British Drama Harper Regan at SF Playhouse
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The last date listed for Harper Regan was Saturday March 5, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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This offbeat comedy-drama is the final piece in the "Church and State" trilogy that includes the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt and the bold drama Defiance -- both works that explore morality and power. In his third play in the trilogy, writer John Patrick Shanley (Oscar winner for Moonstruck), shines a spotlight on the fraught relationship between religion and politics. In the midst of a cold Bronx winter, an ambitious borough president faces off against a disillusioned minister as he tries to help a local woman caught in the mortgage crisis. Carl Lumbly (Alias, Southland) is part of an ensemble cast of well-known Bay Area actors, including Derek Fischer, Rod Gnapp, Gabriel Marin, Ray Reinheart and Gloria Weinstock, who star in this funny and uplifting play. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Uberpapa
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As is typically the case for SF Playhouse the acting, directing and production values were good. That said, the play itself didn't work very well. There was too much business of total strangers baring their innermost feelings and secrets to each other. The lead character comes across as quixotic (in a bad way) rather than 'real'. I spent most of the evening wondering why in heavens name a man who takes pictures of some young girls at a local playground (outdoors, clothed, etc). would have agreed to plead guilty to indecent acts involving children. Not much about this play rings true, especially Harpers interaction with a seventeen year old boy.
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While the start was slow, the play drew more attentiveness during the latter part of the first act and during the second. The set changes were imaginative and well executed, and the acting was great, as for most works at SF Playhouse.
Quotes & Highlights
- Read an interview with playwright Simon Stephens.
“If you go, I don’t think you should come back.”
On a startlingly bright Autumn night in 2006 Harper Regan walked away from her home and her husband and her daughter and she kept walking. She told nobody that she was going. She told nobody
where she was going. She put everything she ever built at risk. For two lost days and nights, until it looked as though her entire life might unravel, she didn’t turn back.
From Uxbridge to Stockport to Manchester and back again, Simon Stephens’ new play navigates the UK, exploring family, love and delusion; and how to live in a godless universe.
Harper Regan had its world premiere at the National Theatre in London in 2008, opened in Tel Aviv in 2009 and had its U.S. premiere in 2009 at Chicago’s Steep Theatre.
Simon Stephens' plays include Bluebird, Herons (nomination for Olivier Award for most promising playwright, 2001), Port (Pearson Award for Best Play, 2001), One Minute, Christmas, Country Music, On the Shore of the Wide World (Olivier Award for Best New Play) and Motortown (German Critics in Theater Heute’s annual poll voted Best Foreign Playwright of the Year, 2007), Pornography, Harper Regan, Seawall, Heaven, Punk Rock, The Trial of Ubu, Marine Parade, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, and T5.
Simon also writes for radio, plays include Five Letters Home to Elizabeth (2001) and Digging (2003), both BBC Radio4. Simon’s screenwriting includes an adaptation of Motortown for Film Four; a two-part serial Dive (with Dominic Savage) for Granada/BBC (2009) and a short film adaptation of Pornography (2009). Currently Simon is under commission to the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal National Theatre and the Theater and Philharmonie, Essen. He is also developing original television work for Talkback Thames and Touchpaper TV.
Amy Glazer has directed numerous world, American and West Coast premieres, most recently, Animals Out of Paper, Shining City and The Scene (SF Playhouse), The Model Apartment (TJT). For Magic Theatre, where Glazer was an associate artist for many years, her work included The God Of Hell, The Crowd You're In With, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Blue Surge and The American in Me, Drifting Elegant, Tape, and Wyoming. She has also directed at Marin Theater Company, Eureka Theatre, TheatreWorks, Glazer’s short film, Ball Lightning,premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival, and her feature film, Drifting Elegant, premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Her latest feature film, Seducing Charlie Barker, adapted from Theresa Rebeck’s The Scene is now showing in film festivals throughout the country. Amy Glazer is a theatre and film professor at San Jose State University.
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