June 3, 1999
* Theater. Second annual "Pacific Playwrights' Festival," workshop productions and staged readings of works by Rogelio Martinez, Jose Rivera, Jonathan Ceniceroz, Eduardo Andino, Richard Greenberg, Marlane Meyer, Donald Margulies, Nicky Silver and Tom Donaghy, plus mainstage premiere of John Glore's "On the Jump," opens June 10 at 8 p.m. at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Call for schedules. $8 for readings, $12 to $18 for workshop productions; "On the Jump," $28 to $43.
January 24, 2003 |
Rolin Jones, an unknown, L.A.-raised playwright who is still in graduate school, will get a prominent showcase as South Coast Repertory stages the world premiere of his "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow," May 2-18 on its Julianne Argyros Stage. The play concerns Jennifer Marcus, a 22-year-old genius who lives as a shut-in because of a psychological disorder. She reaches out to the world via the Internet, forging an alter-ego for herself as she searches for her Chinese birth mother.
April 9, 1999
Newport Beach native Mark Rucker, an associate artist with South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, was awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Theatre Artist Residency Program, South Coast Repertory officials announced Thursday. The money will allow Rucker to help lead the Pacific Playwrights Festival, June 10-20, and participate in other season and long-range planning for SCR. Rucker is slated to direct two SCR productions in the 1999-2000 season and two in 2000-01.
March 25, 2006 |
For the first time in nearly two decades, South Coast Repertory will stage a play by William Shakespeare, as part of its 2006-07 season. The inclusion of "Hamlet," directed by Daniel Sullivan and starring Hamish Linklater in the title role, marks a first for the Costa Mesa theater: It has never performed "Hamlet." The Segerstrom Stage season will open with George Walker's "Nothing Sacred," a play based on "Fathers and Sons," a novel by Russian author Ivan Turgenev.
March 8, 2013 |
The world premiere of Beau Willimon's "The Parisian Woman" at South Coast Repertory will star TV veteran Dana Delany as one half of a powerful Washington couple. Actor Steven Culp will also appear in the new political drama. "The Parisian Woman" will run April 14-May 5 in a production directed by Pam Mackinnon. The production is part of SCR's 2013 Pacific Playwrights Festival. Willimon is the writer behind the recent Netflix series "House of Cards," based on the popular BBC drama of the same name.
June 10, 1999
Jazz historian and collector Mark Cantor has organized "Jazz on Film," a two-hour program of film clips of such jazz greats as Duke Ellington, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Howlin' Wolf, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Big Mama Thornton, the big bands of Count Basie, Woody Herman and Charlie Barnet, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Thelonious Monk and Jack Teagarden. The film program, which is presented by the L.A.
April 11, 1999 |
The founding fathers of South Coast Repertory, Martin Benson and David Emmes, have entered their 60s--Benson is 62, Emmes 60. The company is in its 35th season. No one is suggesting that Benson and Emmes are about to retire, but certainly some theatergoers have begun to wonder who might take over Orange County's most prominent theatrical institution when the occasion arises. Last week, a possibility for the succession came into sharper view.
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May 31, 2000 |
A business decision on the East Coast and an aesthetic change of heart at home prompted South Coast Repertory's decision to replace two of the plays previously announced for the 2000-01 season on its Second Stage. Instead of leading off the fall season with Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming," first seen at SCR in 1968, the Costa Mesa theater will offer another mid-'60s British work, Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane," which was staged at SCR in 1967.
November 15, 2012 |
Porn on Broadway? No, it's not the second coming of "Oh! Calcutta!" It's a new comedy called "The Performers," set amid the colorful vulgarity of an adult-movie awards show. The play opened Wednesday at the Longacre Theatre with a cast that includes Henry Winkler, Alicia Silverstone, Daniel Breaker and Cheyenne Jackson. "The Performers," by David West Read, follows a tabloid journalist (Breaker) who is attending the awards show to interview a former high school classmate (Jackson)
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February 10, 2000
The award of a three-year, $300,000 foundation grant to South Coast Repertory to develop new plays is deserved recognition of the good work done by the Costa Mesa theater and is a significant boost for the development of the arts in Orange County. Since it opened more than 30 years ago, and especially after moving to its present location in 1978, South Coast Repertory has grown into a centerpiece of Orange County's arts scene.