Comic Mario Cantone is featured in the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour, playing South Coast Repertory Nov. 5-24. The new play, commissioned by the Southern California theatre, inaugurates the company's new space, the Julianne Argyros Stage. Evan Yionoulus (Three Days of Rain, Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine) directs.
The Violet Hour takes place in the small New York City office of John Pace Seavering, a fledgling publisher who, having made it through World War I, is ready to get on with the future. Unfortunately, he can't find his theatre tickets, and his decisions throughout the day will impact the lives of four others: his manic assistant, two budding writers, both of whom want him to publish their work, and his best friend's fiancée.
Hamish Linklater (Good Thing) stars as Pace with Cantone as his assistant Gidger. Kate Arrington (Everett Beekin) is the wealthy fiancée Rosamund, Michelle Hurd (Getting Away with Murder) is Jessie Brewster, Pace's lover and the author of an "autobiography," and Curtis Mark Williams (House and Garden at Manhattan Theatre Club) is Denis, the other scribe, this time of a gigantic novel, and Pace's best friend.
Greenberg has premiered five original works at South Coast Rep — Everett Beekin, Hurrah at Last, Three Days of Rain, Night and Her Stars and The Extra Man, plus an adaptation of The Triumph of Love. His play Eastern Standard and his adaptation of Dance of Death both played Broadway. Take Me Out, a hit for the Public Theatre after its world premiere at London's Donmar Warehouse, will transfer to Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre in February.
South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For reservations, call (714) 708-5555. South Coast Repertory is on the web at http://www.scr.org. *
The brand-new Julianne Argyros Stage, designed in the Broadway theatre style by Cesar Pelli, will seat 336 versus the old Second Stage's 161-seat capacity. Equipped with ample wing, trap and fly space, the Argyros is a proscenium theatre with balcony and box seating. The Second Stage will be modified into the 99-seat Nicholas Studio.