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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 | Mike Boehm
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 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
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.
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.
March 8, 2013 | By David Ng
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.
April 11, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
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.
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.
June 28, 2001
7:45pm Theater "Nostalgia," by British playwright Lucinda Coxson, will have its world premiere on South Coast Repertory's second stage in November; aficionados interested in watching it grow to fruition can check out workshop showings, a trial run aimed at revealing any bugs that need to be corrected before the final production.
South Coast Repertory has been awarded a three-year, $550,000 grant in a major new initiative to support exemplary California arts organizations and to strengthen the state's arts community, officials announced Monday. The James Irvine Foundation will give SCR $150,000 annually for the next three seasons, plus $100,000 for a computer upgrade as part of its Cornerstone Arts Organizations program, foundation officials said.
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