming boy-meets-girl comedy. What makes it unique is that the boy and the girl are senior citizens! Love, like aging, they discover, is not for the weak or those without a lively sense of humor. Charlie Robinson plays Ralph Bellini, a vigorous, full-of-life octogenarian with an eye for the ladies. Ralph has had a few years to hone his best jokes and pick-up lines. Michael Learned is Carol Reynolds, an attractive, very well-dressed woman of a certain age who never expected another chance at love and had no defenses against Ralph.
Michael Learned* is a four-time Emmy award-winning actress, three for her work as Olivia Walton on the acclaimed TV series, THE WALTONS and one for her role as Mary Benjamin in her own series NURSE, and three-time Golden Globe nominee. On stage she most recently appeared in DRIVING MISS DAISY at both New Theatre and the Rubicon, and also in Lewis Black’s ONE SLIGHT HITCH at the Falcon Theatre. Other theatre appearances include ELIZABETH THE QUEEN at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Edward Albee’s ALL OVER at The Gramercy Theatre and the McCarter Theatre, on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN and Wendy Wasserstein’s THE SISTERS’ ROSENZWEIG. West Coast premieres include WOMAN IN MIND and HAPGOOD both for American Conservatory Theatre. In Los Angeles she has appeared at the Ahmanson in MARY STUART and PICNIC, at The Mark Taper in A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY and at the Geffen in LOOKING FOR NORMAL. She has toured in A.R. Gurney’s LOVE LETTERS and Edward Albee’s THREE TALL WOMEN. Michael premiered in Arthur Miller’s THE RIDE DOWN MT. MORGAN at Williamstown Theatre Festival.. Ms. Learned has appeared in the films FOR THE LOVE OF MARY, LIFE DURING WARTIME, DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY and POWER, directed by Sidney Lumet. Television appearances include LAW AND ORDER: SVU, LIVING DOLLS, PROFILER, A FATHER FOR BRITTANY, A WALTON EASTER, A WALTON WEDDING, MURDER IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, ROOTS: THE GIFT, ALL MY SONS, to name a few.
Charlie Robinson* Recently, Mr. Robinson has been seen on CBS’s MOM, and Disney’s KC UNDERCOVER. He was awarded the FRED Award by the Pasadena Playhouse, for the role of Simon in Mark Lopez’s THE WHIPPING MAN, and a role he reprised for LATW’s radio program, after successfully running the play at South Coast Rep., and the Old Globe, for which he won the Best Actor, 2010 Image Theatre Award. His films include: APOCALYPSE NOW, THE RIVER, SET IT OFF, ANTWONE FISHER, EVEN MONEY, JACKSON, STEAM, NATURAL DISASTERS, SWEET KANDY, HOOVEY, MAYBE SOMEDAY, and RUSSELL MADNESS. Television credits include many pilots, as well as having been a regular on BUFFALO BILL, NIGHT COURT, LOVE & WAR, INK, and BUDDY FARO; in addition, recurring characters on HART of DIXIE, THE GAME, THE QUAD, DISJOINTED, and HOME IMPROVEMENT. There were great roles in GREY’S ANATOMY, MC BRIDE, BIG LOVE, THE RICHES, MY NAME IS EARL, COLD CASE, HOUSE, BERNIE MAC, STILL STANDING, and countless others. Twice a CAMIE Award winner, for his made for TV, movie roles in MISS LETTIE AND ME, and SECRET SANTA. As for radio, one of his favorite performances was the lead in Walter Mosley’s BLACK BETTY, for LATW. He was the 2006 Ovation Award Winner for Best Actor in a play as Troy in August Wilson’s FENCES. He was part of the winning ensemble for 2013 Theatre Image Award for JITNEY. He has performed for years as a guest artist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and countless other national theatres.