Press Release - ​​​​​​​Amadeus

South Coast Repertory’s 500th Production, Amadeus, Concludes 2015-16 Season

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​​April 19, 2016) - Love, jealousy and murder intertwine in Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play, Amadeus, that will close South Coast Repertory’s 2015-16 season. Directed by Kent Nicholson, the play runs on the Segerstrom Stage May 6-June 5. Tickets are now available at

The story begins with composer Antonio Salieri in the 1820s and then flashes back to 1781 Vienna. The city of drama, intrigue and scandal is abuzz with the arrival of a Mozart, who can write an opera a week, but can’t control his exuberant giggling or his notorious libido. Salieri—until then the royal court’s most-lauded musician—recognizes Mozart’s genius, calling him “God’s magic flute.” Pious, but calculating, Salieri tries everything to subvert the success of the enfant terrible.

Nicholson’s past SCR credits include The Light in the Piazza and How to Write a New Book for the Bible. He is the director of musical theatre at Playwrights Horizon in New York City and has directed numerous productions across the country.

Amadeus is set at a time of change, when revolutions swept the world,” Nicholson said. “The core of the play is about people who don’t understand those changes. It also says a lot about our world today, which is in the midst of change and transition. And while Amadeus is a spectacle, it also a very human play that exhibits what theatre does very well, turning the personal into something more.”

Following its critically acclaimed premiere in London, Amadeus went on to earn numerous awards for its Broadway production, among them five Tony Awards, including best play, and the Drama Desk Award for outstanding play. Shaffer adapted the play into the equally successful movie, which won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. SCR first produced Amadeus in 1983.

Amadeus is a modern classic and SCR is uniquely positioned to take on a work of this scope and ambition,” said Artistic Director Marc Masterson. “We couldn’t be more excited to have this play mark our 500th production.” 

The production features Marco Barricelli as Salieri and Asher Grodman as Mozart. The cast also includes Christian Barillas, Mark Capri, Bo Foxworth, Peter Frechette, John-David Keller, Louis Lotorto, Cynthia Marty, Louis Pardo, A.J. Sclafani, Camille Thornton Alson, Geoffrey Wade and Liesel Allen Yeager.

The creative team includes John Iacovelli, scenic design; Alex Jaeger, costume design; Lap Chi Chu, lighting design; Darron L West, sound design; Philip D. Thompson, accent/language coach; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production manager is Joshua Marchesi and the stage manager is Jennifer Ellen Butler.

Amadeus is generously supported by Honorary Producer Sandy Segerstrom Daniels and Corporate Honorary Associate Producer Haskell & White LLP. The media partner is KPCC 89.3.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, full-time educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

Related Information for Amadeus

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 6-June 5, 2016. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced previews run May 6-12.

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m.: May 6-7
    • Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m.: May 8, 10 and 11.
    • Thursday, at 8 p.m.: May 12.
      Note: Friday, May 13, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special notes: There are no Monday performances.
    • Evening Performances:
      • Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m.: May 15, 17 and 18; May 22, 24 and 25; May 29 and 31, and June 1.
      • Thursdays-Saturdays, at 8 p.m.: May 14; May 19-21; May 26-28; and June 2-4.
    • Matinee Performances:
      • Saturdays-Sundays, at 2:30 p.m.: May 14-15; May 21-22; May 28-29; and June 4-5.
    • ASL-interpreted: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 4.

Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 24. Discuss the play with cast members of Amadeus during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, May 21, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of Amadeus. Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

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 Boulevard.

Current and Upcoming Productions: Future Thinking* (through April 24, Segerstrom Stage); Office Hour* by Julia Cho (through April 30, Julianne Argyros Stage); and The Light Princess by Mike Pettry and Lila Rose Kaplan (May 20-June 5, Theatre for Young Audiences, Julianne Argyros Stage). The 19th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival runs April 22-24.

*Denotes world premieres

More information is available 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.