Press Release: ​​The Canadians

Cruise to Comedy in World Premiere of Adam Bock’s The Canadians at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​​Sept. ​​6, 201​9)— South Coast Repertory’s 2019-20 season continues with the world premiere of Adam Bock’s The Canadians on the Julianne Argyros Stage. As Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei welcomed the cast and creative team, there was excitement in the room about bringing this SCR commission to life. As part of its development, The Canadians has had two public readings at SCR over the past 12 months. Jaime Castañeda has been with the play since its start and helms the premiere production, which runs Sept. 29-Oct. 20. Tickets are available at

The story follows Gordy, from Port Alison, Manitoba, who has a good life—Thursday night hockey, beers in Winnipeg, 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 gay 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?

Bock is best known for Before the Meeting, A Life, A Small Fire, The Receptionist, The Drunken City, The Thugs and Swimming in the Shallows. He writes both comedy and drama, blending whimsical surrealism with dark and painful explorations of character. Jesse Green, co-chief theatre critic for The New York Times, says Bock’s Before the Meeting  is a  “knockout premiere … [with character stories that] balance heart and humor.” Bock has had more than 15 plays produced at prestigious theatres including Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep., Second Stage Uptown, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Yale Repertory Theatre, Tricycle Theatre (London) and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has received an Obie Award, Bay Area Theatre Critics Award, Clauder Prize, Will Glickman Award, Heideman Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship; and he has been nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists and an artistic associate at Shotgun Players and Encore Theatre.

The cast includes Corey Brill, Daniel Chung, Corey Dorris, Linda Gehringer and Kyle T. Hester.

The creative team includes Lauren Helpern, scenic design; Denitsa Bliznakova, costume design; Josh Epstein, lighting design; Cricket S Myers, sound design; Yee Eun Nam, projections; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. Andy Knight is the dramaturg. The stage manager is Jenny Jacobs.

The play has generous support from Honorary Producers Susan Schieldkret and David Dull, and Sarah J. McElroy. The play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. The media partner is 89.3 KPCC.

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:

Related Information for The Canadians

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. 29-Oct. 20. Low-priced preview performances run Sept. 29-Oct. 3. Ticket prices start at $24.

Performance Dates, Times

  • Previews
    • Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 1-3, at 7:45 p.m.
      Note: Friday, Oct. 4, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special note: There are no Monday performances.
  • Evenings:
    • Tuesdays-Sundays, Oct. 5-6; Oct. 8-13; and Oct. 15-19, at 7:45 p.m.
      • Note: There is no evening performance on Sunday, Oct. 20.
  • Matinees:
    • Saturdays-Sundays, Oct. 5-6; Oct. 12-13; October 19-20, 2 p.m.
  • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m.

Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussions: Tuesday, Oct. 8, and Wednesday, Oct. 9. Discuss the play with The Canadians cast members during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Julianne Argyros Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Oct. 12, 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 The Canadians. 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.

2019-20 Productions: American Mariachi, Sept. 7-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 Scarlett 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

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.