Innovation is Key to SCR’s 2021 Spring/Summer Season
Starts with High-Quality Digital Offerings, Transitions to Live Performances
Partnership With Mission San Juan Capistrano
Watch David Ivers talk about the 2021 season.
South Coast Repertory has ended its COVID-19 hiatus with the launch of an innovative 2021 Spring/Summer season. Recognizing that extraordinary times call for innovation, the 57-year-old theatre company examined the challenges and possibilities of producing live theatre and the protocols needed to maintain safety.
The season starts with SCRemote—a series of exclusively digital offerings beginning in mid-to-late April. These high-quality filmed productions created with a multi-camera setup by award-winning cinematic artists will be delivered for safe, at-home viewing through a user-friendly streaming platform. The digital offerings include Red Riding Hood (a Theatre for Young Audiences and Families production, which also will be offered free to Orange County public schools) and the Pacific Playwrights Festival, the theatre’s renowned annual showcase of new plays. The festival is part of The [email protected], the theatre’s extensive new-play development program. In addition, the theatre will continue its ongoing SCR commUNITY series of digital interviews and programming dedicated to amplifying the artists and narratives of the Southern California region.
Then in mid-July, SCR goes LIVE, outdoors at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, with a new series called Outside SCR. This year, two family friendly productions will be performed under the stars: American Mariachi, which is being brought back by popular demand, and the perennial family favorite, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
“The past year has been challenging and, at the same time, has presented opportunities for creative growth,” says David Ivers, SCR's Artistic Director. “So, we’re excited to announce a season brimming with innovation, built on the cornerstone programs of South Coast Repertory—world-class productions, Theatre for Young Audiences and Their Families, new play development and community engagement. We’re overjoyed about Outside SCR and our new partnership with Mission San Juan Capistrano, which enables us to expand our reach in Orange County.”
Managing Director Paula Tomei adds: “After a year-long hiatus, it feels so good to be back. This season provides the stimulating theatrical experiences that are hallmarks of South Coast Repertory, while meeting the unique needs of Orange County at this time, including a distinctive way for us to gather as a community. In addition, we have been consulting with UCI Health and working thoughtfully to ensure the highest level of safety for our artists, staff and audiences. We are fortunate to have their expertise and advice, which are invaluable.”
Mechelle Lawrence-Adams, executive director of Mission San Juan Capistrano, says: “The Mission Preservation Foundation is thrilled to welcome South Coast Repertory’s community of patrons to beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano this summer. For sure, new history is being made with this special partnership where the arts meet history and the net effect leaves theatregoers inspired to support both historic preservation and live theatre in this one-of-a-kind experience. Two incredibly important Orange County institutions are coming together in a pandemic to serve not only their own constituencies, but new ones as well—and it marks an exciting moment in OC history.”
In addition to innovations in programming, format and experience, the usual subscription series have been temporarily suspended in favor of á la carte subscriptions, wherein customers are invited to experience either the entire lineup or to pick and choose what they wish to see. SCR’s regular subscription series will be re-instated for the 2021-22 season.
South Coast Repertory’s health and safety protocol has been developed with advice from the University of California, Irvine.
Dates are subject to change, in accordance with local and state health authorities.
Theatre for Young Audiences—SCRemote
Red Riding Hood
by Allison Gregory
directed by Shannon Flynn
Available to stream mid-to-late April
Pacific Playwrights Festival—SCRemote
SCR’s annual showcase of new plays by today’s hottest playwrights, the Pacific Playwrights Festival will be offered exclusively in digital format, with high-quality film production, created with a multi-camera setup to capture the best qualities a traditional play reading. All readings are recommended for high school age and older.
by York Walker
Streaming: April 26-May 2
by Charlie Oh
Streaming: May 10-May 16
by Shayan Lotfi
Streaming: May 24-May 30
by Christine Quintana
Streaming: May 31-June 6
Harold & Lillian
book & lyrics by Dan Collins music by Julianne Wick Davis
based on the documentary film by Daniel Raim
Streaming: June 21-27
Live, outdoors, in-person performances, under the stars, at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano.
by José Cruz González
directed by Christopher Acebo
Performances: July 15, 17, 23, 25, 29 and 31 (all at 7:30 p.m.)
Performed at Mission San Juan Capistrano
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
based on the comic strip “Peanuts”
by Charles M. Schulz
book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner
additional dialogue by Michael Mayer
additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Performances: July 16, 18, 22, 24, 30 and Aug. 1 (all at 7:30 p.m.)
Performed at Mission San Juan Capistrano