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Helberg, Culp and Sleeper to Visit Doctor Cerberus at LATW


June 28, 2010

By Adam Hetrick

"The Big Bang Theory" actor Simon Helberg will star in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's "Doctor Cerberus," a coming-of-age tale with a dark twist, for L.A. Theatre Works beginning July 14.

Bart DeLorenzo, who directed the world premiere of the play at South Coast Repertory in April 2010, will again helm the LATW run that reunites several cast members from that production. Performances will continue through July 18.

Helberg will step into the role of Franklin Robertson, with Rodney Steven Culp and Jarrett Sleeper reprising the roles of Franklin's dad and brother, respectively. Additional casting will be revealed shortly.

According to LATW: "Thirteen-year-old Franklin Robertson is trying to survive adolescence. His parents don't understand him, his brother torments him, he has no friends, and he's more interested in the high school quarterback than any girl. The one bright spot in his life is the glow of the black-and-white TV in his parents' basement. Here, he worships at the altar of the Saturday Night Horror Movie, hosted by the eerie Dr. Cerberus. Before long, Franklin is convinced that only by going on the show will his life be redeemed - by Dr. Cerberus himself!"

Aguirre-Sacasa is currently represented with his revised production of the 1966 musical "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman," which is now premiering at the Dallas Theater Center. He has also penned the plays "Good Boys and True," "Based on a Totally True Story," "The Mystery Plays" and "The Muckle Man".

"Doctor Cerberus" will be recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing."
For tickets to any of "The Play's the Thing" productions at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, call the L.A. Theatre Works box office at (310) 827-0889.

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