The 2009 Pacific Playwrights Festival
Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF)
celebrates its 12th annual outing with a lineup of longtime collaborators
and new theatrical voices. Since its creation in 1998, PPF has
grown into one of the most important festivals of new scripts in the
United States. Well known as SCR’s premiere showcase for
introducing new plays and writers to the national stage, PPF also serves
as a gathering place for writers and theatre leaders from across the
country to meet and share ideas and interests.
This year’s festival will take place from May 1 through
May 3 and features seven plays during an action-packed weekend: five staged readings and two fully-staged World
Premieres on SCR’s two major stages.
“Nationally recognized as an incubator of major talent,” recently
stated The New York Times, “South Coast has mounted an
impressive list of acclaimed plays, long before the East Coast establishment
got wind of them.” SCR’s 11 previous festivals have
introduced 78 new plays to the national stage including Amy Freed’s The
Beard of Avon, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel,
Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics, Rolin Jones’ The
Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit
IN A GARDEN
by Howard Korder
directed by David Warren
Friday, May 1 at 1:00pm on the Segerstrom Stage
Cast: Greg Germann, Mark Harelik, Bernard White
An American architect plays a game of cat and mouse with the Culture Minister of a Middle Eastern country while the world teeters on the brink of disaster.
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
directed by Bart DeLorenzo
Friday, May 1 at 3:30pm on the Julianne Argyros Stage
Cast: Steven Culp, Nike Doukas, Matt McGrath, Lee Rosen, Brett Ryback
Franklin Robertson is trying to survive life with his parents and his
older brother. His imagination is sparked by the horror
movies he watches every Saturday night, introduced by the enigmatic Dr.
Cerberus—but are they doing him more harm than good?
by David Wiener
directed by Art Manke
Friday, May 1 at 7:45pm and Saturday, May 2 at 2:30pm and 7:45pm in the Nicholas Studio
Cast: Andrew Borba, Kimiko Gelman, Darrell Kunitomi, Kirsten Potter, Greg Watanabe
American couple find themselves caught up in the controversy
surrounding the UN hearings taking place in the Extraordinary
Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia.
by Bill Cain
directed by Michael John Garces
Saturday, May 2 at 10:30am on the Julianne Argyros Stage
Cast: Nancy Bell, Kevin Daniels, Bill Heck, Blake Robbins
powerful contemporary drama about military justice during wartime asks,
when does killing in the service of country become a crime?
THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE
by Julia Cho
directed by Mark Brokaw
Sunday, May 3 at 10:30am on the Segerstrom Stage
Cast: Tony Amendola, Seana Kofoed, Matt Letscher, Maria Thayer, Brenda Wehle
George is a linguist who knows many, many languages; but when his marriage starts to unravel, he suddenly finds himself utterly at a loss for the right words.
OUR MOTHER'S BRIEF AFFAIR
by Richard Greenberg
directed by Pam MacKinnon
April 3 - May 3, 2008
Abby and Seth thought they knew their mother's story inside out. But she has a secret about a long ago love affair — with a man whose name is synonomous with betrayal.
EMILIE - The Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life at the Petit Théâtre at Cirey Tonight
by Lauren Gunderson
directed by David Emmes
April 19 - May 10, 2009
A Parisian noblewoman tallies her achievements in Love and Philosophy—including an enduring affair with Enlightenment superstar Voltaire.
Tickets for readings are $12 each. Tickets for full productions range in price from $31 to $64.
Theatre professionals, please contact Kimberly Colburn at 714-708-5841 for industry packages and more information.
The Honorary Producers of the 2009 Pacific Playwrights Festival Sophie & Larry Cripe, John & Sue Murphy and Tod & Linda White. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the Pacific Playwrights Festival and to The Shubert Foundation, whose generous grant supports all of SCR’s play development efforts. Special thanks also to the Elizabeth George Foundation for funding the commission of Lauren Gunderson's Emilie.
Coast Magazine is the Media Partner and The Wyndham Orange County Hotel is the Official Hotel of the Pacific Playwrights Festival.
Read more about the Pacific Playwrights
See the list of play titles presented
during previous Pacific Playwrights Festivals.