About the CrossRoads Initiative

The CrossRoads Commissioning Project started in 2013, through a grant from the Time Warner Foundation. As a part of The [email protected], It is an initiative,​ Crossroads brings commissioned playwrights into Orange County to engage with the area’s diverse communities during exploratory residencies.

See the full list of SCR’s CrossRoads writers below.

SCR’s CrossRoads Commissioning Project is part of The [email protected], South Coast Repertory's integrated play development program.

​The CrossRoads Playwrights

To read more about the playwrights, click the year they appear.


  • Carla Ching
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph
  • Aditi Brennan Kapil
  • Mona Mansour
  • Qui Nguyen
  • Tanya Saracho


  • Dipika Guha
  • Adam Gwon and Mike Lew (musical collaboration)
  • Octavio Solis
  • Lauren Yee


  • Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
  • Ike Holter
  • Madhuri Shekar
  • Karen Zacarías

Community Connections

SCR extends thanks to the following organizations for contributing their time, expertise and resources to the CrossRoads Commissioning Project:


Jon Hoche and Raymond Lee in South Coast Repertory's 2015 world premiere of Vietgone by Qui Nguyen. Photo by Debora Robinson.

CrossRoads Production History

  • Nomad Motel by Carla Ching: World premiere at City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh), May 2018; New York premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company, May 2019

  • Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee: World premiere at SCR, March 2018​; subsequent productions scheduled at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago), Signature Theatre (New York) and numerous other theatres nationwide. Original cast member Joe Ngo (Chum) earned an Obie Award for his Signature Theatre performance.

  • Yoga Play by Dipika Guha: World premiere at SCR, April 2017; San Francisco Playhouse production, March 2019

  • Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil: World premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre, November 2016; SCR, March 2017

  • Unseen by Mona Mansour: World premiere at the Gift Theatre (Chicago), February 2017

  • Vietgone by Qui Nguyen: World premiere at SCR, October 2015; Manhattan Theatre Club, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre and numerous other productions nationwide


Dileep Rao and Tim Chiou in South Coast Repertory's 201​7 ​world premiere production of ​​Yoga Play by ​Dipika Guha. Photo by Tania Thompson.


Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim (obstructed), Brooke Ishibashi, Raymond Lee and Jane Lui in rehearsal for the 2017 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. Photo by Tania Thompson.


Karthik Srinivasan, Anjali Bhimani and Pia Shah in South Coast Repertory's 201​6 ​production of ​Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil. Photo by Debora Robinson.