South Coast Repertory Wraps Up the Season With Wendy Wassersteins's The Sisters Rosensweig
COSTA MESA, Calif. (April 11, 2018)—Wendy Wasserstein’s witty, award-winning comedy, The Sisters Rosensweig, wraps up the 2017-18 season at South Coast Repertory. The production, directed by Casey Stangl, runs May 5–June 2 on the Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are now available at www.scr.org.
The story, set in the early 1990s, is centered on three sisters—each extraordinary in her own way. There’s Sara, the successful banker, whose 54th birthday brings everyone together at her London flat. Pfeni is the globe-trotting journalist. And Gorgeous is an irrepressible radio host. This smart, funny and enthralling play looks at the quest for love, acceptance and self-fulfillment.
Stangl said that Wasserstein’s slice of life shows deeply human characters who are flawed and very funny. And The New Yorker noted that, “The laughter is all but continuous” in The Sisters Rosensweig.
“It's amazing how relevant the play is today, 25 years after its Broadway premiere,” said Stangl. “The political context of the play has come full circle, because the characters in the play are discussing a rapidly changing world in which American nationalism, anti-Semitism and Russia are in the news. And here are these three sisters who are all struggling to ‘have it all’ in the form of both personal and professional fulfillment. How far have we progressed?”
Wasserstein (1950-2006) was an award-winning playwright. She won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for The Heidi Chronicles, a play that also earned a Tony Award and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, along with the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. The Sisters Rosensweig earned a 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award, a Tony Award nomination and the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Theatre. Her other plays include Old Money, An American Daughter, Third, Uncommon Women and Others, Isn’t It Romantic, Miami and Waiting for Philip Glass. She also wrote screenplays for films and television, as well adaptations for ballet and opera. As a book author, she penned Pamela’s First Musical for children, and was an essayist for The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York Woman and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. She taught at Columbia University, New York University, Juilliard School and Princeton University and was an alumna of Mount Holyoke College and the Yale School of Drama.
The cast includes Amy Aquino (Sara), Matthew Arkin, Betsy Brandt (Pfeni), Bill Brochtrup, Emily James, Riley Neldam, Eleanor Reissa (Gorgeous) and Julian Stone.
The design and creative team includes John Iacovelli, scenic design; Denitsa Bliznakova, costume design; Elizabeth Harper, lighting design; John Polunas, sound design; Philip D. Thompson, Dialect coach; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production manager is Joshua Marchese and the stage manager is Julie Ann Renfro.
The Sisters Rosensweig has generous support from Honorary Producer Sandy Segerstrom Daniels. The Corporate Associate Honorary Producer is BNY Mellon Wealth Management and the media sponsor is KPCC Public Radio.
Tickets start at $23. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.
Related Information for The Sisters Rosensweig
Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run May 5–June 2. Ticket prices start at $23. Low-priced previews run May 5–May 10. SCR’s performances run Tuesdays-Sundays; there are no performances on Mondays.
Performance Dates, Times
- Saturday, at 8 p.m., May 5.
- Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., May 6, and May 8–10.
- Regular performances run May 12–June 2 Note: Friday, May 11, is an invitation-only performance.
- Evening Performances:
- Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 7:30 p.m.; May 13, May 15–17; May 20, May 22–24; and May 27, May 29–31.
- Fridays-Saturdays, at 8 p.m.: May 12; May 18–19; May 25-26; and June 1–2.
- Saturdays-Sundays, at 2:30 p.m.: May 12–13; May 19–20; May 26–27; and June 2.
- ASL-interpreted: Saturday, May 26, at 2:30 p.m.
- Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 22. Discuss the play with cast members of The Sisters Rosensweig during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
- Inside the Season: Saturday, May 19, from, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session includes in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of The Sisters Rosensweig. Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
- American Sign Language-Interpreted Performance: Saturday, May 26, at 2:30 p.m.
Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.
Current and Upcoming Productions: SHREW! by Amy Freed, through April 21 (Segerstrom Stage); Little Black Shadows by Kemp Powers, through April 29 (Julianne Argyros Stage); Pacific Playwrights Festival, April 20–22; Amos & Boris by William Steig, May 18–June 3 (Theatre for Young Audiences). Further information is available at www.scr.org.
ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org