Press Release: ​​​Aubergine

South Coast Repertory’s Season Continues With Aubergine by Julia Cho

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​​Sept. ​​​27, 201​9)— This week, Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei welcomed the cast and creative team for South Coast Repertory’s next production, Aubergine by Julia Cho. The show is helmed by Lisa Peterson and runs on the Segerstrom Stage, Oct. 19-Nov. 16. Tickets are available now at www.scr.org.

In Aubergine, 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.

“I want [audience members] to walk away hungry,” Cho told DC Metro Theatre Arts about how she hoped people would respond to Aubergine. “Hungry to see a loved one, hungry to have some dish they loved as a kid, hungry to talk about a memory.”

Cho has had numerous works produced and commissioned by South Coast Repertory; among her plays are The Language Archive and Office Hour. Her other plays include The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss and 99 Histories. She has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2004. Her work has been produced at the Vineyard Theatre, The Public, South Coast Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, East West Players, Boston Court Pasadena and Silk Road Theatre Project, among others. Honors include the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Barrie Stavis Award, the Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists, and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. She is an alumna of the Juilliard School and New York University’s Graduate Dramatic Writing Program

The cast includes Bruce Baek, Joy DeMichelle, Jinn S. Kim, Jully Lee, Irungu Mutu, Luzma Ortiz and Sab Shimono.

The design and creative team includes Myung Hee Cho, scenic and costume design; Peter Maradudin, lighting design; John Gromada, sound design; Yee Eun Namn, projections; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. Ben Shipley is the production stage manager and Maggie Kayes is stage manager.

Aubergine has generous support from Honorary Producers Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, and Samuel and Tammy Tang.

Tickets start at $24. 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: www.scr.org.


Related Information for Aubergine

Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Oct. 19-Nov. 16; low-priced previews run Oct. 19-24. Ticket prices start at $24. SCR’s performances run Tuesdays-Sundays; there are no performances on Mondays.

Performance Dates, Times

Some performance times are different this season. Please see below.

  • Previews run Oct. 19-24
    • Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 22-24, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Regular performances run Oct. 26-Nov. 16
    Note: Note: Friday, Oct. 25, is an invitation-only performance.
    • Evening Performances:
      • Sundays at 7 p.m.: Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3; and Nov. 10.
      • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 7:30 p.m.: Oct. 22-24; Oct. 29-31; Nov. 5-7; and Nov. 12-14.
      • Fridays, Saturdays, at 8 p.m.: Oct. 26; Nov. 1-2; Nov. 8-9; and Nov. 15-16.
    • Matinees:
      • Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.: Oct. 26-27; Nov. 2-3; Nov. 9-10; and Nov. 16.
      • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2:30 p.m.

Special Events

  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Tuesday, Nov. 5. Discuss the play with cast members of Aubergine during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Nov. 2, 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 Aubergine. Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
  • Artistic Director Conversation: Thursday, Nov. 7. In this post-show opportunity, Artistic Director David Ivers joins the audience for a lively, all topics welcome conversation.
  • American Sign Language-Interpreted: Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2:30 p.m.

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: American Mariachi, through Oct. 5; The Canadians, Sept. 29- Oct. 20; Aubergine, Oct. 19-Nov. 16; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Nov. 8-24 (Theatre for Young Audiences); A Christmas Carol, Nov. 30-Dec. 24; Fireflies, Jan. 5-26; She Loves Me, Jan. 25-Feb. 22; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Feb. 7-23 (Theatre for Young Audiences); Outside Mullingar, March 8-29; The Scarlet Letter, March 28-April 25; I Get Restless, April 12-May 3; Arcadia, May 9-June 6; and Dory Fantasmagory, May 22-June 7 (Theatre for Young Audiences). The annual showcase of new works, the Pacific Playwrights Festival, runs April 24-26, 2020.

Complete information is available at www.scr.org.


ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson and led by Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei, 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. Of SCR’s more than 52​8 productions, one-quarter 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. scr.org.