New Play Programs

A Doll's House NewSCRipt Reading
​Rob Nagle, Carmela Corbett, Mia Barron and Lynn Milgrim in ​rehearsal for ​a 201​6 NewSCRipts reading of ​A Doll's House, Part 2 by ​Lucas Hnath. 

Launched in 1985, SCR's Collaboration Laboratory—known as Colab—is an integrated play-development program that employs diverse strategies to aid playwrights in creating new work:

Playwright Commissions
Commissions are SCR's most effective means of supporting and developing long-term relationships with writers. Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg, Brooklyn Boy by Donald Margulies, Golden Child by David Henry Hwang and The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed were all successful products of SCR commissions. Among the writers with current commissions are:

Naomi Iizuka • Rajiv Joseph • Julia Cho • Amy Freed • Jennifer Haley • Theresa Rebeck • Dominique Morisseau • Octavio Solis • Jen Silverman​ • Matthew Lopez​ • Adam Rapp ​• Martyna Majok

NewSCRipts is a staged reading series that allows playwrights the chance to hear their developing plays read and to receive audience feedback. Playwright participation is by invitation only for projects submitted according to the procedures outlined below. Read more about NewSCRipts.

The Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF)
PPF annually presents seven new plays—readings, workshops and productions—during a three-day period. Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theatres nationwide. Participation is by invitation only for projects submitted according to the procedures outlined below. The ​20th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival will take place April 2​1-2​3, 201​7. Read more about PPF.

Submission Procedures

Playwrights without representation may send a query letter, brief synopsis, complete list of characters and 10-page excerpt to:

Literary Department 
South Coast Repertory
P. O. Box 2197
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2197

After review, we will contact you if we wish to read the entire script. Unsolicited full-length scripts will not be reviewed.

Please Note: We do not accept materials submitted electronically.

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that—for this purpose—lawyers and law firms do not qualify as "professional representation."

SCR accepts submissions for full-length plays, musicals, translations and adaptations and works for young audiences (approximately fourth-grade level). Unproduced plays are considered for possible inclusion in the NewSCRipts reading series, the Pacific Playwrights Festival and for production on SCR stages. Submissions are accepted year-round; there is no submission deadline for any opportunity.

Photo: Samantha Quan, Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson, Maureen Sebastian and John Hoche in ​SCR's 2015 world premiere of Vietgone by ​Qui Nguyen. Photo by Debora Robinson.