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May 3, 2007
10th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival All events are at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Go to www.scr.org for tickets and more information.  Friday 1 p.m. on the Argyros Stage A staged reading of “Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself) — An Entertainment” by Donald Margulies 3:30 p.m. on the Segerstrom Stage A staged reading of “Boleros for the Disenchanted” by José Rivera 7:45 p.m. on the Argyros Stage “System Wonderland” by David Wiener 7:45 p.m. in the Nicholas Studio A workshop production of “Po’ Boy Tango” by Kenneth Lin 8:00 p.m. on the Segerstrom Stage “My Wandering Boy” by Julie Marie Myatt Saturday 10:30 a.m. on the Segerstrom Stage A staged reading of “Our Mother’s Brief Affair” by Richard Greenberg 2 p.m. on the Argyros Stage “System Wonderland” 2:30p.
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June 16, 2001
Young Chang From a farm in South Wales to a prep school in South Africa, from a shabby stage graced by a theater-hopeful named William Shakespeare to a stop at Costa Mesa's Noguchi Garden, this year's Pacific Playwrights Festival is as varied in subject as it is in locale. With 10 productions, more than eight script readings and a collaboration production by five Latino writers for SCR's Hispanic Playwright's Project, playgoers and play-writers will gather at the Repertory through July 1 to see as well as be seen.
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By Jessie Brunner | May 3, 2007
New York-based playwright David Wiener, who was born at Hoag Hospital and was raised in Irvine, is back in town to present the world premiere of his latest production at South Coast Repertory, the very place where he was first exposed to theater as a young boy. "System Wonderland," the comedic tale of a Hollywood couple whose careers are declining, is part of the 10th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, running Friday through Sunday....
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September 8, 2000
South Coast Repertory recently appointed Tom Aberger and Nicki Genovese to its executive staff. Aberger, who most recently came from the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, is the new production manager. He oversees a full-time staff of 30 and part-time staff members at the repertory's technical departments. He creates and supervises production budgets and interacts with directors and designers for 13 stage productions. His other projects include a touring show for schools and the Pacific Playwrights Festival in June.
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March 12, 2008
South Coast Repertory has announced its 2008 Pacific Playwrights Festival the weekend of May 2 through 4 will feature seven new commissioned plays. The festival will highlight “The Injured Party” by Richard Greenberg and “What They Have” by Kate Robin, as well as staged readings of plays written by Amy Freed, Lauren Gunderson, John Kolvenbach and Lynn Nottage, and a workshop production by Sharr White. Artistic directors David Emmes and Martin Benson will be awarded May 1 the 2007-08 Margo Jones Medal for their achievements in pioneering the living theater.
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By Tom Titus | April 28, 2006
South Coast Repertory is launching yet another world premiere this weekend as part of the ninth annual Pacific Playwrights Festival. Officially scheduled for May 5 to 7, the festival includes the already-opened world premiere of Christopher d'Amboise's "The Studio" in the Segerstrom Theater and this weekend's first look at "Blue Door" by Tanya Barfield on the Julianne Argyros Stage. "Blue Door" is centered on the traditions of oral history, exploring issues that face America as a nation.
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April 8, 2005
Tom Titus Theatergoers who enjoy getting there first as new plays are being born will have a wealth of opportunities to do so in the next few months at South Coast Repertory. As it prepares for the annual Pacific Playwrights Festival -- which officially opens tonight with the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's "A Naked Girl on the Appian Way" -- the Costa Mesa theater also will be open Monday for the staged reading of Amy Freed's new work, "Restoration Comedy."
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January 21, 2005
Tom Titus One of South Coast Repertory's primary claims to fame in the realm of professional theater is its status as an incubator for new plays -- a direct outgrowth of the company's Pacific Playwrights Festival, which the company created in 1998. However, South Coast Rep was introducing audiences to new works long before the festival was established. Try 32 years before. Theatergoers of a certain age may recall that in 1966, the company's second year of local activity, a play called "Chocolates" was presented at South Coast Repertory's first theater, the Second Step on Villa Way in Newport Beach.
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May 19, 2000
South Coast Repertory is holding auditions for its Professional Conservatory, an intensive eight-week summer training program for serious acting students. Professional Conservatory classes will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, June 6 through July 29 at the theater. The classes will coincide with its third annual Pacific Playwrights Festival of new plays by budding young writers. Professional Conservatory is taught by Karen Hensel, an actress who has performed at SCR for 20 years and won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for her role in SCR's production of "Top Girls."
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By David Ng | February 25, 2014
New dramas by award-winning New York playwrights Adam Rapp, Theresa Rebeck and Rajiv Joseph will be part of the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival, scheduled for April 25 to 27 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. This year's festival will feature three fully staged productions plus four readings of new plays, according to the Los Angeles Times . The staged productions will include Rapp's new play, "The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois," about a reclusive, troubled man; the previously announced "Rest," by Samuel Hunter, whose play "The Whale" was produced last year at South Coast Repertory; and "Five Mile Lake" by Rachel Bonds.
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By Michael Miller | May 30, 2013
South Coast Repertory, which will celebrate its 50th season beginning in August, announced its lineup for 2013-14 late Thursday afternoon. The schedule, which features regular plays on the Segerstrom and Julianne Argyros stages as well as youth theater offerings, begins with Arthur Miller's 1949 classic "Death of a Salesman" on Aug. 30. Among the final plays is "Tartuffe" by the 17th-century French playwright Moliere — the first production South...
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By Michael Miller | April 25, 2013
Much like an Oscar category, they're five highly coveted slots that come once a year. The Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory, which takes place every spring, annually presents five staged readings of plays in addition to its two full productions. (Noah Haidle's "Smokefall" and Beau Willimon's "The Parisian Woman," both playing this weekend, are the full offerings.) The staged readings, which feature actors without costumes or props and sometimes with scripts in hand, spotlight playwrights who run the gamut from newcomers to veterans with distinguished lineage.
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By Tom Titus | July 12, 2012
When a theater company announces a new season, chances are it's dotted with plays that have been staged once or twice locally. Which is why South Coast Repertory's 2012-13 lineup is truly special. You won't find a familiar title among the nine productions announced for the first full season under the aegis of Marc Masterson, SCR's new artistic director. You may have heard of one or two, but you haven't seen them at the Costa Mesa theater complex. An example is "Absurd Person Singular," the farcical English comedy which leads off the season on the Segerstrom Stage from Sept.
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By Candice Baker, Special to the Pilot | April 19, 2012
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.
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By Tom Titus | June 30, 2011
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.
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From the Los Angeles Times | August 10, 2010
New and recent works by award-winning playwrights Annie Baker, Sarah Ruhl and Itamar Moses are among the offerings in South Coast Repertory's 2010-11 lineup, which begins in September. The Costa Mesa theater company said it will mount 10 main productions as part of the upcoming season. Ruhl's "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)," which received a Tony nomination this year for best drama, will make its local debut at SCR in a production running from Sept. 26 to Oct. 17. The comic play is set during the Victorian era and follows the introduction of a new electronic device made specifically for women.
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By Tom Titus | July 15, 2010
Along with the usual collection of new plays and world premieres, seasoned audiences at South Coast Repertory will find another category in the just-announced 2010-11 season: revivals. Three of the shows in the upcoming lineup have been presented before on the SCR stage: George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance," Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Richard Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain," the latter having been a world premiere when first produced locally. "Misalliance," Shaw's comic epic about the relationship between parents and children, will open the Segerstrom Stage's new season Sept.
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By Gretchen Meier | March 29, 2010
The 2010-11 season at South Coast Repertory includes a Shakespeare classic, a playwright festival, audience favorites and venue premieres to appeal to both old and new patrons of the Costa Mesa institution. Fan favorites, George Bernard Shaw’s “Misalliance” and Richard Greenberg’s “Three Days of Rain,” bookend the upcoming season. Both will be brought to life by SCR founders artistic director Martin Benson and producing artistic director David Emmes, respectively.
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