Gregor Murphy's The Countess, a big hit in New York last season, has been added to South Coast Rep's 2000-2001 schedule. The production, directed by SCR's Juliette Carrillo, opens Nov. 3 and continues through Dec. 3, 2000.
SCR also announced that the world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Kimberly Akimbo has moved to the theatre's mainstage, April 6-May 13, 2001. The Second Stage production of Bosoms and Neglect moves into the Jan 23-Feb. 25 slot, with David Chambers directing.
The Countess traces the true-life love triangle and sensational Victorian scandal that ensued when London society learned that famed art critic John Ruskin was being sued for divorce by his equally well known wife, Effie, on the grounds that their union had never been consummated. Ruskin's wife was vilified and it was later revealed that there was another man, John Everett Millais, a founder of the pre-Raphaelite movement.
SCR also announced that its Youth Conservatory will present Melodrama Madness on the theatre's Second Stage Aug. 19 and 20. The show is a compilation of Victorian Music Hall acts that bring the 1890s to life for kids, young adults and parents.
South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive. For tickets and information call (714) 708-5555. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent