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News Gross and Hinkle Are Surprised Siblings in Premiere of Our Mother's Brief Affair, April 3-May 3 Arye Gross and Marin Hinkle play adult siblings who learn of their ailing mother's past secrets in the world premiere of Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg's Our Mother's Brief Affair, beginning April 3 at South Coast Repertory Theater.
(clockwise from top left) Marin Hinkle, Arye Gross, Matthew Arkin and Jenny O'Hara
(clockwise from top left) Marin Hinkle, Arye Gross, Matthew Arkin and Jenny O'Hara Photo by Henry DiRocco

Director Pam MacKinnon's cast includes Jenny O'Hara as mother Anna and Matthew Arkin as Father/Lover.

Commissioned by SCR in Costa Mesa, CA, Our Mother's Brief Affair will run on the Segerstrom Stage in Costa Mesa, CA. Opening is April 10. The run plays to May 3.

Here's how SCR bills the play: "In Our Mother's Brief Affair, adult siblings Seth and Abby have come together to take care of their mother, Anna, who has come close to dying more than once. But this time something is different. This time Anna has a story to tell, about long-ago Saturday afternoons, about escorting young Seth to his viola lessons at Juilliard despite his constant protestations, and about what she did while he played scales — a love affair made out of weekly matinees at a small hotel, with a man whose name is synonymous with betrayal."

Greenberg received the Tony Award for his play Take Me Out and is currently represented on Broadway by The American Plan, and the recent revival of Pal Joey, for which he wrote a new book. South Coast Repertory commissioned and presented the world premieres of Greenberg's The Extra Man, Night and Her Stars, Three Days of Rain (a Pulitzer Prize finalist and currently running on the West End), Hurrah at Last (Pacific Playwrights Festival 1998), Everett Beekin (PPF 1999), The Violet Hour, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (PPF 2005) and The Injured Party (PPF 2008). Our Mother's Brief Affair was presented as a staged reading at SCR's 2007 Pacific Playwrights Festival.

MacKinnon is a frequent interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, having directed A Delicate Balance at Arena Stage; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Alley Theatre and Vienna's English Theatre; The Play About the Baby at Philadelphia Theatre Company and Goodman Theatre; and the premieres of Occupant at Signature Theatre Company and Peter and Jerry (now titled At Home at the Zoo) at Hartford Stage Company and Second Stage Theatre. Arkin's Broadway credits include Losing Louie, The Sunshine Boys and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. His Off Broadway appearances include Dinner With Friends (Drama Desk nomination), Rounding Third, Indian Blood, You Should Be So Lucky and Moonlight and Magnolias.

Gross appeared in the world premiere of Donald Margulies' Brooklyn Boy both at SCR and on Broadway. He was seen most recently in Julia Cho's The Winchester House at Theatre @ Boston Court, M. Butterfly at East West Players and the world premiere of Chekhov X 4 with The Antaeus Company, of which he is a member and associate artistic director.

Hinkle returns to SCR after appearing in the world premiere of Kate Robin's What They Have last season. Her Broadway credits include Electra, A Thousand Clowns and The Tempest. She has appeared Off Broadway in The Dybbuk and Henry VIII at The Public Theater; Miss Julie at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; and Blue Window at MCC. She plays Judith in her sixth season on "Two and a Half Men" and played Judy on "Once and Again."

O'Hara’s Broadway credits include The Odd Couple (the female version), The Iceman Cometh, Promises, Promises, The Kid and The Fig Leaves are Falling. Her Off-Broadway credits include John Guare's New York Actor, Steve Martin's WASP and Peter Hedges' Good as New. She was a regular on TV's "My Sister Sam."

The creative team for Our Mother's Brief Affair includes Sybil Wickersheimer (set design), Rachel Myers (costume design), Lap-Chi Chu (lighting design), Michael K. Hooker (sound design), John Glore (dramaturg) and Kathryn Davies (stage manager).

Tickets to Our Mother's Brief Affair may be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or in person at the SCR box office.

South Coast Repertory is located in the Folino Theater Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.

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