Sixty Minutes from L.A. - Variety

Soap Star Directs New L.A. Play

By Kathleen O’Steen

Television soap star Stephen Nichols has decided to add to his workload by directing a new Waiver show, “Sixty Minutes from L.A.,” written by his wife, Lisa Nichols.

Show, which opened last week at the Gene Dynarski Theater, is a story along the lines of “The Big Chill,” “only with people who grew up in the 1970s,” Nichols said. “It’s about people who didn’t have much to believe in.”

Nichols, who originally started working on Los Angeles stages years ago, said he was anxious to get back to it and found this play a good opportunity.

“The problem is that you still have to drag people to theater in Los Angeles,” Nichols admitted. “Even the industry doesn’t seem to take much notice I would really like to see more enthusiasm.”

He’s also like to see more hours in the day, as he spends 10 to 12 hours a day working on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” only to come home, eat dinner and run to the theater for rehearsals. After that, around midnight, he begins learning his lines for the next day.

In addition, Nichols will be appearing in the upcoming miniseries “Around the World in 80 Days” for NBC, taking the role of Jesse James.