Thursday, October 6, 2011

Topical World Premiere Opens Argyros Stage Season

First Night of How the World Began was something to talk about—and talk playgoers did, as they gathered on Ela’s Terrace for the Cast Party to thank the underwriters (SCR stalwarts Bette and Wylie Aitken) and congratulate the cast (Sarah Rafferty, Jarrett Sleeper and Time Winters), playwright (Catherine Trieschmann) and director (Daniella Topol).

An always timely subject—the clash between evolutionist and creationist beliefs—was at the center of the play’s gripping onstage debate, brilliantly brought to life, according to StageScene LA, “by three of the richest performances you’re likely to see anytime soon.”'

Set in a makeshift schoolroom in a tornado-ravaged Kansas town, the production  held everyone’s attention through the final moments, which the Orange County Register called “as tense and dangerous as a stiletto’s edge.”

Then the conversation—far less dramatic, but equally engaging—continued during the party, even as playgoers and artists relaxed around cocktail tables decorated with schoolhouse-themed floral arrangements and enjoyed delicacies from Mark’s Catering, sweets donated by C. Salt Gourmet and the evening’s theme drink, Kansas Sunset.

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