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South Coast Repertory’s 50th Season Play Lineup Announced

South Coast Repertory’s 50th season blends five world premieres with classics and modern masterpieces. The slate includes Arthur Miller’s American classic Death of a Salesman, the musical The Light in the Piazza and the world premiere of Rest by Samuel D. Hunter. The season concludes with the play that started it all for SCR in 1964: Molière’s Tartuffe. Season subscriptions are available now; single tickets go on sale in August.

50thseason South Coast Repertorys 50th Season Play Lineup Announced

“South Coast Repertory’s first half-century owes its success to both the vision and vitality of our founding directors and to the community that embraced live theatre,” said Artistic Director Marc Masterson. “We are celebrating the 2013-14 season in a way that focuses on our commitment to new works and classic plays, and looks ahead to ensure our vitality by connecting with our community in bold new ways.”

On the Segerstrom Stage:

  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, directed by Marc Masterson
  • 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, directed by David Emmes
  • The Light in the Piazza, book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
  • Rest by Samuel D. Hunter (world premiere), directed by Martin Benson
  • Tartuffe by Molière

The Julianne Argyros Stage: all world premieres

  • Fast Company by Carla Ching
  • Trudy and Max in Love Or That Forever Feeling (an affair in twenty four scenes) by Zoe Kazan (SCR commission)
  • Reunion by Gregory S Moss
  • TBA: A World Premiere

Theatre for Young Audiences:

  • Ivy + Bean, based on the “Ivy and Bean” series of books by Annie Barrows
    book, music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen
  • James and the Giant Peach, adapted for the stage by David Wood
    based on the book by Roald Dahl
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, adapted by John Glore
    from the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

The 17th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival will feature five staged readings and two full productions April 25-27, 2014. The three-day festival attracts theatre professionals from across the nation, drawn by the chance to be the first to see some of the best new plays in the country. To date, PPF has presented 98 staged readings of works by 82 playwrights.

The season features the Orange County holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, with Hal Landon Jr., Nov. 29 through Dec. 26. Single tickets for this show go on sale in late August.

Special events, including an open house and backstage tours, also are part of the 50th season celebration.

“The 50th season builds on the 49 seasons that came before, with a range of plays that reflect our passion for both new work and the classics, but with an emphasis on ‘new,’” said Paula Tomei, managing director. “The foundation for SCR was laid by David and Martin and the great Orange County community leaders and audiences over the decades. We’re enthusiastic about what the coming years hold in store and, in the spirit of our founders, will continue to dream big.”

Founding Artistic Directors Emmes and Benson were fresh out of San Francisco State College in the early 1960s when they created South Coast Repertory. They are the recipients of numerous awards, including LADCC lifetime achievement awards and the Margo Jones Award for lifetime achievement. SCR has received accolades for artistic excellence, including a Tony Award, numerous awards from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and two SCR-developed works have won Pulitzer Prizes, while another eight were named Pulitzer finalists.

“The 50th season is an exciting time for SCR,” said Emmes. “It’s an opportunity to reflect on the exciting and creative challenges that have come to us through the years, and it’s a time to continue moving forward with SCR’s work. Our growth has been a remarkable odyssey in Orange County and is a testament to the wonderful and dynamic audience and community that welcomes the kind of work we do. We’re thankful to the community leadership that has supported our efforts and to the long line of extraordinary artists who have brought their wonderful talents to our stages. We’re looking forward to undertaking remarkable new plays.”

“I am thrilled to be directing another world premiere by Sam Hunter, who is a rising star,” said Benson, who earlier directed Hunter’s play The Whale. “Works such as his continue our dream to nurture and support new plays and great new playwrights—and this season alone, we will have five world premieres—which has been one of our important goals since the beginning.”

Season tickets are currently available by subscription only, and may be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or in person at the SCR box office. Packages range from $48 to $300. Single tickets will be available to the public on Aug. 1. All dates and plays are subject to change.

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