ELIJAH ALEXANDER* - Henry
TOM STOPPARD - Playwright
|NINA BALL** - Sets
DANIEL BANATAO - Props
CLIFF CARUTHERS** - Sound
PHILIPPA KELLY - Dramaturg
KURT LANDISMAN** - Lights
MAGGIE MORGAN** - Costumes
KATHLEEN J. PARSONS* - Stage Manager
LISA ANNE PORTER - Dialect Coach
The Real Thing
By Tom Stoppard | Directed By Timothy Near
When Henry, a cerebral playwright, is asked by his mistress to ghost-write a script, his life begins to imitate his art too closely. More comfortable with words than feelings, Henry must decide which of his emotions are the "real thing." Stoppard tackles questions of love and marriage with dazzling comedy and more than one play-within-a-play, sending his characters and the audience reeling between authenticity and artifice, intellect and passion, and love and fidelity.
"So packed with wit, ideas and feelings... Stoppard's most moving play and the most bracing play anyone has written about love and marriage in years." - NY Times
RUN TIME: 2 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE 10 MINUTE INTERMISSION
gorgeous, devastating... the kind of writing we don't see too often in contemporary plays.San Francisco CHRONICLE
IN THE NEWS
“outstanding...The Real Thing combines intelligence, emotion and wit in a multifaceted play about love.”Berkeleyside
"[The Real Thing] wheedles its way into your graces, and in the end, you surrender because, despite everything, it's sincere after all"EDGE
"director Timothy Near has assembled a first-rate cast."Pacific Sun
"[Timothy Near's] directorial prowess combined with the acting skills of her cast help make this Aurora Theatre production of The Real Thing a worthwhile and enjoyable outing"Theater Eddys
“An excellent production of a classic play with a strong ensemble.”SF Theater Blog
"Timothy Near's hyper-physical direction performed with panache by a super cast creates a must see production."For All Events
ELIJAH ALEXANDER* Elijah is honored to be making his Aurora Theatre Company debut. He most recently played Amir in Disgraced at The Arizona Theatre Company, Bashir in the West Coast Premiere of Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand at ACT in Seattle (Gregory Award for ‘Outstanding Performance’) and Richard ‘Gentleman’ Rivers in The World Premiere of Fingersmith at OSF. Broadway: Metamorphoses; BAM: Throne of Blood; Royal Shakespeare Company:Tantalus; Regional: Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, Southcoast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival and 3 seasons at the California Shakespeare Festival where he played Jack Tanner in Man and Superman and Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband; Film/TV: Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Amazing Love, Touch, Awake, Emily’s Reasons Why Not, JAG, Summerland. MFA from The Yale School of Drama. www.elijahalexander.net
SEANN GALLAGHER* Seann is delighted to be making his debut with Aurora Theatre Company. Recent/Favorite credits include Frost/Nixon and The Vertical Hour with Neptune Theatre Company, Hamlet with Soulpepper Theatre Company, The Glass Menagerie with Canadian Stage Company, and Love’s Labours Lost with Repercussion Theatre. He also recently appeared on TV/film in Rogue, Hannibal, and Rookie Blue among others. Seann is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and studied under Uta Hagen at HB Studios in New York. He would like to dedicate his performance in The Real Thing to his late mother Angela.
TOMMY GORREBEECK* Tommy is excited to be back at Aurora Theatre Company having previously appeared in The Monster-Builder and Eccentricities of a Nightingale. Recent Local Credits: Miss Bennet (Bingley) with Marin Theatre Company, Colossal (Young Mike) with SF Playhouse, A Few Good Men(Kaffee) with Hillbarn Theatre, Cymbeline (Posthumus/Cloten) with Marin Shakes, Pride & Prejudice (Darcy) and Persuasion (Mr. Elliot) with Livermore Shakes, Sleuth (Milo) with CenterREP. Recent Regional Credits: A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley) with Kansas City Actors Theatre. Mr. Gorrebeeck received his BA from New York University and is a proud member of AEA & SAG/AFTRA.
Carrie is thrilled to return to Aurora where she has previously appeared in This Is How It Goes, A Delicate Balance, Collapse, Small Tragedy and Betrayal. Last season she played Hannah in the Off-Broadway production of Ideation, directed by Josh Costello (New York Times Critic’s Pick). Regional credits include Stage Kiss and Stupid Fucking Bird with San Francisco Playhouse; King Charles III and After the War at A.C.T.; Double Indemnity at ACT Seattle; Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at Arizona Theatre Company; The Other Place at Magic Theatre; The Big Meal at San Jose Rep; and A Streetcar Named Desire and Tiny Alice at Marin Theatre Company. She played Lurleane in Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, and some fishy friends in Finding Dory. She holds a master's degree in educational theater from New York University and is cofounder of StageWrite, Building Literacy through Theatre.
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