The 2022 Pacific Playwrights Festival
Launched in 1998, South Coast Repertory’s annual Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) is a major national showcase for new plays, part of The [email protected], nine programs devoted to the development of new plays and musicals for the American theatre.
The 24th festival in April 2022 will bring the total number of plays presented in PPF to 152 including many that have become mainstays of contemporary American theatre. Each year's three-day festival attracts theatre professionals from across the nation, who are drawn by the chance to be the first to see some of the best new plays in the country. These artistic leaders, along with SCR’s devoted new play audiences, take advantage of the opportunity to engage with seven new plays that traverse the theatrical landscape. And, in between plays, PPF offers a convivial gathering place for the sharing of ideas with colleagues and friends, old and new.
This year's festival takes place April 8-10 and features five staged readings, a Samples from The Lab event and one fully staged world premiere during an action-packed weekend.
The New York Times calls SCR “an incubator of major talent … South Coast has mounted an impressive list of acclaimed plays, long before the East Coast establishment got wind of them.” SCR’s 23 previous festivals have introduced such award-winning plays as Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House, Part 2, Lauren Yee's Cambodian Rock Band, Qui Nguyen's Vietgone, Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics, Julia Cho’s The Language Archive and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole.
A MILLION TINY PIECES
by Spenser Davis
directed by David Ivers
dramaturg, Jerry Patch
Friday, April 8, at 1 p.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
Assigned to an important cover story at the last second, two journalists hop halfway around the globe to answer the question: how’d a simple video game created by one man spark a worldwide legal battle and split the Iron Curtain? This is the true story of Tetris.
HOW TO ROLL A BLUNT
by Naomi Lorrain
directed by Colette Robert
dramaturg, Francisca Da Silveira
Friday, April 8, at 4 p.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
Roommates Maya Wright and James Wright are unrelated, unattached and underappreciated. Surviving as an artist in New York City is no easy feat—so they shouldn’t be underestimated either. By anyone. (Including their exes.) A witty exploration of Black art, Black love and the pursuit of Black excellence.
LOVE YOU LONG TIME (ALREADY)
by Katie Đỗ
directed by Mei Ann Teo
dramaturg, Natalia Duong
Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
A Vietnamese mother and daughter grapple with their immigration to America, infidelity and first love. Through it all, their rocky relationship remains the one constant in their lives. A play about navigating love with all its sharp corners and quiet complexities.
by Eliana Pipes
directed by Jennifer Chang
dramaturg, Celia Mandela Rivera
Sunday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
In 2004, two lonely 16-year-olds collide in the storage closet of their suburban high school. Soon, their secret meetups become a regular habit. But what begins as a simple escape transforms into something deeper and more complicated—something that lingers with them until they meet at their reunion 10 years later.
by Michael Shayan
directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
dramaturg, Kristina Wong
Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m. on the Nicholas Stage
It’s Nowruz—the Iranian New Year—and who better to spend it with than our fabulous hostess, Roya? She’ll show you how to celebrate in style. They say that during Nowruz, the souls of ancestors come alive and visit. Perhaps that’s what’s happening here tonight. Or maybe it’s just the strong Persian chai.
Samples from the Lab
Join us for Samples from The Lab, a special event that offers audiences an exclusive sneak peek of a new musical in-process. Samples from The Lab includes a presentation of excerpts from the musical and a chance to hear from the creative team.
DR. SILVER: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE
created by Anika and Britta Johnson
music and lyrics by Anika and Britta Johnson
book by Nick Green
directed by Logan Vaughn
Presented in collaboration with Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the Samueli Theater
Dr. Silver is gone. Or rather, the body that was called Dr. Silver is gone. Now, his devoted followers have gathered in a secret location to celebrate his legacy…and to reach the “Beautiful Part” themselves. You’re invited to sing his praises, too. A new musical experience about the dangers of absolute belief.
by Christine Quintana
Spanish translation and adaptation by Paula Zelaya Cervantes
directed by Lisa Portes
dramaturg, Lydia Garcia
March 20–April 10 on the Julianne Argyros Stage
At a luxury resort in Cancún, a storm is brewing—and the lives of two women from different worlds are about to collide. Adriana, a Mexican floor manager at the hotel, reels from the news of her father’s death. Sarah, a Canadian guest attending her sister’s wedding, is haunted by a long-kept secret. Brought together by torrential rain, they’re forced to examine the past, envision the future and face the present. A gripping bi-lingual drama of female solidarity and survival, Clean is performed in English and Spanish with subtitles in both languages throughout.
2022 PPF PLAYWRIGHTS PANEL
Sunday, April 10 at 9 a.m. (location TBA)
A conversation with the PPF playwrights about the new play development process, moderated by SCR's Artistic/Audience Engagement Associate, H. Adam Harris.
Read more about the Pacific Playwrights Festival.
See the list of play titles presented during previous Pacific Playwrights Festivals.