Celebrating Pride Month

Tania Thompson
 | Jun 21, 2019
Blue Window

Alice and Boo (Barbara Tarbuck and Jane Galloway, center) talk about their relationship after a party, whose guests can also be seen in their homes (l-r, Chris Mulkey, Lisa Pelikan, Brad O'Hare, Maureen Silliman and Tuck Milligan) in SCR's West Coast premiere of Craig Lucas's Blue Window in 1985. Photo: T. Taylor Browne.

Raised in Captivity

​Julie Hagerty and Steven Culp in ​SCR's 1995 West Coast premiere of Nicky Silver's Raised in Captivity. Photo by: Mark Jordan.

Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune

​Karen Hensel and Richard Doyle in SCR's 1989 production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.


Mark Harelik and Paul David Story in SCR's 2016 production of John Logan's Red.

A recent Pride Month feature in Entertainment Weekly focused on playwright Craig Lucas and his groundbreaking movie, Longtime Companion.  Lucas has a long relationship with South Coast Repertory—most recently, we enjoyed the concert reading of a new musical adapted from his SCR-commissioned play, Prelude to a Kiss, at the 2019 Pacific Playwrights Festival, known as PPF (Lucas’ original 1988 play went on to enjoy numerous productions around the country and was adapted for the big screen).

Next season, works by two playwrights who identify as LGBTQIA+ are featured in the Julianne Argyros Stage series.

  • The Canadians (Adam Bock, 2020; also as a 2018 NewSCRipts reading and 2019 PPF reading)
  • Fireflies (Donje R. Love, 2020)

Here are some of the plays with LGBTQIA+ characters or story lines produced at SCR since the late 1960s.

  • A Taste of Honey (Sheilagh Delaney, 1968)
  • Breaking the Code (Hugh Whitmore, 1989)
  • Raised in Captivity (Nicky Silver, 1995)
  • Six Degrees of Separation (John Guare, 1996)
  • God of Vengeance (Donald Margulies, 1999 PPF reading)
  • Doctor Cerberus (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, 2010; also a 2009 PPF reading)
  • The Whale (Samuel D. Hunter, 2013)
  • Reunion (Gregory S Moss, 2014)
  • Going to a Place where you Already Are (Bekah Brunstetter, 2016; also as a 2014 NewSCRipts reading and a 2015 PPF reading)
  • Curve of Departure (Rachel Bonds, 2017)
  • The Roommate (Jen Silverman, 2017)
  • Kings (Sarah Burgess, 2018)
  • Mask Only (Ana Nogueira, 2019 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading)
  • M. Butterfly (David Henry Hwang, 2019)

Here are some playwrights who identify as LGBTQIA+ whose works have been produced by SCR:

  • Edward Albee (A Delicate Balance, 2001)
  • Bertolt Brecht (Baal, 1966; The Threepenny Opera, 1969; Galileo, 1985; Happy End, 1991; The Caucasian Chalk Circle, 2005)
  • Noël Coward (Private Lives, 1977, 1998; Hay Fever, 1993); Blithe Spirit, 1995​)
  • Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days, 2010; Cloudlands, 2012, original music)
  • John Logan (Red, 2016)
  • Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man, 2015)
  • Craig Lucas (Reckless, 1985; Blue Window, 1985; Three Postcards, 1987; Prelude to a Kiss, 1988; Marry Me a Little, 1988, writer; The Light in the Piazza, 2014)
  • W. Somerset Maugham (The Circle, 2001)
  • Terrance McNally (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, 1989; Lips Together, Teeth Apart, 1994)
  • Nicky Silver (Pterodactyls, 1995; The Altruists, a PPF reading, 1999)
  • Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2019; Putting It Together, 2009; Little Night Music, 2007; Sunday in the Park With George, 1989; Marry Me a Little, 1988; Side by Side by Sondheim, 1983; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1969)
  • Michel Tremblay (Forever Yours, Marie-Lou, 1980)
  • Tennessee Williams (The Glass Menagerie, 1965, 1970, 1980; A Streetcar Named Desire, 1968, 1994)
Stephen Caffrey

Lucas Verbrugghe​ and Stephen Caffrey in ​M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang. Photo by Jordan Kubat/SCR.

Actor From Early Lucas Film With SCR Ties

Actor Stephen Caffrey had one of the lead roles in Craig Lucas’ film, Longtime Companion. Caffrey has been in three shows at SCR—Bach at Leipzig (2006), Shakespeare in Love (2018) and this season in M. Butterfly (2019).