Reg Rogers and Cynthia Harris Will Star in Greenberg's Injured Party World Premiere at SCR

News   Reg Rogers and Cynthia Harris Will Star in Greenberg's Injured Party World Premiere at SCR Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers will star in The Injured Party, Tony Award-winner Richard Greenberg's new comedy about art, wealth and family, commissioned by South Coast Rep, April 20-May 11 in Costa Mesa, CA.
Reg Rogers
Reg Rogers Photo by Mark Avery/SCR

The world premiere is part of South Coast Repertory's 11th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival. Trip Cullman will direct the new comedy about one man's response to a famous art installation — Cristo's Central Park-set "The Gates."

The cast includes T. Scott Cunningham Cynthia Harris, Marin Ireland, Caroline Lagerfelt, Lorenzo Pisoni.

According to SCR, The Injured Party "is set in a specific New York City moment — 2005, when the art installation Cristo'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 [played by Harris], 94 years old and enormously rich. Her grandson Seth [played by Rogers], 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."

The creative team includes David Korins (set design), Candice Cain (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), John Gromada (sound design), John Glore (dramaturg) and Kathryn Davies (stage manager).

Performances play SCR's Julianne Argyros Stage. Opening is April 25. Reg Rogers previously appeared in the New York productions of Greenberg's Hurrah at Last and The Dazzle (OBIE and Lucille Lortel Awards). On Broadway, Rogers appeared in Proposals, Holiday (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations) and The Moliere Comedies. Recent stage credits include Richard III at California Shakespeare Theater and Uncle Vanya at Lake Lucille.

Greenberg received the Tony Award for his play, Take Me Out. South Coast Repertory commissioned and presented the world premieres of Greenberg's 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, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was recently revived on Broadway.

SCR has also produced his play The Dazzle. Greenberg's other plays include Eastern Standard, Jenny Keeps Talking, The American Plan and The Maderati. A staged reading of the SCR-commissioned Our Mother's Brief Affair was presented at the 2007 Pacific Playwrights Festival.

Cullman's credits include Some Men (Second Stage), Dark Matters (Rattlestick Theater), Dog Sees God (Century Center), The Wooden Breeks (MCC), Manic Flight Reaction (Playwrights Horizons), Swimming in the Shallows (Second Stage Uptown), Roulette (John Houseman Theater), The Last Sunday in June (Century Center & Rattlestick Theater), among others.

For more information, visit www.scr.org, or call (714) 708-5555.

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The Injured Party is one of two world premieres to be presented on SCR's main stages during the Pacific Playwrights Festival (May 2-4). Also planned is the world premiere of Kate Robin's What They Have, on the Segerstrom Stage, April 4-May 4.

In addition to the two fully produced plays, the weekend festival showcases five new plays commissioned by South Coast Repertory in readings and workshops.

Trip Cullman, Reg Rogers and Richard Greenberg
Trip Cullman, Reg Rogers and Richard Greenberg Photo by Mark Avery/SCR