PRESS - SIGHT UNSEEN


SIGHT UNSEEN
by Donald Margulies
directed by David Emmes
March 11 - April 1, 2012
Julianne Argyros Stage

In this OBIE award-winning play, Jonathan Waxman is the art scene’s new visionary, with a waiting list to buy paintings he has yet to paint.  In London for his first European show, Waxman is under the gun.  He could be spurned, causing the American art world to re-evaluate his work.  Or he could be further lionized, causing more demand and greater expectations.  Either way, something is missing.  On impulse, he escapes to the country to search for the woman who was his first love and early inspiration and maybe to get back in touch with the past—and those feelings that made him an artist in the first place.

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Nancy Bell and Gregory Sims in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Sight Unseenby Donald Margulies. Photo by Scott Brinegar.
  
Gregory Sims and Andrew Borba in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies. Photo by Scott Brinegar.

   
Gregory Sims and Nancy Bell in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Sight Unseenby Donald Margulies. Photo by Scott Brinegar.
  
Gregory Sims and Erin Anderson in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies. Photo by Scott Brinegar.

       
Gregory Sims and Nancy Bell in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies. Photo by Scott Brinegar.
  
Gregory Sims and Nancy Bell in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies. Photo by Scott Brinegar.
  
Gregory Sims in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies. Photo by Scott Brinegar.

       
Playwright Donald Margulies. Photo by Ethan Hill.
  
Sight Unseen logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.
  
Sight Unseen logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

Playwright Bio

Donald Margulies is the author of four previous plays that were commissioned and premiered by SCR: Shipwrecked! (2007); the world premiere of Sight Unseen (1991); and the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winner, Collected Stories (1996), both of which were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; and Brooklyn Boy (2004). Dinner with Friends, which originated at Actors Theatre of Louisville, went on after its West Coast premiere at SCR to win numerous awards, including the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, long runs Off-Broadway and in Paris, and productions all over the United States and around the world. God of Vengeance, adapted from the classic Yiddish drama by Sholem Asch, was presented at the Pacific Playwrights Festival in 1999 and produced at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His other plays include The Model Apartment (OBIE Award), The Loman Family Picnic, Found a Peanut and Luna ParkWhat’s Wrong With This Picture? was produced on Broadway in 1994; Sight Unseen and Brooklyn Boy received their Broadway premieres in 2004 and 2005, respectively, at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Biltmore Theatre. Currently, he is adapting the novelMiddlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides into an HBO miniseries. Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was the recipient of the 2000 Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright. In 2005 he was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature and by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture with its Award in Literary Arts. Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.