SCR commUNITY is South Coast Repertory’s new digital platform dedicated to amplifying the artists and narratives of our region by producing stories inspired by or about the rich diversity of people living in Southern California. Using “virtual/digital” platforms, SCR commUNITY creates free play readings, interviews, radio plays and original innovative content. SCR commits to engaging Southern California-based writers, actors, directors, composers, designers and other artists to collaborate on these projects that lift our community, celebrate the human kaleidoscope and ensure that all see themselves in our work.
#COMMISSIONED: Episode 7
Playwright Caroline V. McGraw interviewed by Director Tony Taccone with Actor Brendan Titley
Available to watch beginning March 4, 2021
You’re given money to write a play. Now what? In this insightful series on how new plays get developed, SCR’s commissioned playwrights get put in the hot seat. This episode features playwright Caroline V. McGraw, whose drama I Get Restless was slated for last year’s Pacific Playwrights Festival. McGraw has also been commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. She is interviewed by her collaborator on I Get Restless – Tony Taccone. Celebrated nationally for his directing, Taccone recently completed a 23-year tenure as artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, during which time it presented more than 70 world, American and West Coast premieres. They are joined by actor Brendan Titley, whose acting credits include Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well and As You Like It at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park and Macbeth on Broadway. Titley and McGraw are married, as well.
#COMMISSIONED: Episode 6
Playwright José Cruz González interviewed by SCR Artistic Director David Ivers
Available to watch beginning Feb. 18, 2021
In this episode, Artistic Director David Ivers sits down with Playwright José Cruz González. When the two first met over 15 years ago, González had led SCR’s Hispanic Playwrights Project, directed on our stages (including La Posada Mágica) and become a published playwright. Ivers, a seasoned actor/director, was about to take on the position of artistic director—first at Utah Shakespeare Festival, then Arizona Theatre Company, then SCR. Years later, while working on González’s American Mariachi—their bond was cemented. González received our first commission of 2021, marking an exciting new chapter in a growing artistic collaboration.
#COMMISSIONED: Episode 5
Playwright Mike Lew interviewed by Playwright and Composer Adam Gwon
Available to watch beginning Jan. 28, 2021
In this episode composer/playwright Adam Gwon and playwright Mike Lew chat each other up. The two are currently collaborating on a new musical commissioned by SCR’s CrossRoads initiative. SCR audiences experienced Gwon’s extraordinary talents with the chamber musical charmer Ordinary Days, and later with the hauntingly lyrical Cloudlands. Lew, a new face at SCR, is the creator of Teenage Dick, an adaptation of Richard III that made a big splash on both sides of the pond, and Tiger Style!, a comedy about tiger parenting gone hilariously wrong.
#COMMISSIONED: Episode 4
Playwright Lauren Yee interviewed by Actor Joe Ngo
Available to watch beginning Jan. 14, 2021
Episode 4 of #Commissioned premieres Jan. 14, when you’ll get to know Lauren Yee. Her Cambodian Rock Band rocked audiences—and the American theatre scene—at its 2017 SCR world premiere, off-Broadway and across the nation. This, along with other recent successes, King of the Yees and The Great Leap, made her one of the most-produced playwrights in the country. Your interviewer? Obie Award-winning actor and musician Joe Ngo, who has been a collaborative force at every step of the Cambodian Rock Band journey, originating the role of Chum and sharing his own family’s Cambodian experience. His performances have electrified audiences, coast to coast, in such works as White Snake, King of the Yees and Vietgone.
#COMMISSIONED: Episode 3
Playwright Ana Nogueira interviewed by Actor Annie Abrams
Available to watch beginning Dec. 1
You’re given money to write a play. Now what? In this insightful series on how new plays get developed, SCR’s commissioned playwrights get put in the hot seat. And who better to interview them than some of our favorite actors? Next up, get to know Ana Nogueira. Her comedy Mask Only, the result of an SCR Elizabeth George Emerging Playwright commission, left musical theatre buffs giddy with excitement at the 2019 Pacific Playwrights Festival. And she made a big splash in New York with Empathitrax. She’s also a screenwriter and actor, and can be seen in “Hightown” on Starz. Your interviewer? The very funny and versatile Annie Abrams, who appeared at SCR in The Monster Builder, at the Ahmanson Theatre in The Sunshine Boys and on TNT’s hit show “Major Crimes.”
#COMMISSIONED: Episode 2
Playwright Kemp Powers interviewed by Actor Giovanni Adams
Available to watch beginning Nov. 12, 2020
In this installment, get up close and personal with super-smart Kemp Powers, writer of SCR’s Little Black Shadows, as well as the television series “Star Trek: Discovery” and the recently released feature films One Night in Miami and Soul. He’s also an award-winning journalist and a celebrated storyteller with The Moth. Your interviewer? Giovanni Adams, one of Powers’ long-time collaborators who electrified audiences in SCR’s productions of Little Black Shadows and Photograph 51 as well as Tiny Beautiful Things at Pasadena Playhouse and The Model Apartment at The Geffen Playhouse.
#COMMISSIONED: Episode 1
Playwright Amy Freed Interviewed by Actor Danny Scheie
available online beginning Oct. 29, 2020
Get to know the sharp and witty Amy Freed, writer of Freedomland, The Beard of Avon, The Monster Builder, Safe in Hell, Shrew! and You, Nero. Your tour guide? The incomparable Danny Scheie, who has appeared at SCR in many of Freed’s plays as well as last season’s She Loves Me.
RISING SPIRITS: FIRST DRAFTS
streaming on YouTube beginning April 12, 2021
As part of SCR commUNITY’s mission to strengthen the ties between artists of Southern California and amplify their stories, South Coast Repertory is partnering with Santa Ana High School Drama Department’s Teatro Santos and UC-Irvine’s Brown Bag Theatre Company on a new project: Rising Spirits. In this multi-institution collaboration, SCR will provide the resources and platforms to promote the creative work generated by Teatro Santos, under the mentorship of BBTC students and of SCR staff. Following Teatro Santos through their process of new play development, the first installment of this project will be “Rising Spirits: First Drafts,” a collection of short, bilingual digital readings of new scenes and monologues written by SAHS students. Performed by BBTC and other actors from our community, the high school students will direct, film and edit their pieces to create two 30-minute videos, which will be released on SCR’s YouTube channel on April 12th.
MORNING'S AT SEVEN
by Paul Osborn
directed by Art Manke
streaming live at 5 p.m. on April 1, 2021
A classic American comedy gets a live digital reading featuring a cast of audience favorites! The Gibbs sisters—Cora, Ida, Arry and Esty—have always been close. Three of them are next-door neighbors and the fourth lives just blocks away. Now in their golden years, there’s very little they don’t know about one another, their husbands or Homer, Ida’s son who has been engaged for 12 years but just can’t set the wedding date. One big, happy, eccentric family. Or so it seems. When Homer finally brings his fiancée home to meet the family, the domino-effect of change is set in motion and each sister must confront her own uncertain future—and pursue her own happiness.
Don’t miss this delightful Tony Award winner featuring Tessa Auberjonois, Richard Doyle, Nike Doukas, Linda Gehringer, David Ivers, Hal Landon Jr., Jenny O’Hara, Jennifer Parsons and Nick Ullett. We invite our audiences to reconnect with these extraordinary artists whose long histories with South Coast Repertory go back as far as five decades—including two founding artists who have been entertaining SCR audiences since its earliest days.
Streaming Online Feb 1-14, 2021
7 p.m. Pacific time
On-Demand after your initial viewing
SLEEP SQUAD is a family-friendly, interactive, virtual theater experience that turns your home into a rocket ship to launch kids into their dreams. Featuring brand new, unique, kid-driven comedy and music from the Story Pirates that you can’t see or hear anywhere else, this world premiere on-demand production creates a new kind of bedtime ritual for kids age 4-12.
54 Below Presents:
Premieres Dec. 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. Pacific
Available On-Demand Dec. 27-Jan. 25, 2021
A celebrated New York event since 2010, Sondheim Unplugged features some of Broadway and cabaret's most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only, delving into the musical world of Broadway's master composer. Expect fun facts and tidbits about the original productions and an evening well spent with "Old Friends." Featuring Darius de Haas, Natalie Douglas, Telly Leung, T. Oliver Reid, Nicholas Rodriguez, and Lucia Spina, Sondheim Unplugged is created and hosted by Phil Geoffrey Bond, with music direction by Joe Goodrich.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
starring Jefferson Mays
adapted by Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons, Michael Arden
production conceived by Michael Arden & Dan Laffrey
directed by Michael Arden
streaming Nov. 28-Jan. 3, 2021
Tony Award-winning actor Jefferson Mays is drawing raves from audiences and critics alike for his one-man performance—portraying some 50 characters—in this national production of A Christmas Carol, streaming on-demand through Jan. 3. A portion of your ticket price goes to support SCR.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
performed by Richard Doyle
Directed by Hisa Takakuwa
Adapted by John Glore from the novella
Sound Design, Original Music, Carol Arrangement, Musician, Engineer and Editor: David R. Molina
Music arrangement for the Roger de Coverley by Dennis McCarthy
Voiceover Editor and Mastering Engineer: Garrett Gagnon
streaming free Dec. 15-31, 2020
Enjoy a yuletide tradition at home with South Coast Repertory’s audio recording of Dickens’ classic novella, A Christmas Carol. Performed by SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle with a vibrant soundscape to transport you back to 19th-century London, this uplifting tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his miraculous transformation is the perfect cure for the holiday humbugs!
Directed and curated by Juliette Carrillo
live online Aug. 17-20, 2020
A live online fiesta with readings of four short pieces relating to the historical and cultural importance of masa,
including works from Luis Alfaro, Amilcar Jauregui, Lisa Loomer and Diane Rodriguez.
An Interview with Octavio Solis
hosted by Juliette Carrillo
available to watch
Aug. 31 - Sept. 6, 2020
Playwright Octavio Solis is best-known to Orange County audiences for La Posada Mágica
, which ran for 15 holiday seasons. Solis now lives and writes on his working farm in Medford, Ore. In this entertaining interview, Octavio and wife Jeanne Sexton, former legal counsel for GATX Capital, chat with Juliette Carrillo about raising chickens, goats and their venture into making goat cheese.
Although inspired by a real restaurant, Ten Dollar Taco is a work of fiction. We are grateful to the restaurant industry for their continued service and dedication to our community under the distressing conditions of COVID-19.
TEN DOLLAR TACO
A Radio Play
written and directed by Juliette Carrillo
music and sound design by David R. Molina
available to stream
Sept. 14-27, 2020
SCR commUNITY’s three-part exploration of the legacy, history and family lineage of la comida continues with an original radio play to thrill your senses. Part fantasy, part adventure, part archeological dig, this exciting new work explores the playwright’s growing connection to the culinary artistry of her Mexican and Californian heritage.
Ten Dollar Taco features artists from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, as well as others from throughout the Southern California community.