‘Boy’ to open SCR season

Legiter one of three commissioned world premieres

A co-production with New York’s Manhattan Theater Club of Donald Margulies’ “Brooklyn Boy” will open South Coast Rep’s 2004-05 season.

SCR’s 41st season will feature nine productions — six of them written in the new millennium — on two stages.

The three SCR-commissioned announced world premieres are “Brooklyn Boy,” Christopher Shinn’s “On the Mountain” and Lucinda Coxon’s “Vesuvius,” which is receiving a staged reading at the Pacific Playwrights Festival in May.

“Brooklyn Boy,” directed by Daniel Sullivan, opens Sept. 10 on the Segerstrom Stage and runs through Oct. 10. It is Margulies’ first original full-length play since “Dinner With Friends,” which won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize after being staged at SCR, the Humana Festival and Off Broadway. Sullivan also directed “Dinner With Friends.”

‘Corpus’ in October

Opening Oct. 22 is Alan Bennett’s “Habeas Corpus,” directed by Bill Rauch, followed by the West Coast premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House,” directed by Kate Whoriskey (Jan. 28-Feb. 27). Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge,” directed by artistic director Martin Benson, plays May 27, 2005-June 26, 2005. Another premiere will play April 1-May 8 as part of SCR’s eighth annual Pacific Playwrights Festival.

The Julianne Argyros Stage Season opens with the West Coast premiere of William Nicholson’s “The Retreat From Moscow,” directed by Benson (Oct. 1-17), and continues with Shinn’s “On the Mountain” (Jan. 7-23) and Coxon’s “Vesuvius,” directed by producing artistic director David Emmes (April 29, 2005-May 15, 2005), also part of the 2005 annual Pacific Playwrights Festival. A fourth play will be staged March 6-27.

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