South Coast Rep to Present Zoe Kazan's TRUDY AND MAX IN LOVE, 1/5-26

Love in the modern world doesn't have an "easy button;" it's complicated and sometimes not very convenient. Take a look at one contemporary and very complex relationship in the next production at South Coast Repertory: Trudy and Max in Love by Zoe Kazan The show runs Jan. 5-26, 2014, on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Lila Neugebauer directs. Tickets are available online: www.scr.org.

Smart, insightful and funny, the story follows Max, a celebrity novelist, who is single, and Trudy, who is working on a new novel, and is happily married. They meet in a writer's room and form a fast friendship that leads to a complicated affair. The play explores the question of whether it's possible to love two people completely.

Director Neugebauer says Trudy and Max in Love is "disarmingly credible, intelligent and honest." She sees it as an adult coming-of-age story about two individuals who are innocent and damaged, who endure loss, but grow.

"It's a play about how love changes us," Neugebauer said. "How our idea of love changes so that we can evolve."

SCR commissioned Trudy and Max from Zoe Kazan, who is part of a legendary family that includes film and stage director Elia Kazan (her grandfather), and stage and screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord (her parents).

Kazan also is known as an actor, playwright and screenwriter, including her hit indie movie Ruby Sparks. As an actress, she has appeared on Broadway, in the films Ruby Sparks, Revolutionary Road and It's Complicated and on television in the series "Bored to Death."

SCR Artistic Director Marc Masterson produced an earlier Kazan play prior to his tenure at South Coast Repertory. He finds her work to be creative and compelling.

"Trudy and Max in Love has a lot of her in it," Masterson said. "She's writing truthfully about herself and her generation. This is a love story for Zoe's generation."

The cast for Trudy and Max in Love includes Aya Cash, Celeste Den, Tate Ellington and Alfredo Narciso.

The design and creative team includes Laura Jelinek, scenic design; Melanie Watnick, costume design; Lap-Chi Chu, lighting design; Cricket Myers sound design; Jackie Hill, production manager; and Kathryn Davies, stage manager.

Trudy and Max in Love is generously supported by Honorary Producers Pam and Jim Muzzy.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit: www.scr.org. Tickets may be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Jan. 5-26. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced preview performances run Jan. 5-9, 2014.

Previews: Sunday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 7-9, 7:45 p.m. Note: Friday, Jan. 10, is an invitation-only performance. Regular performances (Special notes: There are no Monday performances. There is no evening performance on Sunday, Jan. 26.) Evenings: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12, at 7:45 p.m.; Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 14-19, 7:45 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday, Jan. 21-25, at 7:45 p.m. Matinees: Saturdays-Sundays, Jan. 11-12, Jan. 18-19 and Jan. 25-26, at 2 p.m. ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m.

Special Events:

· Post-Show Discussions: Tuesday, Jan. 14, and Wednesday, Jan. 15. Discuss the play with cast members of Trudy and Max in Love during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory's literary team. Segerstrom Stage.

· Inside the Season: Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR's literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR's production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR's production of Trudy and Max in Love. The event includes a guided tour of the set. Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.




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