This, Featuring Saffron Burrows, Eisa Davis, Gilles Marini, Begins West Coast Run July 30

News   This, Featuring Saffron Burrows, Eisa Davis, Gilles Marini, Begins West Coast Run July 30 Melissa James Gibson’s new play This begins previews at the Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre July 30, prior to an official opening Aug. 7.

Eisa Davis in rehearsal
Eisa Davis in rehearsal Photo by Craig Schwartz

Directed by Daniel Aukin, the production runs through Aug. 28 and features a cast that includes Saffron Burrows, Eisa Davis, Glenn Fitzgerald, Gilles Marini and Darren Pettie.

At the center of This is Jane (Burrows), who is, according to press notes, "a widow and single mom, who along with her circle of three friends, is warily approaching 'middle age.' As Jane’s long time friends—a jazz singer and carpenter struggling as new parents and an eccentric mnemonist, attempt to help Jane come to terms life without her husband, they begin to realize the unhappiness and lack of fulfillment in their own lives."

Members of the creative team include scenic designer Louisa Thompson, costume designer Jessica Pabst, lighting designer Matt Frey and production stage manager Elle Aghabala, with original sound design by Matt Tierney and original music by Peter Eldridge.

This was first presented by Playwrights Horizons in New York in December 2009.

The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA. For more information and tickets, call (213) 628-2772 or visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

Glenn Fitzgerald and Darren Pettie
Glenn Fitzgerald and Darren Pettie Photo by Craig Schwartz
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