Casting, Dates Announced for San Diego Rep; Long Story Short Musical Opens Season

News   Casting, Dates Announced for San Diego Rep; Long Story Short Musical Opens Season
San Diego Repertory Theatre has announced dates and casting for its 2009-10 slate, the titles of which were previously revealed. The season will begin Oct. 3-Nov. 1 with the musical Long Story Short, a love story that spans 50 years and features music and lyrics by Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn, two-thirds of the pop trio GrooveLily.

Kent Nicholson is the two-character show's new director. The San Diego run includes revisions since the musical's world premiere in 2008, when it was co-produced in Pittsburgh and Palo Alto, CA. Mark Danisovsky is the musical director. Hope will be played by Melody Butiu. Charles will be played by Robert Brewer.

According to San Diego Rep, "Long Story Short tells the story of Hope, an Asian American native of Southern California, and Charles, a Jewish man from the East Coast, who recently arrived in L.A. Time is relative in this wonder-world of storytelling; it stops on a dime and, without warning, flies by with a new phrase of delicious music. [The show] begins with a blind date and goes all the way to old age in one exotic song-filled evening."

San Diego Rep recently added one more show to this year's lineup: the Reduced Shakespeare Company's classic comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), to run at the Lyceum June 11-20, 2010.

Here's the season at a glance:

Conor McPherson's The Seafarer, about Irishmen playing cards with the Devil, plays Nov. 14-Dec. 13. Delicia Turner Sonnenberg directs a cast that includes Armin Shimmerman, Ron Choularton, Jeffrey Meek and Sam Woodhouse. Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's boom, a comedy that follows a young marine biologist as he prepares for the imminent end of the world, will play Jan. 9-31, 2010, directed by Rep artistic director Sam Woodhouse. Steven Lone, Rachel Vanwormer, Sylvia M'Laffi Thompson are featured.

Culture Clash in Americca, Feb. 18-March 17, 2010, a new work by the Latino theatre troupe Culture Clash. It's "adapted from real interviews with people from across the U.S. who live radically diverse lives. The troupe's signature use of satire, vaudeville, mime and spoken word dramatizes the voices of the socially invisible and the New Americans, offering a fresh examination of cultures in flux."

Herbert Siguenza's A Weekend With Pablo Picasso, March 21-April 11, 2010, a workshop production not open to review, in which the actor-author will be performing and painting onstage. Best known for his comedic work with Culture Clash, Siguenza was first a visual artist. Rep associate artistic director Todd Salovey will direct the show, which "invites the audience into Picasso's private studio for an intimate and revealing weekend Picasso was the first rock star artist. His wild creations gripped the public imagination and forever changed 20th century art. He enraged and engaged the intelligentsia with his flamboyant and controversial opinions."

The season will close with The 17th Annual Lipinski Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival June 1-22, 2010.

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