Press Release - ​​Cursed.

South Coast Repertory ​Teen Players Present World Premiere of Cursed.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (April 23, 2018)—Cursed., by Kristina Leach, will be presented by South Coast Repertory’s Teen Players in the Nicholas Studio, May 12–20. The play was commissioned by SCR for the students in its Theatre Conservatory. The show is directed by Hisa Takakuwa. Tickets are available at

No one knows you like family. In the Underworld the brute, the favorite, the hero and her boyfriend play cards and ignore the past. When their last surviving sister comes banging on the door, they’re forced to confront the secrets, the battles and the curses that sealed their fate long ago. Join the Teen Players as they bring to life a gripping, powerful—and surprisingly funny—continuation of the classic Greek story of Antigone.

“The play is a clever and entertaining rehash of Sophocles’ Antigone through the eyes and experiences of Oedipus’ young adult children,” said Takakuwa. “It examines the power of family ties and history, how perception and memory influence ‘truth,’ how love can be both chaotic and creative, and how we are responsible for our choices and actions. As always with a Players show, the production will hopefully speak strongly in the voice of its young performers.  I think the piece will be intellectually and emotionally challenging for our audiences in the best of ways. True to Kristina’s style it will be fun and surprising as well, and will hopefully lead audiences to reflect on their own lives and relationships. The piece asks a lot from this young ensemble, and we’ll be really excited to share this brand new journey and creation with our audiences.”

Leach is a playwright, actor, director and teacher who has worked in theatre for more than 15 years. Her award-winning plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles and in the U.K.  In SCR’s Theatre Conservatory, she has taught kids, teens and adults. She also worked for seven seasons as an associate in SCR’s literary department.  She is an alumna of California State University, Fullerton.

All the characters are portrayed by the Teen Players, students (grades 9-12), chosen by audition after at least two years in SCR’s Theatre Conservatory, a year-round actor training program.

“Each year in selecting a Teen Player script I try to find new educational challenges that will push our young actors in new ways—to learn and strengthen their skills as actors and to deepen their overall understanding of theatre,” Takakuwa said.

The design and creative team includes Angela Calin, set design; Kaitlyn Kaufman, costume design; Kristin Neu-Drum, lighting design; Jordan Masami Tani, sound design; Josh Marchesi, production manager; and Amber Goebel, stage manager.

Related Information for ​​Cursed.

by Kristina Leach
directed by Hisa Takakuwa
Nicholas Studio
May 12–20, 2018

Dates: Saturday, May 12, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 13, at 1:30 and 5 p.m.; Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 20, at 1:30 and 5 p.m.

Tickets: $12 general admission tickets may be purchased through the SCR Box Office at (714) 708-5555 or online at

Cast List:
Tejas Dhindsa: Eteocles
Lauren Dong: Ismene
Olivia Drury: Antigone
Amanda Fassett: Chorus, Jocasta, Eteocles, Antigone
Claire Griffiths: Chorus, Creon, Eurydice
Mitchell Huntley: Chorus, Haemon, Creon, Eteocles
Lauren Lyons: Chorus, Antigone, Ismene
Liam McHugh: Polynices
Joshua Myran: Haemon
Grace Tomblin Marca: Choragus
Emme O’Toole: Chorus, Ismene, Antigone
Saul Richardson: Chorus, Polynices, Creon
Jasmine Rivera: Chorus, Antigone, Eurydice, Ismene
Sarah Sparks: Chorus, Eurydice, Antigone, Messenger
Ben Susskind: Chorus, Oedipus, Polynices
Alex Theologides Rodriguez: Chorus, Etocles, Haemon, Oedipus
Tara Thompson: Chorus, Antigone, Jocasta, Ismene
Louis Tonkovich: Chorus, Messenger #1, Haemon
Nick Trafton: Chorus, Polynices, Messenger
Olivia Zender: Chorus, Antigone, Haemon, Messenger

Actor Hometowns:
Aliso Viejo: Tara Thompson
Carlsbad: Claire Griffiths
Costa Mesa: Grace Tomblin Marca
Foothill Ranch: Sarah Sparks
Irvine: Hartejas Dhindsa, Lauren Dong, Amanda Fassett, Emme O’Toole, Ben Susskind, Alex Theologides Rodriguez, Olivia Zender
Laguna Beach: Olivia Drury
Lake Forest: Nick Trafton
Newport Beach: Mitchell Huntley, Lauren Lyons
Riverside: Saul Richardson
Santa Ana: Liam McHugh
Silverado: Louis Tonkovich
Trabuco Canyon: Joshua Myran
Yorba Linda: Jasmine Rivera

Written by Danielle Bliss

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.