SAN DIEGO – Dec. 17, 2010 – San Diego REPertory Theatre continues its lineup of multicultural works with two productions that exemplify the REP’s mission to produce intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. The season continues with two recent Broadway hits from two of America’s most lauded contemporary playwrights – Sarah Ruhl and Tracy Letts.
Feb. 5 through Mar. 6, 2011
Opening Night: Feb. 11, 2011 at 8 p.m.
The Lyceum Space
Hot off the Broadway stage, Superior Donuts is a hilarious and touching new comedy from Tracy Letts, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award(r) -winning author of August: Osage County. In a delightful departure from his often dark and searing dramas, Letts has written a love letter to his hometown of Chicago – a comedy that celebrates the diversity of the contemporary American city and a hopeful story of a young African-American man getting his first taste of what is possible in America. San Diego REPertory Theatre’s production of Superior Donuts will be directed by REP Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse.
Pony-tailed, ex 60’s radical and former draft dodger, Arthur Przybyszewski is the owner of a run-down doughnut shop “on the wrong side of the tracks” in urban Chicago. His florescent-lit shop features charming but greasy tables and a long counter begging for someone to sit and buy a doughnut. The shop gets vandalized and the local beat cops have no idea who would mess with Arthur’s domain. Worn out, Arthur fears Superior Donuts will be destined to close its doors forever, when a live wire bursts onto the scene. He is the young black teen, Franco Wicks, with his Great American novel tucked under his arm. Franco convinces Arthur to hire him as an assistant, promising to transform the funky environs into a must-visit stop for hipsters seeking coffee, sweets, live music and poetry slams. The growing bond between them is the heart of a tale about two very different men with extraordinary potential whose choices in life will cost them big time. Their story is full of big laughs and even bigger emotional stakes when a shocking turn of events threatens to destroy their unique bond.
“IN THE NEXT ROOM (Or The Vibrator Play)”
Mar. 19 through April 17, 2011
Opening Night: Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 8 p.m.
The Lyceum Stage
Find out what the buzz is about! San Diego REPertory Theatre proudly presents “In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play),” a provocative play about love, intimacy and electricity by Sarah Ruhl, author of the Pulitzer Prize nominee and REP favorite The Clean House. Ruhl’s new work is a sex comedy for adults with open hearts and minds. Critics raved when it opened on Broadway at the Lincoln Center Theatre last fall, calling it “inspired and brilliant” (The New Yorker) and “shamelessly entertaining!” (New York Magazine). Directed by Sam Woodhouse, San Diego REP’s production of In The Next Room lovingly invites audiences to explore the conundrums of intimacy, equality, marriage, motherhood and sensory experience.
Inspired by historical fact, the play is set in Victorian America when middle-class morality proclaimed women didn’t enjoy sex and a wide range of “female problems” were classified as hysteria. In an upstate New York spa town, just after Thomas Edison’s discovery of electricity, a gynecologist treats these problems in his home office through the use of a newly designed (and effective!) electric vibrator. But the well-meaning doctor is aware he has much to learn about women, particularly his wife…and he freely admits, “What men do not perceive because their intellect prevents them from seeing would fill a book.”
The seven smart characters are each on their own spirited quest for new possibilities and happiness, immersed in the mysteries of gender and the politics of desire. While the foundation of the story is about sexuality, Ruhl is much more concerned with what women want.
“Provocative, funny, sensual and surprisingly romantic.” – Associated Press
“She makes sweet and smart comic music out of the most unlikeliest of subjects.” – The New York Times
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About The REP
San Diego REPertory Theatre (REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, visit www.sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.