The 2013 Pacific Playwrights Festival

Launched in 1998, South Coast Repertory’s annual Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) has become a major national showcase for new plays. The 16th Festival in April 2013 will bring the total number of plays presented in PPF to 105, representing the work of 83 playwrights. 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 spectrum. And along the way PPF becomes a convivial gathering place for the sharing of ideas with colleagues and friends, old and new.

This year’s festival takes place April 26 – April 28 and features five staged readings and two fully-staged world premieres 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 15 previous festivals have included such award-winning plays as Amy Freed’s The Beard of Avon, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics, Julia Cho’s The Language Archive, Rolin Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole.


by Zoe Kazan
directed by Lila Neugebauer
Friday, April 26, at 1 p.m., on the Julianne Argyros Stage
The spark of love sometimes sets unexpected fires. Trudy and Max have no business falling for each other, but once they do, their lives get very hot and very complicated in a New York minute.

by Michael Hollinger
directed by Aaron Posner
Friday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
When an elevator crashes in a major city, ten lives intersect in surprising ways—through love and sex, poetry and dentistry, in offices, backyards and hotel rooms—revealing the barely perceivable threads that connect us all.

by Carla Ching
directed by Shelley Butler
Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m.; and 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m., in the Nicholas Studio
They’re a family.  Sort of.  They’re grifters.  For sure.  But when the biggest con of a lifetime comes along, will money trump loyalty or will they finally settle down for more than a card game?

by Gregory S Moss
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Saturday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m., on the Julianne Argyros Stage
This darkly comic drama shatters every cliche about high school reunions as three male friends relive the debauchery and reveal the secrets that brought them back—twenty years later.

by Jordan Harrison
directed by Pam MacKinnon
Sunday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
What’s the difference between a life lived and a life remembered?  “Gone but not forgotten” takes on new meaning in this speculative drama about the desire to keep our dearly departed with us.


World Premiere
by Noah Haidle
directed by Anne Kauffman
March 29 - April 28 on the Segerstrom Stage
This endearing drama tells the story of three generations of an eccentric Midwestern family on the verge of big changes.  Magical and tragic, funny and fascinating, with surprise at every turn, Haidle’s tale offers a lyrical meditation on the mystery and fragility of life.

World Premiere
by Beau Willimon

directed by Pam MacKinnon
April 14 - May 5 on the Julianne Argyros Stage
On Capitol Hill, powerful friends are the only kind worth having—and scandal is a way of life.  An intriguing new play by the writer-producer of "House of Cards" and the Oscar-nominated film The Ides of March.


Tickets for readings are $15 each. Tickets for full productions range in price from $32 to $70.

A package to see all five readings is available for $60, or $50 for SCR Super Subscribers by calling the box office at 714-708-5555.

Theatre professionals: please contact Kimberly Colburn ([email protected]) at 714-708-5841 for industry packages and more information.

The 2013 Pacific Playwrights Festival is made possible with support from The Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.  Playwrights Festival Honorary Producers are Sophie and Larry Cripe, Yvonne and Damien Jordan, John and Sue Murphy, Thomas B. Rogers and Sarah J. Anderson, and Linda and Tod White. Special thanks to The James Irvine Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Time Warner Foundation for supporting the development of new plays.

Coast Magazine is the Media Partner, The Wyndham Orange County Hotel is the Official Hotel and Thasos Greek Island Grill is the Restaurant Partner of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. To book hotel reservations for the festival, call the Wyndam at 866-747-2635.

Read more about the Pacific Playwrights Festival.

See the list of play titles presented during previous Pacific Playwrights Festivals.

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