The new comedy about a frustrated artist's response to a famous art installation is making its world premiere as part of South Coast Repertory's 11th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival.
Playwright Greenberg - whose Take Me Out earned him a 2003 Best Play Tony - has had numerous world premieres of his work commissioned and presented by the 44-year-old Orange County theatre company. A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, The Violet Hour, Everett Beekin, Hurrah at Last, Night and Her Stars, The Extra Man and Three Days of Rain all began life at the Rep.
According to press notes, the play "is set in a specific New York City moment — 2005, when the art installation of Christo's 'The Gates' captured the imagination of city dwellers with its 23 miles of billowing fabric in Central Park. One of the viewers was Maxene, 94 years old and enormously rich. Her grandson Seth, who studiously avoided 'The Gates,' is not so rich, hopelessly stalled — and determined that 'redistribution must commence.' A bevy of inimitable New Yorkers aid and/or hinder Seth in this ingenious new comedy about family, love, art, money and ambition."
Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers (Proposals, Holiday on Broadway) leads an ensemble cast that also features T. Scott Cunningham, Cynthia Harris, Marin Ireland, Caroline Lagerfelt and Lorenzo Pisoni. Trip Cullman (Some Men, Dog Sees God) directs.
Visit www.scr.org for more information. Here is a look at the production, which will end its limited run May 11:
All photos by Henry DiRocco/SCR