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North Coast connections abound in ‘Becoming Julia Morgan’

Mara Purl and Christopher Law played opposite each other in “Sea Marks” at the Pewter Plough Playhouse in 2015. They’ll be on stage again in San Luis Obispo as Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst in “Becoming Julia Morgan” at the Monday Club.
Mara Purl and Christopher Law played opposite each other in “Sea Marks” at the Pewter Plough Playhouse in 2015. They’ll be on stage again in San Luis Obispo as Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst in “Becoming Julia Morgan” at the Monday Club.

There’s North Coast synchronicity aplenty in the upcoming limited-run production of the fast-paced play, “Becoming Julia Morgan.” Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.

The obvious link, of course, is that architect Morgan’s most famous design and creation, Hearst Castle, is in our own back yard, and her boss on that job, William Randolph Hearst, had an undeniable impact on North Coast and the county.

The performers? Christopher Law, the actor who portrays Hearst in the play (and who’s known for his role in “One Life to Live” and as the first male spokesman for Revlon) recently moved to Cambria.

He said he fell in love with the town during previous Cambria productions of the play “Sea Marks,” with actress Mara Purl (of “Days of Our Lives.”).

Another North Coast tie? Purl also is the author of the Milford Haven books and radio serial, which include some striking resemblances to the North Coast).

And yes, Purl portrays Morgan in the “Becoming Julia Morgan” production.

A link between the play and the county is where the production is being performed: At the Monday Club, 1815 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo. Morgan also designed that building.

General admission tickets, which were still available Monday, Sept. 25, at www.themondayclubslo.org are $25 each. VIP admission tickets, which include front-row tables, a bottle of wine and post-performance reception, are $100 each.

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