California Repertory Company Closes The Season With ‘The Pool of Bethesda’

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California Repertory Company completes another triumphant season aboard The Queen Mary with The Pool of Bethesda by Allan Cubitt. The play opens on April 29th and closes on May 14th. It will be directed by Joanne Gordon; Cal Rep’s acclaimed Artistic Director and recent recipient of the Women in Theatre Red Carpet Award.

Inspired by William Hogarth’s impressive painting, The Pool of Bethesda reveals that a brain tumor can be an unexpected source of healing when a London surgeon is forced to make peace with his legacy as he encounters hallucinations of the celebrated artist. Straddling the world of imagination and reality, the women in his life are caught up in his downward spiral as he embarks upon a visionary search for forgiveness and meaning. Interwoven with the flashbacks are moments of lucidity, as complex relationships fracture and through his delusion he embraces love, loss and healing.

Gordon sees the play as both eternal and incredibly timely. “The debate on equal access to health care resonates strongly today, but it has been going on for centuries. This play takes place both in 18th Century England and the present, and moves fluidly between the two, with the same points being made. No matter which time frame or country you are in, the story doesn’t change: the wealthy get a better quality of medicine and the poor are abandoned.” The play is not didactic however, in fact it is described by The Guardian as: “An exceptional work, bursting with ideas, spiky dialogue, and remarkable images.” Cubitt’s vivid meditation on art and humanity is poignant and funny, poetic and moving. “The production contrasts the lasting power of art with the impotence of science. We are creating an evocation of the worlds of science and art, expressed through a complex multimedia design,” Gordon explains. Bethesda promises to be a visually stunning inquiry into the nature of art, medicine and life itself.

Cal Rep performances are in the Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary. The production runs Tuesday through Saturday, April 29-May 14 at 8 pm. There will be no matinees. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students, military, and seniors (55 and older). Parking at the Queen Mary is $8 for patrons of Cal Rep performances, $6 for CSULB students and patrons who have dinner aboard the ship. Long Beach Public Transit also runs directly to the Queen Mary. For tickets and information please call (562) 985-5526 or visit

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