Adapted by E.P. Dowdall from the Hungarian play Illatszertar by Miklos Laszlo
Directed by Mark Brokaw
Set during Christmas time, 1937 in Budapest Hungary, the play centers on two bickering employees at an upscale boutique who have been building an anonymous romantic relationship through letters. Written by Hungarian émigré Miklos Laszlo, and adapted by E. P. Dowdall, Parfumerie’s charming plot has inspired several films, including The Shop Around the Corner, In the Good Old Summertime, and You’ve Got Mail, as well the Broadway musical She Loves Me.
The cast of Parfumerie is led by Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler on “The West Wing”), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Dad, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby on “True Blood”) and Arye Gross (TV: Castle, Six Feet Under). The cast also includes Cheryl Lynn Bowers (world premieres of Adam Rapp, Steve Martin plays); Adam Farabee (Berkeley Rep The Lieutenant of Inishmore SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Award); Andy Goldenberg (films: Jack and Jill, Austin and Ally); Linda Griffin (Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone; tour: A Chorus Line; 42nd Street, LA: Beauty and the Beast), Jacob Kemp (Signature Theatre Greenwood; Yale), Jackson Moran (Pearl Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre); Tony Pasqualini (South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Intiman, Mad Men, “Law and Order,” “West Wing”); Ariana Shore (Broadway: The Performers); Jayne Taini (TV: “Ave 43,” “Mad Men,” “ER”); Jill Van Velzer (Pasadena Playhouse The Heiress, also The Matchmaker, Harvey, Boeing Boeing, She Loves Me); and Matt Walton (off-B’way Berger in Hair; “One Life to Live,” “All My Children”).
“Timeless Scents: 1370-2013,” a history of iconic fragrances through the ages will be the first public exhibition held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis). Chronicling the evolution of scents throughout time, the interactive exhibit will be on view in the Lovelace Studio Theater beginning Wednesday, December 4th and throughout the engagement of Parfumerie, the first theatrical production at the newly opened center, which runs through December 22, in the Bram Goldsmith Theater.
“Timeless Scents” is free to the public; December 4 through December 22; Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sundays, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; closed Mondays. For patrons attending a performance of Parfumerie, the exhibit will remain open for 30 minutes following the conclusion of the performance.