• Party Play: "The Canadians"

    by 
    Beth Fhaner
     | Oct 09, 2019

    The world premiere of The Canadians, the latest work from award-winning playwright Adam Bock, opened to an enthusiastic First Night audience on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

    Bock's highly anticipated new work, commissioned by SCR, was workshopped and developed in the theatre's NewSCRipts series and at the 2019 Pacific Playwrights Festival. A fun-filled comedy where five actors play a ship-load of characters, The Canadians immediately captivated the crowd with impressive performances, quick-witted dialogue, an array of colorful costumes and eye-catching video projections.

    Theatregoers showed their appreciation for The Canadians with generous applause, lots of laughter and an immediate standing ovation. Led by Jaime Castañeda’s expert direction, the entire ensemble created a memorable evening that transported First Night attendees from the cold, snowy landscape of Port Alison, Manitoba, to the tropical, warm waters of the Caribbean. When Gordy and his pal, Brendan, are gifted two all-expense paid tickets on a gay cruise, they have an incredible opportunity to experience life far from Canada. ​Led by Kyle T. Hester playing Gordy and Daniel Chung as Brendan, the talented cast also includes Corey Brill, Corey Dorris and Linda Gehringer—all playing multiple roles.

    ​Following the show, guests attending the ​cast party were welcomed to an elegant, inviting space in the Grand Ballroom at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel, co-sponsor of the party. The beautiful floral décor, featuring centerpiece bouquets of white hydrangeas, along with striking, orange heliconia flowers on the buffet tables and scattered monstera leaves adding tropical greenery, helped to set the festive scene.

    Partygoers also enjoyed the high-energy music, a combination of the music mentioned in the play (Cheap Trick, Whitney Houston and Kylie Minogue) and pop songs you might find on a Pride playlist by artists such as RuPaul, Madonna, Cher, George Michael, Gloria Gaynor and Lady Gaga, among others.

    With a menu inspired by the play, guests enjoyed delectable tray-passed hors d’oeuvres including mini crab cakes with red pepper aioli and open-faced sandwiches with roasted yellow beets, ricotta and goat cheese. Taking a nod from the play's title and setting, the food featured classic Canadian dishes such as poutine, in addition to Kobe beef sliders, sweet and spicy “moose” wings (chicken wings) and mac and cheese topped with ketchup chips. A scrumptious assortment of mini-cookies and mini-Nanaimo bars provided a sweet finish.

    From the bar, the play’s cruise-inspired signature cocktail was dubbed “Romance at Sea”—a delicious rum punch comprised of Malibu Rum, Cruzan Mango Rum, cranberry juice, orange juice and pineapple juice.

    First Night theatregoers were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet the director, playwright and the entire cast during the party. As guests mingled with fellow theatregoers, kudos continued for the cast and creative team of The Canadians, Adam Bock’s humorous, heartwarming comedy about how small chances might lead to big changes if one is willing to step out of ​their comfort zone.

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  • Meet the Cast: "Aubergine"

    by 
    Tania Thompson
     | Oct 06, 2019
    Aubergine Cast

    THE CAST: Irungu Mutu, Luzma Ortiz, Sab Shimono, Jinn S. Kim, Bruce Baek, Joy DeMichelle and Jully Lee.

    Honest, truthful, relatable, touching and beautiful are all words that one cast member in Julia Cho’s Aubergine (Oct. 19-Nov. 16, 2019) uses to describe the play. Aubergine is the story of Ray, a Korean-American chef, who returns home for his father’s final days. The seven actors in the cast are a mix of those familiar to South Coast Repertory audiences and those making their debut. They are Obie Award-winners, Broadway veterans, children of aging parents and more. They also know the power and comfort of family, tradition and food. Read on to meet the cast.


    Baek,-Bruce

    Bruce Baek
    I portray
    Uncle. He travels all the way from South Korea to visit his dying brother and faces some unseen, yet unavoidable, conflicts with this nephew.
    This is my SCR debut!
    My other credits include Members Only, Under Protest, Model, “Taken” (NBC), “High Maintenance” (HBO), “Deception” (ABC), “Jessica Jones” (Netflix), “Power” (Starz) and the forthcoming indie film, The Architect.
    Aubergine is more than an incredibly written play; to me, it is an amazing real-life tale, because almost everyone can relate to this heartfelt story. It illustrates some of the most universally recognized circumstantial themes in one play—food, family, farewell, friendship, father, failure and faith.
    In this play, my character speaks almost only in Korean. The toughest part is how to be able to resonate—literally—with the audience and the other characters in the play with this huge language barrier. At the same time, what amazes me is that how the story manages to sustain its mesmerizing harmony of the characters with such delightfulness, honesty and soulful transparency.
    My favorite childhood memory is about toys. As an only child, I was able to enjoy as many toys as I could get my hands on. My parents tried to get me almost every toy I wanted to have, but not until my reason for getting another new toy was truthful and convincing. In the end, I managed to get what I wanted, but they did not make it easy. That didn’t matter, because I always enjoyed finding a new reason for a new toy.
    My favorite childhood food
    was kimchi fried rice.
    As an adult, my favorite food is what I am eating now. That’s my favorite. Because it could be my last meal. So I tend to enjoy each meal fully, with joy and appreciation.


    DeMichelle,-Joy

    Joy DeMichelle
    I portray
    Diane.
    This is my SCR debut.
    My other credits include Sweat, Stonewall Jackson’s House, Raisin in the Sun, The Water Hole, Seven Guitars, Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Piano Lesson, Spirit North, Harriet’s Return, Darker Face of the Earth, “For the People,” “Criminal Minds,” “Lie to Me,” “Judging Amy,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” American Gun and Taking Back Our Town.
    The story of Aubergine resonates with me because I love the journey of self-discovery that Diane takes while finding what really feeds her soul.
    What’s most compelling about the play is how love and deep desire for understanding surface in the transformative powers of aging and dying. I’m delighted by how past memories are shared and new memories created through the experience of delicious food.
    Growing up in Kentucky, dessert was my favorite dish because I loved bonding and baking with my mom. Honestly, there were so many delicious desserts from my childhood that it is hard to narrow it down to just one. I remember on Holidays my mother and all eight of her sisters would bake practically everything imaginable. Desserts would be spread all over my Aunt Deenee's table and countertops. There was no way anyone could ever taste them all in one sitting. The awesome thing is everyone always knew they were leaving with something other than what they brought. Together the women in my family could cover all of the southern classics from Hummingbird Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Sock It to Me Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Italian Cream, Rum Cake, Chess Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Banana Pudding, Bread Pudding, Pecan Pie, Red Velvet Cake and on and on. If I had to choose just one, it would have to be the 30-Day Friendship Cake. And yes, it actually takes 30 days to make.
    The 30-Day Friendship Cake. I was 12, the air was clean, seasons had a schedule, kids played outside and my mama always had something good to eat. One Saturday morning, sometime in the fall, the Friendship Cake pre-mix was on its 30th day, ready and waiting for our mother-daughter bonding and baking session. After mixing and baking, we carefully placed the cake on a rack to cool. I put on my jacket and went outside to complete my weekend chores of raking leaves and sweeping the sidewalk. Just as I was bagging my last bit of leaves, my friend, Stacey, comes down the street and says, “My momma wants to know what does your momma have good to eat?” We ran in the house, “Mahmuh... mama, Ms. Robyn wants to know what do you have good to eat... and can I go outside to play?” As I wash my hands, I notice my mom cuts the entire cake in half and carefully places it onto another plate. Wrapping it in plastic, she says, "Stacey, here you go baby, take this to your mama,” Stacey says, “Wow, what kind of cake is this?" My mother with the most beautiful smile says, “It’s called a Friendship Cake.” Stacey and I dashed out of the house, in the distance we hear my mom, “Ya’ll be careful with that cake.” And off we went, eager to make our delivery of love and friendship, so we can enjoy the crisp, clean autumn air and play in the beautiful orange, red and yellow leaves. Later, when I got home, the phone rang, my mom says “Hello...” All I could here on the other end was, “"Giiiiirl, that cake was the bomb!” and they both burst into what sounded like a symphony of laughter.
    My favorite food now is king crab legs, with season butter, and lemon-garlic mashed potatoes.


    Kim,-Jinn

    Jinn S. Kim
    I portray
    Ray. He’s a talented chef, who has an almost magical sense for knowing what food or meal a person needs. However, he is struggling to believe that himself, since his father has never accepted him as a chef. And now, at the age of 38, having drifted away from his father, Ray receives a call that his father is fading fast. As the only child, he is thrust into taking care of his father's last days and, in the process, come to terms with and ​accept his father and himself.
    This is my SCR debut.
    My other credits include Queen Latina & the Power Posse vs. the Evils of Society; Race, Religion & Politics; Dreaming in Tongues; A Winter Party; The Fairy Tale Project; The Oldest Boy; “Oz,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Jessica Jones,” “Bull” and “Gotham.”
    Aubergine resonates with me because there are so many parallels that I can draw from my own life and relationship with my father. If you replace Ray being a chef, with my ongoing journey as an actor, Aubergine is easily my story, particularly as a Korean-American.
    This is a beautiful play! It's a uniquely Korean-American experience yet, at the same time, it’s universal to every culture, which to me is the hallmark of a great play. You get tidbits of insight into the Korean-American experience at the same time the story resonates with everyone, especially with the connection of food to your senses, your feelings and memories.
    I friggin’ LOVE working with [director] Lisa Peterson! She has such a gentle way of working with the actors. Even the way she gives suggestions makes you feel like you came up with it. And we have a fantastic cast.
    My favorite childhood memory was a rare occasion when our whole family went on an outing. My dad took us to a drive-in theatre to see Star Wars. I'm not sure if I would have seen it on my own at that point in my life. Because it was a drive-in, I remember on the screen next to us was playing soft porn. Yes, you heard me right...porn. My dad covered the side window with his jacket. But I had no interest in that movie at that time (okay, maybe a little); it was all about Star Wars!
    A childhood memory tied to food was when I was very young—4 or 5 years old—and we were still living in Korea. My father didn't cook very often, but I remember him making a dish where he cut the top of an egg and cooked rice inside the shell over a wood stove. It was so good that the memory stayed with me and into my childhood memory. I asked my dad about it fairly recently and he has no recollection of it.
    I just love food…periodt! But, if I had to choose, I might have to say Japanese. And if I had to be really specific: good sushi.


    Lee,-Jully

    Jully Lee
    I portray
    Cornelia. She’s Ray's ex-girlfriend who gets roped in to becoming his interpreter, serving as a bridge to his Korean roots as he learns more about his father and his family history in Korea. She is practical and unsentimental, but rediscovers the joy from her youth through Ray and his special gift with food.
    My previous SCR credit is tokyo fish story.
    My other credits include Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Joy Luck Club, Ladies, Colony Collapse, The Enchanted Nightingale, Sun Sisters, “The Kicks,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “The Kominsky Method.”
    I love playwright Julia Cho’s writing, her words. She has such a masterful way of expressing the purest of moments with the simplest of words. She can also describe an experience in exquisitely beautiful detail. The way Ray has a gift with finding the right food for the right person—for me, that is Julia with her words. She is able to encapsulate the memory, the moment, and I am gently transported. She evokes all my senses with just her words. I am simply in awe of how her phrases carry me into my childhood, or into someone else's childhood. So vividly. It is truly astounding.
    My biggest challenge is to execute the performance that I have crafted without being overcome by the emotions that well up throughout the course of the play. As an actor, you want to be present and give an honest performance, but you also need to tell the story. Ironically, I find these two at odds during many moments of the play.
    I absolutely love playing Korean and American characters—I am so rarely given the opportunity. It's delightful to be able to inject my own personal history into the nuances of Cornelia, and also being able to play with other characters who I've grown up with like the character of Uncle, played by the incomparable Bruce Baek. Being able to see the world through Ray and Cornelia's eyes is so special for me. It's one of those rare times you get to see your life experience reflected back at you. It is a beautiful thing, and in these moments I feel that I am able to fully comprehend #RepresentationMatters.
    My favorite memory of my parents was something of a game. We were close and had a great relationship (with the exception of ages 14-17—my fault!). After graduating from college, I moved back home for a couple of years and we would have these deeply philosophical conversations at the dinner table. Our conversations are always almost entirely in Korean. I can speak Korean comfortably, but my vocabulary is that of a 5 year old. So, as we would talk in Korean, I would always get stumped on a specific word I wanted to use. I would say the word I wanted to say in English and then describe the word in Korean, using all the tools of communication (simple Korean words, simple English words, facial expressions, emotions, hand gestures), and they would throw out guesses of what that word might be in Korean. This went both ways when I didn't understand a Korean word they used: they would tag-team and try to describe the meaning and I would guess the English translation. And then we would reach for the Korean-English dictionary that we kept at our dinner table and look up the English word and see if the translation matched their guesses. It was like a word game and my mom was way better at this game than my dad. This is my absolute favorite memory of my parents. We turned our communication challenges into a game and it was the most gratifying and fun.
    My favorite food from childhood comes from the fact that I grew up two blocks away from a woman who had a blackberry tree right on the corner of Pontiac and Dunsmore. When the berries were in season, I would go with my dad every weekend, with these Korean plastic colanders in tow, and he would knock on her door and they would exchange a greeting and then we would get down to business. My dad would pick the ones that grew above my head and I would pick the ones that grew below his hip. It was quite an efficient system. We would bring home our bounty, eating most of the stash as we walked the two minutes back home. We moved to another town during junior high school and blackberries were never the same. I would eagerly order them, buy them, but they were always different. Too seedy, hard and not as sweet. It was always so disappointing. And frustrating. When I first read Aubergine, I was shaking. I'd heard of mulberries, but I never really knew what they were or what they looked like. After reading Cornelia's monologue, I Googled "mulberry" and sat and stared in silence. So my neighbor actually owned a mulberry tree. Not only was this realization personally mind-blowing, it made me think about all the times my parents would use a word that is similar or close to the actual word they mean in their broken English. Of course, I would do the same in broken Korean (and their English is far superior to my Korean). It evoked very much. On a deep, deep personal level.
    My favorite food today is yellowtail sushi. As sashimi, nigiri, handroll, cut roll, poke bowl—it doesn't matter—I love the mix of fresh and creamy. It absolutely pleases my palate. Of course, accompanied with soy sauce with wasabi and a side of ginger.


    Mutu,-Irungu

    Irungu Mutu
    I portray Lucien Mukwege
    , a smart, compassionate and hard-working immigrant from Eastern Africa. He works as a hospice nurse and loves his job; he also loves to garden as a hobby. I fell in love with his gentle strength, patience and spiritual insight. Lucien came from a big family, however lost most of them in the Second Congo War, which led him to leave for the U.S. He speaks Lingala, Kiswahili and French fluently. He is married and loves Afro-pop tunes.
    This is my SCR debut.
    My other credits include The Language Archive (also by Julia Cho!), Macbeth, Ruined, Henry V, A Raisin in the Sun, Peter and the Starcatcher, Mlima’s Tale, Bikeman, Bronks Ekspres, Our Lady of Kibeho, “Instinct,” “Preacher,” “Elementary” and “The Blacklist.”
    Aubergine resonates with me for a couple of reasons: I have a father, in his early 80s, and this past January he was in the hospital after a nasty fall. My mom was a nurse for almost 20 years and that really inspires me.
    What’s most challenging for me is trying to get the character of Ray to trust the process of his father’s death and his (Ray’s) part in it. Oh, and for me as an actor—dealing with all the medical equipment was tricky at first.
    I love getting to talk about food—Lucien’s history with it and sharing food with people. I also love working in a team. The cast and creative team on this production are freaking stellar!
    My strongest memory from childhood is seeing my parents dancing together in 1989 during Christmas vacation at a tropical beach hotel. I haven’t seen them dance spontaneously since then.
    As a kid, my favorite meal was on Sundays. My mom cooked a roast chicken (we had a chicken coop), whole, peeled potatoes, gravy and some mukimo (a Kenyan vegetable dish).
    My favorite food today is freshly caught octopus, grilled! Just one simple rub of spices or marinate, or no rub at all.


    Ortiz,-Luzma

    Luzma Ortiz
    I portray the
    Hospital Worker. I am there to guide Ray toward taking his father home for hospice care. I have the pressure of getting this patient to move forward in order to make room for an incoming patient, while at the same time taking care to ensure Ray feels heard and assured that he’s doing the right thing.
    My previous SCR credits include American Mariachi and in the Theatre for Young Audiences show, Nate the Great.
    My other credits include Hairspray, In the Heights, Dora the Explorer Live! (national tour), Passion, Man of La Mancha, Evita, Ragtime, West Side Story and Noises Off.
    Aubergine
    resonates with me deeply because earlier this year, I experienced having a loved one in hospice care.
    I find it compelling that Aubergine conveys exactly what I experienced when my loved one was in hospice care. It is honest, truthful, relatable, touching and beautiful all at the same time.
    But it’s challenging to work on this play because it’s almost like reliving what I experienced earlier with my own loved one. That’s balanced by getting to work with this incredible cast and team.
    My favorite childhood memory of my parents is when they took me to see Fiddler on the Roof for my 11th birthday. It was a dinner theatre production and they told the manager that it was my birthday. So the manager took my program backstage and the entire cast signed the program for me. During the show, the matchmaker character spoke of a match she had arranged—and the actress playing that role replaced the name she says with my name! It was magical and I never forgot it. Best birthday ever, best present ever!
    My favorite food as a kid was probably pancakes. And today, yep, probably pancakes.


    Shimono,-Sab

    Sab Shimono
    I portray
    Ray’s father.
    My other SCR credits include tokyo fish story and The Ballad of Yachiyo.
    My other credits include Mame, Pacific Overtures, Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen and Ride the Wind (all on Broadway, in the world premieres); The Wash, After the War, The Wind, Aubergine, “Longmire,” “The Blacklist,” “Mad Men,” “M*A*S*H,” “X-Files,” “Two and a Half Men,” Presumed Innocent, Come See the Paradise, The Shadow and Old Dogs.
    I love this play because it is mesmerizing and different. There’s not much dialogue for me, but I love Julia Cho’s writing. I’ve done so many plays, but when something like this comes along, I’m drawn to it because it has such depth and simplicity.

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  • Party Play: "American Mariachi"

    by 
    Beth Fhaner
     | Sep 18, 2019

    Playwright José Cruz González’s American Mariachi, a big-hearted comedy with live music, opened to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, on the Segerstrom Stage. American Mariachi kicks off SCR’s 2019-20 season.

    SCR’s production of American Mariachi marks a homecoming for González, as he launched the theatre’s Hispanic Playwrights Project in 1986 and led it for many years afterwards. As part of SCR’s Dialogue/Diálogos, he was commissioned to write The Long Road Today/El Largo Camindo de Hoy, a site-specific play performed in 2014 that featured stories and actors from the communities of Santa Ana. González has long been an advocate for Latinx voices, and we’re thrilled to have him back at SCR with American Mariachi.

    Under the expert direction of Christopher Acebo, the entire ensemble delivered extraordinary performances while transporting the audience to the mid-1970s. Led by Diana Burbano as Amalia Morales and Gabriela Carrillo as her daughter, Lucha, the talented cast also includes Alicia Coca, Sol Castillo, Satya Jnani Chavez, Mauricio Mendoza, Marlene Montes, Luzma Ortiz and Andrew Joseph Perez. The action is supported throughout by the outstanding ​music of the onstage mariachis: Esteban Montoya Dagnino (​trumpet), Sayra Michelle Haro (​violin/Tia Carmen), Antonio A. Pró (​guitarrón), Ali Pizarro (​vihuela) and Adam Ramirez (violin).

    American Mariachi was heartwarming and hilarious,” said Joseph C. Hensley, with Corporate Honorary Producer U.S. Bank. “Its story line dealt with progress and cultural change, family and dreaming big. I laughed ‘til I cried!”

    Guests who attended the cast party on Ela’s Terrace were welcomed to a bright and inviting scene. Linen-covered cocktail tables displayed a variety of hues ​and created a fun and festive vibe. Colorful floral arrangements also added to the cheerful ambiance. ​Mariachi group, Son de Kalavera, provided live entertainment for guests and even inspired some First Nighters to get out on the dance floor. 

    The Little Onion Mexican Restaurant provided the catering ​with a menu inspired by Mexican cuisine​. ​Partygoers feasted on an array of delectable hors d’oeuvres such as beef taquitos, ceviche and other small bites. Mouthwatering desserts such as coco flan and tres leches cake provided a sweet finish.

    From the bar, the signature cocktail was dubbed “Luchita Bonita Margarita”—a delicious beverage named for the main character’s nickname—and comprised of El Mexicano Blanco Tequila (our official First Night tequila sponsor/show sponsor), lime juice and triple sec.

    First Night theatregoers were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet the director, playwright, the entire cast and mariachis during the after-party. As guests mingled with fellow ​attendees into the evening, much appreciation and acclaim continued for the cast and creative team of American Mariachi, José Cruz González’s vibrant, spirited comedy about young women who dream big and embrace the transcendent power of music.

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  • Canadian Slang, Eh?

    by 
    Beth Fhaner
     | Sep 13, 2019

    Canadian Flag

    English and French are the two official languages spoken in the Great White North, but Canadians (lovingly known as "Canucks") also have an “unofficial” language—that of Canadian slang. Below are some common Canadian slang words that Americans might find amusing, but should definitely know, especially if planning to visit our friendly neighbors to the north. Additionally, it might be a good idea to brush up on your Canadian slang before attending a performance of The Canadians (Julianne Argyros Stage, Sept. 29-Oct. 20), a hilarious romp from the Great White North to the Caribbean, as Canadian Gordy and his pal, Brendan, are gifted two all-expenses-paid tickets on a gay cruise with a shipload of memorable characters.  

    Common Canadian slang words:

    • Eh? - This is the classic Canadian term used in everyday conversation. The word can be used to end a question, say “hello” to someone at a distance, to show surprise as in you are joking, or to get a person to respond. It’s similar to the words “huh”, “right?” and “what?” commonly found in U.S. vocabulary.
    • Double-double - A common phrase used to indicate a regular coffee with two creams and two sugars. It is a kind of coffee from Tim Horton, the most popular coffee shop in Canada.
    • Loonies and Toonies - A loonie is a Canadian $1 coin with an image of the Canadian bird, the loon, on one side of the coin. The Loonie replaced the Canadian $1 bill in 1987. The Canadian $2 coin was introduced in 1996, and the words “two” and “Loonie” became a single term, Toonie.
    • Toque - Pronounced “toohk” or “tuke,” a toque is a winter hat that others would commonly refer to as beanies or ski hats. It has its origins from a French word that has the same meaning, “cap”.
    • Poutine - Poutine is a popular dish made with French fries and cheese curds topped with brown gravy. It originated in the Canadian province of Quebec.
    • Pop – Refers to soda.
    • Washroom - The Canadian word for restroom.
    • Pencil Crayon - This slang is known as colored pencil in the U.S. Perhaps Canadians say ​pencil crayon because it’s related to the French’s ‘crayon de couleur’.
    • Icing Sugar - This is a kind of fine granulated sugar used while baking to make icings. The alternative word for this is powdered sugar.
    • Mickey - Mickey is a word referring to a flask-sized bottle of liquor such as rum or Canadian rye whiskey.
    • Timmies - Timmies refers to the popular Tim Horton’s fast-food coffee chain. It gets its name from a famous Canadian hockey player. And while you’re at Timmies, don’t forget the “Timbits”, which are commonly known as donut holes.
    • Homo milk - This is one of the Canadian slang words that refer to milk with 3.25% fat. However, it should not be confused with the Canadian whole milk. Usage of the word ‘Homo’ in the U.S. refers to homosexuality. But in Canada, it’s a word that is plastered on milk cartons to refer to a specific kind of milk. In the U.S., this milk is known as homogenized milk.
    • Hang a Larry - This slang term is used while driving and simply means to “Take a left” (see below for the term to “Take a right”).
    • Hang a Roger - This slang ​term means make a right turn while driving.
    • Runners - Runners are casual sport shoes such as sneakers or tennis shoes.
    • Chocolate Bar - In the U.S., this word means a candy bar. In Canada, it’s used for all bars that have any amount of chocolate in them.
    • Parkade - A Canadian slang word that refers to a multi-level parking structure. Americans call it the parking structure, parking garage or parking deck.
    • Kerfuffle - This word refers to a commotion or fuss caused by disagreement (most commonly found during, or after, sports games).
    • Two-four – Commonly used to refer to a case of 24 beers.
    • Chesterfield – Refers to a sofa or couch.
    • Snowbirds- Canadians who head south during the winter months to escape the cold.
    • Click – Refers to kilometers, the unit of length in the metric system equal to 1,000 meters. Some spell the word as ‘Klick’.

    For more Canadian slang, check out this fun video by Toronto-born actor Will Arnett.

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  • Party Play: “Play Your Part” 2019 Gala – A Spectacular, Theatrical Celebration!

    by 
    Beth Fhaner
     | Sep 12, 2019

    On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 7, SCR’s “Play Your Part” 2019 Gala got underway at The Westin South Coast Plaza, as guests arrived through the Private Valet entrance to the East Galleria. Designer Angela Balogh Calin’s theatrical vision awaited attendees, with dramatic red drapery and tables draped in black velvet linens lining both sides of the entrance, setting the tone for all of the excitement to come. 

    As guests entered the cocktail reception, they were delighted to have the chance to “play their part” with six “selfie stations” featuring large frames placed in front of some of SCR’s favorite past productions. Cocktail tables draped with Shimmer Thyme linens from La Tavola and exquisite arrangements by Floral Creations by Enzo also helped to set the chic ambience. Guests enjoyed champagne sponsored by Le Grand Courtâge ​and the Signature Cocktail was the “Curtain Call”—a refreshing cucumber soda cocktail featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Guests also indulged in incredibly tempting tray-passed hors d’oeuvres such as vegan polenta with vegetable ratatouille, miso salmon on a crostini with edamame spread and brie cheese and raspberry in phyllo.

    Following the cocktail reception, guests entered the Plaza Ballroom, which featured elegant drapery along with an array of SCR costumes and draft renderings of past SCR productions. The stage, surrounded by truss and featuring the ​SCR logo, was surrounded by screens that showed images of past SCR productions. Tables were draped with laser-cut Toni Black linens from La Tavola ​that displayed white linens underneath—all to a stunning effect. The tables also featured Galaxy Black Glass Chargers from Signature Party Rentals and Dupionique​ Seaweed linens from La Tavola.

    Executive Chef Adrian Hernandez impressed the crowd with his delectable cuisine including chilled potato and leek soup and a selection of artisan breads, followed by a delicious duet of filet mignon with a peppercorn sauce and rosemary-skewered shrimp served with mashed potatoes and green beans. For a sweet finish, partygoers indulged in mini chocolate cakes garnished with a chocolate collar and raspberries.

    During the festive event, theatre enthusiasts cheered greetings from Board President Sam Tang, Managing Director Paula Tomei, Gala Chairs Laurie and Steve Duncan, and Artistic Director David Ivers. Immediately following Ivers’ remarks was a surprise two-song performance by American Mariachi musical director Cynthia Reifler Flores and her group, Mariachi Corzón de México.

    Following dessert, the raffle drawing was held onstage​ and it added an exciting element to the evening. Prize winners included Carla Furuno (and Jeff Pulchaski), who won the 18-karat yellow-gold diamond bangle from Lugano Diamonds; Diane (and Rodney) Sawyer, who won the South Coast Plaza Gift Certificate; and Wylie and Bette Aitken, who won the private Inside the Actors Studio Workshop at SCR. The winners of the two intimate dinner parties to be held at the homes of Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei were Socorro and Ernesto Vasquez, who won ‘An Evening at Chez Ivers’ and Pattie and Jon Fasola, who won ‘An Evening at Chez Tomei/Emmes’.

    The celebration continued as The A-List, a 10-piece band performed an extended set for partygoers, and guests drifted to and from the dance floor to the East Galleria, which was transformed into an intimate lounge and featured a gourmet coffee station, a sweets table donated by Gala Gift Sponsor B. Toffee and a gelato cart donated by Mangiamo Gelato Caffe. All in all, everyone agreed that it was a wildly successful evening—a spectacular celebration of the theatre they supported so generously.

    Gala Chairs Laurie and Steve Duncan also shared their enthusiasm for the special evening. “The 2019 Gala was a huge success and a fantastic night because of the dedicated effort, passion for excellence and leadership of the Gala Committees and the SCR Staff,” said the Duncans.

    “From the beautiful graphics, logo, save the date and invitation, to the delicious food and wine, the beautiful flower arrangements, sparkling tables, amazing framed decor and fantastic band that got us all on the dance floor, all the Gala committees and SCR staff truly contributed and brought their very best abilities; they demonstrated the epitome of our 2019 GALA theme: Play Your Part,” they added. “It was an honor for us to be able to participate in this amazing annual SCR event, we got to see it transition from vision to successful reality, and we had fun!”

    We’d like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who joined us over the weekend at the Gala. All proceeds will support the theatre’s award-winning core education and outreach programs that bring the magic of live professional theatre to more than 30,000 underserved students, teachers and families throughout Orange County each year.

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