Press Release: 2019-20 Season Announcement

Announcing South Coast Repertory’s 2019-20 Season
56th Season is First to be Programmed by New Artistic Director David Ivers

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​May 15 22, 201​9)—

Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei today announced South Coast Repertory’s 13-play, 2019-20 season, which builds on the theatre’s 56-year foundation of stellar artistry. The offerings range from a two-person show to a large-cast musical and represent a kaleidoscope of classics and popular hits, along with four world premieres and three shows for young audiences and families. The season includes the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter by Kate Hamill, the musical She Loves Me (directed by Ivers), American Mariachi by José Cruz González, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and the beloved children’s story, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Subscription packages are currently on sale; single tickets will go on sale on June 10. More information is available at

“We’re excited to announce our upcoming season, which is built on the solid legacy of South Coast Repertory’s more than five decades of artistic excellence,” said Ivers, who is embarking on his first year as artistic director. “Overall, the season offers gigantic, yet intimate stories about love in all its forms—love that draws us together, that pulls us apart, family love, love of food, surprising love, love of country and unspoken desires. These plays also showcase adventure, heroism and finding the strength to overcome adversity. There’s something for everyone—a

Tomei added, “There’s a palpable energy around our 56th season. It offers endless possibilities for us to engage our community in new ways, and expand and deepen our existing partnerships. We’re excited by the fresh perspectives, new ideas and enormous talent that these 13 plays will bring.”

On the Segerstrom Stage
See chronological listing below for full details. All dates and plays are subject to change.

  • American Mariachi by José Cruz González
  • Aubergine by Julia Cho
  • She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff (book), Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics)
  • The Scarlet Letter by Kate Hamill (world premiere)
  • Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

On the Julianne Argyros Stage
See chronological listing below for full details. All dates and plays are subject to change.

  • The Canadians by Adam Bock (SCR commission, world premiere)
  • Fireflies by Donja R. Love
  • Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley
  • I Get Restless by Caroline V. McGraw (world premiere)

Theatre for Young Audiences
See chronological listing below for full details. All dates and plays are subject to change.

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (book and lyrics), music by Shelly Markham
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: A Musical Adaptation by Min Kahng (book, music, lyrics)
  • Dory Fantasmagory by John Glore, adapted from the book by Abby Hanlon (world premiere)

At the holidays, it’s Orange County’s long-standing tradition, A Christmas Carol, Nov. 30-Dec. 24, 2019. Audience favorite Hal Landon Jr. will be back for his 40th and final year portraying everyone’s much-loved curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. Single tickets for A Christmas Carol go on sale to the public June 10; until then, subscribers enjoy exclusive early access to these tickets.

The annual showcase of new plays—the Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF)—features seven new plays over a weekend that combines readings and full productions, April 24–26, 2020. The three-day festival attracts theatre professionals from across the nation—as well as local and regional new-play fans—drawn by the opportunity to see some of the best new works in the country. Over the course of more than two decades, the festival has presented nearly 140 plays by roughly100 playwrights.

Subscriptions are now on sale and may be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or in person at the SCR Box Office. A variety of packages are available, ranging from $51 to $621.

Single tickets, including tickets for A Christmas Carol, will go on sale June 10.

More information about the season is available online:

All dates and plays are subject to change.

American Mariachi
by José Cruz González
Sept. 7-Oct. 5, 2019
Segerstrom Stage
In this big-hearted comedy with live music, Lucha spends her days caring for her mother and yearning for more. But it’s the 1970s and women can’t be mariachis…or can they? Defying tradition, Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates and take up instruments. A loving gesture for a mother becomes much more as the young women dream big and embrace the transcendent power of music. “A tug at the heartstrings that will echo for days” (Denver Post).

The Canadians
by Adam Bock (world premiere)
Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 2019
Julianne Argyros Stage
Life is good in Port Alison, Manitoba—Thursday night hockey, beers at The Peg, nice people.  But lately Gordy’s interests lean more toward The Magic Flute and pottery classes.  When his pal, Brendan, is gifted two all-expense paid tickets on a cruise, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime—to experience life far from Canada!  In this tour de force comedy where five actors play a ship-load of characters, small chances might lead to big changes.  But can Gordy step out of his comfort zone?

by Julia Cho
Oct. 19-Nov. 16, 2019
Segerstrom Stage
Sometimes a meal is more than just food.  A man shares a bowl of berries and a young woman falls in love.  A mother meticulously prepares her son’s favorite dish to keep him from leaving home.  And a Korean-American son cooks soup for his ailing father to say what words cannot. The perfect bite transcends time and cultural differences in this poetic tale of love, loss and healing by the author of The Language Archive and Office Hour.

Theatre for Young Audiences
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
book and lyrics by Judith Viorst
music by Shelly Markham
Nov. 8-24, 2019
From the moment he wakes up with gum in his hair, to his broken nightlight at bedtime, things just do not go Alexander’s way. Throw in a trip to the dentist, a copy machine mishap and lima beans for dinner, and it’s no wonder he wants to move to Australia! This delightful musical version of the popular book can turn around any bad day and put a smile on even the crabbiest of faces.

Family Friendly Holiday Classic
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by John David Keller
Nov. 30-Dec. 24, 2019
40th Anniversary Production
Segerstrom Stage
Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and the best-known curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. After 40 years, Hal Landon Jr. will be hanging up his top hat. It's the end of an era, but the tradition will continue. Don't miss Hal's final “Bah Humbug!” This production is not part of subscription packages.

by Donja R. Love
Jan. 5-26, 2020
Julianne Argyros Stage
Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky burns red. A church bombing has rocked the Civil Rights Movement to its core, and Reverend Charles Grace must galvanize the people with messages of hope. It is his wife Olivia, however, who skillfully crafts his speeches and delivery. But her ability to play the supportive spouse is cracking under the weight of too many secrets, too many regrets and life lived in the shadows. “This is language as lush catharsis,” proclaimed New York Magazine.

She Loves Me
by Joe Masteroff (book), Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics)
directed by David Ivers
Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 2020
Segerstrom Stage
Romantic, charming and brimming with joy, this musical comedy reminds us that one kind deed can open up a world of possibilities. At Maraczek’s Parfumerie, clerks Georg and Amalia are constantly at odds. Outside of work, they’re each falling madly in love with an anonymous pen pal, unaware that it is the other. This nostalgic Broadway hit inspired by the story that gave us The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail is “as sweet and exhilarating as a first kiss” (New York Daily News).

Theatre for Young Audiences
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: A Musical Adaptation
book, music and lyrics by Min Kahng
based on the novel by Grace Lin
Feb. 7-23, 2020
Go on a thrilling musical adventure filled with magic, mystery and fantastical creatures! Young Minli’s poor village desperately needs good fortune. So she sets out on a quest to find The Old Man in the Moon, who holds all the answers to life’s questions. Along the way Minli rescues a dragon, encounters the dreaded Green Tiger and, by drawing wisdom from her father’s stories, moves closer and closer to riches greater than gold. Adapted from the best-selling book based on Chinese folklore.

Outside Mullingar
by John Patrick Shanley
March 8-29, 2020
Julianne Argyros Stage
A “softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections” (The New York Times) by the author of Moonstruck and Doubt. Near Killucan, Ireland, Tony Reilly schemes to sell the family farm and disinherit his son, Anthony. Standing in his way is a small plot of land belonging to the neighbor, Rosemary—and her long-simmering grudge. Destiny—whether embracing or fighting it—means everything in this very Irish story told with a rich tapestry of language, compassion and a few surprises.

The Scarlet Letter
by Kate Hamill (world premiere)
March 28-April 25, 2020
Segerstrom Stage
Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
Named The Wall Street Journal ‘s 2017 Playwright of the Year, Kate Hamill is celebrated for her female-centered classics—and SCR has her latest world premiere!  Get ready for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s acclaimed masterwork in a most riveting staging. Two years after her husband goes missing, intelligent, strong-willed Hester Prynne has a child and gets branded an adulteress.  Further defying Puritan ideals, she refuses to reveal the father’s identity and is condemned to wear a scarlet “A” to mark her shame. Then her estranged husband shows up—bent on revenge.

I Get Restless
by Caroline V. McGraw (world premiere)
April 12-May 3, 2020
Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival<
Hazel just landed a job at a top law firm, bought a condo and married Mitch, who adores her. Then an accident on her honeymoon leaves her unable to remember anything about the past six years. Adrift in unanswered questions, Hazel must find who she is without knowing who she was. And what about a husband who’s now a stranger? An eerily captivating drama about the mysteries of second chances by an up-and-coming new playwright.

by Tom Stoppard
May 9-June 6, 2020
Segerstrom Stage
Prepare to be transported back and forth in time for lust, longing and literary rivalry at an English estate. In 1809, while the residents are gripped in their own intrigues, Thomasina, a brilliant young student, proposes an astonishing scientific theory. Two hundred years later, in a fiery battle of wits, academics Hannah and Bernard race to unravel the mysteries left behind. Intellect meets emotion, order confronts disorder. A dazzling comedic masterpiece “shot through with fun, passion and genius” (The New York Post).

Theatre for Young Audiences
Dory Fantasmagory
by John Glore (world premiere)
adapted from the book by Abby Hanlon
May 22-June 7, 2020Move over Junie B. Jones, here comes Dory! She has a BIG personality and an imagination to match. It’s tough being the baby of the family. Her sister and brother won’t play with her, everyone ignores her important questions and there are monsters

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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.