Costa Mesa's South Coast Repertory is preparing for a whirlwind weekend, with the return of the 15th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival from April 27 to 29.
At the heart of the event is a set of five plays that will be given staged readings: "Warrior Class," "You Are Here," "I And You," "The Few" and "Smokefall."
"As in any given year, they're the five best plays across our doorway over the past year or so," said SCR Associate Artistic Director John Glore, also co-director of the Festival.
"We spend the entire year looking for plays to put in each year's Festival. There's a lot of variety in them, from realistic dramas to a very fantastic family story in 'Smokefall.' "
The Festival also opens and closes with the debuts of new shows: Steven Drukman's "The Prince of Atlantis," running through April 29, and Adam Gwon and Octavio Solis' musical "Cloudlands," which runs April 15 to May 6.