John Olive's, The Summer Moon, which explores the arrival of the Japanese car industry in America, begins its California premiere run at Southcoast Repertory Theatre with low-priced previews Nov. 2-4. The show is scheduled to run Nov. 5-Dec. 5.
As reported earlier, the play deals with the story of a young Japanese businessman who is sent to Long Beach in the late '50s by a Japanese auto company. The Japanese businessman then deals with the alien American culture -- which neither wants his product nor his presence.
Directed by SCR's Mark Rucker, Summer Moon was developed through South Coast Repertory's Collaboration Laboratory for new play development.
Playwright John Olive has written extensively for the stage, as well as for radio, television, film and opera. He has also published fiction and essays, and has written screenplays and teleplays for Amblin Entertainment, Disney, Embassy Television, Lorimar, MGM/UA and ABC/Capital Cities.
The cast of the show features Greg Watanabe, Tamlyn Tomita and John K. Linton. The design team features sets by Nephelie Andonyadis, costumes by Joyce Kim Lee, lighting by Geoff Korf and sound by Michael Roth. The stage manager for the show is Randall K. Lum. Tickets for the regular run are $26 through $45, with discounts for students, seniors and groups of 15 or more. There will be a "Pay What You Will" performance Nov. 6 at 2 PM, with a $5 minimum suggested price, cash only and a two tickets per person limit.
Summer Moon will be performed on Southcoast Rep's Second Stage, where seasonal schedule formats have changed, thus patrons should call Ticket Services at (714) 708-5555 for performance times. South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, one block east of South Coast Plaza at the Bristol Street exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway.
-- By Murdoch McBride