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July 30 - Aug. 21, 2022
All Performances at 7:30 p.m.
AT Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Original concept and direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
Directed by James Moye

Featuring: Chris Clark, Armando Gutierrez, Corey Jones, Michelle Lauto, Israel López Reyes, Billy Rude, Rustin Cole Sailors, Wyatt Wireman

Apriem Advisors
Michael Ray

Lisa & Richard de Lorimier
Bill & Carolyn Klein
Susan Shieldkret & David Dull

Judy & Wes Whitmore

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Million Dollar Quartet


On Dec. 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered for one night to play music and ended up making history. This Tony Award-nominated musical takes us inside one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever recorded with four legendary musicians doing what they loved most: expressing life’s joy and sadness through song. Described as “dazzling” by New York Magazine and “wildly entertaining” by Hollywood Reporter, Million Dollar Quartet will have you rocking down memory lane with more than 20 chart-topping hits like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and “Who Do You Love.”

Recommendation: Age 8 and above. The show contains strobe lighting effects.
Running time: Approximately one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

Previews: July 30-Aug. 4, 2022
First Night: Aug .5, 2022
Regular Performances: Aug. 6-21, 2022
American Sign Language Performance: Aug. 20, 2022

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South Coast Repertory is excited to partner with Mission San Juan Capistrano to provide you with the opportunity to gather safely outdoors and experience family-friendly, world-class theatre under the stars.

Because the performance is outdoors, at this time we do not anticipate the need for proof of vaccination/negative PCR test, nor will masks be required. For your safety, however, we strongly encourage masking any time you are outdoors in a crowd.

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About the Creative Team

Colin Escott ​was born in England and lives near Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the first in-depth account of the Sun Records story. His book Hank Williams – The Biography has been adapted into the movie I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. His multi-CD box set, The Complete Hank Williams, won a Grammy, and another of his productions, B.B. King – King of the Blues, was nominated for a Grammy. Million Dollar Quartet received three Tony nominations, including Best Book and Best Musical. Escott was part of the writing/producing team adapting the show for  CMT/Viacom. The first season aired in 2016.

Floyd Mutrux apprenticed at the Alley Theatre in Houston and worked at Second City in Chicago; he attended Columbia University. He has conceived, written, directed, or produced 50 films, including Dusty and Sweets McGeeFreebie and the BeanAloha, Bobby and RoseThe Hollywood KnightsAmerican Hot WaxDick TracyAmerican MeBlood In, Blood OutThere Goes My Baby; and Mulholland Falls. With his wife Birgitte, he is preparing a new film Moon Over Memphis (a rock-and-roll Field of Dreams.) He also cowrote the musical  Baby It’s You! With Colin Escott and helped adapt Sun Records, the new television series based on Million Dollar QuartetMillion Dollar Quartet received three Tony Award nominations in 2010, including best book and best musical.

Chris Clark

Chris Clark* (Johnny Cash) (he/him) is thrilled to make his SCR debut with one of his dream roles. He is grateful to get to return to SoCal after playing Los Angeles and Costa Mesa while originating the role of Tully on the first national tour of Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville. Regional credits include Catch Me If You Can (The REV); Pippin, Sister Act, Guys & Dolls, Freaky Friday, The Little Mermaid (Music Theatre Wichita); Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, Hairspray (Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre); and Fiddler on the Roof (Garland Summer Musicals). He is also an improv/stand-up comedian, quesadilla enthusiast, avid Texas Rangers fan, and proud CITYROW and Barry’s instructor. He earned a BFA in musical theatre from Texas State University. Endless gratitude to Mom & Dad, Nev, Oozma, and CGF Talent. @chrisclark55

Armando Gutierrez

Armando Gutierrez* (Carl Perkins) is living the dream making his SCR debut! Born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA he now lives full-time in New York City. Off-Broadway he was in the original company of the Grateful Dead musical, Red Roses Green Gold, and Atlantic Theater Company’s Wonderland. Most recently he was seen in the revival of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Cincinnati Playhouse), The Buddy Holly Story (Florida Repertory Theatre), and Little Red Robin Hood (People’s Light). Regional credits include Florida Studio Theatre, Forestburgh Playhouse, John W. Engeman Theater, Cohoes Music Hall, Penguin Rep Theatre and Chance Theater. His band, Saddlemen, are a Brooklyn based trio that will release their debut album this fall. Up next, he will be appearing with The Playbillies at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Instagram: @saddlementheband

Corey Jones

Corey Jones* (Sam Phillips) is a Chicago native, now based in L.A. Broadway projects include The General in the first and second national tours of The Book of Mormon. Regional projects and theaters include playing Doc Gibbs in Our Town (SCR); Tate in the world premiere of How to Fight Loneliness, King John in King John, Aaron in Titus Andronicus and Caliban in The Tempest—all at Utah Shakespeare Festival; Gil in Wild With Happy (Pittsburgh City Theatre); Othello in Othello (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); Chad Deity in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Dallas Theater Center); Pa/Chief in The Color Purple (Celebration Theatre); Macon in Gee’s Bend (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Macbeth in Macbeth, Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream and Booker T. Washington in Ragtime—all at the PCPA Theatrefest; Malvolio in Twelfth Night (State Theatre) and roles at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Education: University of Texas-Austin, Washington University in St. Louis. 

Michelle Lauto

Michelle Lauto* (Dyanne) is very excited to be making her SCR debut. She has been seen in Evita (Drury Lane Theatre), In The Heights (Porchlight Music Theatre), Spamilton: An American Parody (Forbidden Broadway, for which she received the Jeff Award for Best Actress), HAIR (Mercury Theater Chicago), Sunset Boulevard (Porchlight Music Theatre), Oklahoma, Ragtime and Grease (Marriott Theatre), and more. Lauto is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Thank you to Stewart Talent, my family, and B. You can follow her online at and @michellelauto. 

Israel Lopez Reyes

Israel López Reyes* (W.S. "Fluke" Holland) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Recent credits include Oedipus El Rey (Kirk Douglas Theater), La Victima (Latino Theater Company, Los Angeles Theater Center), Las Mujeres Del Mar (Playwright’s Arena), The House is Black (The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Concrete Orange: An American Fable (Guthrie Theater), Corazón Eterno (Mixed Blood Theatre), Rabbit/Moon (Boise Contemporary Theater) American Berserk (The Soraya), Se Llama Cristina (Kitchen Dog Theater), Romeo and Juliet (Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum), La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin (Latino Theater Company, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels). His writing has been awarded the Mickey Dude Fellowship for the Depiction of Ethnic Diversity in American Life. His plays have been developed with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab/Latinx Play Project and the Latino Theater Company as part of the Summer on a Spring Play Festival sponsored by NBC Universal. He is currently commissioned with the Latino Theater Company’s Circle of Imaginistas, supported by WarnerMedia. He received his B.A. in English from Southern Methodist University and his M.F.A. in Acting from UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.

Billy Rude

Billy Rude* (Jerry Lee Lewis) (he/him) is making his South Coast Repertory debut. His credits include Million Dollar Quartet (National Tour, Laguna Playhouse, Solvang Festival Theatre), Grease, Murder For Two (Marriott Theatre), Sunset Boulevard, Pump Boys & Dinettes, They’re Playing Our Song (Porchlight Music Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Drury Lane Oakbrook) and “Chicago P.D.” (NBC).

Rustin Cole Sailors

Rustin Cole Sailors* (Elvis Presley) is thrilled to “enter the building!” and be back at SCR reprising this iconic role.  He was last seen shaking his Elvis hips in Million Dollar Quartet at the Lincolnshire Marriott Theater. Sailors made his SCR debut in the critically-acclaimed production of Once. His portrayal of Guy won him best actor in a musical by Broadway World. More recently, he played the role of Peter in the workshop reading of Prelude to a Kiss, the Musical. Sailors has been a proud AEA member since his Las Vegas Venetian debut as Drew in Broadway’s sit-down production of Rock of Ages. He has also starred as the Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Sierra Repertory Theatre. Other notable credits include Deaf West Theatre’s Los Angeles revival of Broadway’s Spring Awakening as Voice of Moritz, Hair at the Hollywood Bowl, RENT (Roger), Les Misérables (Marius), and For the Record: The Brat Pack for NCL (Rebel). Sailors is represented by KMR Talent and managed by Shushu Entertainment. “Thanks to my love Lindsey, family friends and my team, Ashley, Mark & Anthony.” @rustinsailors

Israel Lopez Reyes

Wyatt Wireman (Brother Jay) is a freelance bass player in Los Angeles California. Previous musical theater engagements include productions of Guys and Dolls at Spokane Civic Theater and South Pacific with the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater. While experienced in multiple genres, he has primarily focused on playing in orchestral settings. He’s performed with multiple orchestras in Washington and Ohio. Wireman currently studies with Nathan Farrington, Ted Botsford, and David Allen Moore. He completed his master’s degree in 2020 at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Derek Zadinsky and Scott Dixon. Wireman, a native of Richland Washington, received his undergraduate degree at Eastern Washington University studying under Kim Plewniak, Josh Skinner, and his first teacher, Scott Steed.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

James Moye (Director) is thrilled to make his directorial debut at SCR with Million Dollar Quartet. This is his fifth production as director. Moye starred in the original Broadway and off-Broadway productions of Million Dollar Quartet as Sam Phillips. His other acting credits include nine Broadway shows, seven off-Broadway shows, tours, and many regional productions. He has been seen on screen in Fair Game (with Sean Penn) and his television credits include “Law & Order,” “The Blacklist,” “Royal Pains,” and “The Mysteries of Laura.” Moye is a graduate of James Madison University, where he received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Alexander Burke (Music Director) has most recently been seen playing alongside Bob Dylan in his concert film Shadow Kingdom. He just scored George Barron’s upcoming feature film, The Blue Rose, starring Oliva Scott Welch, Logan Miller, Ray Wise and produced by Jay Van Hoy. He has served as Musical Director for the MTV Movie Awards, accompanied Michael Bublé for his Christmas special, shared the stage with Dave Grohl, Emma Stone and Anderson Paak, recorded with Fiona Apple, Dionne Warwick, David Lynch and Billy Ray Cyrus, produced records for Garfunkel and Oats, Jill Sobule and Ben Lee, composed songs for the Iron Man 3 soundtrack, The Gift and “New Girl,” recorded the double platinum Dane Cook album Isolated Incident and scored numerous television shows and films including “A Mortified Guide,” “Totally Biased with W. Kamal Bell,” “Inn Love” and playwright Adam Mervis directorial feature debut The Last Days of Capitalism. He has toured with Second City Chicago, IO, UCB, performed onstage for OFTC productions of The Time of Your Life and The Room and was Musical Director for Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life at SCR.

Efren Delgadillo, Jr. (Scenic Design) has designed Our Town, American Mariachi (2019, 2021) and Kings for SCR. His notable New York productions include The Three Musketeers (The Acting Company) and Mycenaean (Brooklyn Academy of Music). His regional theatre credits include American Mariachi (Arizona Theatre Company), Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); BLKS (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company); Bordertown Now (Pasadena Playhouse); Quixote Nuevo and Indecent (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Othello (Hartford Stage); Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (The Getty Villa, Boston Court); and Prometheus Bound (The Getty Villa/Center for New Performance). He has had the incredible honor of working with directors and artists such as Nataki Garrett, Christopher Acebo, Dámaso Rodríguez, Diane Rodriguez, Jessica Kubzansky, Karin Coonrod, Melanie Joseph, Casey Biggs, Mark Valdez, Michael Michetti, Alex Torra, Jesse Bonnell, Travis Preston, Culture Clash, Thaddeus Phillips and Carl Hancock Rux. A recipient of LA Weekly Theatre Awards for both production design and lighting design for Poor Dog Group’s Brewsie and Willie, Delgadillo has also been nominated for an Ovation Award in Best Scenic Design for Culture Clash’s Bordertown Now, as well as a Barrymore Award in Outstanding Scenic Design for Bienvenidos Blancos with Team Sunshine Corporation. He is an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at UC Irvine and earned his MFA at California Institute of the Arts; BFA, University of California, Irvine.

Kish Finnegan (Costume Design) is delighted to return to South Coast Repertory, having designed SCR’s American Mariachi in 2019 as well as Outside SCR’s 2021 return of American Mariachi, along with You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She makes her home in Tucson, Ariz., where she is the resident costume designer for Arizona Theatre Company. Her recent design credits include several world premieres, including the new musical Justice at ATC, The Kite Runner at San Jose Repertory, The Tutor at The Village Theatre in Washington and a one-woman version of A Christmas Carol with Phoenix-based Childsplay. Other design credits include King Charles III, Hair, Romeo and Juliet and Low Down Dirty Blues at ATC; The Yellow Boat; Go Dog. Go; Jingle Bells, Batman Smells; Seussical; and NeverEnding Story with Childsplay. Finnegan is a graduate of California Institute for the Arts. She began her career designing costumes for Team USA Synchronized Swimming and for aquatic shows in Las Vegas, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.

Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz (Lighting Design) is a professor at the University of California, Irvine, where he is the head of the lighting design program. He has designed for various regional theatres such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. He was delighted to design the inaugural production for Outside SCR last summer. He has designed productions at South Coast Repertory since 1994, including A Shot Rang Out, Outside Mullingar, The Whipping Man, Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy, La Posada Mágica, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, Doubt—a parable, My Wandering Boy, and many others. His recent designs include Alma at the Kirk Douglas Theatre for CTG, Gem of the Ocean at TheateWorks; Twelfth Night and African Company Presents: Richard III, along with producing a new Community-Engaged Play All the Towns a Stage: A Winona Story for the Great River Shakespeare Festival and many shows with Cornerstone Theater Company, where he is an associate artist. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829/International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. His complete design portfolio can be found at Alcaraz is an associate artist and the resident lighting designer at SCR.

Jeff Polunas (Sound Design) (he/him) is thrilled to be designing this production for his 13th consecutive year collaborating with SCR. Polunas is the Assistant Professor of Sound and Projections at Kent State University. He received his MFA in sound design from UC Irvine. He has designed more than 150 productions during his career including She Loves Me, Shakespeare in Love, The Sisters Rosensweig, Venus in Fur, Nate the Great, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, Ella Enchanted, Flora & Ulysses, Ivy+Bean: The Musical and Between Us Chickens (SCR); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Antaeus Theatre Company); A Doll’s House, Part 2, Silent Sky, Fences, Abigail/1702, A Walk in the Woods and Uncanny Valley (International City Theatre); Passion Play, Seminar and A Bright New Boise (Chance Theater); The Full Monty, Peter Pan, The Wedding Singer and The Producers (Summer Repertory Theatre); and Company, Much Ado About Nothing and The Importance of Being Earnest (PCPA Theaterfest). He received Scenie Awards (StageSceneLA) for Sound Design in 2015 and 2017 and has been nominated for NAACP, Stage Raw and Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival awards.

Kathryn Davies (Stage Manager) previously stage-managed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Velveteen Rabbit, Poor Yella Rednecks, Sugar Plum Fairy, Orange, The Roommate, All the Way, Future Thinking, Red, Vietgone, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy and Max in Love, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Sight Unseen, Topdog/Underdog, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Doctor Cerberus, Ordinary Days, Our Mother’s Brief Affair and The Injured Party—all at SCR. Her favorite credits include The Wars at the Grand Theatre; Dividing the Estate at Dallas Theater Center; La Bohème at Tulsa Opera; The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe; Les Contes D’Hoffmann at Hawaii Opera Theatre; Of Mice and Men at Neptune Theatre; The Dresser at Manitoba Theatre Centre; Skylight at Tarragon Theatre; To Kill a Mockingbird at Citadel Theatre; and The Designated Mourner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Davies also worked as head theatre manager at the Toronto International, Dubai International, AFI, TCM and Los Angeles film festivals.

Lauren Buangan (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to return to Outside SCR after being part of the inaugural season as a production assistant on You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA, a Certificate of Achievement in Film from Orange Coast College, and studied drama at Queen Mary University of London. Her previous SCR credits include Our Town, What I Learned In Paris, A Christmas Carol, Where The Mountain Meets The Moon, M. Butterfly, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: the Rock Experience and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.



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