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March 27, 2012 > Douglas Morrisson announces second Bare Bones reading

Douglas Morrisson announces second Bare Bones reading

Submitted By Marsha Howard

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) is excited to announce the second show in the 2012 "Bare Bones" staged reading series: "Looking for Normal" by Jane Anderson.

Roy is a middle-class, church-going Ohio man employed at the local John Deere plant. After 25 years of marriage and fatherhood, Roy decides it's time to reveal his long-held secret: he was born in the wrong body - he's a woman, and he's known it all his life. And he wants a sex change operation, which causes his wife Irma to ask him to move out. More than just a play about one man changing genders, the wryly funny and bittersweet "Looking for Normal" is the story of how an ordinary family copes with life's complexities, and the nature of how we love.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Jane Anderson's bittersweet transgender domestic comedy-drama is thoughtful and touching and full of wit and wisdom."

"Looking for Normal" is the second play in DMT's Bare Bones series, which consists of staged readings of edgier pieces by contemporary writers. The play premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and won the 2001 Ovation Award for Best New Play. Anderson wrote and directed "Normal" for HBO (adapted from "Looking for Normal"), which garnered six Emmy nominations, three Golden Globe nominations and Directors Guild and Writers Guild nominations for best directing and writing.

Jane Anderson is an award-winning writer and director for theater, film and television. Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country, including Arena Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, The McCarter Theater, Long Wharf, ACT, the Pasadena Playhouse and the Geffen Playhouse. Her other television credits include "If These Walls Could Talk II" (earning her an Emmy nomination) and the second season of "Mad Men." Anderson resides in Los Angeles and Northern California with her spouse, Tess Ayers, and their son, Raphael. Her new play "Defying Gravity," which opened in February 2012 at the Helfaer Theatre at Marquette University, dramatizes the events surrounding the Challenger space shuttle crash of 1986.

Director Marilyn Langbehn is delighted to return to DMT, where she previously directed "Frost/Nixon" and "Kiss Me Kate." A native of eastern Washington, she moved to the Bay Area in 2004 where she has directed numerous productions including "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Rabbit Hole," both of which were chosen by Bay Area critics as part of their annual roundup of "Top Ten Bay Area Productions of the Year," as well as "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," which earned her a BATCC nomination as "Best Director." Langbehn is the Marketing and PR Manager for the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda.

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre is located at 22311 N. Third Street in Hayward, next to the Senior Center and the Japanese Gardens. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached at (510) 881-6777. Information is also available at

Looking for Normal
Tuesday, April 3
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
22311 N. Third St., Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Tickets: $10 open seating

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