The Carpetbagger's Children are going West. Horton Foote's family drama, a big hit Off-Broadway after its world premiere at Houston's Alley Theatre, will make its West Coasat premiere Jan. 28-Feb. 16, 2003 at South Coast Repertory Theatre.
Told from the point of view of the three daughters of a Union soldier, The Carpetbagger's Children tells of a Northern man, forced to fight in Texas during the Civil War, who then falls in love with the land and moves there after the conflict had ended. Off-Broadway, Hallie Foote played Sissie, the youngest daughter, while Roberta Maxwell portrayed Cornelia, the practical one, and Jean Stapleton, the rebellious Grace Anne.
Also new to the season is Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking and a change of venue for The Drawer Boy, which will play on the larger Segerstrom Stage May 23-June 29 instead of on the new Argyros Stage. Relatively Speaking, set for the Argyros March 18-April 6, 2003, is a farce about Ginny, a woman who can't decide whom she loves, despite her boyfriend Greg's devotion to her. A trip to meet her "parents," combined with mysterious phone calls and chocolates raises his suspicions about Ginny's former affair with a much older man.
Two final productions, one on the Segerstrom Stage and one on the Argyros, have yet to be announced. The upcoming 2002-2003 season includes two world premieres, Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel and Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour, the first production on SCR's newly constructed Julianne Argyros Stage.
The Violet Hour, the sixth Greenberg play to premiered on SCR's stages, takes place in the small New York City office of John Seaverings Pace, a writer who, having made it through World War I, is ready to get on with the future. Unfortunately, he can't find his theatre tickets, and his decisions during the day will impact the lives of four others: his employee, two budding writers and his friend's fiance. Evan Yionoulis will direct. It will play Nov. 5-24. The Julianne Argyros Stage, designed in the Broadway theatre style by Cesar Pelli, will seat 336 versus the old Second Stage's 161 seat capacity. Equipped with ample wing, trap and fly space, the Argyros will be a proscenium theatre with balcony and box seating. The Second Stage will be modified into the 99-seat Nicholas Studio.
The Argyros Stage will also see the West Cost Premiere of The Drawer Boy and the 9th annual staging of the Christmas musical, La Posada Magica (Dec. 13-24). SCR artistic director Martin Benson directs The Drawer Boy, which plays March 18-April 6.
Nottage's Intimate Apparel premieres April 4-May 11 on the Segerstrom mainstage. Intimate Apparel is the story of Ester, a plain, uneducated African American woman living in New York City at the turn of the 20th Century. Ester falls in love with a man named George through letters and regales her lingerie customers with tales of her long-distance paramour. But unfortunately, George isn't just lonely and love-lorn—he's also trouble. Best known for the regional favorite Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Nottage also penned Mud, River, Stone, Por' Knockers and Las Meninas.
The Segerstrom season opens with a revival of George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, playing Oct. 11-Nov. 17 with Benson directing. Also set for the season are A Christmas Carol (Nov. 30-Dec. 24) and Two Gentleman of Verona (Feb. 21-March 30), to be directed by Mark Rucker (SCR's The Taming of the Shrew and 2001's Much Ado About Nothing).
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— By Christine Ehren