Lois Smith Is Marjorie Prime at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum Beginning Sept. 10

News   Lois Smith Is Marjorie Prime at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum Beginning Sept. 10
 
Marjorie Prime, a new play by Jordan Harrison about a woman whose memory is fading, begins performances at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 10 prior to an official opening Sept. 21.

Lois Smith in rehearsal
Lois Smith in rehearsal Photo by Craig Schwartz

Directed by Les Waters, the production continues through Oct. 19 with Lois Smith (Buried Child, The Grapes of Wrath) starring in the title role. The cast also includes Lisa Emery (Casa Valentina), Jeff Ward (Orphans) and Frank Wood (Clybourne Park).

Here's how the production is billed: "Marjorie is a clever, wry woman who, at age 85, finds that her memory is failing. She is living out her days at an assisted living facility where she is frequently visited by her anxious, quick-witted daughter, Tess, and her kind, easygoing son-in-law, Jon. With the urging of Jon and the facility and despite Tess' misgivings, a mysterious young man, Walter, joins the group with the hope that he can help reverse Marjorie's decline."

Set design is by Mimi Lien, costume design is by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design is by Lap Chi Chu and sound design is by Adam Phalen. Casting is by Mark B. Simon, CSA, and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

The season will also include Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; the world premiere of The Tallest Tree in the Forest, written and performed by Daniel Beat; the United States premiere of Roger Crane's The Last Confession; Michael Urie in Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar; and Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw.

Additionally, Mark Taper Forum season ticket members will have priority access to Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty and Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two.

The Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center is located at 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. Tickets, a full performance schedule and more are available by visiting CenterTheatreGroup.org

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