Stage and TV's Jere Burns To Star in Lee Blessing's The Scottish Play Debut at La Jolla

News   Stage and TV's Jere Burns To Star in Lee Blessing's The Scottish Play Debut at La Jolla Jere Burns stars as the new Artistic Director of Michigan's Northernmost Shakespeare Festival who attempts to complete the Bard's canon with the cursed tragedy in the upcoming world premiere of Lee Blessing's The Scottish Play at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Jere Burns
Jere Burns

Melia Bensussen directs the new work, rescheduled from last season, to play at the La Jolla Playhouse's Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, Sept. 20-Oct. 23 with an opening night slated for Sept. 25. Original music is by Michael Roth.

The new comedy The Scottish Play centers on a theatre director (Burns) who defies the Macbeth hex to produce the Shakespeare. But the infamous curse causes fires, floods, frogs, mysterious illness and injury, ex-wives and a hunky Hollywood half-wits to rain down upon the back woods production.

Burns — the recent star of Broadway's After the Night and the Music, known to television audiences from "Dear John" and "Good Morning, Miami" — is featured in a cast that includes Peter Bartlett (The Frogs, "One Life to Live,"), Robert L. Devaney (The Violet Hour, Polish Joke), Erik Heger (Naked, Romeo and Juliet - ACT), Morgan Hollingsworth, Susan Knight (Once in A Lifetime, A Forest in Arden), Bridget Regan (Sweet Bird of Youth - La Jolla), Diana Ruppe (The Cherry Orchard - Atlantic Theater Company), John Vennema (The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Racing Demon) and Rebecca Wisocky (Hot 'n' Throbbin, 36 Views).

Blessing's previous works seen at La Jolla Playhouse include A Walk in the Woods, Two Rooms, Down the Road and Going to St. Ives. Other plays include Patient A, Thief River, Eleemosynary, Cobb, Whores, Black Sheep and Chesapeake.

The La Jolla Playhouse currently plays home to the return of its former Page to Stage production, I Am My Own Wife, through Sept. 11. The 2005 season also include the world premiere musical adaptation of The Essential Alice and the Theatre de la Jeune Lune production of Moliere's The Miser. La Jolla Playhouse is located on the corner of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, CA. For more information on the company, visit www.lajollaplayhouse.com.

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