Lear Bumped to Fall 2009 at South Coast Rep; Collected Stories Added

News   Lear Bumped to Fall 2009 at South Coast Rep; Collected Stories Added Collected Stories, one of South Coast Repertory's most successful commissioned plays, will replace the previously announced Daniel Sullivan-directed King Lear as the final production of SCR's 2008-09 season.

Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about two women writers at opposite stages of their careers will run May 15-June 14, 2009, on the Segerstrom Stage. King Lear will open SCR's 2009-10 season.

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to revisit one of Donald's most celebrated plays and reintroduce it to Southern California audiences," stated artistic director Martin Benson, who will direct the revival.

Lear was postponed due to an unexpected conflict with Sullivan's spring schedule.

Collected Stories received its world premiere in 1996 on SCR's Second Stage. After its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, Collected Stories received a commercial Off-Broadway run, and the Los Angeles production at the Geffen Playhouse was subsequently filmed for PBS. Since then, Collected Stories has been produced throughout the U.S. and the world.

In addition to Collected Stories, Margulies is the author of four plays that were commissioned and premiered by South Coast Repertory: Brooklyn Boy and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sight Unseen, which received Broadway productions, and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont as Told by Himself. Dinner with Friends, which had its West Coast Premiere at SCR, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the Folino Theater Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Visit www.scr.org.