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Steven Culp in "Doctor Cerberus"

April 11 - May 2, 2010 (20 performances)

World Premiere at the South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA




Playwright by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Lawrence Robertson - Steven Culp
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo Franklin Robertson - Brett Ryback
Lydia Robertson - Candy Buckley
Rodney Robertson - Jarrett Sleeper
Dr. Cerberus / others - Jamison Jones

Running time: Approximately 90 minutes incl. a 15 min intermission.



Stage Captures
Opening Night Party
Press Coverage of "Doctor Cerberus"


Photo courtesy South Coast Repertory, taken March 20, 2010
The cast of "Doctor Cerberus"
Jarrett Sleeper, Jamison Jones, Candy Buckley, Brett Ryback, Steven Culp



Previews: April 11 - 15, 2010
Opening Night: April 16, 2010
Regular Performances: April 17 – May 2, 2010






Published in the South Coast Repertory program, spring 2009-2010 season




Photos below taken on April 22, 2010
Photos courtesy of Henry DiRocco / South Coast Repertory.
The artists and staff of SCR's 13th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival,
which ran April 23-25, 2010.




Photo below taken on April 8, 2010
Photo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.



Rehearsal photos below taken on April 8, 2010
Photos courtesy of Cindy Yamanaka / The Orange County Register



Preview photos below taken on April 14, 2010
Photos courtesy of Henry DiRocco / South Coast Repertory.





Photos below courtesy of Henry DiRocco / South Coast Repertory.
Captures below were taken from a video titled "Doctor Cerberus" FotoFilm that was published
by the South Coast Repertory on YouTube.



Steven Culp (Lawrence Robertson) returns to SCR after appearing in Raised in Captivity (Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Ensemble) and Art. Additional theatre credits include 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), Blackbird and The Quality of Life at American Conservatory Theater; If Memory Serves at Pasadena Playhouse; Light Up the Sky at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre; The White Rose at The Old Globe in San Diego; Highest Standard of Living at Playwrights Horizons; the premiere of A.R. Gurney, Jr.'s Sweet Sue at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Coastal Disturbances at Circle in the Square; 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 (as Bobby Kennedy), The Emperor's Club, Spartan, Firehouse Dog, From Within, Leaving Barstow, The Sisters, Nurse Betty, James and the Giant Peach and the recently completed The Chicago 8. Television credits include series regular roles on "Desperate Housewives" (two SAG awards for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series) and "Traveler;" recurring roles on "Saving Grace," "The West Wing," "JAG," "ER," "Star Trek: Enterprise" and "Privileged;" the miniseries "Gore Vidal's Lincoln" and "Impact;" and many guest appearances, most recently on "The Mentalist," "Ghost Whisperer," "CSI: Miami," "Cold Case," "NCIS," "Medium," "Boston Legal," "The Closer" and "Eli Stone." (c) scr.org




Synopsis:

In the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in the mid-1980s, 13-year-ol...d 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).


(May 2, 2010)

Closing of "Doctor Cerberus" at SCR.

(April 16, 2010)

Opening of "Doctor Cerberus" at SCR.

(April 11, 2010)

Previews start at SCR for "Doctor Cerberus."

(April 11, 2010, broadwayworld.com, by BWW News Desk)

South Coast Rep's New Play DOCTOR CERBERUS To Premiere 4/11

South Coast Repertory's Artistic Directors David Emmes and Martin Benson have announced that Doctor Cerberus, a new play by HBO's "Big Love" and Marvel Comics' "Spiderman" writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, will receive its World Premiere during the 2009-10 Season. The SCR-commissioned play will fill the final slot on the Julianne Argyros Stage and be part of the 13th Annual Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF).

Aguirre-Sacasa's tale of a boy who finds solace in horror movies received a staged reading at this spring's PPF, to a rousing audience response. Bart DeLorenzo, who helmed the reading, returns to direct the production. Doctor Cerberus will run from April 11 - May 2, 2010 on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Low-priced previews are available from April 11 through April 15. Opening night is April 16. Press night is Saturday, April 17 at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are currently available by subscription only and may be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or in person at the SCR box office.

According to Emmes, "We're very excited to add this SCR-commissioned play to our 2009-10 Season. Aguirre-Sacasa is one of America's most talented young writers, as imaginative as anyone in theater today, and his originality is well demonstrated in Doctor Cerberus."

A coming-of-age comedy with a twist of terror, Doctor Cerberus is set in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. 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.

Aguirre-Sacasa's play King of Shadows was featured as a NewSCRipts reading at SCR in 2007. His other plays include Good Boys and True, Based on a Totally True Story, The Mystery Plays and Dark Matters. For Marvel Comics, he is the Harvey Award-winning author of The Stand. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is currently writing a new book to the classic Charles Strouse/Lee Adams musical It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's SUPERMAN! and also writes for the HBO series "Big Love." He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Doctor Cerberus is one of two World Premieres that will receive full productions during SCR's nationally renowned Pacific Playwrights Festival which will take place April 23 through April 25, 2010. An additional World Premiere production will be presented on the Segerstrom Stage from March 26 - April 25. Besides the two fully-produced plays, the weekend Festival showcases five new plays, many commissioned by South Coast Repertory, in readings and workshops and attracts audiences and theater professionals from across the country.

(April 6, 2010)

Tech rehearsal at SCR for "Doctor Cerberus."

(March 30, 2010)

Video shoot for all the video parts "Doctor Cerberus."

(March 16, 2010)

First rehearsal and design presentation for "Doctor Cerberus."


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