Michael E. Knight and Robin Riker team up in The Cost of the Erection

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Michael E. Knight (Tad, All My Children) stars in The Cost of the ErectionAll My Children's Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin) returns to his roots when he stars in the brand new play by award-winning playwright Jon Marans "The Cost of the Erection," opening in previews in Los Angeles at the Blank Theatre Company's Main Stage on February 4, 2012.

Three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Knight stars along side Robin Riker (Beth Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful), Kal Bennett and James Louis Wagner in this modern take on love, marriage and high-end, upscale Manhattan remodeling directed by Blank Founding Artistic Director Daniel Henning.

In a clever play on words, the double entrendre of "The Cost of the Erection," finds wealthy Susu Ziegler purchasing an exclusive Manhattan raw space apartment overlooking the Hudson. She hopes to have her architect husband design this tricky space, but with their marriage on the rocks, she forces him to compete against a younger, hotshot architect.

Knight, no stranger to live theatre, once produced and starred in an off-Broadway one-man play; co-starred in "Wrong Turn at Lungfish," also off-Broadway; starred with his former wife (Catherine Hickland, Lindsay, One Life to Live) in Los Angeles in "Run for Your Wife" before a triumphant return to All My Children in the early 90s; and, most recently played the boytoy to Linda Lavin's cougar in "Cakewalk" on Broadway.

The Cost of the ErectionThe sexy, funny "The Cost of the Erection" is told in a heightened theatrical style, compressing and playing with time and space, and ultimately examines what makes a marriage work. Or not work. "The Cost of the Erection" will have its world premiere under the title "A Raw Space" at the Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, Pennsylvania on February 3.

Could this play be Broadway bound? It is, after all about a Manhattan remodel, and was written by a man with some pretty hefty credendials.

Playwright Jon Marans’ "Old Wicked Songs" was a 1996 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama, the winner of a New York Drama League Award, a Los Angeles Drama Logue Award, and it was included in Otis Guernsey’s Best Plays of 1996-97.    Marans’ other plays include "A Strange and Separate People," "Jumping For Joy,"  "Legacy of the Dragonslayers" (based on Studs Terkel’s "Coming of Age," the musical Irrationals (Book & Lyrics by Marans, Music by Edward Thomas), and "The Temperamentals," which had a successful run at The Blank Theatre in the spring of 2011.

Preview performances of "The Cost of the Erection" are Saturday, February 4 at 8pm, Sunday, February 5 at 2pm, and Tuesday, February 7 – Friday, February 10 at 8pm. Opening night is set for Saturday, February 11 at 8:00.    The regular performance schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm through March 18. All preview seats are $26; regular performance prices are $26 on Thursday and Sunday, $30 on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are on sale now, and may be purchased online at www.TheBlank.com or by calling (323) 661-9827.

The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre is located at 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Wilcox), in Hollywood. Secured valet parking is available.

See the video of the interview with the stars of "The Cost of the Erection"

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