Doctor Cerberus

December 2010
Education Level
Higher Education

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Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s coming-of-age, coming-out cocktail with a twist of terror. Thirteen-year-old Franklin Robertson is trying to survive adolescence. His parents don’t understand him, his brother torments him, he has no friends, and he’s more interested in the high school quarterback than any girl. The one bright spot in his life is the glow of the black-and-white TV in his parents’ basement. Here, he worships at the altar of the Saturday Night Horror Movie, hosted by the eerie Dr. Cerberus. Before long, Franklin is convinced that only by going on the show will his life be redeemed—by Dr. Cerberus himself!

Original music by Steven Cahill.

Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in July of 2010.

Doctor Ceberus is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

"Doctor Cerberus jumps from stand-up comedy to drama to breaking the fourth wall." — AudioFile Magazine

Directed by Bart DeLorenzo
Simon Helberg as Franklin Robertson
Jamison Jones as Doctor Cerberus
Steven Culp as Lawrence Robertson
Pamela J. Gray as Lydia Robertson
Jarrett Sleeper as Rodney Robertson
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