Sugar Plum Fairy
by Sandra Tsing Loh
directed by Bart DeLorenzo
JULIANNE ARGYROS STAGE
December 3, 2017 - December 24, 2017

Sugar_584x3124 for $100

The Madwoman in the Volvo is back—and Scrooge isn’t the only one bitter about the holidays! With signature irreverence, NPR superstar Sandra Tsing Loh recounts her own childhood desire for a highly coveted role in the Beverly Rosann School of Dance’s production of The Nutcracker. Filled with ambition, rivalry and pre-teen angst, this hilarious tale of life’s crushing blows has been praised as “a comic assault on holiday sentiment” (SF Gate). 

Previews: December 3–7, 2017
First Night: December 8, 2017
Regular Performances: December 9–24, 2017

Recommendation: High school and above.  This production contains haze and strobe effects.

Running Time: Approximately​ 75 minutes, with no intermission.

Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer and performer whose solo theatre shows include Aliens in America and Bad Sex With Bud Kemp (both off-Broadway, Second Stage Theatre), Sugar Plum Fairy (Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre), I Worry (The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville) and The Bitch Is Back (Broad Stage). Her bestselling New York Times Notable Book, Mother on Fire, was inspired by her hit solo show in 2005, during which time Variety named her one of America’s 50 most influential comedians. Her memoir, The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, was selected as one of The New York Times’ 100 Most Notable Books; it was inspired by her Best American Essay in The Atlantic, to which she is a contributing editor. The play version of Madwoman premiered at South Coast Repertory in January 2016 and enjoyed subsequent runs at the Pasadena Playhouse and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Loh has been a regular commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and on Public Radio International’s “This American Life” and “Marketplace”; her weekly segment, “The Loh Life,” is heard on KPCC (89.3 FM), as is her daily radio minute, “The Loh Down on Science,” syndicated nationally. Loh is currently an adjunct professor in drama and science communication at the University of California, Irvine.
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Cast
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Tony Abatemarco is co-artistic director at Skylight Theatre Company. His awards include an Ovation Award for lead actor in a play for The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Tiffany Theatre. He is a three-time Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle (LADCC) Award nominee for lead performance, including SCR’s Bach at Leipzig, and most recently for Red at International City Theatre, Long Beach. He has appeared in Long Beach Opera’s The Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky and LA Opera’s Wonderful Town by Leonard Bernstein. He received two National Endowment Directing Fellowships, founded two seminal LA theatres (Accident Theatre and The Night House), and has directed on Broadway (Julie Harris in Lucifer’s Child), at The Arts Theatre in London’s West End (Robyn Peterson’s Catwalk Confidential), regionally and in Paris. His on-camera work totals 67 appearances including “How to Get Away with Murder,” the films Town & Country, Sleeping with the Enemy, HBO’s “Sacrifice,” “The L Word,” “E.R.” and “Frasier.” He has had seven national commercials running in the last four years. He teaches at USC and Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College. As a playwright, he has won LA Weekly and Drama-Logue awards. His play, Beautified, world premiered at Skylight Theatre (2012) and his latest, Forever H ouse, premiered there in 2016. tonyabatemarco.com 


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Shannon Holt was previously seen at SCR in The Madwoman In The Volvo, Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Ben and The Magic Paintbrush. Her recent credits include the L.A. Theatre Works national tour of Judgment at Nuremberg and FRED at Dixon Place in New York City. Her other stage work includes appearances at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Trinity Repertory Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville and The Public Theater in New York. In Los Angeles, she has worked on many stages including Evidence Room, Rogue Machine Theater, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Actors’ Gang, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Matrix Theatre Company, Los Angeles Theatre Center, East West Players and The Antaeus Company, where she is a member. She has received nominations and awards from LA Weekly, Stage Raw, LA Stage Alliance Ovation, BroadwayWorld and Backstage West. Her film and television credits include The Marc Pease Experience; Elsewhere; Bob Roberts; “The Suite Life On Deck,” “Seinfeld,” “ER” and “That ’70s Show.” 

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Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer and performer whose solo theatre shows include Aliens in America and Bad Sex With Bud Kemp (both off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre), the original solo show Sugar Plum Fairy (Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre), I Worry (The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville) and The Bitch Is Back (Broad Stage). Her bestselling New York Times Notable Book, Mother on Fire, was inspired by her hit solo show in 2005, during which time Variety named her one of America’s 50 most influential comedians. Her memoir, The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, was selected as one of The New York Times’ 100 Most Notable Books; it was inspired by her Best American Essay in The Atlantic, for which she is a contributing editor. The play version of Madwoman premiered at South Coast Repertory in 2016 and enjoyed subsequent runs at the Pasadena Playhouse and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Madwoman has since been optioned for TV by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Loh has been a regular commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and on Public Radio International’s “This American Life” and “Marketplace”; her daily radio minute, “The Loh Down on Science,” is heard locally on KPCC (89.3 FM) and is internationally syndicated. Loh is an adjunct professor in drama and science communication at the University of California, Irvine. She has two teen daughters, Maddy and Suzy; this show is dedicated to them, and all others who are young at heart.
Creative Team
Bart DeLorenzo (Director)  returns to South Coast Repertory, where he directed the premieres of tokyo fish story, Fast Company, Doctor Cerberus and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, as well as Dead Man’s Cell Phone, along with NewSCRipts and Pacific Playwrights Festival readings. He is the artistic director of LA’s Evidence Room, where he recently directed The False Servant, Passion Play, Annapurna, Ivanov, Margo Veil and The Receptionist with the Odyssey Theater Ensemble. His recent directing credits include Stage Kiss, Death of the Author, Coney Island Christmas and Joan Rivers at the Geffen Playhouse; Annapurna with The New Group; Time Alone with Belle Reve Theatre at LATC; Kiss, Go Back to Where You Are, Day Drinkers and A Number with the Odyssey Theatre; Need to Know at Rogue Machine Theatre; Women in Jeopardy with the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara; The Night Watcher at Washington, D.C.’s, Studio Theatre; Cymbeline at A Noise Within and I See You Made an Effort with Annabelle Gurwitch, all over the country. He is on the faculty at CalArts. He has received Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards, LA Weekly Awards, Backstage Garland Awards and the Alan Schneider Director Award. 

Keith Mitchell (Scenic Design)  is delighted to be working at SCR, where he recently designed the Theatre for Young Audiences production of Ella Enchanted. He has designed a dozen shows for SCR including Shipwrecked!, Doctor Cerberus, Venus in Fur and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. He also has designed award-winning productions for a variety of southland theatres including 24th Street Theatre, A Noise Within, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Geffen Playhouse, Getty Villa, ETC, Lewis Family Playhouse and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. He has designed more than 20 shows for The Falcon Theatre, now the Garry Marshall Theatre, including The Value of Names, with the late Jack Klugman (Ovation Award, Scenic Design) and 18 seasons for Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Summersounds, World Music and Art for Kids series at the Hollywood Bowl. Mitchell is an Emmy Award-winning art director and works on a variety of commercials, television promotions and film projects. You might recognize Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, KFC, Taco Bell, Toyota, NBC’s “The Voice,” 2018 Winter Olympics Social Media Campaign and American Assassin. He recently illustrated a children’s book, I Love To Go Camping by JoAnn Dickinson. He is a USC alumnus

Angela Balogh Calin (Costume Design) returns to SCR where she has designed costumes and/or sets for more than 40 productions including Abundance, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Whipping Man, Rest, The Whale, The Trip to Bountiful, The Weir, Circle Mirror Transformation, Crimes of the Heart, Ordinary Days and The Happy Ones. She has designed more than 60 productions for Alliance Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, Chautauqua Theater Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, Georgia Shakespeare, A Noise Within and many local theatres. She has worked extensively in film and television in the U.S. and Romania and has design credits with I.R.S. Media, Cannon Films, PBS, Full Moon Entertainment and Romanian Films. Calin is a resident artist at A Noise Within Theatre. She graduated with an MFA in set and costume design from the Academy of Arts in Bucharest, Romania. 

Jared A. Sayeg (Lighting Design) is a four-time Ovation Award nominee and recipient of the Ovation, StageRaw, Garland and LADCC Kinetic Lighting awards. His designs have been seen throughout the U.S., on and off-Broadway, London’s West End, Canada, Spain, Edinburgh and Las Vegas. His national tour work includes Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, The Who’s Tommy with Alice Ripley, Queen of Spades starring Placido Domingo (Madrid) and Rolling with Laughter at Her Majesty’s Theatre (West End). On Broadway, Sayeg designed The Illusionists (Neil Simon Theatre, national tours) Bravo Bernstein, Gotham Glory (Carnegie Hall) and was on the design teams for PRIMO, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regionally, he has designed for Center Theatre Group, Pasadena Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, International City Theatre, Reprise Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre Company, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, The Colony, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Civic Light Opera of South Bay. His other designs include Le Cirque Bijou for Norwegian Cruise Lines, and 18 productions sailing worldwide for Holland America. He is principal designer for the USA International Ballet Competitions, held every four years. Sayeg became the youngest member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829, and serves as a trustee to its executive board. jaslighting.com

John ​Ballinger (​Sound Design) returns to SCR, where his previous shows include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Borrowers, Fast Company and OZ 2.5. He is an award-winning composer/sound designer/musical director and CalArts alumnus and has recorded, toured or performed with Moira Smiley and VOCO, Tracy Bonham, Rufus Wainwright, Van Dyke Parks and “Dancing With the Stars.” His work as a composer includes scores and songs for television, short films, theatre and live events. His off-Broadway credits include Annapurna at the New Group and F**ing Hipsters at the Signature Theatre. His regional credits include numerous plays at the Geffen Playhouse, A Noise Within, Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA, Circle X Theatre, Evidence Room, Hollywood Fringe, The Two Roads Theater, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Highways Theater, UCLA, CalArts, Occidental College, UC Irvine, John Anson Ford Theater, La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, Getty Villa, Falcon Theater and The Broad Stage. 

Jerry Patch (​Dramaturg) was affiliated with SCR from 1967-2005 and returned in 2014 as literary consultant. He served as dramaturg on nearly 150 new plays developed and seen at SCR including the world premieres of Abundance, Freedomland, Golden Child, Intimate Apparel, Search and Destroy, Three Days of Rain and Wit. He was project director of SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival from its 1998 inception through 2005; for seven years, he 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 New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company for nearly a decade and left SCR to become resident artistic director for The Old Globe in San Diego. He is an artistic consultant, following seven seasons as director of artistic development, for Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, and acts as a literary consultant for South Coast Repertory. 

Kathryn Davies (​Stage Mananger) previously stage-managed Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, The Roommate, All the Way, Future Thinking, Red, Vietgone, OZ 2.5, 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, TCM Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and as team leader at Sundance. 

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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Shannon Holt and Sandra Tsing Loh in "Sugar Plum Fairy." Photo by Debora Robinson.
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Shannon Holt, Tony Abatemarco and Sandra Tsing Loh in "Sugar Plum Fairy." Photo by Debora Robinson.
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Shannon Holt, Sandra Tsing Loh and Tony Abatemarco in "Sugar Plum Fairy." Photo by Debora Robinson.
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Tony Abatemarco, Shannon Holt and Sandra Tsing Loh in "Sugar Plum Fairy." Photo by Debora Robinson.
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Sandra Tsing Loh. Tony Abatemarco and Shannon Holt in "Sugar Plum Fairy." Photo by Debora Robinson.
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Shannon Holt and Tony Abatemarco in "Sugar Plum Fairy." Photo by Debora Robinson.
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Dramaturg Jerry Patch nominates Sandra Tsing Loh for a Renaissance Woman of Theatre Award. Find out ​why he’d nominate the Sugar Plum Fairy playwright. read more
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