THE COMMON PURSUIT (1986)
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ACTORS FOR THEMSELVES presents
The West Coast Premiere of

directed by SAM WEISMAN

Producer - Joseph Stern

starring
WAYNE ALEXANDER as "Martin"
JOHN DE LANCIE as "Humphry"
JUDY GEESON as "Marigold"
NATHAN LANE as "Nick"
CHRISTOPHER NEAME as "Peter"
KRISTOFFER TABORI as "Stuart"

Standbys: Stuart and Peter - Peter Mitchel; Marigold - Jill Hill

ACT ONE
Scene One:
Stuart's room in Cambridge.  Twenty years ago.
Scene Two
: Stuart's office in Holbon.  Nine years later.  Early summer.  Late morning.

ACT TWO
Scene One:
Stuart and Martin's office.  Three years later.  Late afternoon.
Scene Two: Martin's office.  A few years later.  Late autumn.  About 6:30 in the evening.

EPILOGUE

- WINNER, 1986 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award:
Direction (Sam Weisman) * Playwriting (Simon Gray)


FEATURE ARTICLE - L.A. Times, Dec. 19, 1985

STAGE WATCH

Playwright Gray to Take Up Residence

By SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer

UNCOMMON PURSUIT: Actors for Themselves at the Matrix is off on a new tangent. It will do the "West Coast premiere of Simon Gray's "The Common Pursuit" and, for the first time in its 10-year history, will have a playwright in residence: author Gray, 49, better known here for "Butley," and "Otherwise Engaged." Kristoffer Siegel-Tabori will direct.

"I read 'Pursuit' in Vancouver while I was making a movie and liked it a lot," said Actors For Themselves producer Joe Stern. "I had heard very little about it and started my usual search."

The play, which the playwright has said he thinks "is about friendship . . . English, middle-class, Cambridge-educated friendship," was done in London in the spring of 1984, with Gray's friend, Harold Pinter, directing. "It's an ensemble show, not perceived as particularly commercial," Stern said, "and Gray was not entirely satisfied."

In a comedy of errors, Stern went through a series of wrong agents for Gray. By the time he reached the right ones early this year, New Haven's Long Wharf had mounted a successful production of "Pursuit." Impressed by reviews of Stern's 1982 production of Pinter's 'Betrayal,' Gray's agents (who also handle Pinter) struck a dealóbut not until Gray and Siegel-Tabori had met and decided that they liked each other.

Gray, who'd done some rewrites during the English run and later for Long Wharf, came to Los Angeles Dec. 1 with a new draft.

"Characters had changed, certain events had changed," Stern said, "but it's one of the best rewrites of a play I've ever seen. It's become more passionate."

Gray returns to Los Angeles in January and chances are there's more refining ahead. Stern says it's become his most ambitious production to date, with two turntables on stage and "a real commitment to pulling this thing off."

Wayne Alexander, Clancy Brown, Judy Geeson, Jim Piddock, Christopher Neame and John De-Lancie form the cast. Russell Pyle will light the show, with Cliff Faulkner doing the set and Barbara Cox the costumes. Previews start Jan. 16. Official opening is Feb. 1.


Set Design - CLIFF FAULKNER
Lighting Design - PETER MARADUDIN
Costume Design - BARBARA COX
Original Music - J.A.C. REDFORD
Production Stage Manager - SINDY SLATER
Assistant Set Designer - CHRISTA BERTELS
Casting - ANTHONY BARNAO
Sound - STEVE BARKER
Production Coordinator - CHIP JOHNSON
Dialect Coach - DINAH ANNE ROGERS
Casting Associate - SUSAN CHIECO
Assistant Stage Manager - WAYNE VETTER
Sound - KIM O'BANNON
Technical Director - TONY KIENITZ
Hair Consultant - RICK GEYER
Scenery Construction by SCENIC ARTS

This production was funded in part by the California Arts Council.

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