Haidle's new adult comedy, presented in SCR's NewSCRipts reading series
last fall, is a comic take on the shared memories of two highly imaginative
brothers. Reflecting on teen romances gone awry, they fantasize about
the object of their affection, once so innocent and perfect, until she
returns for a visit--all grown up.
SCR recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Beginning in a hastily converted
marine hardware store in Newport Beach, the company, founded by David
Emmes and Martin Benson, moved a few years later to a larger space down
the road, and finally to a permanent three-stage facility built to the
company's own specifications. Today SCR is considered one of the remarkable
success stories of the American theatre, one that stands in the national
spotlight thanks to its riveting productions, new play commissions and
festivals, children's presentations and performing-arts training programs.
Upcoming productions include A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller (May
20-June 26) and VESUVIUS, the world premiere of a play by Lucinda Coxon
(April 24-May 15). PINOCCHIO, a family musical by Susan Dilallo (book
& lyrics) and Jeffrey Harris (music), will run June 3-19.
SCR is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Call (714) 708-5555
A NOISE WITHIN'S NEW PRODUCTIONS
A NOISE WITHIN, L.A.'s only year-round resident professional company,
will unveil three new repertory productions in March and April, including
Eugene O'Neill's MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA, which will run April 8-May
29, directed by Geoff Elliott & Julie Rodriguez Elliot. Based on the
classical Greek trilogy, The Orestia, O'Neill plants his epic masterpiece
in the soil of post-Civil War New England.
On March 4, the company will mount its version of Shakespeare's JULIUS
CAESAR, directed by Eve Adamson (founder of Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre
in NYC). Through May 13.
Moliere's THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES, directed by Sabin Epstein, will be launched
March 18 for a one-month run through May 14. Agnes, the prize pupil in
Monsieur Amophe's finishing school for prospective brides, graduates in
unexpected ways, going from naif to coquette to liberated spirit.
A Noise Within is located at 234, S. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. For tickets
and information call (818) 240-0910 x1; fax (818) 240-0826
JEKYLL & HYDE--THE MUSICAL
Adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella The Strange Case of
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, JEKYLL & HYDE will haunt the Kodak Theatre
April 5-10. Nominated for four Tony Awards, the musical deals with a brilliant
young doctor and research scinetist who, distraught over his father's
mental illness, embarks upon a quest to isolate the dual elements of good
and evil that are found in every human being. When his experiment backfires,
Jekyll inadvertently gives life to Edward Hyde, his evil alter ego, a
murderer who unleashes a reign of terror on the city of London.
Kodak Theatre is located at Hollywood & Highland Blvds. Call (800)
511-6449 or visit www.theatricalarts.com
Based on Sophocles' Electra, Luis Alfaro's ELECTRICIDAD is set in a barrio
on an urban Eastside and has been transformed--with the help of director
Lisa Peterson--into a compelling myth for the modern age.
ELECTRICIDAD is a contemporary look at the power and consequences of revenge,
and the damage it causes to a family and a community. The story is dominated
by a daughter, who is mourning the loss of a murdered father, the former
leader of the South Side Locos. Driven by all-consuming passions of love
and loyalty, hate and vengeance, Electricidad and her exiled brother,
Orestes, begin to believe that their father's death must be avenged, the
murderer must be punished, not by the courts but by the swift retribution
of barrio justice.
April 7-May 15 at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave. For tickets
and information call (213) 628-2772 or visit TaperAhmanson.com
NATIONAL PASTIME PREMIERES IN PASADENA
On March 19 the Fremont Centre Theatre will present the world premiere
of Bryan Harnetiaux's NATIONAL PASTIME, which deals with the events surrounding
Jackie Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, integrating major league
baseball for the first time.
James Reynolds directs. He is the recent recipient of the Valley Theatre
League's award for his mounting of The Tangles Snarl/Murder Me once, an
LA Times Critic's Choice. Reynolds is best known for his ongoing portrayal
of Detective Chief Abe Carver on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives, for twenty-two
years and counting. James' son, Jed Reynolds, will portray Robinson in
Through April 24 at Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave. (at El Centro),
S. Pasadena. For tickets & information call (626) 441-5977 or visit
SCOTLAND THEATRE NEWS
TRAVERSE UNVEILS TWO BIG ONES
Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre will launch two major new works this spring:
ONE DAY ALL THIS WILL COME TO NOTHING by Catherine Grosvenor and IN THE
BAG by Wang Xiaoli (in an English version by Ronan O' Donnell).
Both plays are company productions. ONE DAY, the debut play by the Edinburgh-based
Grosvenor, is set in a city "where conversations don't end just because
life has ended; it follows three characters who learn how to live again
without knowing anything for certain." Directed by Philip Howard,
the play will be performed Mar 18-April 9.
IN THE BAG (April 29-May 22) is a Traverse partnership project commissioned
by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Playwright Wang Xiaoli lives in Beijing,
where she writes for television, film and theatre. IN THE BAG deals with
two couples caught in the midst of China's cultural change. It has been
adapted by O'Donnell, who lives in Edinburgh and has just completed a
new play, The Doll house, based on the life of T.E. Lawrence and his Scottish
bodyguard, John Bruce.
IN THE BAG is the first UK production of a contemporary Chinese play.
Traverse Theatre is located on Cambridge St. in central Edinburgh. For
tickets & information on the full range of forthcoming attractions
at the Traverse (which include readings, visiting productions, workshops,
art shows, jazz & dance),
call 0131-228-1404 or visit traverse.co.uk
GEFFEN'S SPRING PLAYS
The Geffen Playhouse, fresh off its successful three-week SRO run with
Tovah Feldshuh in GOLDA'S BALCONY by William Gibson, will mount a classic
American comedy, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU by George S. Kaufman and Moss
Hart, directed by Christopher Hart. The TV sitcom would probably never
have been invented if it weren't for Kaufman & Hart's first fasmily
of zany and hilarious oddballs. April 12-May 22 at the Brentwood Theatre.
Following will be I AM MY OWN WIFE, starring Jefferson Mays. Written by
Doug Wright and directed by Moises Kaufman, the play won the 2004 Pulitzer
Prize for Drama, 2004 Tony Award for Best Play and Best Actor. It tells
the true story of an East German trasvestite who managed to escape both
the Nazi and Communist regimes. June 14-July 10 at the Wadsworth Theatre.
Call (310) 208-5454 or visit geffenplayhouse.com