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 4, 1988 |
1963--David Emmes, a drama teacher at Long Beach City College, accepts an offer from a Long Beach community theater group to produce a play at its Off-Broadway Theater. A San Francisco State College acquaintance, Martin Benson, who had been looking for acting jobs in Hollywood, joins Emmes in a production of "La Ronde" that opens in August. 1964--Pleased with "La Ronde," the Off-Broadway board asks Emmes to produce a summer series.
July 15, 2013 |
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.
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.
April 2, 2010 |
Eight years ago, Julia Cho came to South Coast Repertory for the first time. She was a novice author, still in grad school, and excited to have her play, "99 Histories," read at the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Her visit was "amazing," she recalls. "I couldn't believe they were going to fly me to Costa Mesa from New York and put me up in a hotel, let alone put on my play." The experience also proved to be "a little intimidating," she says. "I was glad to be there, but I wasn't sure I belonged with all the older, more established playwrights."
March 18, 2013 |
The spectacle of Charlie digging into a family-size bucket of fried chicken is one of the sadder sights in "The Whale," Samuel D. Hunter's mordantly funny, bitterly angry and ultimately deeply moving portrait of a morbidly obese man stuffing himself to death after his lover's death. As played by Matthew Arkin (with fleshy prosthetics and makeup wizardry adding elephantine girth to the actor's medium build), Charlie is willfully drowning in his own flab - nearly 600 pounds of it. But please don't get the idea that this play, having its West Coast premiere at South Coast Repertory under the direction of Martin Benson, is setting up a situation that could be resolved by the dictatorial intervention of celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels.