Press Release - ​​​​​​​Future Thinking

Fantasy and Fandom Collide in Eliza Clark’s New Play, Future Thinking at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​​March 3, 2016) - Eliza Clark’s Future Thinking has its world premiere March 25-April 24 and is part of South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival. The comedy is directed by Lila Neugebauer and will be on the Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are now available at

Pet photographer and middle-aged super fan, Peter, finds himself in a makeshift interrogation room with Comic Con security—the outcome of violating a restraining order placed against him by his favorite television starlet, Chiara. Despite this setback, Peter is determined to fulfill his destiny—fantasies of a dream world, where they happily live together forever. Meanwhile, the only thing Chiara cares about is how to ditch her stage mom, her bodyguard and the demands that come with being a rising sci-fi star.

“The play is about fantasy, expectations and the idea that sometimes we believe that we’re going to live a life at some future point that looks nothing like the life we live now,” said playwright Eliza Clark. “It’s also about the relationship and distance between parents and children. Chiara and her mother, Crystal, have lived together and have been each other’s best friend and only touchstone, but in some ways, they don’t know each other at all.”

Clark has had her plays developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Page 73 Productions, Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. She also has written for television, including AMC’s “Rubicon” and “The Killing” as well as “Extant” produced by Steven Spielberg on CBS. She is currently developing Margaret Atwood’s “Maddaddam” trilogy with Darren Aronofsky for HBO.

Neugebauer is a New York-based director who has directed at theatres across the country including Berkley Repertory Theatre, Ars Nova and off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre where she earned a Drama Desk nomination for her work on The Wayside Motor Inn.

The cast of Future Thinking includes Heidi Dippold who returns to SCR after appearing in the world premiere of Smokefall. Her television credits include HBO’S “The Sopranos” and “NCIS.” Enver Gjokaj whose television and film credits include “Agent Carter,” “The Walking Dead,” and Marvel’s The Avengers. Arye Gross whose SCR credits include Our Mother’s Brief Affair and Brooklyn Boy—a role he reprised on Broadway. He is currently playing Dr. Sidney Perlmutter on ABC’s “Castle” and played Adam Green on “Ellen.” Virginia Vale returns to SCR after appearing in Adam Rapp’s The Purple Lights of Joppa Illionois. Her other credits include Barefoot in the Park at Bucks County Playhouse and NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura.” Jud Williford makes his SCR debut with credits that include the first two national tours of Wicked and CBS’ “Angel From Hell” starring Jane Lynch.

The design and creative team includes Dane Laffrey, scenic design; Melissa Trn, costume design; Lap Chi Chu, lighting design; Stowe Nelson, sound design; Kimberly Colburn, dramatrug and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production manager is Joshua Marchesi and the stage manager is Kathryn Davies.

An SCR commission, Future Thinking has been developed through in-house workshops and a public reading in the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival. It is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Future Thinking is generously supported by The Playwrights Circle. The media partner is The Orange County Register.

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 Future Thinking

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 March 25-April 24, 2016. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced previews run March 25-31.

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27, 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 31, at 8 p.m.
      Note: Friday, April 1, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special notes: There are no Monday performances.
    • Evening Performances: Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, April 3; April 5, 6, and 10; April 12, 13, and 17; April 19, 20 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays-Saturdays, April 2; April 7-9; April 13-16; April 21-23 at 8 p.m.
    • Matinee Performances: Saturdays-Sundays, April 2-3; April 9-10; April 16-17; April 23-24 at 2:30 p.m.
    • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m.

Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 12. Discuss the play with cast members of Future Thinking during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, April 9, 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 Future Thinking.  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: Going to a Place where you Already Are* by Bekah Brunstetter (March 6-27, Julianne Argyros Stage); Future Thinking* (March 25-April 24, Segerstrom Stage); Office Hour* by Julia Cho (April 10-May 1, Julianne Argyros Stage); Amadeus by Peter Shaffer (May 6-June 5, Segerstrom 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

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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.