Press Release - Studio SCR 2015

Studio SCR 2015 Series Features a Motley Trio of Ambitious Works

COSTA MESA, Calif. (March 25, 2015)–Organized crime, a revolutionary music critic and clowns find themselves side by side in South Coast Repertory’s 2015 Studio SCR series. In its fifth year, Studio SCR offers Orange County audiences diverse productions and companies in the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.

“This year includes our third partnership with Theatre Movement Bazaar, as well as our first international work from Tijuana and the continuation of our partnerships with Center Theatre Group and La Jolla Playhouse,” says Artistic Director Marc Masterson. “Each of these three pieces adds exciting diversity of style and audiences to our stages.”

The 2015 season—with performances in April and June—includes:

  • April 22-May 3: BIG SHOT: A.K.A This is Not the Godfather, created by Theatre Movement Bazaar, directed and choreographed by Tina Kronis with text by Richard Alger. BIG SHOT is a vaudevillian theatrical collage inspired by The Godfather films and novel. Theatre Movement Bazaar shakes down this iconic story to create a new work, echoing the source and investigating family dynamics, power, criminal behavior and being an Italian American. In BIG SHOT, the American gangster genre is upended through stylized theatrics, dynamic movement, song, dance and pasta. BIG SHOT is also presented as part of the 18th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival.
    When: Performances are Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m.; Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m.; Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m.
    Tickets: Prices range $20-30; student and MyStage (ages 15-25) discounts are available.
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  • June 11-14: How to be a Rock Critic, based on the writing of Lester Bangs, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. Performed by Erik Jensen and directed by Jessica Blank. Manic. Impossibly creative. Dead of an overdose at 33. Lester Bangs was arguably America’s greatest rock critic and the first to anoint the “punk” movement. His faith was shattered as the rebel ethos of the ’70s gave way to the corporate pop of the ’80s. Through his own words, this solo play sheds light on a groundbreaking, pioneering voice in music. This is co-production with Center Theatre Group.
    When: Performances are Thursday, June 11, at 8 p.m.; Friday, June 12, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 13, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. Performances at CTG run June 17-28.
    Tickets: Prices range $25-30; student and MyStage (ages 15-25) discounts are available.
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  • June 18-21: Kikiricaja: Una Historia De Payasos, by Miguel Ángel Garrido Ramón, directed by Raymundo Garduño and presented by Immigrantes Teatro. Loosely translated as “Cock-a-doodle-doo Box: A History of Clowns,” Kikiricaja: Una Historia de Payasos is a three-person playthat tells the story of friends Bartolomeus and Comino, who live in beautiful wooden boxes where they dream, eat, play and invent worlds. Full of moments of happiness and sadness, fights and reconciliations, travel and adventure, this delightful piece shows how friendships can help us face the fears that make us feel small, and celebrate the hopes that make us feel like giants. Recommended for ages 7 and above. The production is performed entirely in Spanish, but fluency in the language is not required to enjoy the show. Presented in association with La Jolla Playhouse.
    When: Performances are Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m.; Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m.
    Tickets: Prices range $7-15; student, Teatro En Vivo and MyStage (ages 15-25) discounts are available.
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Ticket prices vary with each production, with discounts for students and MyStage members. Tickets are available now through the SCR Box Office at (714) 708-5555 and online at

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. 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. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.