The cast has been set for David Grieg's space-age epic, The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Women He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, which will have its American premiere Aug. 6-Sept. 3 at the La Jolla Playhouse. Neel Keller is the director. The featured players include Irina Bjorklund, John Feitch, Kurt Fuller, Gretchen Lee Krich, Mark Nelson, Jan Triska and Neil Vipond. Fuller has a starring role in the recently- released film, "Scary Movie," and has been seen locally in such productions as Kvetch and The Waiting Room.
Keller's interest in Grieg's play was triggered by its "audacity and dry humor..." and by its handling of "love and heartache and earthbound life at the end of the 20th century...The play gives haunting theatrical expression to a very modern conundrum, the fact that as the world shrinks, as borders fall and the traditional divisions that separate countries and people disappear, we often seem more and more isolated from each other. It's one of those plays that leaves you thinking it's not like any play you've read before," he said in a statement.
The Scottish-born Grieg was writer-in-residence at The Royal Shakespeare Company in 1996. He is the co-founder of the Scottish theatre company Suspect Culture. The Cosmonaut had its world premiere at the Lyric Theatre in Linodon last year.
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-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent