Henry and Sonia are having a difficult evening with Arnaud, their wakeful six-year-old son; but Henry has other worries. About to publish the results of two years’ research on the flatness of galaxy halos, he’s desperate to make a good impression on the distinguished astrophysicist Hubert Finidori, who wields a decisive influence over the question of Henry’s longed-for promotion. So when Hubert arrives with his rebellious wife, Inez, in tow for dinner on the wrong night, the fact that there is no food in the apartment (merely an ample supply of Sancerre) is only one of the potentially disastrous elements in play. Add to this Hubert’s often brutal treatment of Inez; his lust for Sonia; Inez’s weak head for alcohol; Henry’s discovery that rival scientists may have beaten him to the punch; Sonia’s equivocal feeling of attraction towards Hubert; and the entirely unpredictable behavior of the invisible Arnaud—and the stage is set for a catastrophic unraveling of normal civilized behavior. But will it be this kind of catastrophe? Or that? Or, perhaps, worse still, will catastrophe be averted altogether?
Yasmina Reza’s LIFE X 3, as witty and acerbic as ‘Art’, her enormous worldwide success, contrasts man’s ability to analyze and map the outermost reaches of the universe with his total inability to respond rationally to the most trivial domestic mishap, and examines how the slightest random event can effortlessly derail the most elaborately laid plan. An original, hilarious and ultimately thought-provoking addition to an increasingly impressive body of work from one of the most fascinating and distinctive voices of the contemporary theatre.
“…elegantly streaked with troubling shadows and shaped with Cartesian symmetry.” —NY Times.
About the cast
Charles Pasternak has previously performed at CVRep: Male Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive (Desert Star Award Nomination), directed by Joanne Gordon. During the pandemic, Charles directed three Zoom readings for CVRep: The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Revolutionists. Regional: American Players Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, The Denver Center, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shakespeare Center Los Angeles, Ensemble Theatre Santa Barbara, International City Theatre, three seasons with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and four seasons with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, among many more. Designate Artistic Director of Santa Cruz Shakespeare, where Charles will take over the role full-time in 2023; Founding Artistic Director of The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company. Charles is an actor, director, producer, and teacher. www.charlespasternak.com
Betsy Moore’s career in Southern CA began with the role of Connie in the famed Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. Work with experimental writer/director John Sinner led to successful productions at REDCAT and the New York and Amsterdam Fringe Festivals. She is currently narrating her 12th mystery novel for Patricia Mclinn found on Audible. Her recent theater credits include Colleen in Ripcord, Puck in A Midsummers Night’s Dream, and Miss Lynch in Grease at Sierra Repertory Theatre. Her solo show, Freebird Goes to Mars won the award for best Avant Garde show on Broadway at the United Solo Festival.
Scott Golden is thrilled to be back at CVRep where he recently appeared in the role of Gabe in Dinner With Friends. His Los Angeles stage credits include Absolutely Filthy (Sacred Fools), The Behavior of Broadus (Burglars of Hamm), Rio Hondo (Theatre of NOTE) and most recently as Matt in Mr. Burns; a post-electric play in which he was nominated for an Ovation Award. Scott produced the critically acclaimed Resa Fantastisk Mystick and Too Heavy for Your Pocket for Sacred Fools Theater Company in Los Angeles where he is also a co-Artistic Director. Scott studied theatre at Florida State University and can be seen or heard in many TV shows and commercials.
Lynn Favin (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) is a recurring voice actress with 17 characters on the Emmy Award winning show Robot Chicken: Seasons 8-11 with numerous TV/Film credits including The Get Down (Netflix) and multiple National Commercials. Classically trained in England with an MFA from the Old Vic (UK), Lynn has performed in 3 National Theater Touring Shows (Ophelia in Hamlet, Lily in The Giver, and the Narrator in The Grapes of Wrath). She is also a regular leading lady with the AFI in Los Angeles. She holds a double B.A. in Psychology and Theater from Wesleyan University and is classically trained by the British American Drama Academy (London Program).