Theresa Rebeck’s new play Poor Behavior makes its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum with previews beginning September 7, 2011and opening set for September 18. Directed by Doug Hughes, the cast includes (in alphabetical order) Johanna Day, Sharon Lawrence, Reg Rogers and Christopher Evan Welch.
“In Poor Behavior, a drunken late night argument about morality, history and ethics careens out of control, leaving two marriages and four lives in its wake. Over the course of two demented days in a lovely country house, this dark adult comedy asks the question: Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it?”
Poor Behavior is presented at the Taper by special arrangement with Jeffrey Finn and features set design by Tony Award-winner John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award-winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design and by Obie Award-winner David Van Tieghem. The production stage manager is Barclay Stiff.
Day, who appeared at the Taper in Distracted in 2007, was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Proof. She has appeared off-Broadway in numerous productions, including most recently Middletown, Oliver Parker!and Albee’s Peter and Jerry.
Though best known for her starring roles and guest appearances on notable series such as NYPD Blue, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, Lawrence has appeared on Broadway and in Los Angeles at the Taper (Tongue of a Bird in 1999), the Geffen Playhouse and Pasadena Playhouse.
Rogersrecently appeared on Broadway in A Free Man of Color as well as in the admired revival of The Royal Family; he received both Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards for his work in Richard Greenberg’s The Dazzle, as well as Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for Holiday.
Welch has appeared on Broadway in The Crucible (2002 revival) and Festen, as well as at the Taper in Closer and off-Broadway and in numerous television series, including the recent Rubicon, Law & Order and The Good Wife.
The production reunites Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebeck with director Hughes, who previously collaborated in 2007 on Rebeck’s Broadway debut, Mauritius.
Poor Behavior performs through October 16. Tickets and information are available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling 213-628-2772.
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