July 14, 2013 |
It's rare for small theaters in Southern California to grow into midsize theaters because of the expense and risk that come with expanding from a storefront to a house of 100 seats or more. But the Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills, among the smallest at 49 seats, is contemplating a leap that would live up to the company's name. The Chance, which started in 1998 as Spare Change Productions in wry acknowledgment of its then-minuscule resources, is thinking of tripling its seating in the near future.
May 31, 2013 |
South Coast Repertory announced the lineup for its 50th season Thursday - and it includes the mix of new and recent works, classics and modern masterpieces they are known for. Among the highlights: Arthur Miller's “Death of a Salesman,” directed by the company's artistic director, Marc Masterson, with an all-black cast, starring Charlie Robinson as Willy Loman and the world premiere of the SCR-commissioned “Rest” by Samuel D. Hunter, which...
September 18, 2011 |
Being artistic director of a major regional stage company means you get to give everyone "notes" — theater lingo for putting in your two cents while a play is being readied. Being Marc Masterson, newly arrived as South Coast Repertory's artistic director, means you may still have to receive a note or two, at least when it comes to interior decorating. David Emmes, South Coast's co-founder and the previous occupant of Masterson's corner office at the Costa Mesa theater, had one to give after he saw the poster the new man had propped on a chest of drawers.
March 13, 2011 |
Have you noticed the way a few of the region's venerable nonprofit theaters have been turning into a marketing playground of star vehicles, empty-headed musicals and commercial retreads? The managers of these outfits, more impresarios than visionaries, seem to judge their own success by media buzz and box-office bumps. Connection to a community has become virtually an afterthought. One exception to this dismal trend is South Coast Repertory, which has stayed in the business of supporting American playwrights by regularly producing new American plays.
February 19, 2011 |
When Marc Masterson took charge of Actors Theatre of Louisville, the challenges included moving into the shadow of an illustrious predecessor, Jon Jory, whose 30-year tenure had included creating the Humana Festival of New American Plays, an important annual destination for theater insiders. FOR THE RECORD: Marc Masterson: An article in the Feb. 19 Calendar section about Marc Masterson's appointment as the next artistic director of South Coast Repertory gave the wrong title for a play by William Shakespeare.
February 5, 2010 |
South Coast Repertory announced Thursday that it aims to name a new artistic director in time for the season that begins in September, succeeding artistic director Martin Benson and producing artistic director David Emmes, the co-founders who have led the acclaimed Costa Mesa theater since 1964. Benson, 72, and Emmes, 71, won't be retiring, the theater said in a statement, but will continue under the title of founding directors, advising their successor and taking "an active role" in finding and developing the new plays that have been South Coast's leading claim to fame.