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SCR Press Release: "The Parisian Woman"

SCR Announces Stellar Team for World Premiere of Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman


March 9, 2013

COSTA MESA, Calif. – The play has everything: passion, politics, intrigue and comedy. And for the world premiere of Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman, South Coast Repertory has assembled an outstanding theatrical team that includes one of America's hottest playwrights, one of the American theatre's best directors and a shining cast.

The team includes playwright Willimon and director Pam Mackinnon, along with confirmed cast members Dana Delany, Steven Culp, Linda Gehringer and Rebecca Mozo. One role has not yet been cast.

Willimon sets The Parisian Woman in the Capitol Hill section of Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having. This provocative comedy about bad conduct in high places puts lust in bed with ambition. At the center is Chloe, an über-operator armed with charm, wit and sensuality. She uses all the arrows in her quiver to help her husband nab an important government post. How far will this unorthodox couple go to climb up the political ladder? Willimon's inspiration for the play came from Henri Becque's La Parisienne.

Willimon is creator and co-executive producer of Netflix's original series "House of Cards," about power, sex, ambition, love, greed and corruption in modern Washington, D.C. He is a playwright, screenwriter and producer, whose play Farragut North became the basis for the film Ides of March, which he co-wrote with George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The film earned Willimon Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, and it won The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Award for Best Screenplay. Other plays include Lower Ninth (Flea Theater, 2008; United Kingdom premiere, Donmar Warehouse, 2010), and Spirit Control (Manhattan Theatre Club, 2010). Willimon is a recipient of the Lila Acheson Wallace Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, named 2008 Playwright-in-Residence at the Donmar Warehouse, and he is a two-time winner of the Lincoln Center Le Comte du Nouy Award. Current theater commissions include works for the National Theatre of Great Britain, South Coast Repertory and the Flea Theater. He has written for Esquire,Malibu magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. He served on a number of political campaigns, including Chuck Schumer's 1998 senate race, Bill Bradley's 2000 presidential race, Hillary Clinton's 2000 senate race and Howard Dean's 2004 presidential race.

Obie Award-winning director Pam MacKinnon returns to SCR fresh from a successful Broadway run of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Steppenwolf, Arena, Broadway) and her 2012 Tony Nomination for Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park (Playwrights Horizons, Mark Taper Forum Broadway). Her recent SCR credits include Itamar Moses' Completeness, Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw and Richard Greenberg's Our Mother's Brief Affair. Other recent productions include, David Weiner's Extraordinary Chambers, Itamar Moses' The Four of Us (The Old Globe and Manhattan Theatre Club), Horton Foote's Harrison, TX (Primary Stages). She is a frequent director of the plays of Edward Albee, having directed six of his plays, including the world premieres Peter and Jerry (Second Stage and Hartford Stage) and Occupant (Signature Theatre). She is a Drama League and Lincoln Center Theater Directors' Lab alumna and the board president of Clubbed Thumb, a downtown NYC theater company devoted to new American plays.

Delany will make her South Coast Repertory debut as Chloe. Delany can be seen as Megan Hunt in the television series "Body of Proof" and had a recurring, Emmy-nominated role in "Desperate Housewives." She starred in the Broadway show A Life and received critical acclaim in a number of off-Broadway productions. Her role in Nicholas Kazan's controversial Bloodmoon in New York led her to Hollywood. Her film credits include Tombstone, Exit to Eden and Wide Awake. Her television credits include "China Beach," which earned her three Emmy nominations and two Emmy Awards as Best Actress; "Fly Away Home," "Castle," "The L Word" and "Kidnapped," and television movies include Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story.

Culp's SCR credits include Doctor Cerberus, Raised in Captivity and Art. Other theatre work includes the premieres of Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Phyllis Nagy's Trip's Cinch at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival; Angels in America (Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Performance), Light Up the Sky at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre; the premiere of Terrence McNally's The Lisbon Traviata at Theatre Off-Park; and Richard III at New York Shakespeare Festival. Film credits include Thirteen Days, The Emperor's Club, Spartan and James and the Giant Peach. Television credits include roles on "Desperate Housewives" and "Traveler"; recurring roles on "Saving Grace," "The West Wing," "JAG," "NCIS" and "Ghost Whisperer." (Editor's note: Steven Culp did not have recurring roles on "NCIS" and "Ghost Whisperer")

Gehringer most recently appeared at SCR in Bill Cain's How to Write a New Book for the Bible, earning a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nomination.Among her other SCR credits are Doubt and the world premieres of The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Getting Frankie Married–and Afterwards, Hold Please, But Not for Me and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. She has played leading roles in theatres across the country, including The Crowd You're In With at Goodman Theatre. Her television work includes a recurring role on "Touch" with Kiefer Sutherland, "Justified," "Raising Hope," "Weeds," "Gilmore Girls," "Without A Trace," "Cold Case," "Ally McBeal," "Frasier" and "The West Wing" among many others.

Mozo's SCR credits include In the Next Room or the vibrator play, A Wrinkle in Time, Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, The Heiress and Doubt. Other theatre credits include Educating Rita and Trying (Ovation Award nomination for Best Actress) at The Colony Theatre Company; The Cherry Orchard at Center Theatre Group; Ghosts at A Noise Within; and King Lear, Cousin Bette, Pera Palas, and The Dresser at The Antaeus Company. She also appeared in I Capture the Castle at El Portal Theatre (Ovation Award nomination for Best Actress). Film and television credits include Zerophilia, "Pizza Time," "Cold Case" and "Medium."

Honorary Producers for SCR's production of the The Parisian Woman is The Playwrights Circle, whose members include Bill and Carolyn Klein; Chase McLaughlin; Mike and Nancy Meyer; Carl and Patricia Neisser; Robert Palmer; Tom and Beth Phelps; Barbara and Bill Roberts; Mary Ann Brown and Rick Reiff; Laurie Smits Staude; Tom Taylor; and Linda and Tod White.

The Parisian Woman was commissioned and developed by The Flea Theater in New York City. It runs April 14-May 4 on SCR's Julianne Argyros Stage. For ticket information, call (714) 708-5555 or go online to

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Paula Tomei, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. SCR is committed to theatre that illuminates the compelling personal and social issues of our time, not only on its stages but through its wide array of education and outreach programs. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation's largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers and composers. Each year, it showcases some of country's best new plays in the Pacific Playwrights Festival, which attracts theatre professionals from across the country. Of SCR's more than 460 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres, whose subsequent stagings achieved enormous success throughout America and around the world. Two SCR-developed works have won Pulitzer Prizes, and another eight were named Pulitzer finalists. In addition, SCR works have won several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR's Folino Theatre Center is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. Today, SCR produces 13 shows and eight public readings each season. More information is available at

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