Press Release - ​The Canadians

South Coast Repertory N​ewSCRipts Reading: ​The Canadians by Adam Bock

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2018)—The second of three Monday evening new-play readings at South Coast Repertory for the 2018-19 season will be The Canadians by Adam Bock. The NewSCRipts reading of this SCR commission will be directed by Jaime Castañeda on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. (Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are available at

The story follows 23-year-old Gordy, who was born and raised in Port Alison, Manitoba, but has never left. Life is good there: there’s the ice hockey, the jambusters from Tim Hortons and even the finer things—like the secret pottery class he’s taking with his friend, Brendan. Gordy’s got a good job, too, working for the town’s mayor. Still, there’s not much escape. But then, opportunity knocks and Gordy gets the chance to go on a cruise. It’d be his first time outside of Manitoba and Gordy isn’t sure if he should go. But he’s thinking yes. He’s definitely thinking yes. This is a play about everyday moments, finding your voice—and the small chances that lead to big changes.

Bock is a playwright best known for A Small FireThe ReceptionistThe Drunken CityThe Thugs, and Swimming in the Shallows. He writes both comedy and drama, blending whimsical surrealism with dark and painful exploration of character. Charles Isherwood described A Small Fire as “a theatrical combo plate that proves unusually satisfying ... raucous, funny and unexpectedly touching.” Bock has had plays produced at prestigious theatres including Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, Second Stage Uptown, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre. He has received numerous honors including an Obie Award, San Francisco Bay Theatre Critics Circle Award, Clauder Prize, Will Glickman Award and Guernsey Award, as well as nominations for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. Bock has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists and an artistic associate at Shotgun Players and Encore Theatre.

SCR Associate Literary Director Andy Knight is the dramaturg.

The NewSCRipts series is generously supported by Honorary Producer Elaine J. Weinberg.

Tickets are $16, plus a $2 handling fee. Complete information is available online:

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 campus. Parking is available in a garage structure at Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Current and Upcoming Productions: Nate the Great by John Maclay and Brett Ryback, through Nov. 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 and adapted by Janet Allard, 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.