Side-splitting Laughs: One Man, Two Guvnors Opens South Coast Repertory’s Season
COSTA MESA, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2015)—Laughter will be on tap in South Coast Repertory’s season-opener, One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, with songs by Grant Olding. The raucously funny show has earned praise from audiences and critics alike during performances in London (West End), New York (Broadway) and the West Coast (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). David Ivers directs the production on the Segerstrom Stage, Sept. 11-Oct. 11. Tickets are now available at www.scr.org.
One Man, Two Guvnors is a comedy of mistaken identity. Francis, a failed washboard musician with an insatiable appetite, has to keep his two jobs secret from his two bosses…and they’re hiding a few secrets of their own. Set in swinging ‘60s England, to the tune of a live band, anything can happen (and probably will) in this hilarious show. The play is a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Ivers said he is drawn to One Man, Two Guvnors because “the world of farce and physical comedy marries precision with being a child, with childishness—innocence, purity and total youthful exuberance with a kind of virtuosity. This is a really visceral, energetic, stupid-in-the-best-way, frolicking mess, with rock-and-roll supporting this absolutely insane, wonderful, chaotic world.”
Ivers is artistic director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, where he has been creating productions as director and actor since 1992. In recent seasons, he has directed Twelfth Night, Twelve Angry Men, Romeo and Juliet and Cyrano De Bergerac, among others. He spent 10 years as a resident artist with the Denver Center Theatre Company and he helmed a premiere adaptation of The Cocoanuts for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His other regional work includes productions at Pioneer Theatre Company, the Alabama and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre and Tacoma Actors Guild.
Bean was a bread maker, studied psychology, became a psychologist and then a stand-up comic—all before turning to playwriting. He found inspiration for One Man, Two Guvnors in an 18th-century Italian farce by Carlo Goldoni, The Servant of Two Masters. Among the awards Bean’s plays have received are the 2011 Evening Standard Award for Best Play for The Heretic and One Man, Two Guvnors and the 2011 Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and 2012 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best New Comedy, both for One Man, Two Guvnors. His other work includes a stage version of David Mamet’s The House of Games; The English Game; and In the Club, a version of Molière’s The Hypochondriac. His radio plays include “Of Rats and Men,” “Yesterday,” “Unsinkable” and “Robin Hood’s Revenge.”
The cast for One Man, Two Guvnors includes William Connell, Brad Culver, Dan Donohue, Allen Gilmore, John-David Keller, Louis Lotorto, Becca Lustgarten, Sarah Moser, Todd Pivetti, Helen Sadler, Danny Scheie, A.J. Sclafani, Steven Shear, Robert Sicular and Claire Warden. Musicians Casey Hurt, Mike McGraw, Marcus Högsta and Andrew Niven perform as the band called The Craze.
The design and creative team includes Gregg Coffin, music director; Hugh Landwehr, scenic design; Meg Neville, costume design; Alexander V. Nichols, lighting design; and Lindsay Jones, sound design; Gerry McIntyre, musical staging; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, and Amy Potozkin, CSA, casting. The production manager is Joshua Marchesi and the stage manager is Jennifer Ellen Butler.
One Man, Two Guvnors is generously supported by Honorary Producers Joan and Andy Fimiano. The Corporate Honorary Producer is US Bank. The media partner is Orange Coast magazine.
Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.
Related Information for One Man, Two Guvnors
Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Sept. 11-Oct. 11. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced previews run Sept. 11-17.
Performance Dates, Times:
- Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11-12, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 13, 15, 16, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m.
Note: Friday, Sept. 18, is an invitation-only performance
- Regular performances
Special notes: There are no Monday performances.
- Evening Performances:
- Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sept. 20, 22-23, Sept. 27, 29-30, Oct. 4, and Oct. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursdays-Saturdays, Sept. 19, Sept. 24-26, Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-10 at 8 p.m.
- Saturdays-Sundays, Sept. 19-20, Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4 and Oct. 10-11, at 2:30 p.m.
- ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2:30 p.m.
- Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Tuesday, Sept. 29. Discuss the play with cast members of One Man, Two Guvnors during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
- Inside the Season: Saturday, Sept. 26, from, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.
Upcoming Productions: Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, Oct. 4-25; Abundance by Beth Henley, Oct. 16-Nov. 15; A Year with Frog and Toad by Willie Reale and Robert Reale, Nov. 6-22; and A Christmas Carol adapted by Jerry Patch, Nov. 27-Dec. 27. More information is available at www.scr.org.
ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org