2023-24 Season at a Glance
From one of the storytellers behind the film Coco comes a modern take on Don Quixote bursting with imagination and Tejano music. The valiant knight—a.k.a. Jose Quijano—sets out to find his long-lost love. But nothing is as it seems, he gets lost in his fantasies and the community wrestles with his dangerous reality. This fast-paced, bilingual fable about the joys and perils of being the hero of your own story was proclaimed “revelatory” by the San Francisco Chronicle. SCR is thrilled to welcome back Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash to play Jose Quijano.
Recommended for ages 14+
Produced in association with Seattle Repertory Theatre and Portland Center Stage.
Join us over several seasons as we celebrate the artists, personalities and opinion leaders who boldly changed our world. First up: Lorraine Hansberry, the first African American female writer to have a play performed on Broadway.
This groundbreaking drama changed the American theatre forever, breaking down barriers on and off stage. Each of the Youngers, a Black family, has a different view of how to spend their father’s life insurance settlement to better the family. Will they open a business, send Beneatha to medical school or move to an all-white suburb? Praised for its “vigor as well as veracity” by the New York Times, this masterpiece seeks answers to the still-relevant questions posed in Langston Hughes’ poem Harlem: What happens to a dream deferred?
Recommended for ages 13+
book, music and lyrics by Julia Riew and J. Quinton Johnson
conceived by Linda Chichester and David Coffman
directed by Rob Salas
Feb. 10–25, 2024
Julianne Argyros Stage
Theatre for Young Audiences & Families
Once the beat drops in Wonderland, you can’t help but join the party! In this pop and hip-hop musical inspired by the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice is a brilliant, passionate teen who dreams of making the world better by creating a video game called “Wonderland.” When a virus shuts it down, Rabbit pops from her screen asking for help and Alice leaps into the virtual world for an unforgettable adventure. To save Wonderland she must level up and up and up, until she confronts the ruthlessly ambitious Queen of Hearts.
Recommended for ages 4+. Contains loud sound effects and strobe lighting.
PRELUDE TO A KISS, The Musical
music by Daniel Messé
lyrics by Sean Hartley & Daniel Messé
book by Craig Lucas
directed by David Ivers
Apr. 5 - May 4, 2024
Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
“For better or worse” takes on new meaning when a mysterious guest requests a kiss at Peter and Rita’s wedding—and their lives are forever changed. Originally a South Coast Repertory world premiere, the Tony Award-winning play returns as a musical. Refreshed, reimagined and elevated by a breathtaking score, this modern fable soars through the peaks and valleys of love—the perfect salve for our disconnected times.
Recommended for ages 14+
The healer from Nazareth is dead—and his followers are determined to keep sharing his message. The problem is the Roman Empire wants them out of the picture. And they don’t have a leader. And they can’t quite agree on exactly what that message is. With wit and intelligence, one of the country’s most exciting writers takes us back to the start of a world-changing movement for a deeply personal look at those who made it happen.
Recommended for ages 16+
Orange County’s favorite yuletide tradition continues! From the first “Bah humbug” to the final “Wassail,” this timeless classic is sure to rekindle your family’s holiday spirit. Join all your favorite Dickens characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchits, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and of course, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, portrayed by beloved SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle.
Recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under age 6 will not be admitted.
As the only individual granted permission by the Gershwin heirs to create the role of George Gershwin on the stage, Hershey Felder comes to South Coast Repertory with this world-renowned play featuring George Gershwin’s greatest works and the stories behind them.
Adventurous audiences and new play fans are invited to join us for the Pacific Playwrights Festival, running May 3-5, 2024, and NewSCRipts, our Monday evening play readings. Both are part of our new play development initiative, The Lab@SCR. NewSCRipts is free. Plays, times and dates to be announced.
AT MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
We’re back for a fourth summer of theatre under the stars!
THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON
book, music and lyrics by Pigpen Theatre Co.
directed by Kim Martin-Cotten
July 20 - Aug. 11, 2024
An epic adventure across land, sea and sky—all in the name of love! Indie-folk music and ingenious staging transform this tall tale into a thrilling theatrical event like no other. The Old Man who keeps the moon filled with light wakes up one morning to find his wife has gone, lured away by a mysterious melody. In his quest to find her, he encounters colorful characters, gets caught in an apocalyptic storm and is swallowed by a giant fish. Can he find her before the moon runs out of light and the world plunges into darkness?
Recommended for swashbucklers and yarn-spinners ages 7 to 97.