Press Release - St. Jude


Studio SCR: Luis Alfaro’s St. Jude Looks at Life Journey

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2014) –The 2014 Studio SCR series at South Coast Repertory continues in February with the one-man show St. Jude, written by and starring Luis Alfaro. Robert Egan directs. Performances run Feb. 13-16 in the Nicholas Studio at SCR. Tickets are available at (714) 708-5555 or www.scr.org.

St. Jude is one of Alfaro’s most personal creations, a poignant and profoundly human play about love and family. The narrative of St. Jude is inspired by Alfaro’s personal journey—as an adult and a son—during his father’s serious illness. Alfaro wrote while his father received treatment at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. The play travels from Highway 99 to Alfaro’s hometown in the central valley of California. Every stop is a conjured memory from his youth, with the journey ending at St. Jude Hospital. The play is funny, tragic and surprising. In Alfaro’s words, St. Jude chronicles “going from ‘what I am’ to ‘who I was.’” St. Jude premiered in 2013 as part of the Radar L.A. Festival.

Award-winning Alfaro is one of America's leading, sought-after playwrights and solo performers. His plays and performances have been seen throughout the country and around the world. He is an SCR-commissioned playwright through the Crossroads Project, which focuses on developing new plays inspired by the artistic and cultural diversity of Orange County; he formerly was commissioned through SCR’s Hispanic Playwrights Festival. In addition, Alfaro is a MacArthur Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation fellow, and a Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence with Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Alfaro is the only artist to have won two awards in the same year from The Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays. He is also the recipient of awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Theatre Communications Group and PEN/USA, among others. He has performed and had plays produced around the world, including Mexico, Scotland, England, Romania and the United States. He is a professor at the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts.

Now in its fourth year, Studio SCR offers a mix of ambitious, provocative and experimental theatrical works in partnership with some of southern California’s most innovative companies, presented in SCR’s intimate 94-seat Nicholas Studio

Performances are Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. St. Jude contains adult content.

Ticket prices range between $15-$25, with discounts for students. Tickets are available through the SCR Box Office at (714) 708-5555 and online at www.scr.org.


ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is celebrating its 50th Season. Now under the leadership of Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Paula Tomei, SCR is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. SCR is committed to theatre that illuminates the compelling personal and social issues of our time, not only on its stages but through its wide array of education and outreach programs. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers and composers. Each year, it showcases some of country’s best new plays in the Pacific Playwrights Festival, which attracts theatre professionals from across the country. Of SCR’s more than 480 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres, whose subsequent stagings achieved enormous success throughout America and around the world. Two SCR-developed works have won Pulitzer Prizes, and another eight were named Pulitzer finalists. In addition, SCR works have won several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, California, SCR’s David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. Today, SCR produces 13 shows and eight public readings each season. More information is available at www.scr.org.