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The City

Feature Review:

"Matthew McCray directs a beautifully conceived production... The ensemble is very good — good enough to reveal the play's intelligence and ambitions.

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STAGE AND CINEMA: "What you'll find at Son of Semele... is an extremely well-acted production of a gorgeously designed world with a confident, passionate director at the helm."

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The U.S. premiere of

The City

by Martin Crimp

August 17 - September 30, 2012
Friday/Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Sunday @ 5 p.m.

"Martin Crimp is one of British theatre's
best kept secrets."

- Aleks Sierz, Theartsdesk.com
March, 2012

The City is an elliptical play exploring the uncertainty of modern life through three characters trying to make sense of a surreal and collapsing world.

Clair, a dispirited translator, will not write stories of her own. Her characters feel lifeless just like the piano playing of her neighbor Jenny, a nurse whose husband is away fighting in a mysterious and secret war. Clair’s husband Christopher fears he will soon lose his job and his ability to make sense of things is deteriorating as quickly as his marriage. But, nothing is as it seems.

Truth is stranger than fiction in this austere play about the abruptly shifting landscape of contemporary life.

All photos by Matthew McCray

Dan Via and Elise Ramacciotti

Sarah Rosenberg and Dan Via

Sarah Rosenberg, Melina Bielefelt and Dan Via



$20, general ($18 online)
$18, student/senior/union ($16 online)

Son of Semele Theater
3301 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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Free street parking on Beverly and in surrounding neighborhood.


Martin Crimp, Playwright
Matthew McCray, Director
Nicolas Benaceraff, Scenic Design
Jeremy Pivnick, Lighting Design
John Zalewski, Sound Design
Gwyneth ConawayBennison, Costume Design
Matthew McCray, Producer
Ashley Regan, Stage Manager
Matthew McCray, Graphic Design/Postcard

Cast (in alpha):
Melina Bielefelt*, Elise Ramacciotti, Sarah Rosenberg and Dan Via*

* = courtesy of Actors' Equity Association


Sunday 8/26: Q&A with the director and cast, moderated by Bart DeLorenzo.

BART DeLORENZO is artistic director of the Evidence Room. Recent directing: Ivanov, Margo Veil, The Receptionist (ER co-productions), Day Drinkers and A Number at the Odyssey; Legacy of Light and Around the World in 80 Days at the Cleveland Playhouse; King Lear with the Antaeus Company; Doctor Cerberus, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment at South Coast Rep. He has received six LA Weekly Awards, three Backstage Garlands, and three LA Drama Critics Circle Award, and is the 2012 recipient of the Alan Schneider Award for Directing. Upcoming: Cymbeline at A Noise Within and Coney Island Christmas at the Geffen Playhouse.

Sunday 9/2: Q&A with Art Horowitz about the work of Martin Crimp, moderated by Erith Jaffe-Berg.

ART HOROWITZ is Professor of Performance Studies and Dramaturgy in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Pomona College in Claremont. His writing on theatre and performance has appeared in such academic journals as Western European Stages, The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, New England Theatre Journal, The Journal of Beckett Studies, Gestos, and Theatre Journal. His book Prospero’s ‘True Preservers’ was published by the University of Delaware Press. Art has also contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book, Waiting for Godot: Dialogues (Lexington Books). His Los Angeles dramaturgy credits include Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life (collaboration between The Evidence Room and Unknown Theater), Euripides Electra (A Noise Within) and Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye, and T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral (Unknown Theater).

ERITH JAFFE-BERG (Associate Professor) has her BA from UC Berkeley and her MA and Ph.D from the University of Toronto. She teaches courses in performance, history and play analysis. Her book The Multilingual Art of Commedia dell’Arte (Ottawa, Toronto, N.Y.: Legas, 2009) is a study of how theatre incorporates multilingualism in performance. She has published articles on the topics of early-modern theatre, multilingual theatre, commedia dell' arte, translation theory and the staging of the Middle East in: il cannocchiale, The European Studies Journal, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Translation Perspectives, Quaderni d'Italinistica, Text & Presentation, Testualecritica,Quaderni di studi Arabi and Scripta Mediterranea. She has also contributed to the following anthologies: Performance, Exile and ‘America’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2009); International Dramaturgy: Translation & Transformations in the Theatre of Timberlake Wertenbaker (Peter Lang, 2008) and Canadian Plays: An Anthology (The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2005). For her work, Prof. Jaffe-Berg has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant as well as a grant from the Canadian embassy.

Sunday 9/16: Panel on authorship and the creative writing process, moderated by Brenda Varda.

BRENDA VARDA is a writer, songwriter, performer and educator: as a musical director and composer she has worked with a large number of new works in Los Angeles, at Bootleg, Sacred Fools, the Met, and more. Her own theatre works include Reactor: simple, clean efficient (at SOSE!), Fables Du Theatre, Liquid, A Play In a Restaurant With a Piano and A Bar, and Things That Fall From the Sky (ACTF award). Varda’s work has received support from the Center for Cultural Innovation, the UCIRA Emerging Artist Fund, the L.A. History Project, Edge Fest, the Mellon Foundation, and the Gluck Foundation. While currently teaching at NYFA, UCR and Art Center College of Design, she is also the founder of Wordspace, a L.A. based organization for writers, and one of the founders of Circle Readings, currently developing new works with local playwrights.

BRYAN DAVIDSON is a Los Angeles-based playwright and dramaturg. His play War Music was named by the L.A. Times as one of its ten "Notable Shows of 2002", and won four Ovation Awards, including World Premiere Play. It was subsequently produced at the Geffen Playhouse. He was playwright in residence at the William Inge Center, where he wrote Yellow Wall Paper, an adaptation of the gothic classic. He has been commissioned multiple times by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to create pieces for their Toyota Youth Symphony Series. Bryan is currently a creative executive for Disney Feature Animation.

TERRY WOLVERTON is a literary artist who has authored ten books of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry and has written extensively for the performing arts. She is the founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing center in L.A. and Affiliate Faculty in the MFA Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles. www.terrywolverton.com.


We do not offer refunds, however every effort will be made to exchange tickets for requests are done 48 hours in advance of an event. Email ticketing requests to tickets@sonofsemele.org.