South Coast Repertory will begin its first season under new artistic director Marc Masterson with a trip back in time with Jane Austen followed by the world premiere of a modern drama set in the American Midwest.
The Costa Mesa professional theater's 2011-12 season gets underway Sept. 9 with the stage version of Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice," which already has entertained audiences at Golden West College and Vanguard University. It's a story of five young sisters, all but one in pursuit of an eligible bachelor newcomer, and will be directed by Kyle Donnelly.
Come Sept. 25, the scene shifts to Plainview, Kan., the buckle on the Bible Belt, where a new high school biology teacher has a different notion of "How the World Began" than the townsfolk. Directed by Daniella Topol, it's being staged in association with the Women's Project Theater.