Richard Greenberg and SCR, together again
Richard Greenberg's affair with Costa Mesa's South Coast Repertory Theatre has been long and enriching both for audiences and Greenberg's award shelf. We're happy to report that the Greenberg-SCR relationship continues next year with the world premiere of his "Our Mother's Brief Affair."
The SCR faithful will remember a laugh-so-hard-you-cry reading of the play at the theater's 2007 Pacific Playwrights Festival, starring Jill Clayburgh and Adam Arkin. So it's fitting that the SCR-commissioned play will premiere at the 12th annual festival, with a run April 3 to May 3 on the Segerstrom Stage.
In "Our Mother's Brief Affair," a brother and his sister reunite to take care of their elderly mother, who shares a story of a past love affair.
Greenberg, who has written eight plays for SCR, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Three Days of Rain," has a busy year ahead. He's written a new book for "Pal Joey," for a production to be directed by Joe Mantello that begins in previews at the Roundabout Theatre Company on Nov. 14. And Greenberg's play "The American Plan" (seen at the Old Globe Theatre in the spring) opens on Broadway in January.
Casting has not been announced for "Our Mother's Brief Affair," so we'll start the lobbying right here for Arkin and Clayburgh to reprise their memorable -- and hilarious -- performances.
-- Sherry Stern
Photo: Richard Greenberg. Copyright South Coast Repertory Theatre