A Guide to Getting the Most Out of the Pacific Playwrights Festival

Tania Thompson
 | Apr 15, 2019

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South Coast Repertory’s three-day national showcase of new plays—the Pacific Playwrights Festival—is just around the corner​, April 26-28, with five readings and two full productions of new works.

In addition to local new play fans, the festival draws theatre industry professionals from across the country and everyone wants to be among the first to see some of the best new plays in the country.

“PPF is the most exciting 48 hours in our entire season,” says John Glore, festival co-director and SCR associate artistic director. “Chances are good that audience members are going to see a play that will go on to be very prominent in American theatre.”

Here is our PPF New Play Starter Kit—your guide to getting the most out of your PPF weekend.

Get Festival Updates and Join the Conversation
Follow SCR on Twitter at @SouthCoastRep for updates throughout the weekend.
Connect with us and other PPF attendees, tweet with us using #PPFSCR.

Go Behind-the-Scenes
Follow us on Instagram at @SouthCoastRep for behind-the-scenes photos of the festival. Follow our PPF story on Snapchat at @SouthCoastRep. Get a look at the PPF weekend through the eyes of SCR Communications Associate Nicholas Pilapil.

New Play Development at SCR
SCR has produced more than 525 plays over its 55-season history. And the number continues to climb as we watch plays developed here go on to other productions across the country. Check out the lobby display ​for ​highlights from our new-play development history.

Playwrights Panel: Playwrights and Institutional Change
Sunday, April 28, at 9 a.m.,​ the post-breakfast panel discussion will focus on Playwrights and Institutional Change, a discussion about what theatre leadership change means to writers and to the future of their work. Moderated by playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil, the panel members include Kevin Artigue, Adam Bock, Sean Hartley, Chisa Hutchinson, Craig Lucas, Dan Messé, Qui Nguyen, Ana Nogueira and Melissa Ross. Admission is free or you can live stream the panel via HowlRound.

Something For Everyone!
From a concert-reading of the musical adaptation of Prelude to a Kiss to a rap and hip-hop infused family immigrant story (Poor Yella Rednecks) to a horror story about gentrification and unconscious bias (Whitelisted) to the story of two police officers—partners and lovers—whose relationship is rocked to the core (Sheepdog), there's no better way to experience the festival than by seeing a new play.

Packages for all five readings are a great value. Learn more about PPF and purchase tickets.