Boston Court Announces THE HOUSE IN SCARSDALE: A MEMOIR FOR THE STAGE BY DAN O'BRIEN
The Theatre @ Boston Court presents THE HOUSE IN SCARSDALE: A MEMOIRE FOR THE STAGE, a world premiere play written by Dan O'Brien and directed by Boston Court's Co-Artistic Director, Michael Michetti. The House in Scarsdale is presented on the Main Stage at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA.
Previews begin April 27, 2017. Opening night is May 6, 2017 and performances are scheduled to run through June 4, 2017.
As Tolstoy said "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." In The House in Scarsdale, playwright Dan O'Brien traces the roots of his family's particular unhappiness to learn why his parents and siblings cut him off years ago. The more Dan learns about his family, the more mysterious the circumstances surrounding their estrangement become, until his world is shaken when rumors surface that his real father might be another member of the family. Ultimately, Dan must decide if his pathological pursuit of the truth is worth the risk or should he follow the advice of a psychic and make his life a never-finished work of art.
Cast: Tim Cummings and Brian Henderson. Production staff: Sara Ryung Clement, Scene Design; Elizabeth Harper, Lighting Design; John Nobori, Sound Design; Kate Bergh, Costume Design; Tom Ontiveros, Projection Design; Nicole Arbusto, Casting Director; Ashley Steed, Assistant Director; Emilie Beck, Dramaturg; Alyssa Escalante, Production Stage Manager.
| about the playwright | Dan O'Brien is a 2015-16 Guggenheim Fellow in Drama & Performance Art. His play The Body of an American, winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, as well as the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, the PEN Center USA Award for Drama, and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, was produced off-Broadway in 2016 at the Cherry Lane Theatre by Primary Stages, in London at the Gate Theatre, and around the US in recent years at the Wilma Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Theatre J, and Stage Left Theatre. His other plays have been produced at theaters including Second Stage Theatre, The Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors' Theatre of Louisville, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Page 73 Productions, Geva Theatre Center, and elsewhere. O'Brien is currently under commission from Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles to write a play about Syria and Hollywood, an American Revolutions joint-commission from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater on the history of guns in America, and a commission from Portland Center Stage. Dan O'Brien: Plays One is forthcoming from Oberon in the UK in 2017. O'Brien's three collections of poetry, published in the US and the UK, are War Reporter (winner of the UK's Fenton-Aldeburgh Prize), Scarsdale, and New Life. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actor and writer Jessica St. Clair, and their daughter Isobel.
| about the director | Michael Michetti has been the Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre @ Boston Court since it's inception in 2003. For Boston Court he has directed: Aaron Posner's Stupid Fucking Bird, Tom Jacobson's The Twentieth-Century Way, Eric Coble's My Barking Dog, Rolan Schimmelpfennig's The Golden Dragon, Kathryn Walat's Creation, John Wallach's The Dinosaur Within, Deborah Stein's God Save Gertrude; Jason Grote's 1001; Carlos Murillo's dark play or stories for boys; Eric Whitacre's Paradise Lost: Shadows & Wings; his own adaptation of Oscar Wilde's A Picture of DorIan Gray; Sinan Ünel's Pera Palas; Charles L. Mee's Summertime; and Romeo & Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836. Elsewhere: Hamlet, As You Like It, and Don Juan (A Noise Within); Carousel, Man of La Mancha, and Li'l Abner (Reprise); Ouroboros (Road Theatre); Anyone Can Whistle (Matrix Theatre); A Life in the Theatre starring HAl Holbrook (Pasadena Playhouse); Edward II (Circle X); Building the Wall (The Fountain). He is the recipient of two Ovation Awards and four LADCC Awards.
Located in Pasadena, California, and founded in 2003, Boston Court Performing Arts Center is dedicated to creating and presenting works that are innovative, diverse, vital and adventurous in an intimate setting. The 75-seat Marjorie Branson Performance Space and the 99-seat Main Stage are state-of-the-art venues for Theatre @ Boston Court and Music @ Boston Court. The Theatre @ Boston Court, led by Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti, is currently commencing its 14th Season. The Theatre @ Boston Court has also co-produced productions in New York City, Boston, Houston, and at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California. Concentrating on new work and re-envisioned classics, The Theatre @ Boston Court is the proud recipient of numerous nominations and awards from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, the Ovations, the NAACP and Stage Raw. Music @ Boston Court, led by Artistic Director Mark Saltzman, provides a unique and intimate opportunity for musicians, performers, and composers to envision, explore, and realize their individual universes of musical expression. With over 30 programmed concerts a year, Music @ Boston Court is a key music presenter in the Los Angeles area. Boston Court Performing Arts Center is also the home of an annual New Play Festival, as well as Art Upfront, a rotating visual arts program.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Key funding is provided by Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Dramatists Guild Fund, The Shubert Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Colburn Foundation, Lazy L. Foundation, Pasadena Arts & Cultural Commision and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, Pasadena Art Alliance, and Z. Clark Branson Foundation.