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About the CrossRoads Initiative

The CrossRoads Commissioning Project is part of The Lab@SCR, South Coast Repertory’s integrated play development program. CrossRoads began in 2013, through a grant from the Time Warner Foundation, as a way to engage playwrights with Orange County’s diverse and vibrant communities. Through exploratory residencies, commissioned playwrights spend time in the area as a way to inspire their new works.

The CrossRoads Playwrights

  • Tony Meneses
  • Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
  • Ike Holter
  • Madhuri Shekar
  • Karen Zacarías
  • Dipika Guha
  • Adam Gwon and Mike Lew (musical collaboration)
  • Octavio Solis
  • Lauren Yee
  • Carla Ching
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph
  • Aditi Brennan Kapil
  • Mona Mansour
  • Qui Nguyen
  • Tanya Saracho

CrossRoads Production History Highlights

  • Nomad Motel by Carla Ching: World premiere at City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh), May 2018; New York premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company, May 2019

  • Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee: World premiere at SCR, March 2018; subsequent productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago), Signature Theatre (New York) and numerous other theatres nationwide. Original cast member Joe Ngo (Chum) earned an Obie Award for his Signature Theatre performance.

  • Yoga Play by Dipika Guha: World premiere at SCR, April 2017; San Francisco Playhouse production, March 2019; PlayMakers Repertory Company, February 2022; and others 

  • Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil: World premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre, November 2016; SCR, March 2017

  • Unseen by Mona Mansour: World premiere at the Gift Theatre (Chicago), February 2017; Oregon Shakespeare Festival production, April 2022

  • Vietgone by Qui Nguyen: World premiere at SCR, October 2015; Manhattan Theatre Club, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre and numerous other productions nationwide

Community Connections

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

Photo: Karthik Srinivasan Anjali Bhimani and Pia Shah in the 2016 production of Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil. Photo by Debora Robinson.

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