Eddie Kaye Thomas, Ayre Gross, Richard Schiff, Deborah Ann Woll to Star in Parfumerie; Mark Brokaw Directs
By Carey Purcell
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will present Parfumerie as its premiere theatre engagement.
Performances begin Nov. 26, prior to an official opening Dec. 4, and will continue through Dec. 22 in Beverly Hills.
Directed by Mark Brokaw (Cinderella, Reckless), the production, adapted by E.P. Dowdall from Miklos Laszlo's Illatszertar, will feature Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie," The Submission); Richard Schiff (Glengarry Glen Ross, "The West Wing"); Ayre Gross ("Castle," "Six Feet Under"); and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood," "Highland Park").
The cast also includes Cheryl Lynn Bowers; Adam Farabee (The Lieutenant of Inishmore); Andy Goldenberg ("Jack and Jill," "Austin and Ally"); Linda Griffin (The Drowsy Chaperone; A Chorus Line); Jacob Kemp (Greenwood); Jackson Moran; Tony Pasqualini ("Mad Men," "Law and Order"); Ariana Shore (The Performers); Jayne Taini ("Mad Men," "ER"); Jill Van Velzer (The Heiress, The Matchmaker); and Matt Walton (Hair; "One Life to Live").
"Set during Christmastime, 1937 in Budapest, Hungary, the play centers around two bickering employees at an upscale boutique, who have been building an anonymous romantic relationship through letters to one another for two years," press notes state. "This popular comedy has been a favorite in Europe, but is rarely seen in the United States. Written by Hungarian émigré Miklos Laszlo, Parfumerie's charming plot has been adapted to film several times, including 'The Shop Around the Corner,' 'In the Good Old Summertime' and 'You've Got Mail,' and as the Broadway musical She Loves Me."
The creative team includes scenic designer Allen Moyer (After Miss Julie, Grey Gardens); costume designer Michael Krass (The Lyons, After the Night and the Music); lighting designer David Lander (The Winslow Boy, The Heiress); and sound designer Jon Gottlieb (Master Class, George Gershwin Alone).
An exhibition on perfume entitled "Timeless Scents: 1370-2013," a history of iconic fragrances through the ages, is being created especially for The Wallis by Chandler Burr, former New York Times scent critic. The exhibition will be on view in the Lovelace Studio Theater during the engagement of Parfumerie.
Tickets and more information are available by calling (310) 746-4000 or visiting thewallis.org.
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