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201​​6-1​​7 SEASON

​​2017 Pacific Playwrights Festival

Lauren Yee
STORY: Seven Questions with Lauren Yee
Playwright Lauren Yee talks writing in coffee shops, doing research in Orange County and her new play, Cambodian Rock Band.

​A Doll's House

Meet the Cast of A Doll's House, Part 2
STORY: Role Call: Meet the Cast of A Doll's House, Part 2
The world premiere of A Doll’s House, Part 2 features all SCR veterans. Meet the cast.
A Doll's House, Part 2 Program
PDF: Peek into the Program for A Doll's House, Part 2
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for ​A Doll's House, Part 2.

​The Siegel

Love in the Time of Twitter
STORY: Love in the Time of Twitter
There’s a smorgasbord of options in life and love—and The Siegel covers them in surprising ways. Read now.
Michael Mitnick Podcast
PODCAST: The Siegel Playwright Michael Mitnick
Michael Mitnick feigned surprise when he learned about the *other* play, The Seagull, from Literary Associate Kat Zukaitis. Listen to their wide-ranging conversation about the world premiere of his play, The Siegel.
Role Call: The Siegel
STORY: Role Call: Meet the Cast of The Siegel
The world premiere of The Siegel features a mix of SCR veterans and debut performances. Meet the cast.
Siegel Photo Shoot
VIDEO: The Siegel Photoshoot - Behind the Scenes
Get a quick peek at the photo shoot for The Siegel. Watch now.
Casey Stangl
STORY: A Director as Puzzle-Solver
Director Casey Stangl loves the challenge of jigsaw puzzles. That’s how she seems the many elements when she directs a new play, like The Siegel. Read more about Stangl.
Program for The Siegel
PDF: Peek into the Program for The Siegel
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for ​The Siegel.

​Orange

Orange First Night
STORY/SLIDESHOW: A Wild Ride Through the O.C. in Search of the Perfect Orange
An instant standing ovation greeted the cast of Orange on First Night. Find out more about the show’s opening.
Scenes from Orange
VIDEO: Excerpts from Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil
Watch excerpts from the west coast premiere of Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil. Watch the video.
A Way without Words
STORY: A Way without Words
Dramaturg Kimberly Colburn talks about the wild ride through Orange County that inspired the play, Orange.
Orange Teaser
VIDEO: Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil
A lot can happen in one night in Orange County, California. Go on an adventure with Leela in Aditi Brennan Kapil’s Orange. Watch the teaser video.
Playwright Podcast
PODCAST: Playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil
Playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil talks with Literary Director Kimberly Colburn about Orange, her wild ride through Orange County and other topics.
Orange Program
PDF: Peek into the Program for Orange
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for ​Orange.
Illustrating a Travel Adventure
STORY: Illustrating a Travel Adventure: Orange
Leela draws life’s adventures in a journal. For the audience watching the play Orange, projections are the way to see the world through her eyes. Read more about the play’s design elements.
The Cast of Orange
STORY: Role Call: Meet the Cast of Orange
Three actors make their SCR debuts in Orange—and all, like the playwright, have connections to India. Meet the cast.

​Flora & Ulysses

Casey Stangl on Flora & Ulysses
VIDEO: Director Talks about Flora & Ulysses
Flora & Ulysses director Casey Stangl dishes the show’s fun and themes. Watch the video.
Flora & Ulysses Slideshow
VIDEO: Flora & Ulysses Slideshow
See photos from Flora & Ulysses in this slideshow. Watch now.
Who's Who in Flora
STORY: Who’s Who in Flora & Ulysses
From a cynical little girl to a superhero squirrel, the world of Flora & Ulysses is populated with some of the most colorful characters. Meet the cast of characters.
Everyday Superheroes
STORY: Who’s Who in Flora & Ulysses
Flora is 10 and a cynic; Ulysses is a squirrel who has superpowers. Their comic adventures help Flora make sense of the world around her. Read more.
Flora & Ulysses Study Guide
PDF: Flora & Ulysses Study Guide
Ten-year-old Flora calls herself a cynic … until she meets an amazing squirrel who flies and writes poetry. Get insights into Flora & Ulyssess in this study guide.
Flora & Ulysses Program
PDF: Peek into the Program for Flora & Ulysses
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for Flora & Ulysses.
John Glore
STORY: An Interview with Playwright John Glore
Playwright John Glore feels like a kid himself; that may be why he enjoys writing for young audiences. Read an interview with him.
Kate DiCamillo
STORY: An Interview with Author Kate DiCamillo
How a squirrel on the doorstep inspired Flora & Ulysses. Read the interview with playwright Kate DiCamillo.

​Moby Dick

Moby Dick First Night
STORY/SLIDESHOW: Audience Sets Sail for Adventure as Moby Dick Opens
First Nighters had the chance to go down to the sea in The Pequod—for the west coast premiere of Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick.
Moby Dick Podcast
PODCAST: The SCR Podcast with Moby Dick's David Catlin
How a college night fueled by caffeine and exhaustion led Lookingglass Theatre Company’s David Catlin to see Moby-Dick in a whole new light.
Audience Reactions to Moby Dick
VIDEO: Audiences Get Caught Up With Moby Dick
SCR audiences are loving Lookingglass Theatre Company’s production of Moby Dick, Watch their reactions in this video.
Caution: Actors Overhead
STORY: Caution: Actors Overhead
The Moby Dick set is filled with ropes, pulleys and other devices to help the actors sail—literally—hang, twirl, swing, swoop and more. Rigging Designer Isaac Schoepp makes all that happen.
Whale of a Tale
STORY: Whale of a Tale
The set design for Moby Dick hints at both a ship and a whale; aerial acrobatics help transport the audience to sea. Find out how the novel’s stage adaptation is like nothing you’ve seen before.
The Characters of Moby Dick
STORY: Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick at SCR
This is a totally different way to experience Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick—in a stunning, highly theatrical and high-flying adaptation.
Moby Dick Tease
VIDEO: Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick at SCR
This is a totally different way to experience Herman Melville’s Moby Dick—in a stunning, highly theatrical and high-flying adaptation.
Moby Dick Program
PDF: Peek into the Program for Moby Dick
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for Moby Dick.
Moby Dick
STORY: From Barrymore to Led Zeppelin—Moby Dick-inspired Art
From a 1926 silent movie to the Gregory Peck classic and a Led Zeppelin song—Moby Dick has inspired many artists. Check out some whale-inspired works.
Moby Dick Comes to South Coast Repertory
VIDEO: Moby Dick Comes to South Coast Repertory
The power—and the poetry—of Hermann Melville’s colossal novel is transformed into a theatrical masterwork—adapted for the stage by David Catlin in a stunning production by Chicago’s renowned Lookingglass Theatre Company.
Moby Dick: Behind the Scenes
VIDEO: Moby Dick: Behind the Scenes with Actor's Gymnasium
Ships at sea—there’s rigging, masts and the ocean. How do those elements—along with one of the world’s most classic novels, Moby Dick—work together onstage?

The Roommate

First Night of The Roommate
STORY: Life at a Crossroads
Cheers greeted two-actor cast for The Roommate on opening night. See the photos and read about it.
Excerpts Video from The Roommate
VIDEO: Excerpts from The Roommate
The Roommate by Jen Silverman is a funny and dark comedy about Sharon and Robyn, 50-somethings, who find it’s never too late to shake things up—for better or worse. Watch excerpts.
The Roommate Dramaturgy
STORY: Life at a Crossroads
Sharon and Robyn are at a crossroads when we meet them in Jen Silverman’s The Roommate. Dramaturg Kimberly Colburn writes about what drives the characters and how Silverman developed them.
Role Call
STORY: Role Call: Meet the Cast
Jen Silverman’s The Roommate is a funny, dark comedy, telling the story of two women at a crossroads. Here’s a bit about each actor—Tessa Auberjonois and Linda Gehringer—including their most treasured roommate and SCR recollections.
The Roommate Teaser
VIDEO: Meet the Cast of The Roommate
SCR veterans Tessa Auberjonois and Linda Gehringer step into Jen Silverman’s funny, dark comedy, The Roommate. Meet the cast and the characters they play.
The Roommate Program
PDF: Peek into the Program for The Roommate
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for The Roommate.

A Christmas Carol

Holiday Wishes for the Kids of A Christmas Carol
VIDEO: Holiday Wishes from the Kids of A Christmas Carol
Our Theatre Conservatory students in Christmas Carol cast share what they love about the show—and send out holiday greetings.
The Spirits of A Christmas Carol
STORY: Bringing the Spirits of Christmas to Life
Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts—or spirits—in A Christmas Carol. Learn more about the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come.
The Cratchit Family
STORY: The Cratchit Family of A Christmas Carol
At the heart of SCR's annual production is the Cratchit family. Every year eight new Theatre Conservatory students alternate in the children's roles. Meet this season's young Cratchits.
Child Actors on A Christmas Carol
VIDEO: The Cratchit Family of A Christmas Carol is Great "Classroom" for SCR Theatre Conservatory Students
The annual production of A Christmas Carol is a classroom experience beyond compare for 16 SCR Theatre Conservatory students.
Scrooge Inspires Adaptations
STORY: Scrooge Inspires Many Adaptations
We’re partial to SCR’s A Christmas Carol—but there are other adaptations. Check them out.
Christmas Carol Program
PDF: Peek into the Program for A Christmas Carol
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for A Christmas Carol.
37 Years of A Christmas Carol
STORY: 37 Years of A Christmas Carol and They Keep Coming Back
Did you know that over the past 36 years, A Christmas Carol has had more than 1,000 performances? Learn more fun facts about this holiday classic.

​Mr. Popper's Penguins

Mr. Popper's Penguins Slideshow
VIDEO: Twelve Penguins Delight in Mr. Popper’s Penguins
12 penguins dancing… They’re part of the delightful musical, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. See photos from the show.
Kids React to Mr. Popper's Penguins
VIDEO: Kids Love Mr. Popper's Penguins
Kids LOVE the penguins in Mr. Popper’s Penguins—as well as other parts of the musical. Get the lowdown from young audience members..
Mr. Popper's Penguins
STORY: The Poppers and the Penguins: A Perfect Team
Teamwork by husband-and-wife writers Richard and Florence Atwater resulted in the popular book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins—a classic story for generations. Find out more about the Atwaters and Mr. Popper.
Mr. Popper's Penguins Program
PDF: Peek into the Program for Mr. Popper's Penguins
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for ​​Mr. Popper's Penguins.
Twenty-Four Puppets in the Wings
STORY: Twenty-Four Puppets in the Wings for "Mr. Popper’s Penguins"
The puppets in Mr. Popper’s Penguins—two-dozen of them—come from the creative mind of designer Sean T. Cawelti, who was first drawn to the art form as a child.
Mr. Popper's Penguins
STORY: The Penguin(s) That Changed Lives
Generations have loved the story of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Need a refresher on it? Read it here.
Mr. Popper's Penguins Study Guide
PDF: Mr. Popper's Penguins Study Guide
From one to two to 12—Mr. and Mrs. Popper have their hands full with delightful and talented penguins! Get insights into Mr. Popper’s Penguins in this study guide.

Destiny of Desire

Excerpts from Destiny of Desire
VIDEO: Excerpts from Destiny of Desire
A sneak peek at scenes from Destiny of Desire. Watch the video.
Rosino Serrano
STORY: Behind the Music: Destiny of Desire
The music in Destiny of Desire’s use rhythms like the mambo and tango to help tell the play’s story. Find out how about music storytelling from composer Rosino Serrano.
Destiny of Desire Audience Reaction
VIDEO: Audiences React to Destiny of Desire
Audiences are falling in love with forbidden love, revenge, infidelity and burning passion Karen Zacarias’ play, Destiny of Desire.
Destiny of Desire First Night
STORY/SLIDESHOW: Telenovela-inspired Destiny of Desire Opens on the Segerstrom Stage
The opening night audience succumbed to the charms of Destiny of Desire on opening night. Relive that evening.
Playing with Destiny
STORY: Playwright and Director Talk About Destiny of Desire
Love, jealousy, dark secrets, hidden identities and shocking surprises at every turn. That describes both telenovelas and Karen Zacarias’ play, Destiny of Desire.
Destiny of Desire in 60 seconds
VIDEO: Destiny of Desire in 60 seconds
Get the story set-up for Destiny of Desire from playwright Karen Zacarias.
Destiny of Desire Program
PDF: Peek in to the program for Destiny of Desire
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for ​Destiny of Desire.
Jose Luis Valenzuela and Karen Zacarias Talk Destiny
VIDEO: Playwright and Director Talk About Destiny of Desire
Destiny of Desire is fast-paced comedy inspired by popular telenovelas, forbidden love, revenge, infidelity and burning passion abound. In this video, the playwright and director talk about the show.

District Merchants

District Merchants First Nights
STORY: SCR’s Julianne Argyros Stage Opens with District Merchants
A rousing standing ovation marked the First Night performance of Aaron Posner’s District Merchants. Read about it and see photos from the Cast Party.
Scenes from District Merchants
VIDEO: Excerpts from District Merchants
Aaron Posner is known for his inventive adaptations of Shakespeare plays. His latest, District Merchants, is inspired by The Merchant of Venice, but sets the story in post-Civil War America. Watch excerpts.
A Reconstruction-Era Remix
STORY: District Merchants: A Reconstruction-Era Remix
Two merchants in the nation's capital work to make a better future after the Civil War. Find out more about these District Merchants.
District Merchants in 60 Seconds
VIDEO: District Merchants in 60 Seconds
Need some help navigating who’s who and what’s what in District Merchants? Kat Zukaitis sets up the story in this video.
Michael Michetti on District Merchants
PODCAST: Director Michael Michetti Talks District Merchants
Director Michael Michetti talks about Aaron Posner and District Merchants in the SCR Podcast.
District Merchants Program
PDF: Peek in to the program for District Merchants
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for District Merchants.
Drawn to Shylock
STORY: Drawn to Shylock
Shakespeare’s character of Shylock—The Merchant of Venice—is the lead character in Aaron Posner’s District Merchants. Shylock is complex and contradictory, qualities that draw actors to the role. Meet some of them.
Meet the Cast of District Merchants
STORY: Role Call—Meet the Cast of District Merchants
Eight new and returning actors are featured in Aaron’s Posner’s new District Merchants. Meet them.
Popular Media Inspired by Shakespeare
STORY: Popular Media Inspired by Shakespeare
Aaron Posner adapted Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice into a brand new play, District Merchants. What are some other of the Bard’s works that have been adapted? Read about them.
A Masterful Playwright Reconstructs Shakespeare
STORY: A Masterful Playwright Reconstructs Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s plays have long-fascinated playwright Aaron Posner. But, The Merchant of Venice both pushed Posner away and drew him in. Find out he reconstructs Shakespeare.

​All the Way

Prosthetic for All the Way
STORY: Creating the Face of LBJ
What does it take for Hugo Armstrong to become LBJ in All the Way? The work of Kevin Haney.
Audiences React to All the Way
STORY: The Power in Audiences love SCR’s production of All the Way
“​This is an incredible production!” That’s what audience members are saying about ​All the Way. Watch for more audience reactions.
First Night for All the Way
STORY/SLIDESHOW: SCR’s 53rd Season Opens With “Jaw-Dropping Political Drama”
All the WayA red-white-and-blue-themed Cast Party marked First Night’s opening for All the Way. Find out more.
Bo Foxworth and Hal Landon Jr.
STORY: The Power in All the Way On Stage
Stage or screen? Which is the best way to experience All the Way? Two actors talk about both mediums.
The Art of Compromise
STORY: The Art of Compromise
All the Way follows the path that Lyndon B. Johnson took to pass the Civil Rights Act. Read about his art of compromise.
All the Way Program
PDF: Peek in to the program for All the Way
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for All the Way.
Key Figures in All the Way
VIDEO: Who's Who in All the Way
Fictional people mingle with historical characters in All the Way to tell the story of Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year as president. Meet the key figures and the actors playing them.
All the Way in 60 Seconds
VIDEO: All the Way: The Story in 60 Seconds
Dramaturg Andy Knight sets up the story for All the Way in this video. Watch now.
Directors Notes
PODCAST: Masterson ​Talks All the Way
When Artistic Director Marc Masterson grew up​, LBJ​ was president. He revisits that era when he directs All the Way. ​He says he connected with the play, for theatrical, intellectual and personal reasons.

Adult Acting and Playwriting Classes

Teacher Richard Soto speaks with students
STORY: Richard Soto and the Art of Teaching
Acting classes are fun for kids, teens and adults. But instructor Richard Soto also has couples in his class—who bring something special.
Playwriting Class
STORY: Working Toward the Write Stuff
Want to give playwriting a try? “Why not?!” laughs instructor Kristina Leach. “If you're human, you have at least one story to tell​.” Read more about Leach, the playwriting class and other classes for spring session at SCR.

​Kids and Teen Acting Classes

Sara Guerrero with acting students
STORY: Acting Classes: Where Young People Shine
Students learn more than the art of acting in SCR’s Conservatory; the classes also help build confidence, find creativity and shine.
Kristian Leach with acting students
STORY: Finding the “Aha!” Moments and Growth Through Acting Class
Acting teachers love the “aha” moments that come when things click for their students. Find out why from two SCR teachers who are returning to the kids and teens program.
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​The Light Princess

A High-Flying Princess
STORY: A High-Flying Princess
Dramaturg Kat Zukaitis gives us the scoop on The Light Princess: the story, the imaginative design and how we'll make a princess fly.
A Very Punny Play
STORY: A Very “Punny” Play
A witch’s curse has left our Light Princess with no gravity. It’s one of the many puns in the delightful musical, where “light” also means ‘not too serious.’ Play our ‘punny’ game to get ready for the play.
The Story: The Light Princess
STORY: The Story: The Light Princess
The Theatre for Young Audiences series concludes with the delightful musical, The Light Princess, adapted from an original fairytale by George MacDonald. Read on to learn more about the story itself.
Meet the Author: George MacDonald
STORY: Meet the Author: George MacDonald
George MacDonald’s stories influenced writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and Mark Twain. ​His beloved fairytale, The Light Princess is up next in the Theatre for Young Audiences series. Read about his life and works.

​Amadeus

SCR Artisans: Building a Little Structure
STORY: SCR Artisans: Building a Little Structure
So, how does an illustration go from page to fully realized and functional costume on stage? Peek inside the process for creating some of the costumes for Amadeus.
Music by Mozart, Production by SCR
STORY/SLIDESHOW: Words by Peter Shaffer, Music by Mozart, Production by SCR
The music of Mozart wafted from stage to terrace as theatregoers gathered at the Cast Party for Amadeus, the final production of the season.
Audiences love Amadues!
VIDEO: Audiences love ​Amadeus!
“The show is fabulous!” That’s what audience members are saying about Amadeus. Watch for more audience reactions.
Mystery, Memory and Music in Amadeus
STORY: Mystery, Memory and Music in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus 
Playwright Peter Shaffer wrote many drafts of Amadeus to get the right balance of humor, musicality and mystery. Find out how he worked it all out and learn about director Kent Nicholson’s vision.
Amadeus Photo Shoot
VIDEO: Behind-the-Scenes: Amadeus Photo Shoot
Get a sneak peek at the elaborate wigs and costumes of Amadeus in this photo shoot with actors Asher Grodman, Marco Barricelli and Liesel Allen Yeager.
Casting Call: Taking on Salieri and Mozart
STORY: Casting Call: Taking on Salieri and Mozart
Marco Barricelli and Asher Grodman talk about portraying Salieri and Mozart in Amadeus.
Kent Nicholson on Amadeus
PODCAST: Kent Nicholson on Amadeus
Director Kent Nelson talks about his approach to bringing Amadeus to life as the final (and 500th) production for South Coast Repertory’s 2015-16 season.
Kent Nicholson Talks About Amadeus
STORY: Director’s Notes: Kent Nicholson Talks About Amadeus
Passion, lust and lust for power resonate with audiences, says director Kent Nicholson about Amadeus. Learn more from him about the play.
 Amadeus: A Refresher on the Story
STORY: Amadeus: A Refresher on the Story
Get ready for Amadeus with a refresher on the story.

​​2016 Pacific Playwrights Festival

PPF Podcast
PODCAST: The Subtext. Episode 11: Kemp Powers & Eliza Clark
Playwrights Eliza Clark and Kemp Powers, whose works are featured in the 2016 PPF, talk with The Subtext about the art of their writing.
Actors of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
STORY: Actors of the Pacific Playwrights Festival: Being Part of Something Amazing
Actors who have been part of Pacific Playwrights Festival say the festival is special and incredible. Why? Read what four actors love about PPF.
Casting Director Joanne DeNaut
STORY: Casting Director Joanne DeNaut
Joanne DeNaut wanted to be an urban planner, but one thing led to another and she became SCR's casting director. Find out more about life in the creative lane.
Literary Low Down: Pacific Playwrights Festival
STORY: Literary Low Down: Pacific Playwrights Festival
Get the low down on this year’s playwrights for the Pacific Playwrights festival and a peak into where their writing magic happens.
New Plays at the Pacific Playwrights Festival
PODCAST: New Plays at the Pacific Playwrights Festival
New works by seven playwrights will be showcased at the 19th Pacific Playwrights Festival. But, what’s a commission and why do new plays matter? Associate Artistic Director John Glore explains.
Playwrights Share Their Experiences
STORY: Playwrights Share Their Experiences
Over the years, SCR has commissioned more than 300 plays from just over 200 playwrights.  Some of the writers share what the theatre's new play development program has meant to them.

​Office Hour

Excerpts from Office Hour
VIDEO: Julia Cho’s Office Hour Excerpts
The world premiere of Julia Cho’s Office Hour at South Coast Repertory features Sola Bamis, Corey Brill, Raymond Lee and Sandra Oh in a production directed by Neel Keller.
Office Hour Opens to Cheers
​STORY/SLIDESHOW: Office Hour Opens to Cheers
Cheers and thunderous applause rang out on opening night for Office Hour—and the celebrations continued at the Cast Party. Get a glimpse of the event.
Behind-the-Scenes at ‘Office Hour’ Rehearsals
VIDEO: Behind-the-Scenes at Office Hour Rehearsals
In the rehearsal hall at SCR, Associate Artistic Director John Glore and Director Neel Keller talk about Julia Cho’s gripping new drama, Office Hour.
Audience Reactions for Office Hour
​VIDEO: Audience Reactions to Julia Cho's Office Hour
Word already is spreading: audiences call Julia Cho’s Office Hour “beautifully written,” “life-changing” and “provocative.”
Office Hour Teaser
VIDEO: Julia Cho’s Office Hour—A New Gripping Drama
He sits in the back of the classroom, never saying a word. Gina is the only instructor willing to get close. But at what risk?
 Cracking Open Trouble
​STORY: Cracking Open Trouble
Office Hour is a thought-provoking drama set on a college campus, where one student’s behavior scares other students and his teachers. Associate Artistic Director John Glore navigates the play’s rich and complex subject matter.
Office Hour in 60 seconds
VIDEO: Julia Cho’s Office Hour World Premiere
A troubled student, a teacher willing to help (but at what cost?). Associate Artistic Director John Glore sets up the story for Julia Cho’s Office Hour.
Office Hour Podcast
PODCAST: SCR Podcast: Playwright Julia Cho, Office Hour
South Coast Repertory Associate Artistic Director John Glore talks with Julia Cho the spark for Office Hour, and how the play helped pull her out of a long dry spell as a writer.
Julia Cho
STORY: From the Playwright and Director: Julia Cho and Neel Keller Talk About Office Hour
Playwright Julia Cho started to write Office Hour one way; but the story itself took her in a different direction.
The Literary Secrets of a Playwright
STORY: The Literary Secrets of a Playwright
Playwright Julia Cho (Office Hour, April 10-30) shares some of her literary secrets.

​​Future Thinking

Future Thinking Separates Fantasy from Reality
STORY/SLIDESHOW: Future Thinking Separates Fantasy from Reality
Reality and fantasy from onstage infused the Cast Party for Future Thinking. Check out opening night.
Future Thinking Trailer
VIDEO: Future Thinking Trailer
Obsession lurks behind the glamour of celebrity. Watch excerpts from Eliza Clark’s Future Thinking.
Costume Designer Melissa Trn
STORY: Crafting Reality and Sci-Fi: Costume Designer Melissa Trn
Comic con, celebrity and costume design—three worlds costume designer Melissa Trn is familiar with from her design work and “inside man” who’s on Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”.
Celebrity, Stalkers and Parents
STORY: Celebrity, Stalkers and Parents
It’s Comic Con time and starlet Chiara has a super (obsessed) fan, Peter. Learn more about the ins and outs of Future Thinking from Literary Director Kimberly Colburn.
Fantasy and Reality Collide at Comic Con
VIDEO: Fantasy and Reality Collide at Comic Con
Future Thinking
—a new play by Eliza Clark—follows pet photographer Peter, an obsessed stalker-fan of Chiara, who is the young star of a hugely popular fantasy TV show​.
Coming Home: An Actor Traces His SCR Roots
STORY: Coming Home: An Actor Traces His SCR Roots
Thirty-five years ago, Arye Gross took an acting class at SCR’s Theatre Conservatory and went on to a successful stage, film and TV career. He’s back for his ninth SCR production: Future Thinking.
Future Thinking: The Story in 60 Seconds
VIDEO: Future Thinking: The Story in 60 Seconds
Future Thinking takes you in to the world of Comic Con, where legions of fans live out their superhero fantasies. Actor Arye Gross has the scoop on the story.
Director and Playwright Talk Future Thinking
STORY: Talking With the Director and Playwright About Future Thinking
These days, when playwright Eliza Clark and director Lila Neugebauer get together, they’re hard at work on the premiere of Clark’s Future Thinking. Find out more about their work and friendship.
Plays of my life: Eliza Clark
STORY: Plays of My Life: Eliza Clark
Future Thinking playwright Eliza Clark shares what she did that made her feel terrible and fascinated all at once. Learn about her inspirations and what her perfect day would be.

​Going to a Place where you Already Are

Going to a Place First Night
STORY/SLIDESHOW: Going to a Place where you Already Are: A Heavenly Evening at SCR
“Heavenly” food and drink greeted First Night playgoers at the Cast Party for Going to a Place. Read more and see photos from the evening.
Scenes from Going to a Place
VIDEO: Excerpts from Going to a Place where you Already Are

Excerpts from the world premiere of Going to a Place where you Already Are by Bekah Brunstetter with Hal Landon Jr. and Linda Gehringer.

Our Favorite Plays
VIDEO: Our Favorite Plays
Hal Landon Jr. and Linda Gehringer (Going to a Place…) remember the plays they love.
My Favorite Plays
VIDEO: My Favorite Plays
Rebecca Mozo (Going to a Place…) talks about the plays she loves.
Behind-the-Scenes: A Marriage Between Props and Lighting
STORY: Behind-the-Scenes: A Marriage Between Props and Lighting
Props Master Allie Gillaspie-Williams and Electrician/Board Operator Steven Williams not only have a working relationship at SCR, they also are married. Read their story.
Love is in the Air
VIDEO: Love is in the Air and on the Stage

Actors Rebecca Mozo and Christopher Thornton talk about new love and the relationship between their characters in Going to a Place where you Already Are by Bekah Brunstetter.

Mortality That Makes You Laugh
STORY: Mortality That Makes You Laugh
Playwright Bekah Brunstetter puts a lot of humor into Going to a Place where you Already Are—a look at mortality filtered through the eyes of Roberta and Joe and their granddaughter, Ellie.
Linda Gehringer and Hal Landon Jr. discuss what love is
VIDEO: Linda Gehringer and Hal Landon Jr. ​Discuss ​What ​Love ​Is

These SCR favorites play husband and wife in Going to a Place where you Already Are by Bekah Brunstetter. Watch them talk about their in-love characters.

Plays of My Life: Bekah Brunstetter
STORY: Plays of My Life: Bekah Brunstetter
Going to a Place where you Already Are Playwright Bekah Brunstetter talks inspiration, her literary hero and more.
Six Degrees of Hal Landon Jr.
INFOGRAPHIC: Six Degrees of Hal Landon Jr.
Hal Landon Jr. and Linda Gehringer last shared the stage in Hamlet. In Bekah Brunstetter’s Going to a Place where you Already Are, the couple lead a cast that also has connections to each other.
Directors Notes
STORY: Directors Notes: Going to a Place where you Already Are
Learn why Artistic Director Marc Masterson calls Going to a Place where you Already Are a warm and whimsical play.
Bekah Brunstetter’s Fresh Look at Love
VIDEO: Bekah Brunstetter’s Funny, Fresh Look at Love
Brunstetter has written a new kind of love story, Going to a Place where you Already Are—which looks at young love and long-lasting relationships. SCR Literary Director Kimberly Colburn talks about the plot.

​Pinocchio

Dave Honigman
STORY: Send in the Clowns: Five Questions with Dave Honigman
At age eight, Dave Honigman started acting classes at SCR and fell in love with theatre. As an adult, he’s a cast member of Pinocchio. Read about his artistic journey.
Pinocchio Slide Show
​VIDEO: Pinocchio Slideshow
South Coast Repertory’s production of Pinocchio by Greg Banks is an active and fun show.
Making Pinocchio New Again
STORY: Making Pinocchio New Again
While being in the cast for Pinocchio may sound like all fun and games, rehearsals and performances are a lot of hard work. Meet the hard-working cast.
Pinocchio in 60 Seconds
​VIDEO: Pinocchio in 60 Seconds
Joe DeSoto is excited to play the title role in Pinocchio. During a recent rehearsal, he shared this kid-friendly recap of the classic story.
Pinocchio Adaptations
STORY: Pinocchio’s Many Adaptations
Greg Banks’ adaptation of Pinocchio is one take on the classic tale. Read about some of the other ways the puppet’s story has been told through the years.
An Interview with Jeremy Aluma
​STORY: Five Questions for Director Jeremy Aluma
Director Jeremy Aluma is clowning around with Pinocchio. Read this Q&A.

​Red

Seeing (and Applauding) Red
STORY/SLIDESHOW: Seeing (and Applauding) Red
Rousing applause and a standing ovation was followed by a glittering Cast Party for the Red First Night crowd. Check out the story and photos.
Excerpts from Red
VIDEO: What do You See in Red
John Logan’s Red begins with a question: “What do you see?” You’ll see a lot in this stunning, thrilling and award-winning play that takes you into the world of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko.
Ralph Funicello
STORY: The Designer Behind Red
When he started to create the onstage world for Red, set designer Ralph Funicello first turned to the two existing photos of Mark Rothko’s Bowery art studio and then let his imagination soar.
Getting into the Characters of Red
VIDEO: Getting Into the Characters of Red
Actor Mark Harelik (Mark Rothko) and Paul David Story (Ken) talk about their process for character development in John Logan's play, Red.
Behind-the-Scenes: Saewert Meets Rothko
STORY: Behind-the-Scenes: Saewert Meets Rothko
Huge canvas frames​ are part of the design for Red and are created by SCR properties carpenter David Saew​ert. Learn about his process for making the trappings found in an artist's studio.
Insights on Rothko
STORY: An Art Expert's Insights on Rothko
Orange County Museum of Art Director Todd Smith looks at Red and the art and times of Mark Rothko.
The Many Layers of Red
STORY: The Many Layers of Red
Playwright John Logan walked into the Tate Modern Gallery in London and walked out with the idea for a play—Red. Read about the drama’s many layers in this article by Associate Artistic Director John Glore.
Mark Harelik on Red
VIDEO: Actor Mark Harelik explains "Who was Mark Rothko?"
Red actor Mark Harelik (Mark Rothko) talks about Abstract expressionism and Mark Rothko's work.
Red Podcast
PODCAST: Mark Harelik takes on Mark Rothko
In this edition of the SCR Podcast, actor Mark Harleik and Associate Artistic Director John Glore talk about Red.
Red Glossary
STORY: Red Glossary
The play Red includes references to 19th- and 20th-century art, architecture and literature movements. Read a glossary.
Mark Harelik and David Emmes
STORY: Director’s Notes: David Emmes Talks Red
Founding Artistic Director David Emmes talks about why he admires painter Mark Rothko, the subject of Red.
Andrew Stevens
STORY: Behind-the-Scenes: Lights Up Backstage
Someone has to make sure that the lights are set up just right to the lighting designer’s requests. Andrew Stephens is the man who’s charged with that task. Find out how this Kansas City Australian ended up in Costa Mesa.

The Madwoman in the Volvo

Scenes from Madwoman in the Volvo
VIDEO: Scenes from The Madwoman in the Volvo
Go on a bumper-car ride through midlife in Sandra Tsing Loh’s The Madwoman in the Volvo. Watch scenes from the play.
Madwoman First Night Slideshow
​STORY/SLIDESHOW: Madwoman—A New Role for Sandra Tsing Loh
The cast party for The Madwoman in the Volvo celebrates the hilarity of a midlife crisis.
Madwoman Dramaturgy
STORY: A Woman's Life—Hilariously Frank
Welcome to Sandra Tsing Loh’s midlife crisis—The Madwoman in the Volvo. This funny and frank play is a fresh take on how to get through and beyond the change of life.
Madwoman Audience Reaction
​VIDEO: Audiences LOVE The Madwoman in the Volvo
"On a scale of 1-to-10? It’s a 15!” Hear what audiences are saying about the world premiere of Sandra Tsing Loh’s The Madwoman in the Volvo.
Burning Man
STORY: Bonfire or Festival? What is Burning Man?
In The Madwoman in the Volvo, Sandra Tsing Loh and friends take a trip to Burning Man on a whim. But, what exactly is Burning Man? Is it a festival—or something more?
Lisa Peterson
STORY: The Hand That Guides Madwoman
Director Lisa Peterson has been working with The Madwoman in the Volvo since the play’s start. Find out her thoughts on the show.
Sandra Starter Kit
STORY: The Sandra Tsing Loh Starter Kit
Do you have the "Loh-down" on Sandra Tsing Loh? Ahead of The Madwoman in the Volvo, find out all about her.
Madwoman in 60 Seconds
VIDEO: The 'Loh-Down' on The Madwoman in the Volvo
Get ready for a bumper-car ride through a mid-life crisis with NPR personality, writer and actor Sandra Tsing Loh. In this clip, she’s got the ‘Loh-down’ on her new play, The Madwoman in the Volvo.
Kat Zukitis
STORY: Inside SCR: Learning to Embrace Change
Sandra Tsing Loh details a shift in her life in The Madwoman in the Volvo. Find out how SCR’s literary associate, Kat Zukaitis, tackled a life changing decision of her own—accepting her current position.
Madwoman Photoshoot
VIDEO: Behind-the-scenes: Madwoman Photoshoot
Watch how we created the “show art” and images for The Madwoman in the Volvo.

A ​Christmas Carol

John Gaddis
STORY: Behind-the-Scenes: A Fascination for Detail Work
Assistant Technical Director John Gaddis IV keeps all the pieces in motion as the scenery comes together for plays. Learn more about him.
Human Powered
VIDEO: The Human Power Behind A Christmas Carol
No computers allowed for this production—all of the scene changes in A Christmas Carol are powered by humans backstage. Take a peek!
Snow in Orange County?
STORY: Snow in Orange County? Use Your Imagination
Start with an improvisational pantomime—imagining a snowy street in 19th-century London. It’s audition time for the children’s roles in A Christmas Carol at SCR.
Sanaz Toossi
STORY: A Christmas Carol Kid Grows Up
Sanaz Toossi first encountered A Christmas Carol when she was cast as Martha Crachit in 2006. This year she returns to A Christmas Carol—now backstage—to ensure that 16 child actors have the best possible time.
Scenic World of A Christmas Carol
STORY: Inside the Scenic World of A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol has had a few changes in the last decade. Find out more about the scenic design and how it got a little update.

A Year with Frog and Toad

Theatre: All in the Family
STORY: Theatre: All in the Family
SCR General Manager Lori Monnier will introduce her twins to A Year with Frog and Toad this month. Get to know Monnier and find out her path from stage management to theatre administration.
Frog and Toad in 60 Seconds
VIDEO: A Year with Frog and Toad in 60 Seconds
A Year with Frog and Toad is the story of two wonderfully mismatched friends and a grand year of adventures. Learn more about these two little critters.
Emily Eiden and Erika Schindele
STORY: Plays for Young Audiences Have Deep Meaning for Actors
Two actors in A Year with Frog and Toad take the play’s friendship message to heart. Meet Emily Eiden and Erika Schindele, learn about why these friends love young audiences shows.
Frog and Toad Dramaturgy
STORY: Fun with Frog and Toad
A Year with Frog and Toad takes us on a series of delightful adventures with these fun little critters. Read more about the fun.

​​​Abundance

Paige Lindsey White
STORY: Five Questions with Paige Lindsey White
Beth Henley's Abundance is an epic tale of two women in the Wild West and their quarter-century friendship. Paige Lindsey White portrays one of those women and she answers five questions.
Abundance Excerpts
​VIDEO: Excerpts from Abundance
SCR produced the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley’s Abundance 25 years ago. The story follows the adventures of two women in the American West. Now the play is coming home.
Wardrobe Supervisor
STORY: A Different Definition of “Dressing for Success”
There’s a lot planning that goes into making an actor’s exit in one costume and entrance in another appear to be effortless. That’s due to the work of people like SCR Wardrobe Supervisor Bert Henert
Costume Designer Angela Calin
STORY: Artisans of SCR: Crafting the Rough Edges of Abundance
Angela Balogh Calin has designed for more than 50 shows at SCR—Abundance is her most recent, which takes her—for the first time—into the Wild West.
Beth Henley
STORY: The Not-So Old West
Beth Henley’s Abundance explores what happens to people’s hopes and dreams.
Martin Benson on Abundance
PODCAST: Martin Benson and Abundance
South Coast Repertory Founding Artistic Director Martin Benson talks about playwright Beth Henley and her play, Abundance. He is drawn to the poetry and lyricism of her writing.
Abundance Teaser
VIDEO: Beth Henley's Abundance
Twenty-five years ago, ​SCR produced the world premiere of Beth Henley’s Abundance. The story follows the adventures of two women in the American West. Flash forward to 2015: the play is coming home to SCR.
Abundance in 60 Seconds
VIDEO: Abundance in 60 Seconds
Literary Associate Kat Zukaitis talks the American West and the story about Abundance by Beth Henley.
Women Went West
STORY: Women We​nt West
Abundance follows the story of Bess and Macon, two mail-order brides in the mid-1800s Wyoming Territory. Life was harsh for both men and women. But women pioneers found life exceptionally hard.

​​Vietgone

Vietgone First Night
STORY/SLIDESHOW: Vietgone Opens to Laughter, Tears and Praise
Laughter. Silence. Tears. Laughter. Audiences at the opening of Vietgone experienced just about every emotion during this world premiere. And then celebrated at the Cast Party.
Excerpts from Vietgone
VIDEO:  Excerpts from Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone
The funny, irreverent and heartwarming story of Vietgone follows two very new Americans (Nguyen’s parents) as they meet and fall in love at an Arkansas refugee camp after the fall of Saigon
Vietgone Costumes
STORY: Early Interest in Drawing Led to Costume Design Work
Costumes can set the tone or mood, show a time period and more. Meet costume designer Anthony Tran, whose work on Vietgone is a ‘70s flashback.
Vietgone Audience Reactions
VIDEO:  Gnarly, Amazing, Important—Audiences Love Vietgone
Audiences are totally LOVING Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone. Hear some of their reactions after seeing the show.
Vietgone
STORY: The Metamorphosis of Vietgone
Orange County's Vietnamese community has been connected with Vietgone from the beginning. Read about how the this story of playwright Qui Nguyen's parents is hitting home.
Qui Nguyen
STORY:  Not Just Another War Story: Romantic Comedy According to Qui Nguyen
Vietgone is not just another war story; it’s the playwright’s own look back at how his parents fell in love.
Qui Nguyen and John Glore
PODCAST: Playwright Qui Nguyen Talks Vietgone
Growing up in Eldorado, Ark., watching kung fu films and listening to hip-hop music all helped shape Qui Nguyen’s voice as a playwright. Listen as he talks about his life and influences.
Vietgone Set
STORY:  Set Designer Timothy Mackabee Talks Art and Vietgone
For the world premiere of Vietgone, set designer Timothy Mackabee researched not only Saigon, but American refugee camps and Route 66. Read more about him and his designs.
Vietgone in 60 Seconds
VIDEO: Qui Nguyen's Vietgone in 60 Seconds
Literary Director Kimberly Colburn takes 60 seconds to talk about this exciting new play and the bottom line for the plot and this production.
Vietgone Jon Hoche
VIDEO: Meet the Cast of ​Vietgone: Jon Hoche
Meet Jon Hoche who plays "Nhan" in Qui Nguyen's ​Vietgone as he introduces you to his characters and the story of the show
 Inside SCR: Relating Plot to Real Life
STORY:  Inside SCR: Relating Plot to Real Life
Learn more about SCR staff member Jonathan and how he finds a connection to Vietgone through his mother's refugee journey.
Vietgone: Meet Maureen Sebastian
VIDEO: Meet the Cast of ​Vietgone: Maureen Sebastian
Meet Maureen Sebastian who plays "Tong" in Qui Nguyen's ​Vietgone as she introduces you to her character and the story of the show.
Vietgone: Meet Raymond Lee
​VIDEO:  Meet the Cast of Vietgone: Raymond Lee
Meet Raymond Lee who plays "Quang" in Qui Nguyen's ​Vietgone as he introduces you to his character and the story of the show.
Samantha Quon
VIDEO: Meet the Cast of ​Vietgone: Samantha Quon
From a mom to a hippie girl, Samantha Quon takes on several roles in Vietgone. What’s most exciting for her?
Paco Tolson
​VIDEO:  Meet the Cast of Vietgone: Paco Tolson
Meet Paco Tolson who plays multiple roles in Qui Nguyen's ​Vietgone as he introduces you to his characters and the story of the show.
Qui Nguyen
STORY: Unexpected Inspirations: Qui Nguyen
Kung fu, comics and hip-hop—these are just a few elements of playwright Qui Nguyen’s unique style. Find out where he pulls inspiration and how he’s a big player in “geek theater.”

​One Man, Two Guvnors

One Man First Night
SLIDESHOW: SCR’s 52nd Season Opens With Music and Mayhem
Onstage, the very, very funny One Man, Two Guvernors. And after the show, a ‘60s-themed Cast Party that had everybody celebrating.
Excerpts from One Man, Two Guvnors
VI​DEO: Excerpts from One Man, Two Guvnors
The Daily Mail (U.K.) hails Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors as “officially the funniest play on the planet.” You’ll see why in these excerpts from SCR's production
One Man Two Guvnors Audience Reaction
VIDEO: Audiences totally love One Man, Two Guvnors
Audiences are totally LOVING South Coast Repertory’s One Man, Two Guvnors. Hear some of their laughter and reactions after seeing the show.
David Ivers
PODCAST: Interview with Director David Ivers
Director David Ivers likes to laugh—and he likes to have a creative process that is both serious work and fun. In this Podcast, he talks about the influences that shaped his work, and the production at SCR.
One Man, Two Guvnors Actor & Director Video
VIDEO: One Man, Two Guvnors Actor & Director On Gut-busting Fun
According to director David Ives and actor Dan Donohoe, ​One Man, Two Guvnors​—set in swingin' Brighton, England, in the early 1960s​—leaves them laughing.​
The Math of Precision Comedy
STORY: The Math of Precision Comedy
Comedy may look easy, but it isn’t—it’s very precise and very controlled. It’s even very mathematical. Read about the math of comedy in One Man, Two Guvnors.
Costumes Go Full Swing
STORY: Costumes Go Full Swing into the Sixties
Flashback to an era of short hair, short skirts and irresistible fashion. Find out more about 1960s style trends and get a peek into One Man, Two Guvnors costume designs.
Full Throttle Comedy: One Man, Two Guvnors Video
VIDEO: Full-Throttle Comedy: One Man, Two Guvnors
One Man, Two Guvnors takes you to Brighton, England, in the swingin' 1960s. Watch excerpts from the production during its run at S​CR's partner​—Berkeley Repertory.
One Man Set Design
​STORY: Renderings to Reality: The Set Design of One Man, Two Guvnors
Find out where scenic designer Hugh Landwehr drew inspiration for his work on One Man, Two Guvnors and check out the photo gallery to see his design go from drawings to models to reality.
60s Hair
VIDEO/STORY: Artisans of SCR: Wig Master, Laura Caponera
How can you get a 1960s style like you’ll find in One Man, Two Guvnors? Here’s our step-by-step guide to create a vintage hair style. Read the story or watch the video.
One Man Two Guvnors in 60 Seconds
VIDEO: One Man, Two Guvnors in 60 Seconds
It’s funny, funny, funny. And the pace is fast, fast, fast. Get ready for One Man, Two Guvnors; here’s the story in 60 seconds.

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Top photo: Virginia Vale and Arye Gross in the 2016 world premiere of  Future Thinking by Eliza Clark. Photo by Debora Robinson.