Of Good Stock
by Melissa Ross
directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
WORLD PREMIERE
SEGERSTROM STAGE
March 27, 2015 - April 26, 2015

Of Good Stock

Legendary novelist Mick Stockton left his three daughters a house in Cape Cod, control over his books and a whole lot of issues. Years later, the men in their lives struggle to be part of this elusive family’s legacy. It’s not always easy keeping up with the whip-smart and very funny Stockton Sisters, especially during a weekend filled with dramatic confrontations and surprising confessions. But good scotch helps. And, in the end, what matters most is family in this new play by the writer whose work Time Out New York called “zesty, muscular and quick-witted.”

Previews: March 27 – April 2, 2015
Opening Night: April 3, 2015
Regular Performances: April 4-26, 2015

Recommendation: High school and above. Contains profanity and smoking of herbal and electronic cigarettes.

Running Time: Approximately two hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.

Melissa Ross has written numerous plays including Thinner Than Water, You Are Here, Do Something Pretty, The Allies and An Entomologist’s Love Story. Thinner Than Water was originally produced by Labyrinth Theater Company and is included in the anthology New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2011 by Smith and Kraus. It received its Chicago premiere at The Gift Theatre Spring of 2014 and is published by Dramatists Play Service. Ross has had readings and workshops with The Amoralists, Cherry Lane Theatre, Colt Coeur, Dorset Theatre Festival, IAMA Theatre Company, The Juilliard School, Labyrinth Theater Company, LCT3, Manhattan Theater Club, Montana Repertory Theatre, New York Stage and Film, The New Group, Pacific Playwrights Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the TheatreWorks Palo Alto New Works Festival. Following it’s world premiere at South Coast Repertory, Of Good Stock will receive its New York premiere this spring at Manhattan Theater Club. Also this spring her play Nice Girl will have its world premiere with Labyrinth Theater Company. Ross was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and is a proud member of both the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and Labyrinth Theater Company.  
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Cast
Corey Brill
Corey Brill (Josh) appeared at SCR previously as Rufus in Five Mile Lake, as a fetus in Noah Haidle’s Smokefall and as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. He is completely thrilled to be back. His Broadway credits include Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (understudy) and John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Cabaret (national tour). He has performed at regional theatres around the country including The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse and Chalk Repertory Theatre. His television and film appearances include “The Walking Dead,” “Perception,” “CSI: Miami,” “Confessions of a Dog” and HBO’s “The Normal Heart.” He earned his MFA from UC San Diego. coreybrill.com

Kat Foster
Kat Foster (Amy) is making her SCR debut. Her New York theatre credits include King Of Shadows (The Working Theater), Temp Odyssey (Summer Play Festival), The Democracy Project (Naked Angels), The Life of Spiders (45 Below), Small Craft Warnings (Jean Cocteau Repertory), Lulu The Musical (New York Musical Theatre Festival) and Final Countdown (The New York International Fringe Festival), for which she won the Excellence Award for Best Performance. Her regional theatre credits include Comedy of Errors (Portland Stage Company), The Tempest (Barter Theatre) and Hamlet (Cape Fear Regional Theatre). She also has participated extensively in the development of new plays at Lark Play Development Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists, The Actors Studio, New York Theatre Workshop and The Public Theater. Her television credits include “Bad Teacher,” “Royal Pains,” “Weeds,” “The Unusuals,” all of the “Law & Orders,” and, most notably, she starred in the Fox comedy “’Til Death.” On film, she appeared in A Year and Change and The Dramatics (A Comedy), which she co-wrote and starred in. She also co-wrote and starred in the web series, “The Newlymovedins,” for which she won a Best Comedic Actress Award at the LA Comedy Festival. Currently, you can see her in the comedy, “Your Family or Mine” on TBS.

Melanie Lora
Melanie Lora (Jess) returns to SCR after appearing in Elemeno Pea, Misalliance, Collected Stories and the Theatre for Young Audience’s production of Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Her Los Angeles theatre credits include Boeing Boeing and Dinner with Friends (La Mirada Theatre), the world premiere of The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder (The Theatre @ Boston Court), Taking Steps (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble), Many Happy Returns (Laguna Playhouse), Dead End (Ahmanson Theatre), Arms and the Man (Avo Playhouse) and The Seagull and Orlando (The Actors’ Gang), as well as productions at The Antaeus Company, Geffen Playhouse, Edgemar Theatre, Getty Villa, Evidence Room, Theatre of NOTE and BoTH Theatre Company. Her film and television credits include I am I, “Callers,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Castle,” “Numb3rs,” “Gilmore Girls,” the hit web series “The Consultants,” as well as numerous commercials and voiceover spots. She is a member of The Antaeus Company. melanielora.com @missmelanielora

Todd Lowe
Todd Lowe (Hunter) is excited to be back at SCR. He was last seen here in Amy Freed’s The Beard of Avon and, prior to that, in Tom Donaghy’s The Beginning of August. Other SoCal theatre credits include several shows from Los Angeles-based playwright Justin Tanner: Day Drinkers at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Wife Swappers, Pot Mom and Zombie Attack! at Third Stage Theatre in Burbank. Television fans may remember him as musician Zach Van Gerbig on “Gilmore Girls” and as Iraqi War veteran Terry Bellefleur on HBO’s “True Blood.” He holds a BFA in theatre from The University of Texas.

Rob Nagle
Rob Nagle (Fred) last performed at SCR in Samuel D. Hunter’s Rest and Alan Ayckbourn’s Taking Steps. His regional credits include productions at Denver Center Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Center Stage, San Jose Repertory Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. In Los Angeles, he is a proud member of the Troubadour Theatre Company and The Antaeus Company, where he serves as co-artistic director alongside Bill Brochtrup and John Sloan. His film appearances include Fishing Naked, Boost, New Year’s Eve, Life As We Know It, The Soloist, Fun with Dick and Jane, Cellular and American Wedding. His television credits include recurring roles on “Eli Stone,” “Lincoln Heights” and “Dawson’s Creek,” and guest appearances on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI,” “Criminal Minds,” “Castle,” “Major Crimes,” “NCIS,” “Mad Men,” “Cold Case,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Without a Trace,” “Everwood,” “The Guardian” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” robnagle.com

Andrea Syglowski
Andrea Syglowski (Celia) is making her SCR debut. She recently appeared in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Venus in Fur and was the winner of the 2014 Elliott Norton Award for Best Actress in a Large Theatre. In addition, she has been nominated for an IRNIE Award for that performance. She has participated in new play development workshops at Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Labyrinth Theater Company, Bay Street Theatre, Lark Play Development, Ars Nova, Jewish Plays Project, Ma-Yi Theater Company, The New York Society Library and Vertigo Theatre Company. Her other credits include A Flea in Her Ear, Bully to You, Schmoozy Togetherness, White Trash Anthem (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Three Sisters, Loves Labours Lost, Elijah, Carve (Chautauqua Theater Company); and Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare at the Manor). Her television credits include “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Elementary.” She received her training at USC and The Juilliard School, class of 2013, where she was the proud recipient of the Robin Williams Scholarship.
Creative Team
Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Director) is thrilled to be making her SCR debut. She has directed Nancy Harris’s Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater), Laura Marks’s Bethany with America Ferrera (Women’s Project, Lucille Lortel nomination for Best New Play and Best Actress and at The Old Globe), Lucy Thurber’s Stay (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Obie Award for Hilltown Play Cycle), Simon Stephens’s Harper Regan with Mary McCann (Atlantic Theater, The New York Times Top Ten Productions 2012), Simon Stephens’s Bluebird with Simon Russell Beale (Atlantic Theater) and the musical She Loves Me (UNCSA). Her work has been seen at Culture Project, La MaMa E.T.C., The Juilliard School and Lincoln Center Institute among others. She has developed new work at New Dramatists, Playwrights Realm, New York Stage and Film, The Kennedy Center, The Playwrights’ Center, LCT Director’s Lab and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She worked with Sam Mendes as his associate director for two years on The Bridge Project’s productions of The Cherry Orchard, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest and As You Like It (BAM/Old Vic/international tour). She is an alumna of the Women’s Project Directors Lab, The Drama League and North Carolina School of the Arts. Upcoming: An Iliad (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival) and Magical History Tour, a pirate musical on the Hudson River (Floating Theater Company).

Tony Fanning (Scenic Design) returns to SCR where he has designed eight productions including Three Viewings, An Ideal Husband, All My Sons, Art, Lobby Hero, Good As New and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way. He designed the original Broadway production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. His other stage credits include the national tour of The Who’s Tommy, directed by Victoria Bussert, as well as productions for Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, San Diego Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Virginia Opera and Geffen Playhouse. As an art director for film, Fanning has had the privilege of working with Steven Spielberg ( Lincoln, Munich, War of the Worlds, Amistad), Robert Zemeckis ( The Polar Express, What Lies Beneath, Forrest Gump), Sam Raimi ( Spider Man), Steven Soderberg ( Ocean’s 12 and 13), Nancy Meyers ( What Women Want) and Brad Silberling ( Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events). As a production designer, he has twice designed for director Andrew Fleming ( Nancy Drew and Hamlet 2), Jim Sheridan’s Brothers, Rod Lurie’s remake of Straw Dogs, Jim Field Smith’s Butter, Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband, Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal, Chris Carter’s The After and Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s “Better Call Saul.” Fanning won an Emmy for his art direction on the pilot episode of Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing.”

David Kay Mickelsen (Costume Design) has designed more than 300 productions at the nation’s leading theatres, including SCR; Guthrie Theater; Denver Center Theatre Company (59 productions); Arizona Theatre Company (47 productions); The Cleveland Play House (21 productions); Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (14 productions); Ford’s Theatre; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Geffen Playhouse; Pasadena Playhouse; Laguna Playhouse; The Old Globe; San Diego Repertory Theatre; A Contemporary Theatre; the Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Illinois Shakespeare festivals; Studio Arena Theatre; Portland Center Stage; Northlight Theatre; Pioneer Theatre Company; GeVa Theatre; The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis; Tennessee Repertory Theatre; Missouri Repertory Theatre; Sundance Theatre Festival; New Mexico Repertory Theatre; Pennsylvania Center Stage; Florida Stage; The Maltz-Jupiter Theatre; Ensemble Studio Theatre; Irish Repertory Theatre; Theatre of the Open Eye; Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre; The Hampton Playhouse; and Timberlake Playhouse. Originally from Canby, Ore., he graduated with an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and is a member of the United Scenic Artists. davidkaymickelsen.com.

Bradley King (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer based in New York City. His recent work includes Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Hewes Design Award, Lucille Lortel Award nominations), The Little Prince (Hang a Tale), The Winter’s Tale (The Pearl Theater), Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), A Sucker Emcee (Labyrinth Theater Company), And I and Silence (Signature Theatre), Salome of the Moon (Waterwell Theater), And Baby Makes 7 (New Ohio Theatre), Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company), Be a Good Little Widow (Wild Project), Lawnpeople (Cherry Lane Theatre), Dukus (Target Margin Theater), Ninth and Joanie (Labyrinth Theater) and Children (The Actors Company Theatre). King’s extensive regional work includes shows at ART, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Penobscot Theater, Virginia Stage Company, Yale Repertory and Williamstown Theatre Festival. King also frequently designs for opera including projects with Bard Summerscape, Boston Early Music Festival, Kentucky Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Omaha, Vancouver Opera and Virginia Opera. www.bradleykingld.com

Darron L West (Sound Design) returns to SCR, having previously designed The Tempest, How the World Began and Chinglish. He is a Tony and Obie Award-winning sound designer whose work for theatre and dance has been heard in more than 500 productions nationally and internationally, on Broadway and off. His accolades for sound design include the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel and AUDELCO Awards and the Henry Hewes Design Award. He is a proud recipient of the a 2012 Princess Grace Award.

Jerry Patch (Dramaturg) was affiliated with South Coast Repertory from 1967-2005. He served as dramaturg on nearly 150 new plays seen and developed at SCR, including the world premieres of Abundance, Freedomland, Golden Child, Intimate Apparel, Search and Destroy, Three Days of Rain and Wit. His dramatic writing has been produced at SCR and other theatres, and on television. He was project director of SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival from its inception in 1998 through 2005 and, for seven years, served as artistic director of the theatre program of Sundance Institute. As a professor of theatre and film, he taught at Long Beach City College, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, CSU Long Beach and other institutions. He was consulting dramaturg for Roundabout Theatre Company of New York for nearly a decade, and left SCR to become resident artistic director for The Old Globe in San Diego. He is now artistic development consultant for Manhattan Theatre Club in New York.

Kathryn Davies (Stage Manager) previously stage-managed The Whipping Man, Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy and Max in Love, Ivy+Bean: the Musical, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Sight Unseen, Topdog/Underdog, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Doctor Cerberus, Ordinary Days, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, The Injured Party, The Brand New Kid and Imagine at SCR. Her favorite credits include Dividing the Estate at Dallas Theater Center, La Bohème at Tulsa Opera, The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe, Daddy Long Legs at Laguna Playhouse, Tosca and La Fille du Régiment at Opera Ontario, Of Mice and Men at Theatre Calgary/CanStage/Neptune Theatre, The Dresser at Manitoba Theatre Centre, Skylight at Tarragon Theatre, To Kill a Mockingbird at Citadel Theatre/Manitoba Theatre Centre/Theatre Calgary and The Designated Mourner at Tarragon Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Davies also has worked as head theatre representative at the Toronto International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, AFI Fest (part of the American Film Institute), Los Angeles Film Festival and as team leader at Sundance.

Julie Ann Renfro (Assistant Stage Manager) has been a part of the stage management team at SCR for seven seasons and more than 20 productions. Some of her favorites include La Posada Mágica, The Parisian Woman and most recently The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. She has a BA in theatre arts from Vanguard University. Her other credits include work at Sydney Independent Theatre Company, Long Beach Shakespeare Company, American Rose Theatre and American Coast Theatre Company. Renfro is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
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