The best of the best, stunning classics, modern masterpieces and proven hits.
ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR
by Alan Ayckbourn
directed by David Emmes
September 7 - October 7, 2012
He’s back! England’s most prolific and most ingenious playwright—and one of SCR’s most popular—outdoes himself this time by setting a party in the living room but keeping the drama in the kitchen. Three kitchens, in fact, on three successive Christmas Eves when relationships change, fortunes soar and then dive and the social kaleidoscope gets all shook up. Add an off-stage couple whose jokes are really bad, some of the most ingenious failed suicide attempts ever devised and lots of gin, and you’ve got a ferociously funny farce with very sharp teeth. Take a bite!
HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE
by Bill Cain
directed by Kent Nicholson
October 19 - November 18, 2012
“Write about what you know.” Bill Cain took that advice, and this is the dazzling result—a play about a family so appealing that you want to find a comfortable chair and settle down in their living room. When Bill comes back home to care for Mary, his often maddening (but always funny) mother, he tells the family story as it unfolds—in evocative flashbacks. The memories are both bitter and sweet, for this is a family with its own set of commandments. They squabble, yes, but even their arguments are beguiling.
by David Henry Hwang
directed by Leigh Silverman
January 25 - February 24, 2013
Daniel’s sign-making company is in trouble, but he has a great idea: score a fat contract in China, where signs for English-speaking tourists are mangled by hilarious mis-translations. But he forgets the first rule: always bring your own translator because business deals involve much more than wining and dining. And when Daniel falls in love with a beautiful bureaucrat, even feelings take on different meanings. The repartee is fast and funny, and the timing is spot-on in this East-West comedy that embraces both sides of the cultural divide. (A co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.)
by Noah Haidle
directed by Anne Kauffman
March 29 - April 28, 2013
This family is full of surprises. Violet’s twins will soon be born, but her husband can’t cope with life, her father can’t remember yesterday, and her daughter stopped talking when she had nothing left to say. The dog is silent, too, but wait until you hear what he’s thinking! Magical and tragic, funny and fascinating, Smokefall is Our Town for a new generation. (A world premiere co-production with Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois.)
music by Harvey Schmidt
book and lyrics by Tom Jones
directed by Amanda Dehnert
May 10 - June 9, 2013
A carnival midway of magic, mischief and theatrical thrills! Amanda
Dehnert, celebrated throughout the American theatre for re-imagining
classics, has added a multitude of visual delights and fantastical
illusions to the original charm and beautiful ballads (like the haunting
“Try to Remember”) of The Fantasticks. When two scheming fathers
conspire with the mysterious El Gallo to keep their daughter and son
apart (to be sure they’ll fall in love!) the dewy-eyed lovers venture
into the real world. But as fantasy turns to reality, El Gallo is there
to remind them that “without the hurt, the heart is hollow” in one of
the most popular musicals of all time, which the Washington Post calls, “Fresh and alive again.”
Plays SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Segerstrom Stage seating chart.