The 2019-20 Creative Teams Who Create the Worlds for Our Plays


by 
Beth Fhaner
 | Aug 12, 2019

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South Coast Repertory’s 2019-20 season is off to an auspicious start, as Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei ​announced the 13 creative dream teams for the upcoming season, the first programmed by Ivers. The nearly 100 individuals are among the theatre industry’s finest, most creative and versatile talents.

“I’m thrilled to announce the creative teams that will bring our stages to life, beginning Sept. 7, with American Mariachi for the upcoming season at South Coast Repertory,” Ivers said. “It’s inspiring, humbling and a deep source of pride to know that so many artists have committed to join our incredibly smart full-time staff. We join together with the single aim of creating a panoply of productions, built right here in Orange County, to serve our community.

“The teams are a beautiful combination of talents from our home state and beyond. They represent the best in our industry across myriad disciplines. I hope you’ll celebrate this impressive body of individuals and join us for what I’m certain will be an impactful and entertaining season of plays,” Ivers said.

The productions include American Mariachi by José Cruz González; The Canadians by Adam Bock; Aubergine by Julia Cho; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, based upon her book, with music by Shelly Markham (Theatre for Young Audiences); A Christmas Carol adapted by Jerry Patch; Fireflies by Donja R. Love; She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Min Kahng (Theatre for Young Audiences) Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley; The Scarlet Letter by Kate Hamill; I Get Restless by Caroline V. McGraw; and Dory Fantasmagory by John Glore (Theatre for Young Audiences). The casting director for all productions is Joanne DeNaut, CSA.

Learn more about the full lineup.

2019-20 Creative Team Members

American Mariachi LogoAmerican Mariachi
by José Cruz González
Sept. 7-Oct. 5, 2019
directed by Christopher Acebo

music director: Cynthia Reifler Flores
scenic design: Efren Delgadillo Jr.
costume design: Kish Finnegan
lighting design: Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz
sound design: Rebecca Kessin
production stage manager: Moira Gleason
stage manager: Kathryn Davies
dramaturg: Kat Zukaitis
stage management interns: Gloria Perez, Emperatriz “Teresa” Mejia


300x300TheCanadiansThe Canadians
by Adam Bock (world premiere)
Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 2019
directed by Jaime Casteñada

scenic design: Lauren Helpern
costume design: Denitsa Bliznakova
lighting design: Josh Epstein
sound design: Cricket S. Myers
production stage manager: Jenny Jacobs
dramaturg: Andy Knight
stage management interns: Janette Braggs, Teiya Dyke


300x300AubergineAubergine
by Julia Cho
Oct. 19-Nov. 16, 2019
directed by Lisa Peterson

scenic design: Myung Hee Cho
costume design: Myung Hee Cho
lighting design: Peter Maradudin
sound design: John Gromada
video design: Yee Eun Nam
dramaturg: John Glore
stage management interns: June Kim, Hope Binfeng Ding


300x300AlexanderAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Theatre for Young Audiences
book and lyrics by Judith Viorst
music by Shelly Markham
Nov. 8-24, 2019
directed by Kari Hayter

scenic design: Fred Kinney
costume design: Elizabeth A. Cox
lighting design: Andrew Schmedake
sound design: Jeff Polunas
production stage manager: Kathryn Davies
production assistant: Rubén Bolívar
dramaturg: Andy Knight
stage management interns: Gloria Perez, Emperatriz “Teresa” Mejia


300x300ACCA Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
Nov. 30-Dec. 24, 2019
40th Anniversary Production
After 40 years, Hal Landon Jr. will be hanging up his top hat. It's the end of an era, but the tradition will continue. Don't miss Hal's final “Bah Humbug!”
directed by John-David Keller

scenic design: Thomas Buderwitz
costume design by Dwight Richard Odle
lighting design: Tom and Donna Ruzika
music arrangement/composer: Dennis McCarthy
sound design: Drew Dalzell
vocal director: Dennis Castellano
assistant director: Hisa Takakuwa
production stage manager: Talia Krispel
stage manager: Julie Renfro
dramaturg: Jerry Patch
stage management interns: Janette Braggs, Teiya Dyke


300x300FirefliesFireflies
by Donja R. Love
Jan. 5-26, 2020
directed by Lou Bellamy

scenic design: Vicki Smith
costume design: David Kay Mickelson
lighting design: Don Darnutzer
sound design: Scott W. Edwards
video design: Adam Flemming
production stage manager: Alyssa Escalante
production assistant: Anna Klevit
dramaturg: Andy Knight
stage management intern: June Kim


300x300SheLovesMeShe Loves Me
by Joe Masteroff (book), Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics)
Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 2020
directed by David Ivers

music director: Gregg Coffin
scenic design: Jo Winiarski
costume design: Alex Jaeger
lighting design: Jaymi Lee Smith
sound design: Jeff Polunas
choreography: Jacklyn Miller
production stage manager: Jamie Tucker
stage manager: Moira Gleason
dramaturg: Andy Knight
stage management interns: Gloria Perez, Emperatriz “Teresa” Mejia


300x300WhereTheMountainWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon: A Musical Adaptation
Theatre for Young Audiences
book, music and lyrics by Min Kahng
based on the novel by Grace Lin
Feb. 7-23, 2020
directed by Jennifer Chang

music director: Deborah Wicks-La Puma
scenic design: an exciting creative collaborator will soon be named
costume design: Anthony Tran
lighting design: an exciting creative collaborator will soon be named
sound design: Melanie Chen Cole
video design: an exciting creative collaborator will soon be named
production stage manager: Talia Krispel
dramaturg: Kat Zukaitis
stage management interns: Jazmin Polligner, Hope Binfeng Ding


300x300OutsideMullingarOutside Mullingar
by John Patrick Shanley
March 8-29, 2020
directed by Martin Benson

scenic design: Thomas Buderwitz
costume design: Angela Balogh Calin
lighting design: Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz
sound design: Vincent Olivieri
accent coach: Philip​ D. Thompson
production stage manager: Michael Friedlander
production assistant: Rubén Bolívar
dramaturg: Jerry Patch
stage management intern: Janette Braggs


300x300ScarletLetterThe Scarlet Letter
by Kate Hamill (world premiere)
Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
March 28-April 25, 2020
directed by Marti Lyons

scenic design: Christopher Acebo
costume design: an exciting creative collaborator will soon be named
lighting design: Keith Parham
sound design: an exciting creative collaborator will soon be named
production stage manager: Kathryn Davies
stage manager: Natalie Figaredo
dramaturg: Kat Zukaitis
stage management intern: Denise Kha


300x300GetRestlessI Get Restless
by Caroline V. McGraw (world premiere)
Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
April 12-May 3, 2020
directed by Tony Taccone

scenic design: Christopher Barreca
costume design: Leah Piehl
lighting design: an exciting creative collaborator will soon be named
sound design: Cricket S. Myers
projection design: an exciting creative collaborator will soon be named
production assistant: Lauren Buangan
dramaturg: John Glore
stage management interns: Gloria Perez, Hope Binfeng Ding


300x300ArcadiaArcadia
by Tom Stoppard
May 9-June 6, 2020
directed by Shelley Butler

scenic design: Reid Thompson
costume design: Sara Ryung Clement
lighting design: Elizabeth Harper
sound design: ​Alex Hawthorn
accent coach: Philip D. Thompson
production stage manager: Moira Gleason
stage manager: Alyssa Escalante
dramaturg: John Glore
stage management intern: Jazmin Polligne


300x300DoryFantasmagoryDory Fantasmagory
Theatre for Young Audiences
by John Glore (world premiere)
adapted from the book by Abby Hanlon
May 22-June 7, 2020
directed by Casey Stangl

music director Deborah Wicks La Puma
scenic design: Keith Mitchell
costume design: Angela Balogh Calin
lighting design: Karyn D. Lawrence
sound design: Jeff Polunas
production stage manager: Kathryn Davies
stage manager: Anna Klevit
stage management interns: Emperatriz “Teresa” Mejia, Janette Braggs