Press Release - ​​Yoga Play

Cast and Creative Team Announced for Yoga Play
World Premiere at South Coast Repertory, Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival

COSTA MESA, Calif. —South Coast Repertory has announced the cast and creative team for the world premiere of Yoga Play, a comedy by Dipika Guha. The production is part of the 20th Pacific Playwrights Festival, the theatre’s annual showcase of new work. Crispin Whittell will direct performances in the Nicholas Studio, April 19-30. Tickets are available online:

The cast includes Tim Chiou,  Nike Doukas, Jeff Marlow, Lorena Martinez and  Dileep Rao.

The creative team includes Se Hyun Oh, set design; Kathryn Poppen, costume design; Adam J. Frank, lighting design; Cricket S. Myers, sound design; Lianne Arnold, projections; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. John Glore is the dramaturg; Jackie S. Hill is the production manager and Bradley Zipser is the stage manager.

Yoga Play starts in the aftermath of a fat-shaming scandal that brought down the CEO of yoga apparel giant Jojomon. The company brings in a fixer named Joan who just hits her stride to stabilize the company when more trouble surfaces and sales plummet. The plan she comes up with is so risky that it could make or break the company and her career—and what it requires from her CFO is far beyond the call of duty.

Yoga Play is an SCR CrossRoads commission, a program that immerses playwrights in the diversity of Orange County, Calif., to be inspired by what they find.

Born in Calcutta, Guha was raised in India, Russia and the United Kingdom. She is the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship with The Lark Playwrights Development Center, A Room of Her Own and Hedgebrook. Her work has been developed at numerous theatres including Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Red Bull Theatre and Roundabout Underground. She is under commission from Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.

Whittell previously directed the world premiere production of The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois at SCR during the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival.

Tickets for this Nicholas Studio show are $22-$32 general admission; $10 for age 25 and under or with student ID.  For complete information, visit:

Related Information for Yoga Play

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 April 19-30. Tickets for this Nicholas Studio show range from $22-$32 general admission; $10 for age 25 and under or with student ID.  For complete information, visit:

Performance Dates, Times: Limited-Run


  • Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 20, at 8 p.m.

    Regular performances 


  • Friday-Saturday, April 21-22, 8 p.m.
  • Thursday-Saturday, April 27-29, at 8 p.m.


  • Saturdays-Sundays, April 22-23, and April 29-30, at 2:30 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 Boulevard.

Current and Upcoming Productions: The Siegel by Michael Mitnick, through April 23; A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, through April 30; Yoga Play by Dipika Guha, April 19-30; 20th Pacific Playwrights Festival, April 21-23; The Monster Builder by Amy Freed, May 5-June 4; and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing adapted by Bruce Mason from the book by Judy Blume (Theatre for Young Audiences), May 19-June 4.  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.