Friday, March 23, 2012

"Sight Unseen": A Pearl of an Evening

On March 16, the Argyros Stage was packed with First Nighters, their guests; the Honorary Producers, Pam and Jim Muzzy; the theatre’s namesake, Julianne Argyros and her husband, George; and the playwright, Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies (who flew in the night before from his home in Connecticut)—just to mention a few of the evening’s luminaries.

The occasion was an auspicious one: the 20th anniversary revival of Margulies’ breakthough play, Sight Unseen. After its world premiere at SCR, Sight Unseen went on to productions across the country and was revived on Broadway in 2004. But according to everyone in the audience on March 16, this was the revival that counted.

The play was preceded by a conversation in the Nicholas Studio with the playwright and Director David Emmes, moderated by Dramaturg Kelly Miller. A rapt audience of SCR Honorary Producers, their families and friends were captivated by the insights and stories that Margulies and Emmes shared. After the show, Mikimoto opened its doors in South Coast Plaza for a dazzling Cast Party. Guests praised the underwriters and artists, sampled treats from Quattro Caffe and then shopped—for some of the world’s most beautiful cultured pearl jewelry, with 15% of the evening’s purchases donated to SCR.

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