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Cygnet Stages Another Tracy Letts Premiere

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nebraska_poster2Cygnet Theatre presents the San Diego premiere of Man from Nebraska by Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Letts. Directed by Cygnet Associate Artistic Director Francis Gercke, the cast (many of whom have starred in other San Diego Letts’ premieres) will include Robin Christ, John DeCarlo, Cygnet Resident Artist Sandra Ellis-Troy, Monique Gaffney, Jeffrey Jones, Linda Libby, Jack Missett, Mike Sears and Amanda Sitton. Man from Nebraska opens Sept. 24 and plays through Nov. 1 at Cygnet’s Old Town Theatre.

A luxury sedan, a church pew, a cafeteria table, a favorite TV show, and visits to a nursing home form the comfortable cycles of the dull daily life of middle-aged insurance salesman Ken Carpenter. Then one night, he awakens to discover that he no longer believes in God. To the surprise of his family, who think he has lost his mind, Ken decides to find himself and his faith by flying to London. He navigates through the unfamiliar and somewhat dangerous realm of British counter-culture and ultimately finds his way back home. Tracy Letts’ moving, funny, and spiritually complex play dares to ask the big questions, and by doing so, reveals the hidden yearning and emotion that spur the eccentric behavior of seemingly ordinary people.

An ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Tracy Letts is an actor, a director and a playwright who, in addition to his stage credits, has appeared in several motion pictures and television shows. Tracy’s work includes Killer Joe, Bug and Man from Nebraska (which premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Illinois – opening on November 20, 2003 – and was named a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama). Letts was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County. His most recent play, Superior Donuts, opens on Broadway this October. He was also named one of Time’s Best of 2003.

Man From Nebraska
A San Diego Premiere by Cygnet Theatre
Sept. 24 – Nov. 1 (previews Sept. 24-Oct. 2)
Tickets: $17-$46

Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. (In Old Town)
Box Office: (619) 337-1525

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