Press Release - ​​​Curve of Departure

Life May Throw You a "Curve" If You Make Plans—World Premiere of Rachel Bonds' Curve of Departure at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2017)— Playwright Rachel Bonds’ distinctive voice will open South Coast Repertory’s season on the Julianne Argyros Stage this month in the world premiere of Curve of Departure, a surprisingly funny family drama about the complexities of the heart. This is the first of four world premieres during the theatre’s 2017-18 season.  Mike Donahue directs this SCR commission, Sept. 24-Oct. 14. Tickets are available at

Bonds sets the story in a cramped hotel room in New Mexico on the night before Cyrus’ funeral. The family he left years ago has gathered for this farewell: Linda, Cyrus’ ex-wife; Felix, his grown son; and Rudy, Cyrus’ ailing father are all steeling themselves for the burial of a man they may have loved but didn’t like. And then there’s Jackson, Felix’s new boyfriend. In the tight confines of the hotel room, it’s hard to keep secrets—especially when everyone is at a crossroads in their life.

“What I love about this play is its wisdom about the stuff of life,” said John Glore, SCR’s associate artistic director and dramaturg for Curve of Departure. “Rachel writes about how we all struggle to find our way in life and how, at difficult times, we rely on the support of the people we love in order to get through. Curve of Departure acknowledges that love is hard, complicated and something you can never take for granted.”

A lot has happened in Bonds’ career since her Five Mile Lake premiered at SCR. The New York Times praised Bonds’ New York run of Five Mile Lake for its “artful use of commonplace language.” Her play Swimmers won the 2015 Rella Lossy Award for Emerging Playwrights, and both Firecracker and Curve of Departure appeared on The Kilroys 2016 List of promising new plays.  

She has had plays developed or produced by South Coast Repertory, Ars Nova, Women’s Project Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Williamstown Theatre Festival and New York Stage & Film, among others. Her plays include Curve of Departure (SCR, Studio Theatre); Five Mile Lake (SCR, McCarter; Weissberger Award); Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP); At the Old Place (La Jolla); The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre); Swimmers (Marin Theatre Company; Sky Cooper Prize). She is an alumna of the EST’s Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm Writers’ Group. She was the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Ars Nova. Bonds is an alumna of Brown University.

Curve of Departure is an SCR commission and recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. It had a reading at the 2016 Pacific Playwrights Festival.

The cast includes Allan Miller, Christian Barillas, Larry Powell and Kim Staunton.

The design and creative team includes Lauren Helpern, scenic design; Rachel Myers, costume design; Scott Zielinski, lighting design; Peter Bayne, original music and sound design; Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting; and John Glore, dramaturg. The production manager is Jackie S. Hill and the stage manager is Bree Sherry.

The media partner for Curve of Departure is the Orange County Register.

Tickets start at $23 Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

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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 Sept. 24-Oct. 15. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced preview performances run Sept. 24-28.  

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 26-28, at 7:45 p.m.

      Note: Friday, Sept. 29, is an invitation-only performance

    • Saturdays-Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct.1; Oct. 7-8; and Oct. 14-15 at 2 p.m.
  • Regular performances

    Special note: There are no Monday performances.


    • Tuesdays-Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 1; Oct. 3-8; and Oct. 10-14, at 7:45 p.m.
      • There is no evening performance on Sunday, Oct. 15


      • Saturdays-Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct.1; Oct. 7-8; and Oct. 14-15 at 2 p.m.

  • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.


    Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussions:  Tuesday, Oct. 3, and Wednesday, Oct. 4. Discuss the play with Curve of Departure cast members during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Julianne Argyros Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Oct. 7, 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 SCR's production staff, offering insights into SCR’s production of Curve of Departure. The morning includes a guided tour of the set. Julianne Argyros 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.

Upcoming Productions: Once by Enda Walsh, Sept. 2-30; Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson, Oct. 14-Nov. 11; Ella Enchanted: The Musical, Oct. 27-Nov. 12 (Theatre for Young Audiences); A Christmas Carol adapted by Jerry Patch, Nov. 24-Dec. 24; Sugar Plum Fairy by Sandra Tsing Loh, Dec. 3-24; Shakespeare in Love adapted by Lee Hall, Jan. 13-Feb. 10; Junie B. Jones is not a Crook by Allison Gregory, Jan. 26-Feb. 11 (Theatre for Young Audiences); and Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee, Mar. 4-25.  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.