By Brian Robin
What is It and Why is It the Theatrical Event of the Season?
Voices of America is the centerpiece of the 2022-23 SCR season, at once adventurous and a hat-tip to SCR’s tradition of producing extant plays with new ones. And it provides theatregoers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that has never been done before on any stage.
More specifically, Voices of America is a rotating repertory of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate. These two plays, written 80 years apart, both exploring family, history and legacy. They will share the Segerstrom Stage Jan. 28-Feb. 26, alternating performances.
They’ll share overlapping casts and the same set. Lisa Peterson will direct The Little Foxes and Delicia Turner Sonnenberg will helm Appropriate.
How does this work? Both plays will alternate performances. The Repertory begins with Appropriate on Saturday, Jan. 28. The next day, Sunday, Jan. 29, The Little Foxes is performed. Appropriate takes the stage again on Tuesday, Jan. 31, followed by The Little Foxes on Wednesday, Feb. 1, and so on.
After previews, both plays run Saturdays and Sundays, meaning you can see both plays, back-to-back on the same day. We suggest seeing both—and booking dinner reservations between shows.
“There is something just about the virtuosity and the craft of doing repertory theatre that I think is exciting,” SCR Artistic Director David Ivers said. “It’s rare. It’s unique … and I find that compelling.
“These two plays have never been done in rep before this and you won’t be able to see it anywhere else.”