Morning's at Seven
by Paul Osborn
directed by Art Manke
streaming live at 5 p.m. on
April 1, 2021 - April 1, 2021

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Cast of Characters
Tessa Auberjonois - Myrtle
Nike Doukas - Aaronetta
Richard Doyle - Carl
Linda Gehringer - Cora
David Ivers - Homer
Hal Landon Jr. - Theodore
Jenny O’Hara - Esther
Jennifer Parsons - Ida
Nick Ullett - David
Nick Slimmer - Stage Directions Reader

Mornings at Seven is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Setting: The back porch and yards between two mid-western homes—circa 1939.

Running Time: Approximately two hours and 20 minutes with one 5-minute intermission.

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Paul Osborn (Playwright) was an American playwright and screenwriter best-known for writing the screen adaptation of East of Eden, as well as South PacificThe YearlingThe World of Suzie Wong and Sayonara. Born and raised in Evansville, Ind., Osborn went on to graduate from the University of Michigan and later to study at Yale University. He made his debut in 1928 with the play Hotbed. In 1930, he found success on Broadway with The Vinegar Tree. His 1939 original comedic play, Morning's at Seven, became one of Osborn's most enduring original works. It has been presented on television, but never filmed. Revived onstage in 1980, it would be hailed by Harold Clurman as "one of the best American comedies."

Art Manke (Director), in 18 seasons at SCR, has directed SHREW!, The Monster Builder, Peter and the Starcatcher, Bach at Leipzig, Noises Off, Taking Steps, three musicals for young audiences, numerous new-play readings and has created choreography for half-a-dozen other productions. Elsewhere, his work has been seen at the Denver Center Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Pioneer Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, American Players Theatre, Santa Cruz Shakespeare and at A Noise Within, where he was a co-founder and former artistic director (1991-2001). He is on the faculty of the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio and is a frequent guest-lecturer at theatre schools across the country. A five-time winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Manke is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater. Plays he has written include an adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel, Women in Love, and a new comedy about cultural appropriation in the contemporary art world, Art Attack.


Tessa Auberjonois (Myrtle) previously appeared at SCR in The Roommate (Best Actress, OC Weekly 2017 Award, shared with Linda Gehringer), Mr. Wolf, Absurd Person Singular, Becky Shaw, Crimes of the Heart, A Wrinkle in Time, Lobby Hero, Hold Please, Everett Beekin and numerous Pacific Playwrights Festival and NewSCRipts readings. Her favorite roles include Eight Nights (Ovation Award for Best Lead Actress), Lady Macbeth (The Antaeus Company); Lydia Languish in The Rivals, title roles in Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Country Wife (The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C.); Myra in Hay Fever (Westport); Helen in Cripple of Inishmaan (The Wilma Theater); Leah in Bones (Kirk Douglas Theatre); Allison in Trainspotting (off-Broadway); and Neil LaBute’s How to Fight Loneliness for Utah Shakespeare directed by David Ivers. She is seen and heard frequently on television, in film, radio, audio books, music videos, web series and video games including "Lucifer", "Modern Family", "The Affair", “Shameless,” “The Summer People", “I’m Dying Up Here,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “ER,” Birth, “OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes,” (2017 BTVA Award Nom), Final Fantasy, Guild Wars and Marvel Ultimate Universe. Auberjonois teaches voice and speech in Los Angeles, is a graduate of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and Yale School of Drama, a member of Antaeus Theatre Company and a 2017 recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship.


Nike Doukas (Aaronetta) returns to SCR after appearing in M. Butterfly, Sense and Sensibility, Yoga Play, All the Way, The Prince of Atlantis, The Happy Ones, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Ridiculous Fraud, Cyrano de Bergerac, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, Everett Beekin, The Beard of Avon, Round and Round the Garden, Pygmalion, How the Other Half Loves, Arms and the Man, Blithe Spirit, Green Icebergs, The Company of Heaven and Loot. Her other regional theatre credits include The Pasadena Playhouse, The Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, The American Conservatory Theatre, (MFA in acting), The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, ACT (Seattle), The LA Shakespeare Festival, The Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, PICT Theatre and Kinetic Theatre. Her directing credits include The Hothouse (nominated for 10 Ovation Awards, including Best Production, Best Direction, Best Ensemble, and four Los Angeles Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including Best Revival and Best Direction), the world premieres of Red Ink, at Playwright's Arena, and UnRavelled, produced online by the Global Brain Health Institute, and King Lear at the Harold Clurman Studio Theatre, and The Marriage Proposal at PICT. She is head of acting at the Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles, a member of the Antaeus Company and the recipient of the 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship, awarded to regional theatre actors.


Richard Doyle (Carl) is an SCR Founding ​Member, most recently heard solo in SCR’s audio production of A Christmas Carol and seen in SCR’s Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley (2020). In late 2021, he is set to take on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol when productions resume on the Segerstrom Stage. Doyle also was seen in Kings, Rest and The Weir, among more than 200 SCR productions. His other favorites include Holy Days; The Beard of Avon; You, Nero; Men’s Singles; Unsuitable for Adults (U.S. premiere); Playland; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Crucible; Intimate Exchanges; Cyrano; A View from the Bridge; Of Mice and Men; and, from SCR’s Third Step Theatre, The Tavern by George M. Cohan. Live stage is Doyle’s first love, but he has also kept busy with film and television including a longtime continuing role as Mr. Gaines on “Cheers” and several roles in “M*A*S*H,” as well as Air Force One, Mass Appeal and the independent feature, Abduction of Angie (a job he booked on St Patrick’s Day, which seems appropriate to mention). Voice acting brought him face to face with the genesis of his love for live performance: storytelling. His work as an animation voiceover actor ranges from “Sky Commanders” and The Chimp Channel, to video and motion capture, performances in dozens of video games, like “MGS 3” as Big Boss, to podcasts like “Exeter” and “Solve.” A decade ago, Doyle was noticed by The Pageant of the Masters and tapped to be the live show narrator for this unique event, where he enjoins the audience to “enjoy the show.” Here at SCR, he likewise hopes that you “Enjoy the Show!”


Linda Gehringer (Cora) appeared at SCR previously in The Canadians, The Roommate, Going to a Place where you Already Are and How to Write a New Book for the Bible, for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nomination. She also appeared in the world premieres of The Parisian Woman; 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. Her other SCR credits include Circle Mirror Transformation; Doubt, a parable; 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 including the world premiere of the one-woman show, Lady in Denmark, at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre; the world premieres of Vicuña at Kirk Douglas Theatre and The Comparables at Seattle Repertory Theatre; I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Berkshire Theatre Festival; Surf Report at La Jolla Playhouse; The Women and Since Africa at The Old Globe; and The Crowd You’re In With (Jeff Award nomination) at Goodman Theatre. Her recent television credits include “S.W.A.T.,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Perry Mason” (HBO) and recurring roles on “Touch” and “Justified.” Her other television work includes “NCIS,” “Raising Hope,” “Weeds,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “Ally McBeal,” “Frasier” and “The West Wing” and the films Into the Storm, Kreep and As Good As It Gets


David Ivers (Homer) is SCR’s Artistic Director, responsible for the overall artistic operation of Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, where he started in 2018. In addition to artistic leadership, he is active as a director at the theatre. In April 2019, he directed a concert reading of the new musical, Prelude to a Kiss, during the Pacific Playwrights Festival, a national showcase of new works. In 2020, he directed She Loves Me, his production directorial debut as artistic director. He spearheaded the re-branding of SCR’s renowned new play development programs in 2020, as The [email protected], which enhanced and expanded the theatre’s commitment to a more rigorous development of new American musicals, commissions for playwrights at various stages of their careers, playwright residencies and additional in-house readings and workshops. The [email protected] includes the new Pinnacle Commission, a grant to a major U.S. playwright. The Pinnacle’s $60,000 inaugural commission was given in partnership with Playwrights Horizons (New York City) and is among the largest in the U.S. from a theatre to a playwright. 2020 also saw the creation SCR CommUNITY, a new digital platform dedicated to amplifying regional artists and narratives by producing stories inspired by or about the rich diversity of people living in Southern California. Announced for 2021 is Outside SCR, featuring repertory performances under the stars at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. No stranger to SCR, in 2015, he directed the SCR-Berkeley Repertory Theatre co-production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Prior to SCR, Ivers served as artistic director for Arizona Theatre Company. Before that, he served more than 20 years as an actor and director at Utah Shakespeare Festival, with the last six as artistic director. For a decade, he was a resident artist at Denver Center Theatre Company, acting in and/or directing more than 40 plays and has helmed productions at many of the nation’s leading regional theatres including the Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and South Coast Repertory. He taught at the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Southern Utah University and Southern Oregon University. Ivers earned his BA from Southern Oregon University and his MFA from the University of Minnesota.


Hal Landon Jr. (Theodore) is an SCR Founding Artist who has appeared in Gem of the Ocean, All the Way, Going to a Place where you Already Are, Rest, The Fantasticks, The Trip to Bountiful, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Nothing Sacred, Man from Nebraska, Born Yesterday, A View from the Bridge, Habeas Corpus, Antigone, The Drawer Boy (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nomination), Major Barbara and Tartuffe. His other credits include Arcadia, Our Town, Sidney Bechet Killed a Man, BAFO, Six Degrees of Separation, An Ideal Husband, A Mess of Plays by Chris Durang, Faith Healer, Green Icebergs, The Miser, Our Country’s Good and Waiting for Godot. He created the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in SCR’s A Christmas Carol and has performed it in each of its 40 years. He appeared in Leander Stillwell (Mark Taper Forum), Henry V (The Old Globe) and as Polonius in Hamlet (Shakespeare Orange County). Among his television and film credits are “The Closer,” “My Name is Earl,” “CSI: NY,” “Mad Men,” The Artist, Trespass, Pacific Heights, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday (Netflix) and All the Way (HBO). He also appeared in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey and Bill and Ted Face the Music.


Jenny O'Hara (Esther) is very happy to return to SCR after appearing in 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog and in Richard Greenberg’s Our Mother’s Brief Affair. On Broadway, she appeared in The Odd Couple (female version); The Iceman Cometh; Promises, Promises;  The Kid;  Fig Leaves Are Falling;  and Dylan (debut with Alec Guinness). Her off-Broadway credits include John Guare’s New York Actor, Steve Martin’s Wasp, Peter Hedges’ Good as New, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon ’93, Sedalia Run and The Fox. Regionally, she appeared in Hello & Goodbye (Yale Repertory), The Fox (Back Alley Productions), Little Egypt (the play and the musical), Bitter Women, Bitten By a Fly, A Skull in Connemara, Bakersfield Mist and Love, Loss, and What I Wore and was nominated for Best Solo Performance for Broomstick at the Fountain Theatre. She is currently recurring as Dot on “The Mindy Project” and has been a series regular on “The King of Queens,” “Costello,” “Life’s Work,” “The Pastor’s Wife,” “My Sister Sam,” “The Facts of Life,” “Secrets of Midland Heights” and “Highcliff Manor” and has made guest appearances on “Emily Owens, M.D.” “Rizzoli and Isles,” “Franklin and Bash,” “CSI,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Boston Legal,” “Philly,” “NYPD Blue,” “Family Law,” “The Practice,” “Roswell,” “Strong Medicine,” “ER,” “Chicago Hope,” “Party of Five,” “Drew Carey Show,” “Murphy Brown,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Law & Order,” “L.A. Law” and many more. She has appeared in movies of the week including If These Walls Could Talk II, The Color of Courage, My Name is Jane, An Unexpected Family, Robin Cook’s Terminal, A Mother’s Prayer, Happily Ever After, Winnie, V and Black Beauty. Her feature films include BFF, Sassy Pants, Devil, Heavy Lifting, The Hit List, Extract, Matchstick Men, Mystic River, Angie, Career Opportunities and Heartbeat. O’Hara is a founding member of Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA. 


Jennifer Parsons (Ida) has played Mrs. Cratchitt in A Christmas Carol at SCR for her 17 years (18 years if you include playing Belle way back when!) She also appeared in other SCR productions such as The Heiress, Cyrano de Bergerac, Getting Frankie Married—and Afterwards, Our Town, She Stoops to Folly, The Importance of Being Earnest, Buried Child, Flora & Ulysses, James and the Giant Peach, Anastasia Krupnik, The Borrowers, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, Brand New Kid, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), The Only Child and Bunnicula. She performed recently in The Glass Menagerie, Silent Sky and Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike at International City Theatre. She has performed on and off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country and is a company member at Theatre 40. This year, she has had recurring guest star roles on “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Proven Innocent.” Other recent guest star credits include roles on “All Rise,” “The Romanoffs,” “Longmire,” “Bones,” “Criminal Minds” and “Stalker.” She is happily married to the Ghost of Christmas Past, Richard Doyle.


Nick Ullett (David) appeared at SCR previously in Saturn Returns and Noises Off and the Pacific Playwrights Festival readings of Going to a Place where you Already Are, Smokefall and The Droll. His Broadway credits include Me and My Girl, Loot and Cole Porter’s Gay Divorce. His additional theatre credits include The Night Alive by Conor MacPherson, Enter Laughing: The Musical at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The Birthday Party at Geffen Playhouse, Bakersfield Mist at The Fountain Theatre, The Tempest and Endgame at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Zhivago and Loot at La Jolla Playhouse, Tooth and Claw at Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York), Major Barbara and The School for Scandal at Mark Taper Forum and Many Happy Returns at Laguna Playhouse. His film and television credits include Geezas, Smooch, Hook and Down and Out in Beverly Hills, “The Big Bang Theory,” “Yes, Dear,” “The Practice” and “Home Improvement.” He is a proud member of EST/LA and Actors’ Equity.

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


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