56th Season Unveiled—the First to be Programmed by Artistic Director David Ivers

Tania Thompson
 | May 15, 2019

David Ivers

South Coast Repertory’s 2019-20 season build​s on the theatre’s 56-year foundation of stellar artistry. The lineup of 13 plays ranges from a two-person show to a large-cast musical and represent a kaleidoscope of classics and popular hits, along with four world premieres and three shows for young audiences and families.

“We’re excited for our upcoming season, which is built on the solid legacy of South Coast Repertory’s more than five decades of artistic excellence,” says Artistic Director David Ivers, who ​joined Managing Director Paula Tomei in announcing the ​plays. Ivers is embarking on his first year ​as artistic director.

“Overall, the season offers gigantic, yet intimate stories about love in all its forms—love that draws us together, that pulls us apart, family love, love of food, surprising love, love of country and unspoken desires. These plays also showcase adventure, heroism and finding the strength to overcome adversity. There’s something for everyone—a wonderful journey and we’re looking forward to sharing it with our audiences.”

Watch David Ivers talk about the upcoming season.

The offerings include the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter by Kate Hamill, the musical She Loves Me (directed by Ivers), American Mariachi by José Cruz González, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and the beloved children’s story, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

"There’s a palpable energy around next season,” Tomei says. “It offers endless possibilities for us to engage our community in new ways, and expand and deepen our existing partnerships. We’re excited by the fresh perspectives, new ideas and enormous talent that these 13 plays will bring.” 

Check out the full season.

On the Segerstrom Stage

  • American Mariachi by José Cruz González
  • Aubergine by Julia Cho
  • She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff (book), Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics)
  • The Scarlet Letter by Kate Hamill (world premiere)
  • Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

On the Julianne Argyros Stage

  • The Canadians by Adam Bock (SCR commission, world premiere)
  • Fireflies by Donja R. Love
  • Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley
  • I Get Restless by Caroline V. McGraw (world premiere)

 Theatre for Young Audiences

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (book and lyrics), music by Shelly Markham
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: A Musical Adaptation by Min Kahng (book, music, lyrics)
  • Dory Fantasmagory by John Glore, adapted from the book by Abby Hanlon (world premiere)

And for the Holidays...
The 40th anniversary of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol by Jerry Patch, Nov. 30-Dec. 24, 2019

Learn more about the 2019-20 season and purchase subscriptions and season tickets. Single tickets go on sale June 10, 2019.