World Premiere: Imaginative Retelling of Award-Winning Novel, Flora & Ulysses
COSTA MESA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2017)—South Coast Repertory continues its Theatre for Young Audiences series with Flora & Ulysses. The play, based on the popular illustrated novel, has been adapted for stage by John Glore. Casey Stangl directs the world premiere on the Julianne Argyros Stage, Feb. 3-19. Tickets are on sale now: www.scr.org
Kate DiCamillo’s 2014 Newbery Award-winning novel, Flora & Ulysses, has been a hit with countless young readers. Playwright Glore fell in love with the novel—finding the characters to be delightful and witty—and later turned the beloved story to the stage.
The story follows cynical 10-year-old Flora, who spends her time reading comic books and trying to understand her parents’ divorce. When a squirrel gets sucked up in the vacuum cleaner and pops out as a superhero that can fly—and write poetry—a villain-vanquishing, darkness-destroying, comic adventure begins! She names him Ulysses and together they use his superpowers to fight evil. This heartwarming adventure is recommended for Grades 2-6.
“I love the combination of humor and seriousness in the story of Flora’s difficult life and her way of escaping her troubles by reading comic-books about superheroes,” said Glore, SCR’s associate artistic director. “I find the characters charming and funny. And I thought it was really unusual that for much of the story, Flora’s mom is actually kind of the villain—although in the end we find out she means well and only wants to do what’s best for Flora.”
DiCamillo is a Newbery Award-winning author—for this book and for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Her books Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tales of Despereaux became popular films.
The cast of Flora & Ulysses includes Celeste Den, Emily James, Rudy Martinez, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Ann Noble, Jennifer Parsons and Alex Suha.
The design and creative team includes François-Pierre Courture, set designer; Sara Ryung Clement, costume designer; Josh Epstein, lighting designer; Jeff Polunas, sound designer; Lynn Jeffries, puppet designer; Kaitlyn Pietras, video designer; Andy Knight, dramaturg; and Julie Ann Renfro, stage manager.
Flora & Ulysses is generously supported by Education Honorary Producers Lisa and Richard de Lorimier and Katie and Jim Loss, with Corporate Honorary Producer Haskell & White, LLP. The media partner is OC Family magazine. A major grant from the Segerstrom Foundation supports SCR’s three-production young audiences series.
Tickets start at $22 for children, ages 4-12; and $27 for adults. For complete information, visit www.scr.org
Related Information for Flora & Ulysses
Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Ticket prices start at $22 for children ages 4-12; $27 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Feb. 3-10. Performances run Feb. 3-19.
Performance Dates, Times:
- Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.
Upcoming and Current Family Friendly Productions: Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) adapted for the stage by David Catlin from the book by Herman Melville (this production is for ages 12 and older); and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (May 19-June 4, 2017) adapted for the stage by Bruce Mason and based on the book by Judy Blume. Further information is available at www.scr.org.
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. www.scr.org