Mystage Guide

Here's the lowdown on the plays in 201​8-1​9 on both of our stages.
Segerstrom Stage
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
​by Jane Austen
​adapted by Jessica Swale
directed by Casey Stangl
September 1-29, 2018

The Dashwood sisters—practical Elinor and impulsive Marianne—are of good social standing and marriageable age. When Father dies and their half-brother skimps on their inheritance, they are forced to leave their grand estate for a tiny, cold cottage. Just as life seems its bleakest, a handsome stranger arrives on horseback and the sisters are convinced their futures are secured. Follow Elinor and Marianne as they chase their dreams from Devonshire to London and back in this charming romantic classic.

Recommendation: Age 12 and ​above.

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KINGS
​by ​Sarah Burgess
directed by Damaso Rodri​guez
October 13 - November 10, 2018

Fresh from New York, this incisive comedy takes an unflinching look at how things get done in Washington. When Sydney Millsap wins a seat in Congress, she’s determined to drain the swamp. Then she meets Kate, a whip-smart lobbyist who gets her clients what they want​—whatever they want. When Kate helps Sydney try to unseat a powerful senator steeped in cronyism, the result is a “sleek, fast-paced, absorbing and very funny” (Vogue) exploration of money’s corrosive effect on politics.

Recommendation: ​High school and above. Contains adult language.

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Kings has replaced the previously announced Native Gardens.


SWEENEY TODD
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

​​music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by Hugh Wheeler
directed by Kent Nicholson
January 19 - Feburary 16, 2019

In a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop, Sweeney Todd plots revenge on the lecherous judge who wronged him and his family. In the seedy underbelly of 19th-century London, desperate times lead to diabolical schemes—and strange alliances. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary songs like “Pretty Women” and “Not While I’m Around,” this Tony Award-winning masterpiece was proclaimed, “more fun than a graveyard on the night of the annual skeleton’s ball” by The New York Daily News.

Recommendation: ​High school and above. Contains adult language.

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POOR YELLA REDNECKS
​by ​Qui Nguyen
directed by May Adrales
​March 30 - April 27, 201​9

In the award-winning Vietgone, Qui Nguyen recounted his parents’ hot and hilarious courtship in a Vietnamese refugee camp in 1975. Now, six years later, Tong and Quang are building new lives in a foreign land called Arkansas. But marriage is hard​—especially when she’s having doubts and his first one isn’t over yet. One family’s history makes for a raucously funny, deeply moving take on the immigrant story, told with hip-hop style.

Recommendation: ​High school and above. Contains adult language.

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M. B​UTTERFLY
​by David Henry Hwang
May 11 - June 8, 201​9

When this rich, compelling drama debuted on Broadway, it became an instant sensation, sweeping the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle ​awards. A married French diplomat. A mysterious Chinese opera diva. A passionate 20-year affair. Inspired by true events, this break-out hit by the author of Chinglish and Golden Child proved much more than a steamy tale of seduction. Obsession, perception and the allure of fantasy make for a remarkable tale of espionage and betrayal described as “visionary” by The New York Times.

Recommendation: ​High school and above. Contains adult language.

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Julianne Argyros Stage
​VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
​by ​Christopher Durang
directed by Bart DeLorenzo
September 30 - October 21, 2018

In Bucks County, PA, Vanya and Sonia share a country house where they fret endlessly—and amusingly—about their hapless lives. When Masha, their self-absorbed movie-star sister, and her much, much younger boy toy, Spike, visit for the weekend, the entire household gets hilariously upended. Rivalries are rekindled, resentments rage, the housekeeper blurts out strange prophecies and Masha announces she’s selling the house. A tongue-in-cheek homage to Chekhov, this Tony Award-winning comedy was described as “deliciously madcap” by USA Today.

Recommendation: ​Age 14 and ​above. Adult language and situations.

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CULTURE CLASH (STILL) IN AMERICA
​​written and performed by Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza
directed by Lisa Peterson
December 30, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Those equal​-opportunity offenders are back at it, bringing their special style of irreverent, thought-provoking social satire with them. SCR audiences first experienced their smart, outrageous ​comedy in a playful adaptation of The Birds and later with the wildly popular Culture Clash in Ameri​ca. With the world back under their microscope, expect laundry to be aired, public figures skewered and sacred cows poked. In other words: Classic Culture Clash!

Recommendation: ​High school and above.

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​​PHOTOGRAPH 51
​by ​​Anna Ziegler
Directed by Kimberly Senior
March 2-24, 2019

Rosalind Franklin was a British pioneer in science in the early 1950s, yet her groundbreaking role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure is still often overlooked. Based on a true story, Photograph 51 presents an intriguing portrait of a complex, courageous woman making her way in a male-dominated field. While rival teams of researchers compete for a breakthrough, Rosalind, focused and unbending, is locked in a race of her own. A hit in the West End, it was proclaimed “A triumph” by The Telegraph.

Recommendation: ​Age 14 and above.

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SHEEPDOG
​by ​​Kevin Artigue
directed by Leah C. Gardiner
​April 14 - May 5, 2019

What begins as a love story about two Cleveland cops​—an African-American woman who falls for her white male partner​—changes when he shoots a young black man in the line of duty. Amina loves Ryan.  But can she trust her heart when the truth about the shooting, and her man, becomes more and more slippery? A relationship gets shaken to the core in this riveting drama by an up-and-coming playwright.

Recommendation: ​Age 14 and above. Contains adult language

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