Rehearsals have begun for the world premiere of Kimber Lee’s “different words for the same thing,” which begins previews May 4 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Opening night is May 11 and performances run through June 1, 2014.
Set in a small town in southwestern Idaho, and the vast spaces that surround it, “different words for the same thing” depicts the intersecting lives of the townspeople as they deal with the web of love, tradition, religion, politics and heartbreak that connect them all. In a series of intimate, deeply felt scenes, Lee introduces Marta and Henry, three generations of their family, and many of their friends and neighbors. All are linked to the heartbeat and daily life of the community in ways reminiscent of Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town.”
Directed by CTG Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller (who directed The Nether at the Douglas last season), “different words for the same thing” features acclaimed stage and screen actors Sam Anmderson (Blackbird at Rogue Machine, Lost), Jackie Chung (brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Actors Theatre of Louisville), Stephen Ellis (The Coward at LCT3), Monica Horman (Everybody Loves Raymond), Devin Kelley (Resurrection), Rebecca Larsen (Sacred Fools), Savannah Lathem (Lost, Moneyball), Erick Lopez (Faking It), Malcolm Madera (House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire), Alyson Reed (Broadway’s Marilyn: An American Fable, Cabaret), Hector Atreyu Ruiz (Gang Related) and Jose? Zuniga (The Call).
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