A 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!
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
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
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
Doctor Cerberus 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.
The first sounds one hears in this smart, brash, slightly twisted coming-of-age comedy are the wonderfully rinky-dink thunder and cheesy organ music of "The Saturday Night Horror Movie," hosted by Dr. Cerberus, a local TV show that Franklin Robertson finds is the only sanity in his crazy world. Franklin, played with aplomb by Simon Helberg, is trying to navigate his adolescence in the face of dominating parents, a brother who is a jock, and an uncle with a secret. Like many outstanding contemporary stage plays, this one jumps from stand-up comedy to drama to breaking the fourth wall. L.A. Theatre Works once again captures the magic that happens between gifted performers and an appreciative audience.