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Ryback & Culp Reprise Roles in South Coast Rep's DR. CERBERUS, 4/11-5/2


March 25, 2010

By BWW News Desk

The casting for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's DOCTOR CERBERUS, which will run on the Julianne Argyros Stage from April 11 through May 2, has been announced.

In the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in the mid-1980s, 13-year-old Franklin Robertson is trying to survive. His parents don't understand him. His older brother torments him non-stop. He'd rather write stories than go on dates. His great comfort comes from the horror movies he watches every Saturday night at midnight, on a black-and-white TV set in his basement, introduced by the enigmatic Dr. Cerberus. In fact, Franklin feels certain that Dr. Cerberus can save his misfit life-if only Franklin could get on his show. A coming-of-age comedy with a twist of terror, Doctor Cerberus is the latest from this "intelligent, compassionate writer" (Variety).

Franklin will be played by Brett Ryback, who played the role in the 2009 staged reading. Steven Culp ("Desperate Housewives" will reprise his role as Franklin's dad. Also joining the cast is Candy Buckley as Franklin's mother, Jarrett Sleeper ("The Secret Life of an American Teenager") will play his brother, Rodney, and Jamison Jones ("24") will play Doctoro Cerberus and other characters.

Bart DeLorenzo will direct. The creative team features set design by Keith Mitchell, costume design by Shigeru Yaji, lighting design by Rand Ryan, and sound design by Steven Cahill. The dramaturg for the production is Kelly L. Miller and the stage manager is Kathryn Davies.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is an award-winning playwright and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. He has written many plays, including an adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray (Round House Theatre), Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf Theatre, 2econd Stage Theatre), Based on a Totally True Story (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Mystery Plays (2econd Stage Theatre), The Velvet Sky (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co), The Muckle Man (Source Theatre), Dark Matters (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Rough Magic (Hangar Theatre) and The Weird (an evening of short pulpy plays at Dad's Garage Theatre). His comedies Golden Age and Say You Love Satan were both nominated for GLAAD Media Awards and have been produced around the country. In June, his revision of the classic Charles Strouse/Lee Adams musical It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's SUPERMAN! will premiere at Dallas Theater Center. Currently, he is working on commissions for Arena Stage, CTG and a musical adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho with Duncan Sheik. For Marvel Comics, he is the Harvey Award-winning author of "The Stand."

On Tuesday, April 20 and Wednesday, April 21 there will be post show discussions. There will be an ASL interpreted performance for the deaf community of Saturday, May 1 at 2 PM.

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