Hot on the heels of its world premiere in Manhattan, Richard Greenberg's The Dazzle makes its West Coast premiere March 26-April 28 at South Coast Repertory Theatre.
The prolific playwright has already penned five world premieres for the California not-for-profit theatre. The most recent was Everett Beekin, an SCR to-New York City transfer (it played Lincoln Center Theater).
Mark Rucker directs the comedy, the final production on the Rep's current Second Stage; the space will be completely rebuilt and reopened with a world premiere Greenberg play, The Violet Hour. The Dazzle — continuing to May 12 in a separate staging by Roundabout Theatre Company at Off-Broadway's Gramercy Theatre — concerns the eccentric Collyer brothers, Langley and Homer, a successful pianist and his wealthy brother who live in isolation until they bring a beautiful young socialite home one night. JD Cullum and Matt Roth are the siblings, Langley and Homer.
The play is not meant to be historical truth — it's a fanciful take on the men, who lived in an East Harlem mansion. Greenberg said in a New York Playbill note that he knows virtually nothing about the men, who are legends in New York City for having lived with decades of clutter in their home.
Susannah Schulman is the socialite at SCR. Cullum's recent credits include SCR's last production, Making It and Joe Louis Blues. Schulman played Buddug in the world premiere of Nostalgia. Designing The Dazzle are Darcy Scanlin (sets), Nephelie Andonyadis (costumes), Geoff Korf (lighting) and Karl Fredrik Lundeberg (sound, original music).
South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. South Coast Repertory is on the web at http://www.scr.org.
— By Christine Ehren