PRESS - ELEMENO PEA


ELEMENO PEA
by Molly Smith Metzler
directed by Marc Masterson
West Coast Premiere
January 27 - February 26, 2012
Segerstrom Stage

It's just after Labor Day, and Martha's Vineyard has started emptying out, but you can still smell the suntan lotion (the expensive kind).  And the expensive life is just what Simone is living these days, as personal assistant to Michaela Kell, trophy wife of an absurdly rich (and often absent) New York ad man.  When Simone's older sister, a social worker from blue collar Buffalo, comes to visit, lifestyles—and worlds—collide.  This keenly observed comedy about class, family and the choices that shape who we are unfolds in real time, fast, furious and funny.

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Melanie Lora and Cassie Beck in Elemeno Peaby Molly Smith Metzler. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.
  
Katrina Lenk and Jamison Jones in Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

   
Cassie Beck and Katrina Lenk in Elemeno Peaby Molly Smith Metzler. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.
  
Katrina Lenk, Melanie Lora and Cassie Beck inElemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.
   
Jamison Jones, Cassie Beck and Katrina Lenk in Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.
  
Cassie Beck, Melanie Lora and Jonathan Nichols in Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler. Photo by Ben Horak/SCR.

   
Jamison Jones and Melanie Lora in Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.
  
Melanie Lora and Katrina Lenk in Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

       
Playwright Molly Smith Metzler.
  
Elemeno Pea logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.
  
Elemeno Pea logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

Playwright Bio

Molly Smith Metzler was recently represented at the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville with the premiere of Elemeno Pea. Next season, her play Close Up Spacewill premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, starring David Hyde Pierce. Her plays—which includeTraining Wisteria and Carve—have been developed by Manhattan Theatre Club [email protected], Playwrights Horizons, The O'Neill Theater Center, Ars Nova, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, Summer Play Festival (SPF), Cherry Lane Mentor Project, hotINK, London's Tristan Bates Theatre, Boston Playwrights' Theatre and the Kennedy Center, where she was the recipient of three KCACTF Awards (The Kennedy Center National Student Playwriting Award, The Mark Twain Comedy Award and The David Mark Cohen Award). Ms. Metzler is a member of EST, the Ars Nova Play Group and Primary Stages Writing Group; she has been in residence at New River Dramatists, Montana Rep, Williamstown and Hedgebrook. She holds an MFA from Tisch and is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was a two-time recipient of the LeComte du Nuoy Prize from Lincoln Center.