After being the sole full production in South Coast Rep's 2nd Annual Pacific Playwright's Festival, John Glore's On the Jump will close on June 27. In Jump, 1998 Tony nominee Julyana Soelistyo and television comedy veteran Melanie Chartoff co-starred, opposite Alan Oppenheimer (Sunset Boulevard) Richard Doyle, John Fleck, Patricia Fleck, Joseph Fuqua and Kellie Waymire. On The Jump, started previews May 21, for an official opening on May 28.
Robbed and abandoned on her wedding night by her new spouse, a woman contemplates suicide on a nearby bridge. That's when things take a turn for the better. Glore based his comedy on a story by his wife, Amy Dunkleberger.
Actress Soelistyo received a Tony nomination for her work in Golden Child. She's also worked at several theatres in Seattle. Chartoff as numerous stage credits in New York and California (including Big River at La Jolla), but she's best known for appearances in films and television ("Fridays," "Weird Science"). Waymire, who plays the lead, Colleen, won a Drama-Logue Award for Sylvia at CA's Old Globe.
Directed by SCR associate artist Mark Rucker, On The Jump featured sets by Neil Patel, costumes by Walker Hicklin, lighting by Scott Zielinski and sound by Justus Matthews. Dennis McCarthy provided original music for the production.
For tickets and information on On The Jump at South Coast Rep call (714) 708-5555.
-- By Sean McGrath