Kirsten Potter Is The Heiress at South Coast Rep Oct. 17-Nov. 16

News   Kirsten Potter Is The Heiress at South Coast Rep Oct. 17-Nov. 16 South Coast Repertory's new production of The Heiress, the psychological drama of love, innocence and betrayal by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz, inspired by Henry James' novel "Washington Square," begins Oct. 17.
The Heiress' Michael A. Newcomer and Kirsten Potter
The Heiress' Michael A. Newcomer and Kirsten Potter Photo by courtesy of SCR

Kirsten Potter, a veteran of Milwaukee Rep and West Coast productions, plays the steely title character, Catherine Sloper.

Performances continue to Nov. 16 on the Segerstrom Stage in Costa Mesa, CA. Directed by SCR artistic director Martin Benson, The Heiress opens Oct. 24.

"Set in 1850s New York, a widower and his daughter go about their lives, each craving love but powerless to express their needs," according to SCR. "Into their home comes a suitor of great charm who awakens the daughter's spirit and brightens her world — and may or may not be a fortune hunter."

Tony Amendola plays Catherine's father, Dr. Sloper. Amendola, who has appeared at many leading theatres throughout the country, was a resident actor, director and associate artist at Berkeley Repertory Theatre from 1980-1990.

Michael A. Newcomer plays Morris, Catherine's suitor. Newcomer's credits include Titus Andronicus, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors and The Winter's Tale at The Old Globe. The cast also includes Karen Hensel (Mrs. Montgomery), Lynn Milgrim (Mrs. Penniman), Rebecca Mozo (Marian), Jennifer Parsons (Maria) and Amelia White (Elizabeth Almond).

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Potter appeared at SCR in last season's production of Taking Steps. Other theatre credits include As You Like It; A Noise Within, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Geffen Playhouse; Honour, for which she was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Bold Girls, for which she earned a Garland Award honorable mention at Matrix Theatre Company; Sex Parasite at Mark Taper Forum; Red Herring and The Constant Wife at Laguna Playhouse; Major Barbara, The Living Room, Top Girls and Ride Down Mount Morgan at L.A. TheatreWorks and The Voysey Inheritance and Tonight at 8:30 at The Antaeus Company. While a company member with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, she premiered Work Song by Jeffrey Hatcher and Eric Simonson, Steven Dietz's Paragon Springs and Force of Nature, and was seen in 20 other productions.

The creative team for The Heiress is composed of Tom Buderwitz (set design), Maggie Morgan (costume design), Tom Ruzika (lighting design), Vincent Olivieri (sound design), Linda Sullivan Baity (dramaturg) and Chrissy Church (stage manager).

For more information visit www.scr.org or call (714) 708-5555 or visit the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.

Michael A. Newcomer, Kirsten Potter and Tony Amendola in <i>The Heiress</i>
Michael A. Newcomer, Kirsten Potter and Tony Amendola in The Heiress Photo by courtesy of SCR