That may still happen, but it won't be the U.S. premiere of the play. That honor goes to the small Imago Theatre of Portland, Oregan, which is currently staging the drama. A Number began performances at Imago's 17 SE 8th Avenue location on Sept. 25 and remains there until Oct. 26.
Jerry Mouawad directs a casting consisting of Tobias Anderson and Mouawad himself.
A Number premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in September 2002. The play addresses cloning through the character of Salter, who has wasted his life on alcohol and drug addictions, causing him to neglect his son. When his wife dies, he decides to start his life over by ridding himself of his addictions, while having his child cloned—thus a new father will begin again with a new son. 35 years later, the father and the two sons reunite to discover that the hospital illegally cloned the boy 20 times.
Michael Gambon played the patriarch in London and Daniel Craig plays three of a score of his multiple sons.
Tickets to the Portland production are $21-$25. Call (503) 231-3959 or (503) 224-8499.