"Six Feet Under" and "My So-Called Life" Stars to Climb Pyrenees in L.A.

News   "Six Feet Under" and "My So-Called Life" Stars to Climb Pyrenees in L.A. "Six Feet Under" mom Frances Conroy and "My So-Called Life" dad Tom Irwin are featured in the cast of the upcoming American premiere of David Greig's Pyrenees in Los Angeles. Tessa Thompson and Jan Triska also appear.

Center Theatre Group associate producer Neel Keller directs the work set to begin July 2 at the California company's Kirk Douglas Theatre and open July 9 for a run through July 30.

Set in the French mountains of the title, the work from the Scottish scribe follows a seemingly British man (Irwin) who is recovering after he was found lying unconscious in the snow. A young woman (Thompson) from the British Consulate is close to putting together his identity based on her interviews, linguistic peculiarities and fragments of recollection when a person (Conroy) who claims to know the man’s past arrives.

Conroy — known for her turn as Ruth Fisher on the recent HBO drama "Six Feet Under" — has appeared on Broadway in such productions as The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Ring Around the Moon, The Little Foxes, Two Shakespearean Actors, as well as Our Town (Lincoln Center), In the Summer House, The Secret Rapture and The Rehearsal.

Irwin, a Steppenwolf Theatre Company veteran, has appeared on stage in Fiction, The Grapes of Wrath, Balm in Gilead, My Thing of Love, Frank’s Wild Years and Space as well as Up for Grabs in London opposite Madonna. The actor, who played the father on the short-lived television show "My So-Called Life," has also appeared in "21 Grams," "Haunting of Hill House," "Dr. Dolittle" and "Midnight Run."

The design team for Pyrenees includes Mark Wendland (set), Allison Leach (costume), Geoff Korf (lighting) with Robbin E. Broad and Michael Hooker (sound). Sue Karutz serves as the production stage manager. Greig enjoyed four presentations of his plays in England last season — Pyrenees at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union at the Donmar Warehouse, The American Pilot at the Royal Shakespeare Company and an adaptation of Alfred Jarry's Ubu the King as part of The Barbicon's Young Genius season.

Tickets for Pyrenees at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd. in downtown Culver City, CA, are available by calling (213) 628-2772. For more information, visit www.KirkDouglasTheatre.org.

From Left: Frances Conroy, Jan Triska, Tom Irwin and Tessa Thompson comprise the cast of <i>Pyrenees</i>.
From Left: Frances Conroy, Jan Triska, Tom Irwin and Tessa Thompson comprise the cast of Pyrenees. Photo by Craig Schwartz