Press Release: ​​Kings

​Next at South Coast Repertory: "Riveting and Fun"—Kings Looks at the World of Money, Connections and Politics

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2018)—Playwright Sarah Burgess’s Kings, is an incisive comedy about the world of lobbyists. These resourceful, tenacious people aren’t afraid to use the system to get whatever they want because in Washington, D.C., who you know determines what you’re worth and those connections get you paid. Dámaso Rodríguez directs the west coast premiere of Kings at South Coast Repertory. It runs on the Segerstrom Stage, Oct. 13-Nov. 10. Tickets are available now at

The story follows Sydney Millsap, who wins a seat in Congress and is determined to drain the swamp. Then she meets Kate, a whip-smart lobbyist who gets her clients whatever they want. When Kate helps Sydney try to unseat a powerful senator steeped in cronyism, the result, says Vogue magazine, is a “sleek, fast-paced, absorbing and very funny” look at the corrosive effect of money on politics. It’s a play that lets audiences laugh, think and hope.

Kings puts the system of lobbying and campaign financing front and center,” said Dámaso Rodríguez, who is directing the show. “Sarah Burgess’s fiercely intelligent dialogue and deadpan comic timing make negotiations around tax codes and congressional committees riveting and fun. The play brilliantly avoids partisan politics and incendiary issues to create a theatre experience for both sides of the aisle. I hope audiences leave the play talking about who actually holds the power in our government and whether or not it’s something they want to see changed.”

Kings premiered at New York’s Public Theater in early 2018.Burgess’s other plays include Dry Powder (2016), which is the recipient of a Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and nominated for a 2018 Olivier Award (London). She has been a writer-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm in Brewster, NY, and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. She is also a WP Lab and Ars Nova Play Group alum. An early draft of Dry Powder (then called Liquidation Play) was read at SCR as part of the NewSCRipts play-reading series (2014).

The cast includes Richard Doyle, Tracey A. Leigh, Paige Lindsey White and Jules Willcox.

The creative team includes Efren Delgadillo Jr., set design; Leah Piehl, costume design; Peter Maradudin, lighting design; Cricket S. Myers, sound design; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. Holly Ahlborn and Joshua Marchesi are the production managers and Jenny Jacobs is the stage manager.

The production is generously supported by Honorary Producers Steve and Laurie Duncan and Samuel and Tammy Tang. The media partner is the Orange County Business Journal.

Tickets are available online at

Related Information for Kings

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 Oct. 13-Nov. 10. Ticket prices start at $23. Low-priced previews run Oct. 13-18.

Performance Dates, Times

  • Previews run Oct. 13-18
    • Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday, Oct. 14, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Regular performances run Oct. 20-Nov. 10. Note: There are no Monday performances. The Friday, Oct. 19, performance is invitation-only.
    • Evening Performances:
      • Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Oct. 21, 23, 24 and 25; Oct. 28, 30, 31 and Nov. 1; and Nov. 4, 6, 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m.
      • Fridays-Saturdays, Oct. 20; Oct. 26-27; Nov. 2-3; and Nov. 9-10, at 8 p.m.
  • Matinees:
    • Saturdays-Sundays, Oct. 20-21; Oct. 27-28; Nov. 3-4; Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m.
      • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2:30 p.m.

Special Events

  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Tuesday, Oct. 30. Discuss the play with cast members of Kings during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Oct. 27, from, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session includes in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of Kings. 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: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, through Oct. 21; Kings by Sarah Burgess, Oct. 13-Nov.10; Nate the Great by John Maclay and Brett Ryback, Nov. 2-18 (Theatre for Young Audiences); A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Nov. 24-Dec.24; Culture Clash (Still) In AmeriCCa written and performed by Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 20, 2019; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by Hugh Wheeler, Jan. 19-Feb.16, 2019; Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience by Mo Willems, with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, Feb. 1-17 (Theatre for Young Audiences); Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, March 3-24; Poor Yella Rednecks by Qui Nguyen, March 30-April 27; Sheepdog by Kevin Artigue, April 14-May 5; Pacific Playwrights Festival, April 26-28; M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, May 11-June 8; and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, May 24-June 9 (Theatre for Young Audiences). Complete 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.