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Edison Theatre
213 E. Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802
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Cal Rep’s first production of the 2004-2005 Season, The Cider House Rules, sets the stage for a provocative season of compelling and controversial choices.

The Cider House Rules

is based on John Irving’s best-selling novel of the same name. Adapter Peter Parnell has taken the 500+ page novel and transformed it into a theatrical tour-de-force, including two full-length plays: Part1: Here in St. Cloud’s and Part2: In Other Parts of the World.

While the Academy Award-winning film version streamlined the characters and tip-toed cautiously around the controversial subjects explored in the book, the play fully explores the 80+ years detailed in Irving’s novel, encouraging and embracing its very personal debate. This is a quintessentially American drama as huge in scope as it is profound in theme. It is a play about choices: whether to love or not love, to have a child or not to have a child, to live or to die. The pivotal issues (abortion, incest) are contentious, but the human dimensions of the play transcend any political agenda.

The Cider House Rules

tells the epic tale of orphan Homer Wells and the only father he’s ever known, Dr. Wilbur Larch, the founder of the St. Cloud’s, Maine orphanage. As both an obstetrician and an abortionist, Dr. Larch “delivered babies into the world…. He delivered mothers, too.” When Homer discovers the abortions, which Dr. Larch calls “the Lord’s work,” he is faced with the first of many unanswerable questions that plague him through his journey from boyhood to manhood. The story explores the very nature of our humanity, presenting a host of vivid characters grappling with raw issues of life.

Part I: Here in St. Cloud’s


8:00pm on Oct. 22, 23, Nov. 12, Dec. 10

7:00pm on Nov. 2, 4, 10, 16, 18, 30, Dec. 2, 8

2:00pm on Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11.

Part II: In Other Parts of the World


8:00pm on Oct. 29, 30, Nov. 5, 6, 13, 19, 20, Dec. 3, 4

7:00pm on Nov. 3, 9, 11, 17, Dec. 1, 7, 9

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