Casting a sexy beast in 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' at South Coast Repertory
So it was for Bart DeLorenzo when staging "Dead Man's Cell Phone" at South Coast Repertory. The veteran director had a pretty good idea of the type he wanted for a key scene with actress Christina Pickles (left). Strong jawline. Chestnut brown hair. Quirky, but not goofy. Good looking from the back. And as is so often the case on stage and elsewhere, size matters.
Especially when you're dealing with a dead animal.
DeLorenzo was pelted with possibilities. He tested several of the dozens of furry wraps presented to him, but none were quite right -- and time was running out. So for the first couple of previews, Pickles appeared on stage with a stand-in.
Pickles' prop made its debut on the third night of performances--and practically stole the show.
And so, to quote the Bard, thereby hangs a tale.
See Charles McNulty's review of Sarah Ruhl's "Dead Man's Cell Phone" here.
-- Lisa Fung
Photo of Christina Pickles by Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times
Photo of pelts by Jeffrey Weiser / South Coast Repertory