Announcing Our 57th Season

Tania Thompson
 | Mar 16, 2020

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Lineup Includes World Premieres, Classics, Family Friendly Shows and Collaborations

South Coast Repertory’s 2020-21 season marks the theatre’s 57th year of serving Orange County with distinctive theatre offerings. The “robust, daring and highly theatrical” lineup ranges from classics to contemporary and new works, as well as musicals and shows for families.

“Next season features stories of the here-and-now that reflect the world of the human experience,” says Artistic Director David Ivers, as he joined Managing Director Paula Tomei in announcing the season.

“I spent this year getting to know the community in which we live—the people, the culture, the history—and the works next season are a direct response to what I discovered,” Ivers says. “A wide variety of voices are represented, some that aren’t always front and center, and they explore some of the important issues of our time, as well as the universal truths that bind us together. I’m excited for what’s coming up—it promises robust, daring, highly theatrical, edge-of-your-seat experiences—and I hope that our Orange County audiences will find a bit of themselves reflected in it, too.”

The lineup features four world premieres including the Prelude to a Kiss, the Musical (music by Dan Messé, lyrics by Sean Hartley and Messé, book by Craig Lucas) to be directed by Ivers, Threshold by celebrated actor, writer and producer Amy Brenneman (who stars in the show) and Vladimir by Erika Sheffer. In addition, the season includes August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, the classic Our Town by Thornton Wilder, The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Quixote Nuevo by Octavio Solis, as well as the popular family shows, A Christmas Carol and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz.

Managing Director Paula Tomei adds, “The range of work we’re offering next season is both compelling and entertaining. Each production promises to connect with our audiences in distinct and diverse ways, engaging all of us in fresh, theatrical adventures.”


On the Segerstrom Stage

  • August Wilson’s Two Trains Running
  • Quixote Nuevo by Octavio Solis
  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder
  • Vladimir by Erika Sheffer (world premiere), part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
  • Prelude to a Kiss, the Musical with music by Dan Messé, lyrics by Sean Hartley and Dan Messé, and book by Craig Lucas (world premiere)

On the Julianne Argyros Stage

  • Threshold co-created by Amy Brenneman and Sabrina Peck, written by and starring Amy Brenneman, choreographed by Sabrina Peck (world premiere)
  • Tiger Style! by Mike Lew
  • The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
  • TBA world premiere, part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival

Theatre for Young Audiences Family Series

  • You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz; book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Cheryl L. West, based on the book by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, with music and lyrics by Lamont Dozier and Paris Dozier
  • TBA

Holiday Classic

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Jerry Patch.


Not part of subscription packages; but once you purchase or renew a subscription for 2020-21, you gain exclusive, early access to tickets for these two productions.

A Christmas Carol in 2020: This will mark the last time for the original production. Longtime SCR actor Richard Doyle will step out of his 36-year-role as the Ghost of Christmas Past to portray Ebenezer Scrooge. A brand-new production will debut in 2021. Only subscribers enjoy exclusive early access to these tickets. Single tickets for the 2020 Christmas Carol will go on sale to the public in June.

The Mozart Project: This collaboration between South Coast Repertory, the Pacific Symphony (Carl St.Clair, music director and conductor) and the Pacific Chorale (Robert Istad, artistic director), brings Wolfgang to life for an all-Mozart evening. The program includes the charming Don Giovanni Overture and the transcendent Requiem in d-minor, interspersed with a portrayal of Mozart’s greatest rival, Antonio Salieri, performed by SCR Artistic Director David Ivers. Only subscribers receive exclusive access to tickets before the general public.

Learn more about the 2020-21 season and renew or purchase new subscriptions.

All dates and plays are subject to change.