Press Release: 2022-23 Season Announcement
SOUTH COAST REPERTORY ANNOUNCES 2022-23 SEASON
Two Gripping Dramas Running in Rotating Repertory, A World Premiere Musical, A World Premiere Drama, A Work Inspired By The Music of Nina Simone And A New Twist on a Family Classic
COSTA MESA, Calif. (June. 27, 2022)—South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) announced today its 2022-23 season, which centers around a bold rotating repertory of two plays written 80 years apart with common themes—one an American classic, the other a contemporary hit—one world premiere musical, one world premiere drama, a play with music featuring the hits of Nina Simone and a new take on a children’s classic.
The centerpiece of the season is “Voices of America,” two plays running in rotating repertory on the Segerstrom Stage. The plays; The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman and Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will each have their own director, share the same set and have overlapping casts. Beginning Jan. 28, 2023 and running to Feb. 26, 2023, the two plays will alternate performances, with theatregoers having the opportunity to see both on the same day, if they choose.
Written 80 years apart: one by a white woman, the other by an African American man, both take penetrating looks at family, history and legacy in America. Written in 1939 by one of the 20th century’s preeminent dramatists, The Little Foxes chronicles the internecine struggles for wealth and status in a turn-of-the-20th-century Alabama family. Hellman’s eternally relevant tale casts a light on everything from gender equality to greed while asking the question: What price does the American Dream cost?
Appropriate fast-forwards the calendar to present-day Arkansas. One of the most visionary playwrights writing today, Jacobs-Jenkins crafted a dramatic, soul-turning story that deconstructs family dynamics in a gripping, comically penetrating drama. The surprising, unforgettable results brought Appropriate the 2014-15 Obie Award Winner for Best New American Play.
“An actual rotating repertory of plays penned by two distinct and important playwrights set in the same house, rotating nightly, gives our season a definitive and unique quality that we can’t wait to share with our audience,” Ivers said. “Throughout the season, we’re continuing to explore the family dynamic, the nature of relationships, the communities we live in and the way art influences the world around us. These plays entertain us, enthrall us and inform us with messages that are powerful, thoughtful and relevant. We are eager to share the power of this season with Southern California audiences.”
Specifically, although the “Voices of America” repertory performs on the Segerstrom Stage, all SCR season-ticket holders, with the exception of those who subscribe only to Theatre for Young Audiences and Families offerings, will receive The Little Foxes and Appropriate as part of their subscription. The same applies to the season-opener, Nina Simone: Four Women, on the Julianne Argyros Stage.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, we’ve embraced the opportunity to evaluate and re-examine our traditional subscription series, looking at new and innovative ways to offer productions on both stages to more of our subscribers,” Tomei said. “This is adventurous theatergoing at its best and seeing plays on both stages is part of that experience.”
The season begins in October with Nina Simone: Four Women by Christina Ham. Directed by Logan Vaughn, this searingly personal play with music imagines how she came to write the civil rights anthem, Four Women. Like “Voices of America,” subscribers to both the Segerstrom Stage and the Julianne Argyros Stage will receive Nina Simone: Four Women as part of their subscription.
SCR’s popular Theatre for Young Audiences and Families series takes the stage in November with Snow White adapted by Greg Banks and directed by SCR Artistic/Audience Engagement Associate H. Adam Harris. This funny adaptation turns the children’s classic on its head, with two actors playing all 14 roles in a fast-paced musical retelling of the fairy tale from Snow White’s perspective.
Orange County’s holiday tradition, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, returns in November with SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle returning as the miserly curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge.
Spring 2023 brings the first of two world premieres: Prelude to a Kiss, the Musical. Originally written by Craig Lucas as a play, Prelude to a Kiss had its world premiere at SCR in 1988, before going on to win a Tony Award on Broadway and becoming a motion picture. Now it returns home as a musical, with book by Lucas, music by Dan Messé, lyrics by Sean Hartley and Dan Messé and directed by Ivers. The long-awaited world premiere musical was originally scheduled for the 2019-20 season.
The second world premiere, Coleman ’72 by Charlie Oh wraps the lineup at SCR’s Costa Mesa home. Directed by Chay Yew, Oh’s comedic, moving story about a Korean American family’s road odyssey navigating both America and a generational divide continues SCR’s tradition of spotlighting diverse voices.
Both Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical and Coleman ’72 are part of SCR’s 25th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival. The annual showcase of new plays, part of [email protected], returns May 5-7, 2023.
“SCR is thrilled to announce these complex, entertaining and challenging plays as we center our focus on innovation, your safety and the 25th anniversary of our touchstone Pacific Playwright’s Festival,” Ivers said.
Finally, Outside SCR returns July 29-Aug. 20, 2023 for a third summer of theatre under the stars at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. Production details will be announced at a later date.
Subscriptions are now on sale. Subscriptions range in price from $172 to $365, with additional discounts available for educators, seniors and theatregoers ages 25 and under. Snow White subscriptions run from $20-$57. Tickets may be purchased online at www.scr.org or by phone at (714) 708-5555.
Nina Simone: Four Women
By Christina Ham
Directed by Logan Vaughn
Oct. 2-23, 2022
Julianne Argyros Stage
“An artist’s responsibility is to reflect the times.” Following the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, Nina Simone shifted her talents to activism, creating some of our most powerful Civil Rights anthems. Described as “riveting, relevant and oh so real” by Broadway World, this deeply personal play with music imagines how the iconic chanteuse forged her true calling—and gave voice to countless other Black women fighting to overcome stereotypes and racism. Includes Simone’s most impactful songs including, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” “Go Limp” and “Mississippi Goddam.”
Adapted by Greg Banks
Directed by H. Adam Harris
Theatre for Young Audiences & Families
Nov. 4-20, 2022
Julianne Argyros Stage
Forget everything you thought you knew about this classic! Snow White is reclaiming her story and acting out what really happened after her new mother took over as queen. And, with six of the Seven Dwarves missing, she and Dwarf Four (his real name, by the way) play all the characters themselves. Two incredibly talented actors take on all 14 roles in a super-fast, whip-smart, hilarious game of switcheroo that tickles your imagination and delights at each twist and turn.
A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Jerry Patch
Directed by Hisa Takakuwa
Nov. 26-Dec. 24, 2022
Orange County’s favorite yuletide tradition continues! From the first “Bah humbug” to the final “Wassail,” this timeless classic is sure to rekindle our family’s holiday spirit. Join all your favorite Dickens characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchits, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and of course, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, portrayed by beloved SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle.
Ages 6 and up. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
Voices of America:
Two plays alternating nightly, with one set, two directors and overlapping casts.
Family, history and legacy—three of life’s timeless themes—get explored through two fascinating plays running in rotating repertory on the Segerstrom Stage.
The Little Foxes
By Lillian Hellman
Director to be announced
Jan. 29-Feb. 26, 2023
Alabama, 1900. Ben and Oscar Hubbard stand to earn millions by funding an industrialized cotton mill. But first they’ll need their calculating sister, Regina, to secure the seed money from her dying husband. When he refuses, the siblings stop at nothing to satisfy their own ambitions and keep the wealth in the family. It is Regina, however, with razor-sharp intellect and diabolical gentility, who is the most ruthless. Ferocious and funny, this celebrated classic takes an absorbing look at all sides of the American Dream.
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Director to be announced
Jan. 28-Feb. 26, 2023
Arkansas, present day. The estranged members of the Lafayette family gather at their late father’s crumbling plantation to prepare for the estate sale. But decades of resentment have a way of bubbling to the surface, and a shocking discovery in the piles of clutter sends them spiraling as they confront repressed histories, regrets and each other. Winner of the Obie Award for Best American Play, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ crackling comedic drama is called “subversively original…remarkable and devious” by The New York Times.
Prelude to a Kiss
Music by Dan Messé
Lyrics by Sean Hartley & Dan Messé
Book by Craig Lucas
Directed by David Ivers
April 8-May 6, 2023
Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
“For better or worse” takes on new meaning when a mysterious guest requests a kiss at Peter and Rita’s wedding—and their lives are forever changed. Originally a South Coast Repertory world premiere, the Tony Award-winning play returns as a musical. Refreshed, reimagined and elevated by a breathtaking score, this modern fable soars through the peaks and valleys of love—the perfect salve for our disconnected times.
By Charlie Oh
Directed by Chay Yew
April 22-May 14, 2023
Julianne Argyros Stage
Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
Jenn, Michelle and Joey look back at the summer of 1972, when their Korean American family piled into the Buick for an All-American road trip—spontaneously orchestrated by their father. From Milwaukee to Los Angeles and back again, they hit the open plains, stocked with kimchi, banchan and lemon drops, rickety Coleman camper in tow. But Korean parents and American kids hold conflicting ideas of what they’re looking for and the real purpose of their journey comes to light. A funny and touching world premiere by an exciting new voice.
Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.
Complete information is available at www.scr.org.
ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964, is led by Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei. SCR is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern plays and musicals, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program—The [email protected]—which includes one of the nation’s largest commissioning programs for emerging, mid-career and established writers. Of SCR’s more than 500 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org