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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.
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February 4, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
It might seem odd that South Coast Repertory is presenting a revival of "The Light in the Piazza. " Renowned for developing new American plays, SCR isn't known for producing musicals. What's more, the show hasn't been away all that long. Bartlett Sher's original Broadway production had a spectacular run at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2006. But this more contained SCR production provides a unique perspective on "The Light in the Piazza," written by Craig Lucas (book) and Adam Guettel (music and lyrics)
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March 11, 1989
I find it very interesting to note that any entity that has gained some recognition is suddenly very vulnerable to attack by the L.A. Times writers. One wonders: Why the desire to attack when success is achieved? Is it simply the nature of the game? Or is it something much more complex? Whatever it is, I resent it. This time, Randy Lewis has attacked something very near and dear to me: South Coast Repertory Theatre ("Need $10,000? Let's See, Just Where's That Wallet?," Calendar March 5)
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January 7, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Stage and screen credits abound in Zoe Kazan's family - her parents are the screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord and her grandfather is the pioneering director Elia Kazan ("A Streetcar Named Desire"). But the 30-year-old actress and writer, who has lived in New York for the past 12 years, is wracking up a hefty IMDB page of her own. She is perhaps best known for having written and co-starred in the film "Ruby Sparks" with longtime boyfriend Paul Dano. Back when she was still studying drama at Yale University, however, her first play, "Absalom," premiered at the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2009; its follow-up, "We Live Here," premiered off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2011.  CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat Kazan costars with Daniel Radcliffe in the recently released film "The F Word" and she's been cast in a Broadway production planned for spring, but she can't reveal the title yet. In the meantime, Kazan's third play, "Trudy and Max in Love," opens at the South Coast Repertory on Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Charting a 2009-10 season in the face of economic head winds unprecedented in its 45 years, South Coast Repertory has made some concessions to the unforgiving climate but has chosen to stay mostly on course. Next season's play list for the Costa Mesa company, which made its name on the national scene as a launching pad for new work, features four world premieres out of nine main stage selections -- plus two new shows in the theater's three-play Theatre for Young Audiences series. But "King Lear," an expensive undertaking with about a dozen major characters and multiple scene changes, is being put off indefinitely after originally having been announced for the current season, then postponed a year.
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September 9, 1997 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
To open the new season on its mainstage, South Coast Repertory chose an Old Reliable, "Pygmalion," the Cinderella story that George Bernard Shaw spiked with ideas about class, dignity and sexual equality. This "Pygmalion" has been outfitted with a visually arresting production--down to the straps on the women's fashionable shoes--but it is guided by a sensibility that seems content with window dressing, content to let the familiar be familiar.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1991
South Coast Repertory recently received great news from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. The LADCC had nominated SCR for 10 Distinguished Achievement Awards. SCR co-founder Martin Benson was the only person to receive two nominations, and SCR's world premiere of "Search and Destroy," a challenging play that we had commissioned and developed, had won the first Ted Schmitt Award for Best New Play. To Orange County readers, however, it appeared that SCR had been embarrassed by the nominations: The Times Orange County Edition ("SCR Not So Dominant in Critics Circle," Calendar, Feb. 27)
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February 4, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
It might seem odd that South Coast Repertory is presenting a revival of "The Light in the Piazza. " Renowned for developing new American plays, SCR isn't known for producing musicals. What's more, the show hasn't been away all that long. Bartlett Sher's original Broadway production had a spectacular run at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2006. But this more contained SCR production provides a unique perspective on "The Light in the Piazza," written by Craig Lucas (book) and Adam Guettel (music and lyrics)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1987
South Coast Repertory Theatre has announced the receipt of grants totaling $160,000 for operating expenses and facilities expansion programs. Mission Viejo Business Properties and the Mission Viejo Co. donated $100,000. Part of this grant will go toward underwriting a later matinee performance for Saddleback Valley-area high school students. The other grants, both $25,000, are from Pacific Mutual and Citicorp. SCR also announced a $10,000 Producers Circle gift from Nordstrom.
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May 24, 1989 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
David Emmes, producing artistic director of South Coast Repertory Theatre, left this week for Singapore to explore the prospect of an SCR tour of the Far East with stops in Hong Kong and Tokyo. "The Singapore Arts Festival extended an invitation for the company to come over with a production in June of 1990," Martin Benson, who co-directs the Costa Mesa troupe, said Tuesday. "We've talked about the possibility of doing two plays there in repertory. I think it probably will be a 'go.' " Benson cautioned, however, that Emmes hadn't yet seen the theatrical facilities in Singapore.
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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 9, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
It's always a privilege to be in the company of an actor who doesn't worry about being liked by an audience, who refuses to ingratiate himself as a performer to soften the sharp edges of his character. Charlie Robinson, star of the South Coast Repertory revival of "Death of a Salesman," is such an actor. His Willy Loman isn't out to win fans and influence producers. This veteran salesman is too bitter to put on a smiling face. Simple courtesies elude him. When his wife tells him she bought American cheese instead of Swiss, he growls in disgust.
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July 15, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The world is used to watching actual or fictitious Orange Countians on television in “Arrested Development,” “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and “The O.C.” South Coast Repertory, the county's flagship theater company, is doing its own part in cultivating indigenous O.C. stories and characters for the stage. In the newly announced “CrossRoads Commissioning Project,” South Coast Rep will use a $150,000 grant from the Time Warner Foundation to send six playwrights into the field for encounters with O.C. communties - ethnic or other -- from which they're expected to draw inspiration for new plays.
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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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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.
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October 29, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Parents give us life. In return, if chronology is respected, we watch them die. Out of this human trial, Bill Cain, author of "Equivocation" and "9 Circles," has created an autobiographical drama about the last year of his mother's life. A time of illness, old family grievances, a mountain of love and the challenge of coming to terms. It's not easy to criticize a play like "How to Write a New Book for the Bible," now at South Coast Repertory in a production directed by Kent Nicholson and starring SCR favorite Linda Gehringer as the dying matriarch.
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.
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September 10, 1985 | Benjamin Epstein
The children are back to school; the grown-ups are back to galas. For Orange County society, South Coast Repertory's Onstage Ball on Saturday night marked the beginning of the season. (The ball was not, however, the "first major society event to be held at the new Irvine Hilton and Towers," as releases indicated; that might get some argument from supporters of Orangewood, who held their Orange Blossom Ball at the hotel last June.
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October 12, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
South Coast Repertory is the first of seven Southern California arts organizations to detail its plans for its share of $3.65 million in grants that the James Irvine Foundation issued this month in hopes of prodding arts groups to go to the people rather than waiting for the people to come to them. The San Francisco-based foundation is a leading force in the funding of California nonprofit arts groups, funneling more than $16.5 million to them annually. It recently tweaked its grant-making strategy to encourage new approaches.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2011
Few 18th century authors have achieved the modern popular success that Jane Austen now enjoys. Her novels are always in print, and in the last decades they have been adapted into films and television miniseries, from "Sense and Sensibility," "Emma," Persuasion" and "Mansfield Park" to perhaps her best-known work, "Pride and Prejudice. " Now the story of the Bennet sisters has been adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan for a South Coast Repertory production that begins previews Friday and opens Sept.
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