Real-Life Couple Play Married Writers in Steven Dietz's Fiction at The Old Globe, Sept. 25

News   Real-Life Couple Play Married Writers in Steven Dietz's Fiction at The Old Globe, Sept. 25
 
Steven Dietz's Fiction — which recently played Off-Broadway — begins at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, Sept. 25 with a real-life couple playing the onstage couple.

The production, which will open Sept. 30 for a run through Oct. 31, is set to perform at the Cassius Carter Centre Stage.

Fiction originally commissioned by Seattle's ACT Theatre — where it will enjoy a run Oct. 22-Nov. 14 — centers on two happily married writers who enjoy their seemingly honest relationship until they decide to share each other's diaries. Secrets from each other's pasts come to light in the play.

Richard Seer directs the three-person cast that includes husband and wife team Kurt Rhoads and Nance Williamson playing fictional couple Michael and Linda Waterman with Rachel Fowler playing the role of Abby Drake.

The design team features Robin Sanford Roberts (scenic), Trevor Norton (lighting), Charlotte Devaux (costume) and Paul Peterson (sound). Diana Moser serves as stage manager.

"This play came out of old journals. Maybe 10 years ago I wrote the title The Waterman Diaries in a journal," Dietz told Playbill On-Line. "I remember writing a sentence years ago which said: 'What if instead of dying with your secrets you had to live with your secrets?' That was profound and stupidly general like many things in one's journal. That stuck with me." (To read the full interview, visit Playbill On-Line's Brief Encounter section.) Dietz's better-known titles are God's Country, Lonely Planet and Private Eyes. His work, a rarity in New York, has been more often produced at regional theatres. Other titles include Still Life with Iris, Trust, Handing Down the Names, Halcyon Days, Ten November, Boomtown, Foolin’ Around with Infinity, Painting It Red and More Fun Than Bowling.

The world premiere of Fiction played at New Jersey's McCarter Theatre with Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde) and Laila Robins (Frozen) under the direction of David Warren (Matt & Ben, Barbra's Wedding) in March of 2003. Warren also staged the recent Off-Broadway run with Tom Irwin, Julie White and Emily Bergl.

Tickets to Fiction at The Old Globe in San Diego's Balboa Park are available by calling (619) 23-GLOBE (234 5623). For more information, visit www.theoldglobe.org.

Nance Williamson (left), Rachel Fowler and Kurt Rhoads in <i>Fiction</i>
Nance Williamson (left), Rachel Fowler and Kurt Rhoads in Fiction Photo by Ken Jacques
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