Of Good Stock - 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival
by Melissa Ross
directed by Lynne Meadow
PACIFIC PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
SEGERSTROM STAGE
April 27, 2014 - April 27, 2014

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Three sisters and their respective partners gather for the weekend at their late father’s house in Cape Cod. As the drinks flow, so do the family feuds, witty banter and surprising confessions.

A $75 package to see all four readings and The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois (in the Nicholas Studio) is available online, or by calling the Box Office at (714) 708-5555. This package is available to SCR Super Subscribers for $65—only by phone.

Melissa Ross has written numerous plays including Thinner Than Water, You Are Here, Do Something Pretty, A Life Extra Ordinary, The Allies and Nice Girl. Thinner Than Water was originally produced by Labyrinth Theater Company and is included in the anthology New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2011 by Smith & Kraus. It will receive its Chicago premiere this spring at The Gift Theatre. She has had readings and workshops with The Amoralists, Cherry Lane Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, The Juilliard School, Labyrinth Theatre Company, LCT3, Manhattan Theatre Club, Montana Repertory, New York Stage and Film, The New Group, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and the Pacific Playwrights Festival. She has had commissions from SCR and Manhattan Theatre Club. Ross is a graduate of Bennington College, was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and is a two-time recipient of the Le Comte Du Nouy Award. She is a proud member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and Labyrinth Theater Company.

Tessa Auberjonois* (Jess) previously appeared at SCR in Absurd Person Singular, Becky Shaw, Crimes of the Heart, A Wrinkle in Time, Lobby Hero, Hold Please, Everett Beekin, the Pacific Playwrights Festival and several NewSCRipts readings. Her favorite roles include Lady Macbeth (The Antaeus Company); Lydia Languish in The Rivals, title roles in Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Country Wife (The Shakespeare Theatre Company); Myra in Hay Fever (Westport Country Playhouse); Viola in Twelfth Night (Utah Shakespearean Festival); Leah in Bones (Kirk Douglas Theatre); Allison in Trainspotting (The Players Theatre and off-Broadway); and numerous other off-Broadway and regional appearances. She can be seen and heard regularly on television, film, radio, audiobooks and video games. Auberjonois is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Yale School of Drama.

Noah Bean* (Josh) appeared at SCR previously in the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Kin.  Bean’s New York theatre credits include One Arm (The New Group), Yellow Face (The Public Theater), Mary Rose (Vineyard Theatre), Voyage of the Carcass (SoHo Playhouse), The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (Acorn), Kid Simple and The Map Maker’s Sorrow (Summer Play Festival), among others. Regionally he has appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Bay Street Theatre and  Huntington Theatre Company. His films include Morning Glory, The Pill, Little Murder, Black Marigolds and Stay. Bean was a series regular on “Damages” and “Nikita,” he has also been seen in guest appearances on many other television series. Bean will be appearing next in this summer’s production of Othello at The Old Globe in San Diego and later in the year as a regular in the new television series “12 Monkeys” for SyFy. He is a graduate of Boston University, College of Fine Arts. 

David Denman* (Hunter) last appeared at SCR in Keith Reddin’s But Not For Me.  His other theater credits include Julius Caesar, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It at Shakespeare Orange County; Twelfth Night at Shakespeare on the Sound; The Seagull, House of Blue Leaves and The Tempest at Chautauqua Theater Company; and Bus Stop at Laguna Playhouse. His film credits include Beneath the Harvest Sky, Jobs, After Earth, Let Go, Fair Game, Shutter, Smart People, Fanboys, When a Stranger Calls, Big Fish, Out Cold, The Replacements and the upcoming Men, Women, and Children. He has appeared on television in “Parenthood,” “Vegas,” “Person of Interest,” “Traffic Light,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “In Plain Sight,” “Gary Unmarried,” “K-Ville,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Close to Home,” “Angel” and received the SAG Award for his work on “The Office.” He holds a BFA from The Juilliard School. @David_Denman. 

Kathleen Early* (Amy) previously appeared at SCR in Absurd Person Singular, In the Next Room or the vibrator play and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Broadway credits include the national tour of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin (The Kennedy Center, Ahmanson Theatre) and Steel Magnolias (Shelby standby). Off-Broadway, she appeared in Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby (Paul Green Foundation Award) with Marian Seldes and Brian Murray (Century Center Theatre), the one-woman show Hysteria (Culture Project), Treason (Perry Street Theatre), Outward Bound (Keen Company) and as Peg in the musical Peg O’My Heart (Irish Repertory Theatre). Regionally she appeared as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Neighborhood Playhouse), The Blue Room (Hangar Theatre), Broadway (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Much Ado About Nothing (The Shakespeare Theatre Company and Hartford Stage), Pera Palas (Long Wharf Theatre) and Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Film and television credits include Across the Universe, Trip in a Summer Dress (Beverly Hills Film Festival, Outstanding Female Performance), The Assistants, Immaculate Misconception, recurring roles on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Miami Medical” and appearances on “Medium,” “Guiding Light” and “All My Children.” She also narrates audiobooks.

Evan Handler* (Fred) is making his SCR debut.  He is known to many from HBO’s television series (and films) “Sex and the City,” as well as Showtime’s current “Californication.” Handler also played leading television roles in “It’s Like, You Know…,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and has made memorable guest appearances on “Lost,” “The West Wing,” “Six Feet Under,” “Necessary Roughness” and “Friends.” In 2000, he played Larry Fine in ABC’s TV movie The Three Stooges. On the big screen, he played a leading role in Ron Howard’s Ransom, and featured and leading roles in Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, Taps, The Chosen and Sweet Lorraine. Prior to film and television work, Handler earned acclaim in the New York theater, highlighted by roles in seven Broadway productions, such as Six Degrees of Separation, I Hate Hamlet, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound and Master Harold...and the Boys. He is also the author of two highly regarded books, Time On Fire: My Comedy of Terrors, and, It’s Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive. Handler has also written for The New Yorker; Elle; O, the Oprah Magazine; USA Weekend; Mirabella, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post. More at EvanHandler.com.

Katie Lowes* (Celia) is making her SCR debut. Originally from New York,  Lowes appeared in theatres off-Broadway and throughout the country. She can be seen regularly working on stage or producing with her Los Angeles based IAMA Theatre Company. Most recently on productions such as The Accidental Blonde, Assistance and Iamafest. In Los Angeles, Lowes has also worked with Ensemble Studio Theatre, The NoHo Arts Center, Circus Theatricals and The Blank Theatre.  She can be seen weekly as Quinn Perkins on ABC’s “Scandal.” Favorite film appearances include Transformers 2, Super 8, and Café. Lowes is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, RADA, and The School at Steppenwolf. www.katielowes.com

Justin Sorvillo (Stage Directions Reader) is a graduate of SCR’s Acting Intensive Program.