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By Brian Robin

An Artist of Many Talents

The last time SCR audiences saw Kim Martin-Cotten on stage came in 2023, when she stepped in to play Birdie Hubbard for three performances of The Little Foxes when Tessa Auberjonois fell ill. She drew critical praise for her portrayal of the complex role.

Now, audiences get to see another aspect of Martin-Cotten’s stage work. She makes her SCR directorial debut helming The Old Man and The Old Moon by PigPen Theatre Co. The Outside SCR production runs July 20-Aug. 11 at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Since joining SCR in 2021 as Associate Artistic Director and Co-Director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival, Martin-Cotten spends much of her time behind the scenes. She often works as SCR’s artistic department liaison with the actors and creative teams for productions.

A producer, director, actor and educator, Martin-Cotten held the positions of Artistic Producer and Associate Director of New Works for Kansas City Repertory Theatre before coming to SCR. She directed The Moors, an eight-person Twelfth Night, and a solo adaptation of Othello for Kansas City Repertory’s young company. Her other directing projects include The Dumbwaiter, Cabaret, Death of a Salesman, Proofand The Taming of the Shrew, among others.

Martin-Cotten also served as a Project Assistant to Anna Deavere Smith on her initial production of House Arrest First Edition at Arena Stage.

On stage, Martin-Cotten is an accomplished actor, with credits on Broadway, off-Broadway and at regional theatres all over the country. Among her acting highlights was understudying Lily Rabe as Portia in The Public Theater’s 2011 revival of The Merchant of Venice, opposite Al Pacino’s Shylock.

The Old Man and The Old Moon is an epic adventure across land, sea and sky–all in the name of love! Indie-folk music and ingenious staging transform this tall tale into a thrilling theatrical event like no other. The Old Man who keeps the moon filled with light wakes up one morning to find his wife has gone, lured away by a mysterious melody. In his quest to find her, he encounters colorful characters, gets caught in an apocalyptic storm and is swallowed by a giant fish. Can he find her before the moon runs out of light and the world plunges into darkness?

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South Coast Repertory

South Coast Repertory is a Tony Award-winning theatre is known for producing classics, contemporary hits and world premieres, for having the largest new-play development program in the nation and for advancing the art of theatre in service to the community. 

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