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Steven Culp in "The Parisian Woman"

April 14 - May 5, 2013 (23 performances)

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




Playwright by Beau Willimon Peter Lafont - Steven Culp
Directed by Pam MacKinnon Chloe - Dana Delany
Tom - Steven Weber
Jeanette Sims - Linda Gehringer
Rebecca Sims - Rebecca Mozo

Running time: Approximately 90 minutes; there is no intermission.
Recommendation: Contains smoking, adult language and situations.



Opening Night Party
Talk-Back with the Cast
Video Interview with Captures
Video Excerpts with Stage Captures
Press Coverage of "The Parisian Woman"


Photo courtesy South Coast Repertory, taken March 20, 2013
The cast of "The Parisian Woman"
Steven Weber, Dana Delany, Linda Gehringer, Rebecca Mozo and Steven Culp.




Photo courtesy of South Coast Repertory



Photo taken May 5, 2013
The cast of "The Parisian Woman"
Rebecca Mozo, Linda Gehringer, Steven Weber, Dana Delany and Steven Culp.

Tweet posted May 5, 2013 after the finale performance of "The Parisian Woman"




Photo courtesy of South Coast Repertory




Previews: April 14-18, 2013
Opening Night: April 19, 2013
Regular Performances: April 20 - May 5, 2013

Friends Seminar: Thursday, April 4, 2013
First Night: Friday, April 19, 2013
Post Show Discussions: Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday April 24, 2013
Inside the Season: Saturday, May 4, 2013
ASL-interpreted performance for the deaf community: Saturday, May 4, 2013




(c) H. Lorren Au JR., Orange County Register (c) H. Lorren Au JR., Orange County Register




Photo courtesy of South Coast Repertory




Published in the South Coast Repertory program, spring 2012-2013 season




Photos courtesy of Henry DiRocco / South Coast Repertory.
The artists and staff of SCR's 16th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival,
which ran April 26-28, 2013.


Rehearsal Photo
Photo courtesy South Coast Repertory, by Ben Horak,
taken on April 11, 2013
Steven Culp, Dana Delany and Steven Weber in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of The Parisian Woman by Beau Williimon.



Rehearsal Photo
Photo courtesy South Coast Repertory, by Henry DiRocco,
taken on April 18, 2013
Dana Delany, Steven Weber and Steven Culp in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of The Parisian Woman by Beau Willimon.




Steven Culp courtesy of South Coast Repertory.
Steven Culp (Peter) appeared most recently in Harold Pinter's Old Times at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, directed by Michael Kahn. He returns to SCR after appearing in Raised in Captivity (Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Ensemble), Art, and the premiere of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Doctor Cerberus. 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; Opus, Doctor Cerberus and Biff in Death of a Salesman at LA TheatreWorks; Light Up the Sky at Ahmanson Theatre; The White Rose at The Old Globe; 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 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 "Grey's Anatomy," "The Chicago Code," "Saving Grace," "The West Wing," "JAG," "ER," "Enterprise" and "Privileged"; the miniseries Gore Vidal's Lincoln and Impact; and many guest appearances. (c) scr.org




Synposis:

Beau Willimon is the writer-producer of the Netflix mega-hit "House of Cards," and his play Farragut North won rave reviews before hitting the screen as the Oscar-nominated The Ides of March. Willimon sets his new play in the Capitol Hill section of Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having. This contemporary slant on a scandalous French comedy about bad conduct in high places is swift, savvy and impossible to resist. Tom is a lawyer in the private sector, with his sights on a government job. Chloe is beautiful, bright and bored. But she has a passionate side, and it has nothing to do with her love affairs. How far will they go to achieve political stardom?

(April 15, 2013 (c) SouthCoastRep.blogspot.com)

Excerpt from an interview with director Pam MacKinnon

The New York Times calls director Pam MacKinnon one of the "new power players of Off Broadway, staging some of the most critically acclaimed productions in recent years." MacKinnon returns to South Coast Repertory, where she's directed three previous productions (on stage and staged readings). [...] We talked on a range of topics with MacKinnon.


You've said that you're attracted to writers who pay attention to the "muscular potential of language." What does that phrase mean?

I am attracted to wordy plays populated by loquacious people who understand the power of language. Even if at times inarticulate, the characters, I like, wrestle with language to make their cases. I like actors who innately attend to the muscular potential of language, which means they have to listen attentively and are affected by what is said, making what is on the page alive and in the moment. In The Parisian Woman, battles are won and lost in conversation; it is a play of quick-witted people.


What's your favorite moment in The Parisian Woman?

Oh, it's the final scene with Chloe, Peter and Tom. The structure of stripping down to the truth and then building up a new lie so that life can go on, delights me.


What do you hope audiences will come away with after seeing The Parisian Woman?

I hope audiences leave wanting to talk about what they've just heard and seen.

(March 14, 2013, broadwayworld.com, by BWW News Desk)

THE PARISIAN WOMAN Opens Tonight at South Coast Rep

South Coast Repertory's world premiere of Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman opens tonight, April 14.

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 (Dana Delany), an über-operator armed with charm, wit and sensuality. She uses all the arrows in her quiver to help her husband, Tom (Weber), nab an important government post. Find out how far this unorthodox couple will go to climb up the political ladder.

The cast includes Steven Weber as Tom, Steven Culp as Peter, Linda Gehringer as Jeanette, and Rebecca Mozo as Rebecca.

(March 9, 2013, latimes.com)

"The Parisian Woman," loosely adapted from the 1885 comedy "La Parisienne" by Henry François Becque, is set in the world of contemporary Washington politics and follows the story of a woman who is part of a political power couple.

(March 9, 2013, SCR.org)

One of America's hottest young writers, whose play Farragut North won rave reviews before hitting the screen as the Oscar-nominated Ides of March, Beau Willimon sets his new play in the Capitol Hill section of Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having. This contemporary slant on a scandalous French comedy about bad conduct in high places is swift, savvy and impossible to resist. Tom is a lawyer in the private sector, with his sights on a government job. Chloe is beautiful, bright and bored. But she has a passionate side, and it has nothing to do with her love affairs. How far will they go to achieve political stardom?

(March 9, 2013 SCR @ FB)

Talk about a stellar team at SCR! One of the country's hottest directors -- Pam Mackinnon -- is set to direct the world premiere of "The Parisian Woman" by Beau Willimon -- he's one of the country's hottest writers ("House of Cards," "Ides of March"). And casting to date includes Dana Delany, Steven Culp, Linda Gehringer and Rebecca Mozo.

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