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Steven Culp in "Doctor Cerberus"

July 14 - July 18, 2010

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA



Presented as part of "The Play's The Thing" radio series
by L.A. Theatre Works
Produced by Susan Albert Loewenberg


Playwright by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo



Lawrence Robertson - Steven Culp
Franklin Robertson - Simon Helberg
Lydia Robertson - Pamela J. Gray
Rodney Robertson - Jarrett Sleeper
Dr. Cerberus / others - Jamison Jones



"The Play's The Thing" is a live in-performance radio theatre series in Los Angeles.

Performances of "The Play's The Thing" are performed - without sets or costumes - and recorded live for later broadcast on public radio stations across the country.

Acclaimed as a "national treasure", L.A. Theatre Works features top actors up close and personal along with state of the sound and live Foley sound effects, transporting you to other worlds by sheer talent and your own imagination!

The audiobook "Dr. Cerberus" recorded from these performances is scheduled to be released in December 2010 (the perfect Christmas present :-)




Synopsis:

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).



Steven Culp
Photo courtesy of Derek Hutchison


Simon Helberg, Steven Culp, Pamela J. Gray, and Jarrett Sleeper
Photo courtesy of Derek Hutchison
Posted by L.A. Theatre Works on November 24, 2010 @ audiocommunity.com


Steven Culp, Simon Helberg, Pamela J. Gray, and Jarrett Sleeper
Photo courtesy of Derek Hutchison
Released by L.A. Theatre Works on the audio book app


Steven Culp, Simon Helberg, Pamela J. Gray, and Jarrett Sleeper
Photo courtesy of Derek Hutchison
Released by L.A. Theatre Works on the audio book app


Steven Culp, Simon Helberg, Pamela J. Gray, and Jarrett Sleeper
Photo courtesy of Derek Hutchison
Posted by L.A. Theatre Works on November 24, 2010 @ audiocommunity.com




In 2013, L.A. Theatre Works released "Dr. Cerberus," among other plays, as audio books app, available as Android Apps on Google Play and on the iTunes App Store.

The app includes biographies of the cast and the author, summary of the play, gallery, historical background information, Word search games.


Summary of the play


Biography of Steven Culp
Steven Culp
Photo courtesy of Derek Hutchison



(February 1, 2011) *

The audiobook is available to purchase at various stores such as amazon.com.

* (February 5, 2011 - I finally got my copy today - following information what the audio book looks like.)

The audio book consists of two audio CDs: part 1: 55:32 min long, part 2: 60.01 min long

front cover back cover
Photo courtesy of Derek Hutchison

A coming-of-age cocktail with a twist of horror! Thirteen-year-old Franklin Robertson is trying to survive adolescence. His parents don't understand him, and he's more interested in the high-school quarterback than any girl. Franklin's only refuge is to immerse himself in late-night B-movies, hosted by the creepy and corny Doctor Cerberus. But when reality begins to intrude on his fantasy world, he realizes that hiding in the closet is no longer an option.

(January 15, 2011)

At L.A. Theatre Works website Steven's radio play "Dr. Cerberus" is available to listen to.

direct link to the website, radio play part 1 --- direct link to the website, radio play part 2


A teenage misfit is coming of age in the comforting glow of late-night horror movies. But when reality begins to intrude on his fantasy world, he realizes that hiding in the closet is no longer an option.

Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Starring Simon Helberg as Franklin Robertson, with Pamela J. Gray, Steven Culp, Jarrett Sleeper, and Jamison Jones. Original music by Steven Cahill. Associate producers: Christina Montano and Jennifer Brooks. Recording, editing, and mixing engineer: Mark Holden for the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Our director is Bart DeLorenzo. (c) L.A. Theatre Works

(January 10, 2011, losangeles.broadwayworld.com by BWW News Desk)

Beginning Saturday, January 15, L.A. Theatre Works' Radio Theatre Series will air "Dr. Cerberus" by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, starring Simon Helberg, Pamela J. Gray, Steven Culp, Jarrett Sleeper, and Jamison Jones. The broadcast can be heard locally in Southern California on Saturday from 10 pm to midnight on 89.3 KPCC, and can also be streamed on demand at http://www.latw.org/.

Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) stars as a teenage misfit coming of age in the comforting glow of late-night horror movies. But when reality begins to intrude on his fantasy world, he realizes that hiding in the closet is no longer an option.

L.A. Theatre Works' radio theater series can also be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): 89.7 WGBH, Boston; 91.5 WBEZ, Chicago; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle; 90.1 WABE, Atlanta; 94.1 KPFA, Berkeley; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco); and in over 100 other markets nationwide.

Major funding for L.A. Theatre Works broadcast series is provided by the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Founded in 1989, the S. Mark Taper Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people's lives by supporting non-profit organizations and their work in the community.

(January 2, 2011)

According to the L.A. Theatre Works website, Steven's radio play "Dr. Cerberus," he recorded last July, will be broadcast as an abridged version on January 15, 2011 at 6 pm PT on the following radio stations (check your local station for time):

CJSF 90.1 FM, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Jefferson Public Radio, Eugene, OR
KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco, CA
KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City, MO
KMUN 91.9 FM, Astoria, OR
KNPR 88.9 FM, Las Vegas, NV
KPCC 89.3 FM, Pasadena, CA
KUOW 94.9 FM, Seattle, WA
KUT-HD, Austin, TX
Spokane Public Radio, Spokane, WA
WABE 90.1 FM, Atlanta, GA
WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago, IL
WCPN 90.3 FM, Cleveland, OH
WGBH 89.7 FM, Boston, MA
KPFA 94.1 FM, Berkeley, CA
KRCB 91.1 FM, Rohnert Park, CA
KUCR 88.3 FM, Riverside, CA
KUNM 89.9 FM, Albuquerque, NM
WHFC 91.1 FM, Bel Air, MD
WMNF HD3, Tampa, FL
WNJR 91.7 FM, Washington, PA
WRVO 89.9 FM, Oswego, NY

The abridged version of the play will also be made available for listening online at the L.A. Theatre Works website.



Dates and times: July 14, 2010 @ 8:00 pm
July 15, 2010 @ 8:00 pm
July 16, 2010 @ 8:00 pm
July 17, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
July 18, 2010 @ 4:00 pm


(July 14, 2010, playbill.com, by Adam Hetrick)

LATW Tunes Into Aguirre-Sacasa's Doctor Cerberus Starting July 14

The L.A. Theatre Works production of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Doctor Cerberus, a coming-of-age tale with a dark twist, begins performances July 14 at the Skirball Center.

Bart DeLorenzo, who directed the world premiere of the play at South Coast Repertory in April 2010, again helms the LATW run that will continue through July 18.

Simon Helberg ("The Big Bang Theory") stars as young teen Franklin Robertson, with original cast members Steven Culp and Jarrett Sleeper reprising the roles of Franklin's dad and brother, respectively. Original cast member Jamison Jones again appears in the title role with Pamela J. Gray as Franklin's mom.

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.

For more information visit latw.org.

(July 9, 2010, playbill.com, by Adam Hetrick)

Gray and Jones Complete Cast of Doctor Cerberus at LATW

Pamela J. Gray and Jamison Jones have joined the L.A. Theatre Works production of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's black comedy Doctor Cerberus, which will begin performances July 14 at the Skirball Center.

Jones, who appeared in the world premiere of the coming-of-age tale, will reprise his performance in the title role. The cast features the previously announced Simon Helberg as Franklin Robertson, Steven Culp as Franklin's dad and Jarrett Sleeper as Franklin's brother. Gray will play the teen's mother.

Bart DeLorenzo, who directed the world premiere of the play at South Coast Repertory in April 2010, again helms the LATW run that will continue through July 18.

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.

For more information visit latw.org.

(July 8, 2010, theatermania.com, by Andy Propst)

Steven Culp, Pamela J. Gray, Jamison Jones, et al. Set for LATW's Dr. Cerberus

Pamela J. Gray and Jamison Jones will join the previously announced Steven Culp, Simon Helberg, and Jarrett Sleeper in Los Angeles Theatre Works' presentation of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Dr. Cerberus, to be presented July 14-18 as part of their "The Play's The Thing" radio series at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Set in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s, the play is a coming-of-age story about a geeky, overweight teenager who finds comfort in the horror movies he watches every Saturday at midnight on a black-and-white TV set in his basement. The films are introduced by the enigmatic Doctor Cerberus, and the teen dreams of becoming the TV host's assistant.

For further information visit latw.org.

(July 28, 2010, broadwayworld.com, by BWW News Desk)

L.A. Theatre Works Records DOCTOR CERBERUS 7/14-18, Simon Helberg To Star

Doctor Cerberus - Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) stars in a coming-of-age, coming-out story with a twist of terror. 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! All performances are recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org

DOCTOR CERBERUS is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by Bart DeLorenzo. It stars Simon Helberg, Steven Culp, and Jarrett Sleeper, and is produced by Susan Albert Loewenberg.

The show runs the following dates:

Wednesday, July 14 at 8 pm
Thursday, July 15 at 8 pm
Friday, July 16 at 8 pm
Saturday, July 17 at 2:30 pm
Sunday, July 18 at 4 pm

L.A. THEATRE WORKS is located at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049.

Tickets may be purchased at L.A. Theatre Works Box Office (310) 827-0889 or www.latw.org. Tickets are $20.00 to $48.00.

(June 28, 2010, theatermania.com, by Andy Propst)

Steven Culp, Simon Helberg, Jarrett Sleeper Set for LATW's Dr. Cerberus

Steven Culp, Simon Helberg, and Jarrett Sleeper are set to appear in Los Angeles Theatre Works' presentation of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Dr. Cerberus, to be presented July 14-18 as part of their "The Play's The Thing" radio series at the Skirball Cultural Center. Bart DeLorenzo will direct the presentation, which, as previously reported, was to have featured Adam Arkin and JoBeth Williams, who have had to withdraw.

Set in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s, the play is a coming-of-age story about a geeky, overweight teenager who finds comfort in the horror movies he watches every Saturday at midnight on a black-and-white TV set in his basement. The films are introduced by the enigmatic Doctor Cerberus, and the teen dreams of becoming the TV host's assistant. Additional casting will be announced shortly.

For further information visit latw.org.

(June 28 2010, playbill.com, by Adam Hetrick)

Helberg, Culp and Sleeper to Visit Doctor Cerberus at LATW

"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 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.

For more information visit latw.org.

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