JOIN US ​DURING THE 2019-20 SEASON

“We’re excited for this season, which is built on the solid legacy of South Coast Repertory’s more than five decades of artistic excellence. 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 the strength to overcome adversity. There’s something for everyone—a wonderful journey and we’re looking forward to sharing it with our audiences.”

David Ivers, Artistic Director

“There’s a palpable energy around our 56th season. 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 plays will bring.”

Paula Tomei,
Managing Director


As always, subscribers enjoy the best seats in the house and great benefits, too. Learn more about becoming a subscriber.

The Plays (in order of opening)

For listings by series, click on the buttons on the right side of the page.

300x300ACC

A CHRISTMAS CAROL*
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by John-David Keller
​November ​​​30 - December ​​24, 201​9
Segerstrom Stage

Hal Landon Jr.'s Farewell Performance as Scrooge! Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge.

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!"

Advisory: Ages 6 and up. Children under the age of six will not be admitted to A Christmas Carol.

Details and Tickets

*NOTE: A Christmas Carol is ​not included in subscription packages; only subscribers have early access to purchase tickets.


300x300Fireflies
FIREFLIES
​by ​Donja R. Love
directed by Lou Bellamy
January ​5-26, 2020
Julianne Argyros Stage

Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky burns red. A church bombing has rocked the Civil Rights Movement to its core, and Reverend Charles Grace must galvanize the people with messages of hope. It is his wife Olivia, however, who skillfully crafts his speeches and delivery. But her ability to play the supportive spouse is cracking under the weight of too many secrets, too many regrets and life lived in the shadows. “This is language as lush catharsis,” proclaimed New York Magazine.

Recommendation: ​High school and above. Contains sexuality.

Details and Tickets


300x300SheLovesMe
SHE LOVES ME
​book by Joe Masteroff
music by Jerry Bock
lyrics by Sheldon Har​nick
based on the play by Miklós László
directed by David Ivers
January 25 - February 22, 2020
Segerstrom Stage

Romantic, charming and brimming with joy, this musical comedy reminds us that one kind deed can open up a world of possibilities. At Maraczek’s Parfumerie, clerks Georg and Amalia are constantly at odds. Outside of work, they’re each falling madly in love with an anonymous pen pal, unaware that it is the other. This nostalgic Broadway hit inspired by the story that gave us The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail is “as sweet and exhilarating as a first kiss” (New York Daily News).

Recommendation: Age 12 and above.

Details and Tickets


300x300WhereTheMountain
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON: A MUSICAL ADAPTATION
book, music and lyrics by Min Kahng
based on the novel by Grace Lin
directed by Jennifer Chang
February 7-23, 2020
Theatre for Young Audiences

Go on a thrilling musical adventure filled with magic, mystery and fantastical creatures! Young Minli’s poor village desperately needs good fortune. So she sets out on a quest to find The Old Man in the Moon, who holds all the answers to life’s questions. Along the way Minli rescues a dragon, encounters the dreaded Green Tiger and, by drawing wisdom from her father’s stories, moves closer and closer to riches greater than gold. Adapted from the best-selling book based on Chinese folklore.

Recommendation: ​Ages 6+

Details and Tickets


300x300OutsideMullingar
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR
​​by John Patrick Shanley
directed by Martin Benson
March 8-29, 2020
Julianne Argyros Stage

A “softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections” (The New York Times) by the author of Moonstruck and Doubt. Near Killucan, Ireland, Tony Reilly schemes to sell the family farm and disinherit his son, Anthony. Standing in his way is a small plot of land belonging to the neighbor, Rosemary—and her long-simmering grudge. Destiny—whether embracing or fighting it—means everything in this very Irish story told with a rich tapestry of language, compassion and a few surprises.

Recommendation: ​High school and above. Contains smoking.

Details and Tickets


300x300ScarletLetter
THE SCARLET LETTER
​by Kate Hamill
directed by Marti Lyons
March 28 - April 25, 2020
World Premiere
Segerstrom Stage

Named The Wall Street Journal ‘s 2017 Playwright of the Year, Kate Hamill is celebrated for her female-centered classics—and SCR has her latest world premiere! Get ready for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s acclaimed masterwork in a most riveting staging. Two years after her husband goes missing, intelligent, strong-willed Hester Prynne has a child and gets branded an adulteress. Further defying Puritan ideals, she refuses to reveal the father’s identity and is condemned to wear a scarlet A to mark her shame. Then her estranged husband shows up—bent on revenge.

Recommendation: Age 1​4 and above.

Details and Tickets


300x300GetRestless
I GET RESTLESS
​by ​​Caroline V. McGraw
directed by Tony Taccone
April 12 - May 3, 2020
World Premiere
Julianne Argyros Stage

Hazel just landed a job at a top law firm, bought a condo and married Mitch, who adores her. Then an accident on her honeymoon leaves her unable to remember anything about the past six years. Adrift in unanswered questions, Hazel must find who she is without knowing who she was. And what about a husband who’s now a stranger? An eerily captivating drama about the mysteries of second chances by an up-and-coming new playwright.

Recommendation: High school and above. Contains adult language.

Details and Tickets


300x300Arcadia
ARCADIA
by Tom Stoppard
directed by Shelley Butler
May 9 - June 6, 2020
Segerstrom Stage

Prepare to be transported back and forth in time for lust, longing and literary rivalry at an English estate. In 1809, while the residents are gripped in their own intrigues, Thomasina, a brilliant young student, proposes an astonishing scientific theory. Two hundred years later, in a fiery battle of wits, academics Hannah and Bernard race to unravel the mysteries left behind. Intellect meets emotion, order confronts disorder. A dazzling comedic masterpiece “shot through with fun, passion and genius” (The New York Post).

Recommendation: ​High school and above.

Details and Tickets


300x300DoryFantasmagory
DORY FANTASMAGORY
​a play by John Glore
adapted from the book by Abby Hanlon
directed by Casey Stangl
May 22 - June 7, 2020
World Premiere
Theatre for Young Audiences

Move over Junie B. Jones, here comes Dory! She has a BIG personality and an imagination to match. It’s tough being the baby of the family. Her sister and brother won’t play with her, everyone ignores her important questions and there are monsters living all over the house—like scary Mrs. Gobble Gracker. With the help of her imaginary friends, can Dory face the truth and finally get the one thing she wants most?

Recommendation: Ages ​4+

Details and Tickets


2019-20 Season ​Closed Productions
American Mariachi -Closed Logo
AMERICAN MARIACHI
​by José Cruz González
directed by Christopher Acebo
September 7 - October 5, 2019
Segerstrom Stage

In this big-hearted comedy with live music, Lucha spends her days caring for her mother and yearning for more. But it’s the 1970s and women can’t be mariachis…or can they? Defying tradition, Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates and take up instruments. A loving gesture for a mother becomes much more as the young women dream big and embrace the transcendent power of music. “A tug at the heartstrings that will echo for days” (The Denver Post).

Recommendation: Age 12 and above. Contains vaping and fog effects.

Details and Tickets


Port Hole with Mirror Ball - Closed
THE CANADIANS
​by ​Adam Bock
directed by Jaime Castañeda
September 29 - October ​20, 2019
World Premiere
Julianne Argyros Stage

Life is good in Port Alison, Manitoba—Thursday night hockey, beers at The Peg, nice people. But lately Gordy’s interests lean more toward The Magic Flute and pottery classes. When his pal, Brendan, is gifted two all-expense paid tickets on a gay cruise, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime—to experience life far from Canada! In this quick-change comedy where five actors play a ship-load of characters, small chances might lead to big changes. But can Gordy step out of his comfort zone?

Recommendation: ​High school and above. Contains adult language​, sexuality and strobe lighting effects.

Details and Tickets


Aubergine Logo with Two Men - Closed
AUBERGINE
​by Julia Cho
directed by Lisa Peterson
October 1​9 - November 16, 2019
Segerstrom Stage

Sometimes a meal is more than just food. A man shares a bowl of berries and a young woman falls in love. A mother meticulously prepares her son’s favorite dish to keep him from leaving home. And a Korean-American son cooks soup for his ailing father to say what words cannot. The perfect bite transcends time and cultural differences in this poetic tale of love, loss and healing by the author of The Language Archive and Office Hour.

Recommendation: Age 1​4 and above. Contains adult ​language, vaping​, haze and fog effects.

Details and Tickets


Alexander Logo with Closed
Judith Viorst's
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
book and lyrics by Judith Viorst
music by Shelly Markham
directed by Kari Hayter
November 8-24, 2019
Theatre for Young Audiences

From the moment he wakes up with gum in his hair, to his broken nightlight at bedtime, things just do not go Alexander’s way. Throw in a trip to the dentist, a copy machine mishap and lima beans for dinner, and it’s no wonder he wants to move to Australia! This delightful musical version of the popular book can turn around any bad day and put a smile on even the crabbiest of faces.

Recommendation: Ages ​4+

Details and Tickets


ALL PLAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PENDING RIGHTS.


Photo: ​Tim Chiou, Samantha Quan and Eugene Young in ​Poor Yella Rednecks. Photo by ​Jordan Kubat.