The Light in the Piazza at South Coast Repertory

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Patti Cohenour as Margaret Johnson in LCT's The Light in the Piazza (3/4)What a wonderful surprise.  A few days ago I received an email from the casting director at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA.  She was telling me that I was being considered for their production of The Light in the Piazza, and wanted to know about my availability.

I had to check with the “powers that be” at the 5th Avenue, since I will be performing in their production of A Room with a View in late Spring, and didn’t know if there would be a conflict. Thank goodness there wasn’t one, and now I’m slated to do Piazza.  So happy and honored to return to the piece that has always held a special place in my heart when I began journeying with it so many years ago.

Another gem about this occasion is that it is the 50th Anniversary of the theater, and many if not all of Craig Lucas’s plays got their start at that theater.  This is going to be very special not only for the theater, but for all of us who have the privilege of performing the work.  I am very excited! What is also interesting, is that a couple of weeks ago, I was telling a friend that a role I wanted to “re-visit” would be Margaret in The Light in the Piazza.  God obviously was listening in on the conversation!

I will be co-starring with David Burnham who will reprise his role as Fabrizio, and is one of the dearest persons in the world.  We were bonded in a very deep and special way when we were at Lincoln Center together in the original Broadway cast, and I have great respect and love for him both as a person and a talent.

The rehearsals start at the end of December, we open for previews on January 24th, Opening Night is January 31st, and the production will run through Feb. 23rd, 2014.

Even before 2014 even begins, I’m “off to the races” (song lyrics from “Drood”) and hope anyone who might be in Orange County in the Southern California area will come see the show.  If you do, please let me know that you are there, because I want to say hello to each and everyone of you. Here is the link for ticket information.

I wish everyone a Blessed Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christmas, and a wondrous New Year!

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  1. Catherine TerBurgh  November 26, 2013

    Congratulations Patti! I hope to see Room With a View here in Seattle. The world needs your many gifts to be shared with many. Thank you for following your heart. Catherine and Dale

  2. Robert LoBiondo  December 29, 2013

    How wonderful! I saw you as Margaret at the beginning and then at the end of the Broadway run and wow, did your performance shimmer and grow!

    I wish I could head west to see this. Have a most wonderful time.


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