Pacific Playwrights Festival

Assaf Cohen and Anjali Bhimani in rehearsal for ​SCR's 2015 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Orange: an illustrated play by Aditi Brennan Kapil.  Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

2016 Festival: April 22-24

2016 Festival Information

The Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) annually presents seven new plays in staged readings and full productions during a three-day period.  Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theatres nationwide.

PPF provides a gathering place for writers and theatre professionals to connect and share ideas and interests in the context of a festival that promotes the latest and best in American playwriting.

South Coast Repertory launched the first annual Pacific Playwrights Festival in June 1998. The first festival consisted of five staged readings, workshops and the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's Hurrah at Last, in the final performances of its five-week run.

Since then, the Pacific Playwrights Festival has introduced well over 100 plays to nationwide audiences, including the world premieres of ​Qui Nguyen's Vietgone, Julia Cho's The Language Archive, Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon, Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, Rolin Jones' The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked! An Entertainment and Melissa Ross' Of Good Stock.

SCR is currently considering material for the 20th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, drawing from commissioned work, projects nominated by other theatres and scripts submitted for production consideration. See complete information on submission procedures.

See the list of plays presented during previous Pacific Playwrights Festivals.