​Multimedia: 201​​8-1​9 Season

Here's a convenient round-up of information about each production in a season​—including stories, dramaturgical notes, programs, videos, podcasts and more. In addition, read in-depth stories from our Theatre Conservatory and about supporters of SCR's programs.

201​7-18  •   2016-17  •  2015-16  •  2014-15  •  2013-14

201​​​​8-1​​​​9 SEASON

Sweeney Todd

Original Sweeney Todd Penny Dreadful
STORY: The Worldwide Phenomenon of Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd, the award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical about a depraved barber, features razor-sharp wit and extraordinary songs. Learn more about how this theatrical masterpiece became a global sensation.
Pie and Mash
STORY: Sweeney Todd and the Tradition of Pie and Mash
A London food tradition, “pie and mash” figures prominently in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It's fitting that a pre-show meal consisting of pie and mash would become a theatre-going tradition.

Culture Clash (Still) in America

Culture Clash in America
STORY: True Stories. Real People
Irreverent, thought-provoking social satire—that’s Culture Clash in a nutshell. Read more about the 3-man group.
John Glore
VIDEO: SCR Staff Pick: Culture Clash (Still) in America
SCR's ​Associate Artistic Director John Glore tells us why he loves Culture Clash (Still) in America.

A Christmas Carol

Christine and Rachel Stossel
STORY: From Audience Member to Acting Student
A first-time experience at A Christmas Carol inspires a girl to take acting classes at SCR. Meet Rachel Stossel and her mom.
Hal Landon and Presley Coogan in A Christmas Carol
STORY: Family Affair: A Grandfather and Granddaughter Share the Stage
A grandfather and granddaughter are thrilled to share the stage in this year’s production of A Christmas Carol. ​Learn more about veteran actor Hal Landon, Jr. and his granddaughter, Presley Coogan.
Meet the Cast
STORY: Role Call: Meet the Cast of A Christmas Carol
Cast members for A Christmas Carol agree that the play is like family to them. Find out more ​about them.
The kids of the Christmas Carol Cast
VIDEO: Meet the 2018 Young Actors in A Christmas Carol
More than 60 students from our Theatre Conservatory went through a rigorous audition process before 16 of them were selected to be in the show. Meet them in this video.
Christmas Carol Title Page
PDF: A Christmas Carol program
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for ​A Christmas Carol.
Hal Landon Jr. in 1980
STORY: From Humbug to Hope: Anybody Can Change
Hal Landon Jr. has spent nearly 40 years and more than a thousand performances portraying Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. ​Learn more about his thoughts regarding this iconic role.
The spirits in A Christmas Carol
STORY: Ghostly Encounters and a Life Transformed
Boo-humbug! Meet the four spirits who haunt Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
The Cratchits at the table
STORY: Eat, Drink and Be Merry—Holiday Food For Thought
Charles Dickens celebrated Victorian cuisine in his writing including in the pages of A Christmas Carol. Get the lowdown on everything from kidney pie to punch to trifle
Kids Audition for A Christmas Carol
STORY: Kids Learn the Audition Process for Roles in A Christmas Carol
SCR’s production of A Christmas Carol offers eight roles for children that are double cast, so 16 lucky kids have an opportunity to perform in this beloved holiday classic. ​
Cast of A Christmas Carol
STORY: Taking A Christmas Carol From Page to Stage
Nearly 40 years ago, Jerry Patch spent his summer near the beach writing about Victorian England. SCR’s then-resident dramaturg was adapting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for the stage.

Nate the Great

The cast of Nate the Great
STORY: Meet the Cast of Nate the Great
The cast of Nate the Great loves a great detective story. That’s probably a big reason why they’re drawn to this fun new musical that helps kids see the world in a new way. Read on to meet the cast.
Marjorie Sharmat and Nate the Great
STORY: Meet Nate the Great Author Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Author Marjorie Sharmat wrote the first Nate the Great book in 1972 and the series now includes more than two dozen books featuring the boy detective. Learn more about Sharmat and her popular series.
Nate the Great Logo
STORY: Making Nate Great
Kid-detective Nate is great—he solves crimes and loves purple pancakes. Learn more about his life and the musical, Nate the Great.
Nate the Great Program
PDF: Nate the Great program
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for Nate the Great.
Nancy Drew
STORY: Greatest Kid Detectives
Nate the Great kicks off SCR’s Theatre for Young Audiences season on the Argyros Stage (Nov. 2-18). In a nod to this clever new musical, we take a look at some other popular, fictional kid detectives.
Nate at Piano
STORY: Four Questions with Nate the Great Composer Brett Ryback
For the fun musical, Nate the Great, composer Brett Ryback created songs for the world’s greatest kid detective and various other characters. Learn more about Ryback and his new musical production in our Q&A.
John Maclay
STORY: An Interview with Nate the Great Playwright John Maclay
Playwright John Maclay’s ​talks about why he always thought Nate the Great would make a great family musical.
Nate the Great Logo
PDF: Nate the Great Study Guide
Come along as the world’s greatest kid detective searches for clues and learns to see the world in new ways. Get insights into Nate the Great in this study guide.

Kings

The cast of Kings
STORY: Plays and Politics: Reflecting Moments in Time
Along with Kings, Sarah Burgess’s timely, unflinching look at how things get done in Washington, we thought we’d explore some other plays that take on political issues.
Audience Reaction to Kings
VIDEO: Two Thumbs Up for Kings
Audiences are loving this incisive comedy that takes an unflinching look at how things get done in Washington.
Scenes from Kings
VIDEO: Scenes from Kings
Fresh from New York, this incisive comedy takes an unflinching look at how things get done in Washington. Watch scenes from the production.
Tangs and Tracey Leigh
STORY: Party Play: Kings
Kings, Sarah Burgess’s timely play about how things get done in Washington, D.C., captured the attention of the First Night audience with whip-smart, funny dialogue and extraordinary performances.
Kings Logo
STORY: Playing in the Weeds
Who you know determines what you’re worth in the world of lobbying, explored with incisive comedy in Kings. Read notes from the show’s dramaturg.
Jules Willcox and Tracey Leigh in Kings
STORY: Fun Facts: What Lobbyists Have Tried to Get
The influence of lobbyists is a main topic featured in Sarah Burgess’s Kings. To dig deeper into this political world, we take a look at some past lobbyist groups throughout U.S. history.
Kings Program Cover
PDF: Kings program
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for Kings.
The Cast of Kings
STORY: Meet the Cast of Kings
Meet the four actors who bring to life Sarah Burgess’s funny look at how things get done in D.C.
Communications Associate
VIDEO: SCR Staff Picks: Kings
SCR's Communications Associate Nicholas Pilapil tells us why he loves Kings.
Sarah Burgess and Damaso Rodriguez
PODCAST: Sarah Burgess and Dámaso Rodríguez Talk Kings
Playwright Sarah Burgess and director Dámaso Rodríguez talk about her play Kings. Listen in as they ​discuss Washington, D.C., the inspiration for the play and its funny look at a political backbone.

​​Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Scenes from Vanya and Sonia
VIDEO: Scenes from Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Watch scenes from this deliciously madcap Tony Award-winning comedy from playwright Christopher Durang.
Bart DeLorenzo and Julianne Argyros
STORY/SLIDESHOW: Party Play: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Christopher Durang’s comedy launched the Julianne Argyros Stage season and First Night theatregoers showed their ​love for the production with generous applause and an immediate standing ovation.
Spike from Vanya and Sonia
VIDEO: Meet Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Meet the characters who make up this Tony Award-winning comedy and tongue-in-cheek homage to Chekhov, which was described as “deliciously madcap” by USA Today.
Audiences React to Vanya and Sonia
VIDEO: Audience Reactions - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Audiences LOVE This Laugh-fest. Watch the audience reaction in this video.
Olivia de Havilland & Joan Fontaine
STORY: Famous Sibling Rivalries
Sibling rivalry is one of the themes covered in Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. In a nod to the outrageous comedy, we take a look at some famous sibling rivalries throughout the decades.
The Cast of Vanya and Sonia
STORY: Change Sucks
Change is hard. And sometimes it sucks. But it can be funny, too. Read about finding humor in aging for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
The Cast of Vanya and Sonia
STORY: Meet the Cast: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The cast for Christopher Durang’s comedy includes new faces and SCR veterans. Here’s what some of them have to say about the play, the playwright and their characters.
Vanya and Sonia Program Cover
PDF: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike program
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Vanya and Sonia Logo
PODCAST: Interview with Bart DeLorenzo Director of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
During rehearsals, director Bart DeLorenzo talks about South Coast Repertory’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang.
SCR Staff Talks About Vanya and Sonia
VIDEO: SCR Staff Picks: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Literary Director Kimberly Colburn​ tells us why she's excited for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Bart deLorenzo
STORY: Bart DeLorenzo on the Master of Comedy, Christopher Durang
Bart DeLorenzo directs a Christopher Durang play for the first time with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Here, ​he shares his thoughts on the playwright and his celebrated comedy’s ultimate message.
Vanya and Sonia Drawing
STORY: A Madcap, Life-Affirming Comedy + Zany Characters = Christopher Durang’s Most Famous Play
Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning play is a life-affirming comedy about the power of family ties. Read on to learn more about the story and characters.
Durang and Chekhov
STORY: You Don’t Need to Know Chekhov to Enjoy this Play!
Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a modern riff on Chekhov, but you don’t need to be familiar with the Russian writer to enjoy this hilarious comedy.

​Sense and Sensibility

Casey Stangl and Sandy Daniels
STORY/SLIDESHOW: Party Play: Sense and Sensibility
From the opening lines, Sense and Sensibility captured the First Night audience and never let up, delivering delightful performances, sparkling dialogue and colorful period costumes.
Still Image from Sense and Sensibility Video
VIDEO: Scenes from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
Scenes from South Coast Repertory’s 55th season kick-off, Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen, adapted by Jessica Swale.
Audience Reactions
VIDEO: Sense and Sensibility Audience Reactions
Audiences are loving South Coast Repertory’s 55th season kick-off Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, adapted by Jessica Swale. Watch what they have to say.
Costumes from Sense and Sensibility
STORY: From Sketch to Stage with Sense and Sensibility Costume Designer Maggie Morgan
Costume designer combines her love for fashion history, literature and storytelling for Jane Austen hit.
Jessica Swale
STORY: Austen for a Modern Audience
Sense and Sensibility Dramaturg Kimberly Colburn talks about the adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel by British playwright and screenwriter Jessica Swale adapted and how this “bright little gem” sparkles.
Jane Austen
STORY: The Ascension of Austen
How did Jane Austen’s work reach the ubiquitous level of popularity it currently enjoys? Read on to learn more about how Austen’s stories achieved superstar status.
Sense & Sensibility Program
PDF: Sense & Sensibility program
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for Sense and Sensibility.
Sense & Sensibility Staff Pick Video
VIDEO: SCR Staff Picks: Sense and Sensibility
SCR Wig and Makeup Supervisor Allison Lowery tells us why she loves Sense and Sensibility.
Sense & Sensibility Cast
STORY: Meet the Cast: Sense & Sensibility
Eleven actors take on nearly 20 roles in this adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Meet the cast.
Sense & Sensibility
PODCAST: Interview with Sense and Sensibility Director Casey Stangl
Sense and Sensibility director Casey Stangl talks about the fun and power of this Jane Austen classic.
Janeites at a Convention
STORY: Calling All Janeites!
Learn about the phenomenon of Janeites, a subculture of enthusiastic admirers of Jane Austen’s writings, whose enthusiasm has been compared to that of Star Trek’s Trekkies and Harry Potter’s Potterheads.
Casey Stangl
STORY: A Director Gets Lost in Austen: Four Questions with Casey Stangl
Casey Stangl returns to SCR to kick off our ​55th season with Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Learn more about her thoughts on Austen’s stories and this exciting adaptation in our Q&A.

​Kids and Teen Classes

Christine and Rachel Stossel
STORY: From Audience Member to Acting Student
A first-time experience at A Christmas Carol inspires a girl to take acting classes at SCR. Meet Rachel Stossel and her mom.

Top photo: Rustin Cole Sailors and Amanda Leigh Jerry in the 201​7 ​production of ​Once. Photo by ​​Jordan Kubat.