You’re given money to write a play. Now what? In this insightful series on how new plays get developed, SCR’s commissioned playwrights get put in the hot seat. And who better to interview them than some of our favorite actors? Next up, get to know Ana Nogueira. Her comedy Mask Only, the result of an SCR Elizabeth George Emerging Playwright commission, left musical theatre buffs giddy with excitement at the 2019 Pacific Playwrights Festival. And she made a big splash in New York with Empathitrax. She’s also a screenwriter and actor, and can be seen in “Hightown” on Starz. Your interviewer? The very funny and versatile actor Annie Abrams, who appeared at SCR in The Monster Builder, at the Ahmanson Theatre in The Sunshine Boys and on TNT’s hit show “Major Crimes.”
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This event is part of SCR commUNITY:
SCR commUNITY is South Coast Repertory’s new digital platform dedicated to amplifying the artists and narratives of our region by producing stories inspired by or about the rich diversity of people living in Southern California. Using “virtual/digital” platforms, SCR commUNITY creates free play readings, interviews, radio plays and original innovative content. SCR commits to engaging Southern California-based writers, actors, directors, composers, designers and other artists to collaborate on these projects that lift our community, celebrate the human kaleidoscope and ensure that all see themselves in our work.
Ana Nogueira is a screenwriter, playwright and actor living in Brooklyn, New York. Her play, Empathitrax, received its world premiere in New York at HERE Arts Center in September 2016, with the acclaimed theatre company, Colt Coeur. The play also received a workshop production as part of the Unfiltered Series at Ensemble Studio Theatre, where she is an alumna of the Obie Award-winning writers group, Youngblood. Her most recent play, Here She Is, Boys, was selected for the 2018 Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory Theater. She wrote it under the Elizabeth George Emerging Writers Playwrights Commission. In November 2019, it had its first New York reading at the off- Broadway theatre company, MCC, where it will have its world premiere production in the summer of 2021. As an actress, she has appeared in multiple off-Broadway productions, most recently in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice at The New Group. She can currently be seen on the critically acclaimed Starz series “Hightown.”
Annie Abrams appeared at SCR previously in Amy Freed’s The Monster Builder. She has also performed in many staged readings at SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival including Ana Nogueira’s play Mask Only. Her other theatre credits include Miss Mackintosh in The Sunshine Boys, opposite Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch (Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre), Vanda in Venus in Fur (Ensemble Theatre Company), Brooke in Noises Off (La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts), Ursula in Tickled Pink with Rita Rudner (Laguna Playhouse), Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Reprise Theatre Company), Clea in The Scene (Ensemble Theatre Company), Shana in Going Going Gone by Ken Levine (Hudson Theatre), Sybil in Private Lives (Grove Theater Center, Burbank) and Myrrhine in the premiere of Amy Freed’s Lysistrata (Stanford Summer Theater). Her television credits include “Major Crimes,” “Weird Loners,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “True Blood.” She is an LA native and received a BA in drama from Stanford University.