Marvel Comics veteran Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s new play to debut at SCR

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Comic book author Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s new play ‘Doctor Cerberus’ will have its world-premiere commercial run in April 2010 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, the company said Wednesday. The drama, which tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who finds emotional refuge in late-night horror movies, had already been announced for SCR’s 2010 Pacific Playwrights Festival.

The commercial run occupies the closing slot of the 2009-10 season on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

Aguirre-Sacasa has worked regularly for Marvel Comics over the years and is perhaps best known for penning ‘The Stand,’ which is adapted from the Stephen King novel. He has also contributed to such series as ‘Sensational Spider-Man,’ ‘Nightcrawler’ and ‘Marvel Knights 4.’ A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he is also a published playwright whose work has been produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage and SCR.

‘Doctor Cerberus’ takes place in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., during the 1980s. The young protagonist is an emotional recluse who retreats to the family basement to watch horror movies on an old black-and-white television set.


The play, which had a staged reading at last year’s Pacific Playwrights Festival, will be directed by Bart DeLorenzo and will run from April 11 to May 2, 2010. (No casting has been announced yet.) The play joins a season that already includes works by Julie Marie Myatt, Howard Korder and Noah Haidle.

The official opening night for ‘Doctor Cerberus’ is April 16.

-- David Ng