Press Release: Programming and Schedule Changes
SOUTH COAST REPERTORY ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING AND SCHEDULE CHANGES TO CURRENT SEASON
Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical Postponed until Spring 2024, avaaz by Michael Shayan to Make World Premiere, La Havana Madrid by Sandra Delgado Takes the Stage for Outside SCR at Mission San Juan Capistrano
COSTA MESA, Calif. (Jan 27, 2023)—South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) announced today that it will make programming and schedule changes to the current 2022-23 season. Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical, which was to have its world premiere this spring has been postponed until spring 2024. Its replacement is the new play avaaz by queer Iranian American writer Michael Shayan, with performances beginning three weeks later than the original schedule. Also, La Havana Madrid by Sandra Delgado has been selected as the Outside SCR offering this summer at Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Prelude to a Kiss, the musical adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play that first premiered at SCR in 1988, will move into the spring of 2024, where it will serve as one of the anchor productions of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. The postponement became necessary when three crucial developmental workshops had to be cancelled due to COVID.
“When producing a new musical, it’s vitally important to launch it correctly, and we want to do everything possible to ensure the success and future life of this important world premiere,” Ivers said. “Additionally, the opportunity for a co-production of Prelude to a Kiss with another theatre company has presented itself, and we are exploring that possibility. A co-production would extend the life of the musical beyond South Coast Repertory—and we’re excited to pursue that.”
avaaz, which replaces Prelude to a Kiss in the season lineup, will make its world premiere April 29-May 27, 2023 on the Segerstrom Stage, which is three weeks later than the Prelude to a Kiss schedule. Directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God), avaaz is one of the anchor productions of SCR’s 25th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, the nationally renowned showcase of new plays, and one of the key initiatives in SCR’s play development program, The Lab@SCR.
Written and performed by Shayan—one of the country’s most promising emerging writers—avaaz is a funny and deeply personal tribute to the playwright’s mother, who he also portrays. avaaz brings great humor and heart to universal questions and themes which are especially urgent given the ongoing woman-led revolution happening right now in Iran.
It’s Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, and Roya is sharing the story of her great American journey from Tehran to “Tehran-geles,” California. Traditions, humor and passionate storytelling transform this tale of family bonds into an unforgettable theatrical event, with a set by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Act I) and costumes by Emmy Award winner Joshua “Domino” Schwartz (“We’re Here”). avaaz was one of the hits in the 2022 Pacific Playwrights Festival, where it was featured as a reading.
Shayan, a graduate of Harvard with a Masters of Fine Arts in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, was a consulting producer for the Discovery+ series “The Book of Queer” and worked on the Emmy Award-winning HBO Max show “We’re Here.” avaaz received development grants from Sundance Institute and Theatre Aspen. Shayan was a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow and is developing original works for Audible and Geffen Playhouse, among others. At age 13, he was the youngest performer in the history of Hollywood’s Magic Castle.
“avaaz is hilarious, warm and wonderfully touching. Michael is the perfect artist to bring his mother’s life story to the stage and SCR audiences are in for an incredible treat. We get to experience Michael wearing two hats: playwright and performer,” Ivers said.
“We are grateful for the support of our audiences who have so gracefully adapted to all the changes of the past few years and their willingness to take this journey with us,” Tomei said. “If, for any reason, the new schedule change does not work for a subscriber or ticket holder, we’re happy to find a ticketing solution that does.”
Subscribers currently holding tickets for Prelude to a Kiss will be rescheduled into a comparable performance of avaaz and mailed their new tickets in early February, along with information about ticket exchange options. Regular ticket buyers will be contacted by the SCR Ticket Services Office in the next few days to inform them of their options.
Tickets for avaaz go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. and range in price from $27-$98. Tickets may be purchased through SCR’s Ticket Services Office either online at www.scr.org or by phone at (714) 708-5555.
La Havana Madrid/Outside SCR at Mission San Juan Capistrano
Outside SCR returns for a third summer at Mission San Juan Capistrano with La Havana Madrid by Sandra Delgado, directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, running July 15-Aug. 4, 2023.
La Havana Madrid takes audiences back to the 1960s and the legendary Chicago nightclub where newly arrived Latino immigrants dined, danced and found community. As the rhythms of mambo and salsa transform the heartbeat of an ever-changing city, audiences learn the stories of Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Colombians seeking refuge in a strange new place, discovering their destinies and falling in love.
Time Out Magazine placed La Havana Madrid in its Top Ten Best New Plays of 2017 and the readers of that publication gave it the Audience Award for Best New Work. It enjoyed highly successful runs at both Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
A Colombian American writer, actor, singer and producer, Delgado is one of Chicago’s most celebrated artists. She played the title role in La Havana Madrid in Chicago and will reprise her role for South Coast Repertory.
Most tickets for La Havana Madrid go on sale today and range in price from $30 to $50. Exclusive table seating near the front of the stage goes on sale to the general public on Mar. 1. Tables of four will be available at $500 per table. Tickets may be purchased online at www.scr.org or by phone at (714) 708-5555.
About the Plays
By Michael Shayan
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
April 29-May 27, 2023
Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
Meet Roya, our fabulous hostess, as she welcomes you into her home to celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. She’s preparing a feast, but the main attraction is Roya sharing her great American journey from Tehran to “Tehran-geles,” California. Get ready for the time of your life with this hilarious and deeply personal tribute to the playwright’s mother, deliciously portrayed by the person who knows her best—her son. Traditions, humor and passionate storytelling transform this tale of family bonds into an unforgettable theatre event!
La Havana Madrid
By Sandra Delgado
Directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce
July 15-Aug. 4, 2023
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Step back to the 1960s as the Mission transforms into La Havana Madrid, Chicago’s legendary nightclub where newly arrived Latino immigrants dine, dance and find community. As the glorious rhythms of mambo and salsa form the heartbeat of an ever-changing city, we learn the stories of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian settlers seeking refuge in a strange new place, discovering their destinies and falling madly in love. At La Havana Madrid, it doesn’t matter where you come from—music means home and everyone is welcome!
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 Lab@SCR—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