Family Bond Inspires Heartwarming Herzog Play 4000 Miles
COSTA MESA, Calif. – Playwright Amy Herzog looked close to home when writing 4000 Miles; her own grandmother inspired the creation of the play’s character, Vera.
4000 Miles—a Pulitzer Prize finalist—is the next offering in South Coast Repertory’s 50th Season. The show runs Oct. 18-Nov. 17 on the Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are available online: www.scr.org.
Herzog also set the play in her grandmother’s Greenwich Village apartment in New York City, and admitted—in a newspaper interview—that she used her grandmother’s own “words, habits and history” in the play. When she describes the fictional Vera as being “tiny and frail but not without fortitude,” Herzog is really talking about her grandmother.
4000 Miles is the story of 91-year-old Vera, an old-world Leftie, and her 21-year-old grandson, Leo, a New Age hippie. After a cross-country trip, Leo surprises Vera at her New York apartment in the middle of the night with a backpack, a bike, no money and no direction in his life. She agrees to let him spend the night without telling his mom; a few weeks later, he’s still there. Leo is at a bad place with his parents, his girlfriend wants to break up, and something terrible happened on his trip. The rich detail in Vera and Leo’s relationship is heartwarming.
Herzog is no stranger to South Coast Repertory. She spent time writing at SCR in 2011, while her husband, Sam Gold, directed Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation in 2011.
The cast for 4000 Miles includes Matt Caplan as Leo, Rebecca Mozo as Bec, Klarissa Mesee as Amanda and Jenny O’Hara as Vera.
The design and creative team includes Ralph Funicello, scenic design; Sara Clement, costume design; Lonnie Alcaraz, lighting design; Cricket Myers, sound design; Josh Marchesi, production manager; and Sue Karutz, stage manager.
4000 Miles is generously supported by Honorary Producers Steve and Laurie Duncan, and Barbara Roberts and Brooke Roberts-Webb.
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.
Related Information for 4000 Miles
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 Oct. 18-Nov. 17. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced preview performances run Oct. 18-24.
Performance Dates, Times:
- Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 20, Oct. 22-23, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m.
Note: Friday, Oct. 25, is an invitation-only performance
Special notes: There are no Monday performances. There is no evening performance on Sunday, Nov. 17.
- Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Oct. 27, 29, 30; Nov. 3, 5 and 6; and Nov. 10, 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. Note: There is no evening performance on Sunday,
- Thursdays-Saturdays, Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and 2; Nov. 7-9; and Nov. 14-16, at 8 p.m.
- Saturdays-Sundays, Oct. 26-27; Nov. 2-3; Nov. 9-10; and Nov. 16-17, at 2:30 p.m.
- ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m.
- Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Tuesday, Nov. 5. Discuss the play with cast members of 4000 Miles during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
- Inside the Season: Saturday, Nov. 2, 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 4000 Miles. The event includes a guided tour of the set. Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the Folinio Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Blvd.
Current and Upcoming Productions: Fast Company by Carla Ching, Oct. 6-27; 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, Oct. 18-Nov. 17; Ivy + Bean, Theatre for Young Audiences, Nov. 8-24; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Jerry Patch, Nov. 29-Dec. 26. More information is available online: www.scr.org.
ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY:
Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is led by Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Paula Tomei. SCR is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. Of SCR’s 501 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org