Press Release - The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Favorite Fairy Tales Get Turned Inside Out in The Stinky Cheese Man at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (May 7, 2014) – South Coast Repertory turns classic fairy tales inside out for the season’s final Theatre for Young Audiences production: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. John Glore adapted the play from the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The show, with a host of wacky characters and silly songs, is directed by Jessica Kubzansky and runs May 23-June 8 on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are available online at

The Stinky Cheese Manand Other Fairly Stupid Tales is based on an award-winning 1992 book of the same name. Jack, of “beanstalk” fame, is the narrator, but he can’t to get all the fairy tale characters on the same page. Among the ridiculous tales he tells are “The Princess and the Bowling Ball,” “Little Red Running Shorts” and “The Tortoise and the Hair.”

Playwright Glore, SCR’s associate artistic director, is an award-winning playwright whose produced plays include On the Jump, The Company of Heaven, City SkyWind of a Thousand Tales, Folktales Too, Rhubarb Jam, The Day After Evermore and an adaptation of The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz, which premiered at SCR in 2013. His adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, which debuted at SCR in 2010, has had more than a dozen productions nationwide. 

Author Jon Scieszka is the National Ambassador for Children’s Literature emeritus and the bestselling author of more than 25 books for kids, including Math CurseRobot Zot!, and the Time Warp Trio series. Lane Smith has written and illustrated numerous books. Most recently Grandpa Green, which was a 2012 Caldecott Honor book, and It’s a Book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for over six months and has been translated into over 20 languages.

The cast for The Stinky Cheese Man includes Larry Bates, Brad Culver, Tracey A. Leigh, Matt McGrath, Nick Mongiardo-Cooper, Amanda Pajer and Erika Schindele.

The design and creative team includes Tim Horrigan, musical director; Susan Gratch, scenic design; Ann Closs-Farley, costume design; Jaymi Smith and Jeremy Pivnick, lighting design; Vincent Olivieri, sound design; Joshua Marchesi, production manager; and Jennifer Ellen Butler, stage manager.

The Stinky Cheese Man is generously supported by Corporate Honorary Producer Pacific Life.

Tickets start at $20 for children; $25 for adults. Discounts are available for children ages 4-12. For complete information, visit:

Related Information for The Stinky Cheese Man

Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run May 23-June 8. Ticket prices start at $20 for children; $25 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run May 23-30.

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 24, at 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 25, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m.
  • Regular performances
    • Saturday, May 31, and Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 1 and June 8, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m.

Location:  South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Blvd.

More information is available online:

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