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4000 MILES
by Amy Herzog
directed by David Emmes

October 18 - November 17, 2013
Segerstrom Stage

Vera is 91, an old world Leftie. Her grandson, Leo, is 21, a new age Hippie. After a cross-country trip, Leo turns up at Vera’s New York apartment with a backpack, a bike and no money. She agrees to let him spend the night; 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. As Vera listens—when her hearing aid is turned on—we listen, with compassion. This odd couple has grabbed our hearts and will not let go. They are, as The New York Times says, “Altogether wonderful.”

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Matt Caplan and Jenny O'Hara in South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog.  Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.
  
Jenny O'Hara and Matt Caplan in South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog.  Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.
  
Jenny O'Hara and Matt Caplan in South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog.  Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Rebecca Mozo and Matt Caplan in South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog.  Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.
  
Matt Caplan and Jenny O'Hara in South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog.  Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Rebecca Mozo and Jenny O'Hara in South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog.  Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.
  
Jenny O'Hara and Matt Caplan in South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog. Photo by Ben Horak/SCR.
  
Jenny O'Hara and Matt Caplan in South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog. Photo by Ben Horak/SCR.

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Playwright Bio

Amy Herzog has written numerous plays including After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize finalist), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons) and Belleville (Yale Repertory Theatre; New York Theatre Workshop; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist; Drama Desk nomination). Herzog is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Helen Merrill Award, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity, and the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and an alumna of Youngblood, Play Group at Ars Nova and the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab. She taught playwriting at Bryn Mawr and Yale. She earned her MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Cast
Matt Caplan
Matt Caplan as Leo Jospeh-Connell. On Broadway he appeared in Rent, South Pacific and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and he appeared regionally in American Idiot. His television and film appearances include “New Amsterdam,” “NCIS,” Ambivalence, Across the Universe and Painting Abby Long. Caplan is from New York by way of Virginia, where he studied theater at the Governor’s School for the Arts. He is also a songwriter.

Rebecca Mozo
Rebecca Mozo as Bec. Mozo appeared at SCR previously in The Parisian Woman, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, A Wrinkle in Time, Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, The Heiress and Doubt. Other theatre credits include, most recently, We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia at The Matrix Theatre Company; The Savannah Disputation (Ovation Award nomination), Educating Rita and Trying (Ovation Award nomination) at The Colony Theatre Company; The Cherry Orchard opposite Annette Bening and Alfred Molina at Center Theatre Group; Ghosts at A Noise Within; and Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Peace in Our Time, King Lear, Cousin Bette, Pera Palas, ClassicFest’s A Month in the Country and The Dresser at The Antaeus Company. She also appeared in I Capture the Castle at El Portal Theatre (Ovation Award nomination for Best Actress) as well as at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey where she played Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film and television credits include The Repatriate, Zerophilia, Headless Horseman, The Waterhole, “Pizza Time,” “Cold Case,” “The Young and the Restless” and “Medium.” Mozo earned her BFA from Rutgers University and studied at The Globe Theatre in London. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and The Antaeus Company.

Klarissa Mesee
Klarissa Mesee as Amanda. Mesee can currently she can be seen in Disney’s musical spectacular, Mickey and the Magical Map at the Disneyland Resort. Her other credits include McCoy/Rigby’s Miss Saigon (Ovation Award nomination) and Richard Shermans’ Pazzazz! She also had the honor of originating the role of Scarlet Wong in English Only: A Fight For Words in America. Her film and television credits include “Lost Tapes” for Animal Planet and “Teenage Mountain Lion” (a web series to be released). Mesee is a native of Southern California and earned her BA from The Ray Bolger Musical Theater program at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

Jenny O'Hara
Jenny O'Hara as Vera Joseph. O'Hara returns to SCR after appearing 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), 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. She 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,” “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. Movies of the week include 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.
Creative Team
Ralph Funicello - Scenic Design
Sara Ryung Clement - Costume Design
Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz - Lighting Design
Cricket S. Myers - Sound Design
Sue Karutz - Stage Manager
Jamie A. Tucker - Assistant Stage Manager

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