Yoga Play
by ​Dipika Guha
directed by Crispin Whittell
WORLD PREMIERE
NICHOLAS STUDIO
April 19, 2017 - April 30, 2017

YogaPlayPDPJoan has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, after its CEO is brought down by a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her stride, more trouble surfaces and sales plummet. Joan comes up with a plan so risky that it could make or break the company and her career—and what it requires from her CFO, Raj, is far beyond the call of duty. This sharp comedy asks what it takes to find your own authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.

Previews: April 19-20, 2017
Opening Night: April 21, 2017
Regular Performances: April 22-30, 2017

Recommendation: High school and above. This play contains adult language and situations.

Running Time: Approximately ​​two hours including one 15-minute intermission.

Please Note: No Late Seating
Due to the theatre’s configuration—the entry door opens at stage left—late seating will not be permitted to avoid disruption to the actors and seated audience members. We appreciate your understanding. You may speak with a Ticket Services staff member if you have any questions.


A $​​80 Pacific Playwrights Festival package to see all four readings and the production of Yoga Play is available online, or by calling the Box Office at (714) 708-5555. This package is available to SCR Super Subscribers for $70—only by phone.

Theatre professionals: please purchase your tickets here or contact the box office at (714) 708-5555.

​Dipika Guha was raised in India, Russia and the United Kingdom. She was the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Award and is a 2017-18 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Her plays include Yoga Play (South Coast Repertory), The Art of Gaman (Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Relentless Award Semi-Finalist), The Rules (SF Playhouse), Mechanics of Love (Crowded Fire Theatre) and Blown Youth (published by Playscripts). Recently her work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Roundabout Underground, New Georges, the Lark, 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and the Magic Theatre amongst others. She is currently commissioned by MTC/Sloan, OSF, Barrington Stage Company, an ACT and Z Space co-commission and McCarter Theatre’s Princeton and Slavery Project. Guha has been the recipient of several residencies and fellowships including the Djerassi Residency Program, Hedgebrook, the Hermitage Retreat, Ucross, SPACE at Ryder Farm and a Dramatists Guild Fellowship. Guha received her MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel. dipikaguha.com

Cast
Chiou,-Tim
Tim Chiou* (Fred) is thrilled to make his debut at SCR and to be participating in the Pacific Playwrights Festival. His previous stage credits include the role of Takashi in tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee (directed by May Adrales at The Old Globe), The Lover in The North China Lover (adapted and directed by Heidi Stillman, Lookingglass Theatre Company), Kabuo in Snow Falling on Cedars adapted by Kevin McKeon (TheatreWorks), and Han in Year Zero by Michael Golamco at (Victory Gardens Theatre and The Colony Theatre). His recent television credits include “iZombie,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Code Black” and “Major Crimes.” You’ll be able to see him in the current season of HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” as well as in the upcoming series “American Koko” on ABC’s digital platform. Follow him on social media: @timchiou and on his website: timchiou.com

Doukas,-NIke
​​​​Nike Doukas* (Joan) returns to SCR after appearing in All the Way, The Prince of Atlantis, The Happy Ones, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Ridiculous Fraud, Cyrano de Bergerac, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, Everett Beekin, The Beard of Avon, Round and Round the Garden, Pygmalion, How the Other Half Loves, Arms and the Man, Blithe Spirit, Green Icebergs, The Company of Heaven and Loot. Last year, in addition to All the Way at SCR, she appeared in Fallen Angels at the Jewel Theatre Company in Santa Cruz, Casa Valentina at Pasadena Playhouse, as Hedda Gabler at Antaeus Theatre Company, (where she is a member) and in Three Days in the Country at the Kinetic Theatre in Pittsburgh. Her other regional theatre credits include the PICT Classic Theatre, The Old Globe, A Contemporary Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival and The American Conservatory Theatre. Her numerous television guest spots include a recurring role on “Desperate Housewives.” She has an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater.

Marlow, Jeff
Jeff Marlow* (Bernard Brown/Ensemble) previously appeared at SCR in All the Way, Hamlet and Nothing Sacred. His other theatre credits include Junk: The Golden Age of Debt, Hollywood, Glengarry Glen Ross and Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse); Moonlight and Magnolias, An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, And the Winner Is and The Sleeper (Laguna Playhouse); You Can’t Take It with You (Geffen Playhouse); Handle with Care, Indoor/Outdoor and Around the World in 80 Days (The Colony Theatre); Sheldon & Mrs. Levine, Where’s Poppa and Surviving Sex (Falcon Theatre); and The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll and Medea (The Theatre @ Boston Court). As a member of the sketch comedy troupe the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Marlow has toured the U.S., Europe and Asia in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], The Complete History of America (abridged), The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) and Completely Hollywood (abridged). His film credits include Stevie D, Akeelah and the Bee and The Hebrew Hammer. His television credits include “Silicon Valley,” “Heartbeat,” “Dr. Ken,” “Angie Tribeca,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Player,” “Mistresses,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Rake,” “The Thundermans,” “NCIS,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Without a Trace,” “Pushing Daisies,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Judging Amy.”

Martinez,-Lorena
Lorena Martinez* (Romola/Ensemble) is making her SCR debut. Her regional theatre credits include Up Here and Mr. Burns at La Jolla Playhouse; Olive Ostrovsky in Spelling Bee at Teatro Fatima (Mexico); Into the Woods at Metro Art (Mexico); and Anchor Babies for her New York University thesis. Her film credits include Hotel Pennsylvania, Landing in Mumbai. She holds a BFA from New York University and an MFA from UC San Diego. IG: loremtz; lorenamartinez.net

Rao,-Dileep
​​​Dileep Rao* (Raj) is a native Angeleno. He appeared previously at SCR in the world premiere of Making It. His past appearances include Indian Ink (American premiere) at A.C.T. San Francisco; Fetes de la Nuit and Perfect Wedding, world premieres by Charles S. Mee (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre); The Lover (New Langton Arts); the national tour of Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Manhattan Theatre Club); Free Outgoing (East West Players); and Shiv (The Theatre @ Boston Court). His television credits include “Brothers & Sisters,” “Touch,” “Childrens Hospital” and “Z Nation.” His film credits include Avatar, Drag Me to Hell, Inception and Beeba Boys. He is a graduate of UC San Diego and holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Creative Team
Crispin Whittell (Director) was born in Kenya and studied English at Cambridge University. He has written and directed numerous plays including Villa America (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Clever Dick (Hampstead Theatre), Happy Valley (Liverpool Everyman), Killing Her (Old Red Lion), Killing Him (Pleasance, Edinburgh) and his adaptation of Martin Amis’s novel, Success (Pleasance, Edinburgh), which was shortlisted for The Guardian Award. His other plays/adaptations include The Primrose Path and A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater), Party Tricks (Nottingham Playhouse) and Darwin in Malibu (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), which was nominated for a TMA Award for Best New Play. He translated Rafael Spregelburd’s play Stupidity (“La Estupidez”) for the National Theatre Studio. His other directing credits include Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois (SCR), Dissonance (Falcon Theatre) and Danny Boy (Etcetera Theatre).

Se Hyen Oh (Scenic Design) returns to SCR after co-designing A Doll’s House, Part 2. His recent scenic design credits include Office Hour (South Coast Repertory); Building the Wall (Fountain Theatre); Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists At Play and Lounge Theatre); Hedda Gabler (Antaeus Theatre Comapny); and BED (Echo Theatre Company). His musical/opera credits include Another Sun (associate design, Hyundai Theatre Group); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (associate design, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma); and Le Roi Malgre Lui (associate design, Bard SummerScape). He holds an MFA in theatre design from Northwestern University and works in theatre and architecture. sehyunoh.com


Kathryn Poppen (Costume Design) is Los Angeles-based costume designer. Her previous designs at SCR include The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and five productions for the Youth Conservatory including this season’s Gossamer. She has designed and assisted for such companies as the Center Theatre Group, Geffen Playhouse, Echo Theater Company, Bootleg Theater, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Pasadena Playhouse, and NYC’s Atlantic Theater Company. Later this spring, she will design SCR’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. She holds a BFA in theatrical design from University of Southern California.

Adam J. Frank (Lighting Design) returns to SCR, where he designed The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois and Cattywampus and Ameryka for Studio SCR. His designs have been produced at Syracuse Opera, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, REDCAT, The Theatre @ Boston Court, A Noise Within, CalArts, USC, The New School of Drama and Columbia University. Frank is most proud of designing Waterwell’s Goodbar at The Public Theater in New York City. He assisted at the LA Opera, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Tri-Cities Opera, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival and on Broadway. He earned his MFA from CalArts and is senior show lighting designer at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Cricket S. Myers (Sound Design) is thrilled to return to SCR after designing A Doll’s House, Part 2; The Seigel; Red; Mr. Wolf; Zealot; Trudy and Max in Love; 4000 Miles; The Fantasticks; The Parisian Woman; Sight Unseen; Elemeno Pea; The Trip to Bountiful; and Three Days of Rain. On Broadway, she earned a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. She has designed regionally at the Ahmanson Theatre (Sunshine Boys), Mark Taper Forum (Bent, Steward of Christendom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), La Jolla Playhouse (Guards at the Taj, Sideways, The Nightingale), Kirk Douglas Theatre (Endgame, Twist Your Dickens, The Little Dog Laughed), Pasadena Playhouse (Stoneface, Above the Fold), The Los Angeles Theater (Carrie), The Montalban Theatre (I Only Have Eyes) and Geffen Playhouse (Play Dead, Wrecks, Some Girls). Myers also designed Tangled, The Musical for the Disney Magic cruise ship. She has earned 20 Ovation nominations and won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Kinetic Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Design and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and Garland awards. cricketsmyers.com

Lianne Arnold (​​​Projection Design) is a video and scenic designer whose work extends through theatre, opera, music, dance, film and art installation. Her select performance work includes Such Nice Shoes (Theater Lab), You Are Here (Kitchen Theatre Company/Jane Comfort & Company), Spam (The Cherry Arts/JACK), Water by the Spoonful (Premiere Stages), The Astronaut’s Tale (BAM), The Elephant in Every Room I Enter (La MaMa), How to Live on Earth (HERE), Patty: The Revival (Highways Performance Space), Hourglass (Robin Cox Ensemble), Seven Suns’ The Garden (Earl Maneein composer). She was a production designer on the short film Toru, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Her installation work has been seen in collaborations with visual artists Leslie Kerby (Counterpointe/Brooklyn Ballet), Natalia Margolis, Fariba Alam and Urban Matter Design Firm (“Bare Branches,” Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi). Arnold was the associate projection designer on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by Julie Taymor, Theatre for a New Audience) and on Party People (directed by Liesl Tommy, The Public Theatre). She was named a “Young Designer to Watch” by Live Design Magazine. She earned her MFA from CalArts. liannearnold.com

John Glore (Dramaturg) has been SCR’s associate artistic director since 2005, following five years as resident dramaturg for L.A.’s Center Theatre Group. He previously served as SCR’s literary manager from 1985 to 2000. He has worked as dramaturg on more than 100 SCR productions, workshops and readings including the Pacific Playwrights Festival world premieres of Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph and Office Hour by Julia Cho. His ongoing collaboration with Culture Clash has included co-writing new adaptations of two plays by Aristophanes, The Birds (co-produced by SCR and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, in 1998) and Peace (Getty Villa, 2009) and serving as dramaturg on four other Culture Clash productions. His own plays have been produced at SCR, Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and other theatres across the country.

Bradley Zipser* (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to SCR as the stage Manager for Yoga Play after working several shows as a production assistant. Zipser also has done productions with the Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, International City Theatre, The Boston Court, and Skylight Theatre Company. He has also toured with McCoy Rigby Entertainment and Jersey Shore Entertainment.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


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