South Coast Rep Opens Season With Ah, Wilderness! Sept. 4

News   South Coast Rep Opens Season With Ah, Wilderness! Sept. 4 South Coast Rep will ring in the new season with Eugene O'Neill's comedy, Ah, Wilderness!, which begins performances on Sept. 4 for a run through Oct. 11. The official opening is Sept. 11. The play, about a young man coming of age, recently had a Broadway revival at Lincoln Center starring Craig T. Nelson and Debra Monk.

South Coast Rep will ring in the new season with Eugene O'Neill's comedy, Ah, Wilderness!, which begins performances on Sept. 4 for a run through Oct. 11. The official opening is Sept. 11. The play, about a young man coming of age, recently had a Broadway revival at Lincoln Center starring Craig T. Nelson and Debra Monk.

Staged by SCR Artistic Director Martin Benson, Wilderness features Rona Benson, Raye Birk, Richard Doyle, Kevin Matthew Gregg, Jennifer Griffin, Art Koustik, Hal Landon Jr., Martha McFarland, Marilyn McIntyre, Michael Reisz, Karen Stapleton and Don Took.

The rest of the South Coast season looks like this:

Main Stage:
Oct. 16-Nov. 22, opens Oct. 23: Donald Margulies' Dinner With Friends, directed by former Seattle Rep artistic director, Daniel Sullivan. Other Margulies plays include What's Wrong With This Picture? and the Pulitzer-nominated Collected Stories, new receiving a NY revival with Uta Hagen. No casting has been announced.

Nov. 28-Dec. 27: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Jan. 8-Feb. 14, 1999, opens Jan. 15, 1999: Moliere's Tartuffe, staged by David Chambers. Other Moliere works include The School For Wives and The Misanthrope.

Feb. 19-Apr. 4, 1999, opens Feb. 26, 1999: John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, directed by co-artistic director David Emmes.

Apr. 9-May 16, 1999, opens Apr. 16, 1999: Alan Ayckbourn's comic trilogy, The Norman Conquests, directed by co-artistic director Martin Benson. Other Ayckbourn plays include Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce and Woman In Mind.

May 21-June 27, 1999, opens May 28, 1999: John Glore's On The Jump, a world premiere.

Second Stage:
Sept. 22-Oct. 5, opens Sept. 25: Jon Klein's Dimly Perceived Threats To The System, directed by associate artist Mark Rucker.

Nov. 3-Dec. 6, opens Nov. 6: Keith Reddin's But Not For Me, a world premiere directed by co-artistic director Emmes.

Dec. 11-27: La Posada Magica, a play with music by Octavio Solis and Marcos Loya.

Jan. 26-Feb. 28, 1999, opens Jan. 29, 1999: David Hare's socio-politically charged romance, Skylight. Other Hare plays include The Judas Kiss and The Secret Rapture.

Mar. 9-Apr. 11, 1999, opens Mar. 12, 1999: production to be announced.

Apr. 27-May 30, 1999, opens Apr. 30, 1999: Nilo Cruz's Two Sisters and a Piano.

For more information on shows at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, call (714) 708-5555.

-- By Robert Simonson and Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent


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