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HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE
by Bill Cain
directed by Kent Nicholson
October 19 - November 18, 2012

Segerstrom Stage

“Write about what you know.”  Bill Cain took that advice, and this is the dazzling result—a play about a family so appealing that you want to find a comfortable chair and settle down in their living room.  When Bill comes back home to care for Mary, his often maddening (but always funny) mother, he tells the family story as it unfolds—in evocative flashbacks.  The memories are both bitter and sweet, for this is a family with its own set of commandments.  They squabble, yes, but even their arguments are beguiling.  

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Linda Gehringer, Jeff Biehl and Tyler Pierce in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of How to Write a New Book for the Bible by Bill Cain. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

  
Jeff Biehl, Tyler Pierce, Aaron Blakley and Linda Gehringer in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of How to Write a New Book for the Bible by Bill Cain. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

   

Jeff Biehl, Tyler Pierce, Aaron Blakely and Linda Gehringer and in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of How to Write a New Book for the Bible by Bill Cain. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

  
Tyler Pierce and Jeff Biehl in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of How to Write a New Book for the Bible by Bill Cain. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

Linda Gehringer, Jeff Biehl (background) and Tyler Pierce in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of How to Write a New Book for the Bible by Bill Cain. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.


       
Tyler Pierce in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of How to Write a New Book for the Bible by Bill Cain. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR
  
Tyler Pierce and Linda Gehringer in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of How to Write a New Book for the Bible by Bill Cain. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR
  
Linda Gehringer, Jeff Biehl (background) and Tyler Pierce in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of How to Write a New Book for the Bibleby Bill Cain. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR

Linda Gehringer in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of How to Write a New Book for the Bible by Bill Cain. Photo by Ben Horak/SCR.


       
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How to Write a New Book for the Bible logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.
  
How to Write a New Book for the Bible logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

Playwright Bill Cain.

Playwright

Bill Cain is the author of How to Write a New Book for the Bible, which premiered in the 2011-2012 season at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre. His play 9 Circleswas awarded the Sky/Cooper Prize by Marin Theatre Company where it received its world premiere production. It has gone to productions around the country including theaters in Boston, Denver and Los Angeles. His play Equivocation received its world premiere production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, as well as being produced at the Geffen Playhouse (Ovation Award for Best Play), Seattle Repertory, Marin Theatre,and Arena Stage. Other works include Stand-Up Tragedy, which earned six LA Critics Awards (including best production and distinguished writing) for its premiere at the Mark Taper Forum before moving around the country and eventually to Broadway. Screen credits include the series “Nothing Sacred” (co-creator/writer/producer) which aired on ABC, an adaptation of Clover for the Hallmark channel and HBO, Nightjohn, which was named best American film of the year by The New Yorker, Thicker Than Blood (TNT), which was an adaptation of Stand-Up TragedyEverything That Rises (starring Mandy Patinkin),Papa's Angels (starring Scott Bukula, Cynthia Nixon, and Eva Marie Saint), and Sounder. He is the founder of the Boston Shakespeare Company, where he was Artistic Director for seven seasons, directing most of the Shakespeare canon. Awards include: Steinberg New Play Award (first ever recipient two years in a row), multiple Edgerton grants, Helen Hayes Awards, the Joe A. Callaway Award, a Peabody, the WGA Award for Episodic Drama and a Christopher Award, among others.

Cast
Jeff Biehl
Jeff Biehl (Pete) is happy to be making his SCR debut. He has been working with Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn on The Master Builder, which has recently been made into a film directed by Jonathan Demme. Off-Broadway credits include Thomas Bradshaw’s Burning at The New Group, Women Beware Women with Red Bull Theater and The Misanthrope at New York Theatre Workshop. He has worked extensively in New York developing new plays at a variety of theatres, including productions of Jason Grote’s Civilization, Karl Gadjusek’s Greedy and Ann Washburn’s I Have Loved Strangers all with Clubbed Thumb, as well as Hell House directed by Alex Timbers for Les Freres Corbusier. Regional and international theatre includes Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (A.R.T. and Edinburgh International Festival), The Alchemist (The Shakespeare Theatre), 80 Days (Westport Country Playhouse) and Shipwrecked! (Long Wharf Theatre). Television appearances include “Southland,” several episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order.” He is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Aaron Blakely
Aaron Blakely (Paul) is excited to make his debut at SCR. Other regional credits include the world premiere co-production of How to Write a New Book for the Bible at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre, Clybourne Park at Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Lion in Winter at Shakespeare Santa Cruz; as well as productions with Southern Rep, Shakespeare Walla Walla, Idaho Repertory Theatre and Book-It Repertory Theatre. Film credits include We Need to Talk About Kevin, Frayed and We Go Way Back. His appearances on television include “Grimm” and “Leverage.” Blakely holds an MFA in acting from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program.

Linda Gehringer
Linda Gehringer (Mary) has appeared at SCR in the world premieres of The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Getting Frankie Married–and Afterwards, Hold Please, But Not for Me and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, a role she repeated in its New York premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Other SCR credits include Circle Mirror Transformation, Doubt, Hamlet, The Retreat from Moscow, A Delicate Balance, All My Sons, Relatively Speaking, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Arcadia and Good as New. She has played leading roles in theatres across the country, most recently in the world premiere of How to Write a New Book for the Bible at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Crowd You’re In With at Goodman Theatre (Jeff nomination), Surf Report at La Jolla Playhouse and The Women and Since Africa at The Old Globe. This fall she will appear in a recurring role on “Touch” with Kiefer Sutherland. Other television work includes “Justified,” “Raising Hope,” “Weeds,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “Ally McBeal,” “Frasier” and “The West Wing” among many others.

Tyler Pierce
Tyler Pierce (Bill) is thrilled to be making his SCR debut. He has appeared in tours of Legends with Joan Collins and Linda Evans, Barriers and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Rregional theatre credits include of How to Write a New Book for the Bible (Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre); Good People (Geffen Playhouse); Gronholm Method (Falcon Theatre); Death of a Salesman (The Old Globe); A Streetcar Named Desire (Guthrie Theater); The Night Is a Child (world premiere at Milwaukee Repertory Theater and at Pasadena Playhouse); Crime and Punishment (Berkeley Repertory); Dracula, A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Macbeth, Pericles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lorenzaccio, The Tempest (The Shakespeare Theatre Company); Youth Inc. (McCarter Theatre Center); and Fat Pig, The Internationalist (regional premiere at The Studio Theatre). New York theatre includes work at Theatre at St. Clement’s, Circle East, New York Classical Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Atlantic Theater Company, Atlantic Theatre Studio, Theatre for a New Audience, Lark Play Development Center, New Dramatists and New Georges. He has appeared in the films The Kiss, Best Friends, A Professional, Alchera, Modern Day Arranged Marriage and The Rub and on television in “Kidnapped,” “The Guiding Light,” “Third Watch,” “Runner” (pilot) and “Asteroid.”
Creative Team
Scott Bradley - Scenic Design
Callie Floor - Costume Design
Alexander V. Nichols - Lighting Design
Matt Starritt- Sound Design
Kathryn Davies - Stage Manager

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