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A staged reading of the play

"Doctor Cerberus"

May 1, 2009

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

Presented by the 12th Pacific Playwrights Festival

Playwright by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Lawrence Robertson - Steven Culp
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo Lydia Robertson - Nike Doukas
Franklin Robertson - Brett Ryback
Rodney Robertson - Lee Aaron Rosen
Dr. Cerberus - Matt McGrath

Photo taken on the terrace of the SCR on April 25, 2009

Steven Culp, Nike Doukas, director Bart DeLorenzo,
"Doctor Cerberus" playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Matt McGrath.

Photo taken on the terrace of the SCR on April 25, 2009

Steven Culp, Nike Doukas, Jeffrey Weiser,
"Doctor Cerberus" playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Matt McGrath.

Photo taken on April 30, 2009

The artists and staff of SCR's 12th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival.
Photo by Kevin Bohn/SCR.

Rehearsal photo taken on May 1, 2009.

Rehearsal photos taken on April 30, 2009.
Photos courtesy of Kevin Bohn / South Coast Repertory

May 1, 2009 (c)

Steven Culp, Greg Germann, Matt Letscher, et al. Set for SCR's Pacific Playwrights Festival by Brian Scott Lipton

South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa has announced preliminary casting for the five staged readings that will be presented as part of the 12th Annual Pacific Playwrights' Festival, to run May 1-3.

Steven Culp, Nike Doukas, and Matt McGrath will headline Robert Aguirre-Sacasa's Doctor Cerberus, directed by Bart DeLorenoz, about a 13-year-old suburban teen who finds comfort in the horror movies he watches on television.

For tickets and other information, call 714-708-5555 or visit (Apr 16, 2009 (c)

Harelik, Culp, Germann, Brokaw, Garcés, Manke Among Artists in Pacific Playwrights Fest by Kenneth Jones

Tony Amendola, Steven Culp, Greg Germann, Mark Harelik, Matt Letscher and Matt McGrath are among performers participating in South Coast Repertory's 12th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF), a weekend of readings of new works, May 1-3.

Bart DeLorenzo will direct Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (May 1 at 3:30 PM) featuring Steven Culp, Nike Doukas and Matt McGrath.

"In the suburbs of Washington, DC, 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…" (Apr 16, 2009 (c)


Director Bart DeLorenzo brought out the innate charm in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Doctor Cerberus: With echoes of early Christopher Durang, it told the story of a gay boy's coming of age as a writer, through an inspiring uncle and his obsession with the TV host of a horror-movie show. Though not lacking in humor, it feels trite at this stage. The play demonizes the boy's repressed, control-freak parents — with a coy admission near the story's end that the boy might have been overreacting. (May 6, 2009 (c)

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