In fall, 2000, Rene Auberjonois and Katherine Helmond first brought A.R. Gurney's Ancestral Voices to the West Coast in a Los Angeles production, directed by Gordon Hunt. Jan. 19, the three will reunite with a new cast for a one-night-only performance of the drama at California State University, Fullerton.
Eddie, the protagonist of Ancestral Voices, is flabbergasted by his grandmother's decision to leave his grandfather and remarry another man — an especially shocking move in the early 1940s. Gurney is the author of 25 full-length plays including The Cocktail Hour, Far East, The Dining Room, Love Letters, The Snow Ball and Sylvia.
A film, stage and television actress, Helmond has been nominated for five Emmy Awards ("Soap," "Who's the Boss?," "Coach" and "Everybody Loves Raymond") and won a Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Critics Circle Award and an Obie as Bananas in House of Blue Leaves.
Auberjonois was nominated thrice for the Tony Award for his work in City of Angels, Big River and The Good Doctor after winning for Coco, which he starred in opposite Katharine Hepburn. Also a popular television and movie actor, his credits include "Deep Space Nine," "Benson," "M.A.S.H.," "Inspector Gadget" and "The Patriot."
Also in the cast are Adrienne Barbeau, Lawrence Pressman and Peter Scolari. A three-time Emmy nominee, Scolari's TV work includes "Newhart," "Bosom Buddies" and "From Earth to the Moon." In New York, he has twice appeared with City Center's Encores! series in Out of This World and The Ziegfel Follies of 1936. Barbeau won a Tony for creating the role of Rizzo in Grease! before moving to TV where she played Carol on "Maude" and Oswald's mother on "Drew Carey." Hunt is A two-time nominee for the Directors Guild of America's Award for Best Director of a Comedy (he won for "Mad About You"). He has helmed episodes of "Frasier," "Coach" and "Suddenly Susan," as well as Stand Up Opera.
Tickets are $22.50-$27.50. For reservations, call (714) 278-3371.
— By Christine Ehren