After more than a year of development and several readings, Howard Korder's The Hollow Lands previews Jan. 7 at South Coast Repertory (SCR) in Costa Mesa, California. The show opens Jan. 14 and runs through Feb. 13.
As reported earlier, SCR associate artist David Chambers directs Rene Augesen, Simon Billig, Richard Doyle, Armando Duran, Mark Harelik, Rob King, Art Koustik, Hal Landon Jr., Graham Shiels, Doug Spearman, Michael Stuhlbarg and Don Took in the drama.
The designers include the noted Ming Cho Lee (set), Shigeru Yaji (costumes), Chris Parry (lighting), Jon Gottleib (sound), and Dennis McCarthy (original music).
The Hollow Lands relates a story of American "Manifest Destiny" as seen through the eyes of James Newman (Stuhlbarg), a 19th-century immigrant with grand ambitions. He arrives penniless in New York, where he meets Mercy (Augesen), a young woman whose fate becomes entwined with his own. Mercy has already endured too many unpleasant adventures and is ready to settle down, but James yearns to wander the continental wilderness. Spurred on by a Mephistophelean con man-entrepreneur adventurer named Samuel Markham (Harelik), James begins a perilous journey across the immense American landscape, encountering numerous colorful characters along the way.
Korder's plays include Search and Destroy and The Lights. For tickets and information call (714) 708-5555 or visit www.scr.org -- By Murdoch McBride