About the CrossRoads Initiative

The CrossRoads Commissioning Project started in 2013, through a grant from the Time Warner Foundation. It is a community-based initiative within the theatre's renowned new play development program and enables SCR to develop plays by writers who reflect the cultural diversity of Orange County and whose process includes residencies that allow them to better understand the community and its people. A renewal of the foundation's grant enabled SCR to expand this project, with nearly a dozen commissioned writers.

Read more about all of our CrossRoads writers below.

SCR’s CrossRoads Commissioning Project is generously supported by the Time Warner Foundation. Read more about the Foundation’s program.

Introducing the Round Two CrossRoads Playwrights

During the summer of 2015, four playwrights—Dipika Guha, Adam Gwon, Octavio Solis and Lauren Yee—spent ten days in Orange County, exploring the artistic and cultural diversity and connecting with organizations and individuals. They now are writing plays inspired by their experiences.

Updates on the CrossRoads Playwrights and Plays

  • Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil will receive its world premiere at Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre in November 2016. SCR then will produce the West Coast premiere in March 2017. Orange was also featured on The Kilroys’ The List 2016, a list of the top unproduced plays by female and trans playwrights.

  • After its successful world premiere at SCR in October 2015, Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone is receiving a subsequent co-production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (March-October 2016) and Seattle Repertory Theatre (December 2016-January 2017). In October 2016, the SCR production will be restaged at Manhattan Theatre Club.

  • Mona Mansour’s unseen received staged readings as a part of the Old Globe’s New Voices Festival (January 2016) and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ Ignite! Festival (March 2016). In February 2017, it will receive its world premiere at Chicago’s The Gift Theatre.

  • In June 2016, Lauren Yee developed her untitled CrossRoads commission at Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Ground Floor, a summer residency lab.

Meet the Playwrights

Bamuthi-Joseph,-Marc Marc Bamuthi Joseph is an acclaimed poet/playwright and performer who lives in Oakland, CA. He also is the artistic director of San Francisco’s Living Word Project, the director of performing arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and a frequent collaborator with director Michael John Garcés. Read more about Marc.

Ching,-Carla Carla Ching is a Los Angeles native whose play Fast Company was featured during 2013’s Pacific Playwrights Festival and received its world premiere during SCR’s 2013-14 season. Ching is the former artistic director of the New York-based theatre company, Second Generation (2g), and was recently inducted into New Dramatists’ class of 2020, a seven-year residency program. Read more about Carla.

Dipika Guha Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in tea drinking countries. Her work has been produced by San Francisco Playhouse and Crowded Fire Theatre, and develope at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, Naked Angels, Fault Line Theatre, Judson Church, One Coast Collaboration and the Tobacco Factory (UK), amongst others. Read more about Dipika.

Adam Gwon Adam Gwon is a composer/lyricist whose musicals Ordinary Days and Cloudlands (co-written with Octavio Solis) were produced at South Coast Repertory. His honors include the Kleban Award, the Ebb Award, the Rodgers Award and the Loewe Award. His songs have been performed by such luminaries as Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara and Brian d'Arcy James. Read more about Adam.

Kapil-AditiAditi Brennan Kapil is a writer, actress and director living and working in Minneapolis, where she’s a Core Writer at The Playwrights’ Center. Her collection of plays, the Displaced Hindu Gods—a trilogy of plays loosely based on the trinity of Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) displaced into contemporary immigrants in the Westpremiered at Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre in fall 2013. Read more about Aditi.

Nguyen-QuiQui Nguyen is a Brooklyn-based playwright, fight choreographer and co-artistic director of New York’s comic book-inspired Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company. His CrossRoads commission, Vietgone, received its world premiere at SCR in the Fall of 2015 before moving on to a co-production at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Read more about Qui.

Mansour-MonaMona Mansour’s play about the 1960s Middle East, The Hour of Feeling, premiered at the 2012 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her latest work, The Way West, received its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in the spring of 2014. Mansour was recently inducted into the New Dramatists’ class of 2020, a seven-year residency program. She lives in New York. Read more about Mona.

Saracho-TanyaTanya Saracho is a playwright, director and actor who hails from Chicago, where she first gained national attention with her plays El Nogalar (Goodman Theatre/Teatro Vista) and Our Lady of the Underpass (Greenhouse Theatre Center). Her newest play, Fade, received its world premiere at the Denver Center Theatre Company in early 2016. Read more about Tanya.

Octavio Solis Octavio Solis is a playwright and director living in Oregon. Author of over 20 plays, he is considered by many to be one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. His works have been mounted at theatres across the country, and many have been published, including his anthology, The River Plays. For South Coast Repertory, he wrote the long running La Posada Magica and Cloudlands, a musical co-written with Adam Gwon. Read more about Octavio.

Lauren Yee Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. Her work has been produced and developed around the country, including Victory Gardens Theater (Samsara), San Francisco Playhouse (in a word), Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Ching Chong Chinaman) and Playwrights Realm (The Hatmaker’s Wife). Her new play King of the Yees will premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and Goodman Theatre in 2017.Yee is a former Dramatists Guild fellow, MacDowell Colony fellow and Public Theater Emerging Writers Group member and is currently a member of the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab and a Playwrights' Center Core Writer. She ​was the 2015 resident playwright at Anaheim's Chance Theatre, which recently produced the west coast premiere of Samsara. Read more about Lauren.
CrossRoads - Dengue Fever

CrossRoads playwright Lauren Yee (far right) with members of Dengue Fever, a Los Angeles-based band that combines Cambodian pop music and psychedelic rock.

Octavio Solis Flamenco

CrossRoads playwright Octavio Solis (second from right) practices flamenco dance at Tapas Flavors of Spain in Newport Beach.

Dipika Guha Bolsa Chica

CrossRoads playwright Dipika Guha (left) explores the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach with Literary Intern Sanaz Toossi (center) and tour guide Greg Griffin (right).

Adam Gwon Santa Ana

CrossRoads playwright Adam Gwon in Downtown Santa Ana.

CrossRoads Playwrights UCI

CrossRoads playwright Lauren Yee at the Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center at the University of California, Irvine. Pictured (left to right): professor Linda Vo, professor Julia Lee, playwright Lauren Yee, Literary Director Kimberly Colburn and Associate Literary Director Andy Knight.

Community Connections

SCR extends thanks to the following organizations for contributing their time, expertise and resources to the CrossRoads Commissioning Project: