Sam Anderson, Jackie Chung, Stephen Ellis, Monica Horan, Alyson Reed Star in Different Words for the Same Thing, Beginning May 4
04 May 2014
Photo by Craig Schwartz
The world premiere of Kimber Lee's different words for the same thing begins previews May 4 at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City prior to an official opening May 11.
Performances will continue through June 1.
Directed by Center Theatre Group associate artistic director Neel Keller, the cast features Sam Anderson, Jackie Chung, Stephen Ellis, Monica Horan, Devin Kelley, Rebecca Larsen, Savannah Lathem, Erick Lopez, Malcolm Madera, Alyson Reed, Hector Atreyu Ruiz and José Zuniga.
"Set in a small town in southwestern Idaho, and the vast spaces that surround it," different words for the same thing, press notes state, "depicts the intersecting lives of the townspeople as they deal with the web of love, tradition, religion, politics and heartbreak that connect them all. In a series of intimate, deeply felt scenes, Lee introduces Marta and Henry, three generations of their family, and many of their friends and neighbors. All are linked to the heartbeat and daily life of the community in ways reminiscent of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town."
The production also has set design by Sarah Krainin, costume design by Candice Cain, lighting design by Geoff Korf and sound design by Paul James Prendergast. Casting is by Heidi Levitt, CSA, and the production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.
Tickets are available at CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre or by calling (213) 628-2772.
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