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New Scr Season Includes Premieres By 5 Americans

July 18, 1986|HERMAN WONG

South Coast Repertory Theatrewill offer five world-premiere productions by American playwrights--including Keith Reddin's "Highest Standard of Living" and Craig Lucas' "Three Postcards"--in the 1986-87 season at the two-playhouse complex in Costa Mesa.

At the Mainstage playhouse, SCR's producing artistic director, David Emmes, will direct the Reddin work, which opens the season Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 12. Norman Rene will direct the Lucas play, Jan. 6 through Feb. 8.

Arthur Giron's "Charley Bacon and His Family," a work developed in SCR's Hispanic Playwrights Project, will be presented April 7 through May 10 at the Mainstage. It will be directed by SCR artistic director Martin Benson.

Others in the six-play Mainstage season are Tad Mosel's "All the Way Home," Oct. 21 through Nov. 23, directed by Benson; Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," Feb. 24 through March 29, directed by Edward Payson Call; and Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing," May 19 through June 21 (director to be announced).

Lisa Loomer's "Birds," also developed in SCR's Hispanic Playwrights Project, will be one of two world-premiere works by Americans staged in the Second Stage playhouse. "Birds" will run Nov. 7 through Dec. 7 (director to be announced). The other work will be Neal Bell's "Cold Sweat," March 13 through April 12. Emmes will direct.

Caryl Churchill's "Cloud 9" will open the Second Stage playhouse schedule. It will be presented Sept. 26 through Oct. 26 and will be directed by Jules Aaron.

Also set at the Second Stage are Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love," Jan. 23 through Feb. 22, directed by Benson, and the premiere of an SCR-commissioned play April 24.

SCR also announced that it has raised $2.5 million in its campaign to raise $6.5 million over the next five years. SCR is constructing an 11,000-square-foot annex for technical and administrative spaces, and also establishing an endowment fund.

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