Doctor Cerberus Will Get World Premiere at South Coast Rep in 2010

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South Coast Repertory has added the world premiere of Doctor Cerberus, a new play by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, to its 2009-10 season, artistic directors David Emmes and Martin Benson announced on June 17.

The SCR-commissioned play — about a boy who finds solace in horror movies — will fill the final slot on the Julianne Argyros Stage April 11–May 2, 2010, and be part of the 13th Annual Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF).

Aguirre-Sacasa is author of The Muckle Man, Based on a Totally True Story and Good Boys and True, and writes for HBO's "Big Love" and Marvel Comics' "Spider-Man."

Doctor Cerberus received a staged reading at the 20009 PPF. Bart DeLorenzo, who helmed the reading, will return to direct the production.

According to Emmes, "Aguirre-Sacasa is one of America's most talented young writers, as imaginative as anyone in theatre today, and his originality is well demonstrated in Doctor Cerberus."

Here's how the play is billed: "A coming-of-age comedy with a twist of terror, Doctor Cerberus is set in the suburbs of Washington, DC in the mid-1980s. Thirteen-year-old Franklin Robertson is trying to survive. His parents don't understand him. His older brother torments him, and he would rather write stories than go out with friends. His great comfort comes from the horror movies he watches on a black-and-white TV set in his basement during 'Nightmare Theatre,' introduced by the enigmatic Doctor Cerberus. In fact, Franklin feels certain that Doctor Cerberus can save his misfit life — if only he can get on the show." Doctor Cerberus is one of two world premieres that will receive full productions during SCR's 2010 Pacific Playwrights Festival. An additional world-premiere production will be presented on the Segerstrom Stage March 26–April 25.

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