COSTA MESA — The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given South Coast Repertory $300,000 over the next three years to continue the Pacific Playwrights Festival, an annual late-spring event designed as a launching pad for new plays.
The playwrights festival will have its third run this June at the Costa Mesa theater. The Mellon Foundation helped underwrite the first two festivals with a two-year, $175,000 grant.
The festival brings playwrights to the South Coast Repertory to refine plays in progress in private workshops with directors and other creative advisors.
They are then staged for the public, either in full productions with costumes and scenery, or in readings given by casts of actors wearing street clothes.