South Coast Repertory Finalizes Season with World Premiere of Greenberg's Naked Girl

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The world premiere of Richard Greenberg's comedy A Naked Girl on the Appian Way completes South Coast Repertory's upcoming season lineup.
Richard Greenberg
Richard Greenberg

Mark Rucker, Greenberg's fellow associate artist at SCR directs the work commissioned by the California company. Previews begin April 1, 2005 toward an April 8, 2005 opening for a run through May 8, 2005 on the Segerstrom Stage.

A Naked Girl on the Appian Way follows the chain reaction of revelations unearthed in a neighborhood when two children return to their American home following a year-long excursion in Europe. A successful author/cooking-show host and socially-inept eccentric genius of sorts are at the head of the family in the play.

The work reunites Greenberg with his most willing purveyor, SCR, which has commissioned and/or premiered his plays including The Violet Hour, Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain, Hurrah At Last and Night and Her Stars. Other works include The Dazzle, Eastern Standard, The American Plan, Life Under Water and The Author's Voice. He also adapted Strindberg's Dance of Death for the recent Broadway staging with Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren and David Straithairn.

Director Rucker staged Cyrano de Bergerac last season at SCR. His other credits include The Dazzle, Hold Please, House Arrest, Amy’s View, So Many Words by Roger Rueff, Much Ado about Nothing, On the Jump, and The Triumph of Love. His recent feature film debut was "Die, Mommie, Die" starring Charles Busch (Taboo).

Naked Girl joins the three other world premiere slated for the SCR season including the current pre-Broadway run of Donald MarguliesBrooklyn Boy and as well as Christopher Shinn's On the Mountain and Lucinda Coxon's Vesuvius. The SCR season lineup (subject to change) is as follows:



  • Brooklyn Boy (through Oct. 10) - Segerstrom


  • Retreat From Moscow (Sept. 26-Oct. 17) - Julianne Argyros Stage


  • Habeas Corpus (Oct. 15-Nov. 21) - Segerstrom


  • A Christmas Carol (Nov. 27-Dec. 26) - Segerstrom


  • La Posada Magica (Dec. 10-23) - Argyros


  • On The Mountain (Jan. 2-23, 2005) - Argyros


  • The Clean House (Jan. 21-Feb. 27, 2005) - Segerstrom


  • The Root of Love (The Mandragola) (March 6-27, 2005) - Argyros


  • A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (April 1-May 8, 2005) - Segerstrom


  • Vesuvius (April 24-May 15, 2005) - Argyros


  • A View from the Bridge (May 20-June 26, 2005) - Segerstrom For tickets to Naked Girl at South Coast Rep, at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, CA call (714) 708-5555. For more information, visit


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