George Bernard Shaw's Comedy Misalliance from South Coast Repertory
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All the wrong men chase all the wrong women in Misalliance, an exuberant comedy from George Bernard Shaw that opens South Coast Repertory’s 47th season. This witty classic, helmed by SCR Artistic Director Martin Benson, is performed on the Segerstrom Stage.
Stage and screen veteran Dakin Matthews, who appeared in SCR’s production of Shaw’s Major Barbara and more recently portrayed Polonious in Hamlet, plays the pivotal role of John Tarleton, underwear magnate and armchair philosopher.
Melanie Lora (Collected Stories) takes on the part of his spoiled daughter, Hypatia, a young woman bored with life and her fiancé, Bentley (Wyatt Fenner). Then a plane drops from the sky into the Tarleton greenhouse, bringing with it a dashing pilot (Peter Katona) and a lady acrobat (Kirsten Potter). Soon afterward, a man with a gun and a grudge (JD Cullum) turns up in their Turkish bath. Suddenly, the rules of courtship are turned upside-down as the Tarletons and their friends attempt to woo the new guests.
Rounding out the cast are Amelia White (The Heiress) as Mrs. Tarleton, SCR newcomer Daniel Bess as John Tarleton, Jr., and SCR Founding Artist Richard Doyle as Lord Summerhays.
Shaw, best known for such works as Pygmalion, Arms and the Man, St. Joan and Mrs. Warren’s Profession, is the only person to win both an Oscar and the Nobel Prize for literature. Director Martin Benson has a long and lauded history with the playwright’s works; he has won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle’s directing prize three times for his Shaw productions.
“Some people hear the name ‘Shaw’ and think ‘intellectual,’” said Benson. “But he is so funny and human. I defy anyone to read Misalliance and not think, Number One, that it’s funny, and Number Two, that the characters are very real in their wants and desires.”
The_ Misalliance _creative team includes Ralph Funicello (set design), Maggie Morgan (costume design), Tom Ruzika (lighting design), Michael Roth (original music), Oanh Nguyen (associate director), Jamie A. Tucker (stage manager) and Chrissy Church (assistant stage manager).
Mary Beth Adderley and Elizabeth and Ryan Williams are the Honorary Producers, and U.S. Bank is the Corporate Honorary Producer. The Segerstrom Stage season media partner is KOCE-TV and the media partners for Misalliance are Orange Coast Magazine and 89.3 KPCC.