West Coast Seminar Welcomes Jennifer Ikeda, Greg Keller, Aya Cash, Patrick Heusinger; Jeff Goldblum Will Star

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24 Aug 2012

Patrick Heusinger
Patrick Heusinger
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The Los Angeles debut of the Broadway production of Theresa Rebeck's comedy Seminar will star Aya Cash, Patrick Heusinger, Jennifer Ikeda and Greg Keller, who join the previously announced Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Jeff Goldblum ("The Fly," The Pillowman). The play about a corosive editor and a group of young novelists plays Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre Oct. 10-Nov. 18.

Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Uncle Vanya, The Aliens, Circle Mirror Transformation) directs the sex-and-literature-kissed comedy by prolific Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebeck (Omnium Gatherum, Poor Behavior, Mauritius, Dead Accounts, The Scene, Our House, TV's "Smash"). Opening is Oct. 17.

In Seminar, CTG notes remind us, "four aspiring young writers sign up for private writing classes with Leonard (played by Goldblum), an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this provocative new comedy."

Seminar had its world premiere on Broadway in November 2011 starring Alan Rickman. Goldblum joined the cast in April 2012.

The West Coast premiere features the complete Broadway design team: set and costume design by Tony Award nominee and two-time Obie Award winner David Zinn, lighting design by Drama Desk Award nominee Ben Stanton and original music and sound design by two-time Drama Desk Award winner John Gromada.



Seminar is produced by Jeffrey Finn, Jill Furman, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Roy Furman, David Ian, David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas and James Spry.

Cash's theatre credits include The Other Place, Killers and Other Family, Offices, Happy Hour, The Pain and the Itch and more.

Heusinger recently starred opposite Chloe Sevigny in Abigail/1702 at New York Stage & Film. He originated the role of Luke in the Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of Next Fall.

Ikeda's New York credits include Top Girls at Manhattan Theatre Club, Edward Albee's Seascape at Lincoln Center, The Bacchae and As You Like It both at the Delacorte and more.

Keller was last seen at the Ahmanson Theatre in 33 Variations with Jane Fonda. He made his Broadway debut earlier this year in Margaret Edson's Wit.

For tickets and information, go to CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400.