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September 23, 2013 | By David Ng
During their long tenure as artistic directors of South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, David Emmes and Martin Benson nurtured numerous plays that have gone on to national prominence, including "Wit" by Margaret Edson, "Three Days of Rain" by Richard Greenberg, "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire and "Collected Stories" by Donald Margulies. The duo stepped down from their joint post in 2011 but remain active at the company, regularly directing stage productions. SCR, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, announced Saturday that it is honoring its artistic co-founders by renaming its main venue, the Folino Theatre Center, after Emmes and Benson.
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September 23, 2013 | By David Ng
During their long tenure as artistic directors of South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, David Emmes and Martin Benson nurtured numerous plays that have gone on to national prominence, including "Wit" by Margaret Edson, "Three Days of Rain" by Richard Greenberg, "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire and "Collected Stories" by Donald Margulies. The duo stepped down from their joint post in 2011 but remain active at the company, regularly directing stage productions. SCR, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, announced Saturday that it is honoring its artistic co-founders by renaming its main venue, the Folino Theatre Center, after Emmes and Benson.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2010 | By Mike Boehm
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Amy Herzog's "4000 Miles" follows the bumpy relationship between a feisty nonagenarian and her directionless grandson, who turns up by surprise one day at her New York home. The play, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama this year, debuted in New York in 2011 in a production by Lincoln Center. It will make its local debut at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, opening Oct. 25. Herzog said in a recent phone interview that the character of Vera Joseph, a 91-year-old radical who has become a semi-recluse in her Greenwich Village apartment, was inspired by her own grandmother, whom she described as a hard-line leftist.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Reality Sets In: South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa is going to replace Allan Cubitt's "The Pool of Bethesda," previously announced for Nov. 3-Dec. 6 on the SCR Second Stage, with a smaller, less expensive show. Producing artistic director David Emmes explains that "we thought we had the budgetary wherewithal to take on a large-cast, costume-heavy show," but as the theater refined its projected 1992-93 operating budget of $5.9 million, "we found ("Bethesda") took too big a bite."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Amy Herzog's "4000 Miles" follows the bumpy relationship between a feisty nonagenarian and her directionless grandson, who turns up by surprise one day at her New York home. The play, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama this year, debuted in New York in 2011 in a production by Lincoln Center. It will make its local debut at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, opening Oct. 25. Herzog said in a recent phone interview that the character of Vera Joseph, a 91-year-old radical who has become a semi-recluse in her Greenwich Village apartment, was inspired by her own grandmother, whom she described as a hard-line leftist.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1991
David Emmes and Martin Benson of South Coast Repertory left out an extremely important word in their letter of May 26, "Funding the Arts Makes Good Dollars-and-Cents Sense for O.C." That word is some . As in, "By its nature, some art cannot survive in the marketplace." Otherwise, without the word some , there would be the ridiculous contradiction of Sam Goody Stores with their hundreds of affordable music tapes and CDs, Edwards Theatres with dozens of filmed performance art shows, cable TV with dozens of channels of artistic activities, and Laguna Beach with probably thousands of pieces of art of every composition conceivable.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1988
We read with interest your recent stories on the remarkable growth phenomenon of South Coast Repertory. These stories brought back years of memories. However, those of us who lived close to the formation and forward movement of this exciting group are dumbfounded and very disappointed at the glaring omission of the name of James dePriest. Jim dePriest started Actors Circle Theatre in Long Beach in 1965 with Ron Thronson. In 1967 this group merged with David Emmes and Martin Benson's group to form South Coast Repertory.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
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...
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September 18, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2011 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2010 | By Mike Boehm
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 1992 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The directors of two major Orange County arts organizations on Tuesday endorsed Democrat Bill Clinton for President, while the head of a third local arts group said he hadn't yet made a decision. David Emmes, producing artistic-director of South Coast Repertory, and Louis G. Spisto, executive director of the Pacific Symphony, said they think Clinton is a stronger supporter of the arts than President Bush.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1989 | JAN HERMAN
As previously reported in The Times, David Emmes has been exploring the prospect of an SCR tour of the Far East. Now that he's back from Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, he says a tour is more probable than ever. The idea had been gestating for "roughly a year," he said. It was spurred by Susan Whitten, a member of SCR's support guild who has overseas business interests and told officials of the Singapore Festival of Arts about the theater. Emmes estimates that it will cost "roughly $100,000" to take a production to Singapore in the third week of June, 1990.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2007 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S song apparently has it right: "Art isn't easy. Every minor detail is a major decision." At least there's no argument coming from behind the scenes at South Coast Repertory, where Nilo Cruz, the first Latino playwright to win a Pulitzer Prize, and Kate Whoriskey, a young director known for revving the classics with visual flair and bold allusions to present-day eruptions, are having a go at a nearly 400-year-old play that's one of the Spanish language's greatest hits.
OPINION
November 24, 2004
Re "Are Democrats Painted Into a Corner? Not Yet," Commentary, Nov. 19: Jonathan Chait's suggestion that the Democrats abandon supporting the National Endowment for the Arts to attract middle America's votes is uninformed and shortsighted. Surveys indicate that 79% of Americans favor governmental support for the arts. The NEA has enriched culture locally and nationally, enriched arts education and materially enriched local communities. But perhaps its greatest effect has been organizational support to young and deserving arts companies.
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