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July 31, 2012
South Coast Repertory has hired a new public relations director, the Costa Mesa-based theater company announced last week. Tania Thompson began her new post July 19, according to a news release. Thompson takes over for Soyia Ellison, who left to work for Habitat for Humanity in Georgia. Previously, Thompson was media relations director for the University of Idaho, according to the release. The Oregon native has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.
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July 5, 2002
South Coast Repertory will add the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning "Proof," a David Auburn play, to its 2002-03 season. The work, to be staged with guest director Michael Bloom, will run Jan. 10 through Feb. 9 after "Major Barbara" and before "Two Gentlemen of Verona" on the Segerstrom Stage. The story is a funny mystery about a genius, his family and the discovery of a mathematical proof. Information: (714) 708-5555. Nominees sought for artful business awards The Orange County Business Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2002 Business in the Arts Awards, which will be presented Nov. 24 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel.
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By: B.W. COOK | August 11, 2005
Wylie Aitken, co-host of the annual South Coast Repertory's August patron party with his lovely wife Bette, stood before the gathering in his home and told the crowd, "Permit me to quote Larry Higby when I say that I don't want to sell chairs -- I want to sell tables." Newport Beach's Higby, who with his wife Dee have been formidable fundraisers for the repertory, was standing in a corner of the Aitken family room, listening. The crowd got the message.
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By Joanna Clay | July 19, 2010
COSTA MESA — Starting July 26, kids from around Orange County will have the opportunity to sharpen their acting chops through South Coast Repertory's Summer Acting Workshop. The two-week program offered by the acclaimed Costa Mesa theater production company is an introduction to acting for students in third- through 12th-grades. Students can learn the basics of the craft and have valuable encounters with industry professionals. "It teaches you so much about the industry," said Nicholas Huntley, a 14-year-old actor who got his start in the workshop.
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By Brianna Bailey | November 28, 2008
Actor Timothy Landfield showed up sporting an eerie-looking translucent Halloween mask, a wig and angel wings on the first day of rehearsal for South Coast Repertory’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” Another year he arrived clad in a tutu and the fat suit he wears for his role as the Ghost of Christmas Present. It’s an annual tradition of sorts for Landfield, who has been a part of South Coast’s “Christmas Carol” cast for the past eight or nine years — he’s lost count.
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By Ashley Breeding | December 31, 2008
His full name was Nero Claudius Caesar August Germanicus. He was known as Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus. And his original name was Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. But you probably know him as just Nero, the emperor who supposedly fiddled as Rome burned. And you’ll find out a lot more about Rome’s fifth emperor in Pulitzer-finalist Amy Freed’s new play, “You, Nero,” which premieres at South Coast Repertory on Sunday. Nero was a pretty nasty tyrant, known for his narcissism, and a cruel streak that extended to even killing his own mother.
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By Jessie Brunner | May 31, 2007
Hamish Linklater realizes that 99% of theater audiences likely know the plot of "Hamlet" and its bleak outcome, but the 30-year-old actor promises to impress both veterans and first-timers with his portrayal of the 400-year-old role at South Coast Repertory. The production of William Shakespeare's famous story of revenge, love and madness, which opens Friday, will be the first time the play will be performed at the Costa Mesa theater since its founding in 1964. "It's an interesting challenge walking into a room of people full of expectations, but there's probably like four people in the audience each night who don't know what's going to happen, so you still have to take care of them and act all surprised when you find out your uncle killed your father," Linklater said.
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March 14, 2014
The second annual Costa Mesa mayor's dinner will take place May 8 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The event, dubbed "Celebrating the Art of Leadership," will be held in the center's Samueli Theatre beginning at 5:30 p.m. This year's honorees are Costa Mesa's first female mayor, Norma Hertzog, and the co-founders of South Coast Repertory, David Emmes and Martin Benson. The founders of South Coast Collection, Scott Burnham and Bryon Ward, are slated to receive the Art of Leadership Award.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 4, 2014
Edgar Landa is intrigued by violence. But that's not to say he's a savage sort with a proclivity for destruction, the Hollywood fight choreographer is quick to add. Starting out as an actor, Landa began training with fight directors as he followed his curiosity about that place in each of us where the capacity for violence resides. He strove to understand what people are capable of under stress or when driven by rage or passion. On the flip side, does a victim fight back?
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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 Rhea Mahbubani | January 28, 2014
If you ever watched Disney's 1998 romantic comedy "The Parent Trap," then you most likely saw Erin Mackey - but you would have had no way of knowing that it was her. Such is the life of an acting and photo double. Only the back of her head or a bit of her profile, captured at a distance, made it into some shots, said the Fullerton native. Mackey, who was active in her hometown's Children's Repertory Theater, missed six months of sixth grade to take the role. Although she and Lindsay Lohan haven't stayed in touch, Mackey recalled dressing up in matching outfits with the young star of the movie and attempting to fool people on the set. "It's good that I was 11, because what 11-year-old is going to know what to do anyway?"
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By Jill Cowan | January 23, 2014
What's in a name? A lot, said Paul Folino, former president of the South Coast Repertory board. It just doesn't have to be his. "I've never done anything I've done in Orange County to get my name on a building," he said Wednesday night, just after a dedication ceremony for the renamed David Emmes and Martin Benson Theatre Center. Together, Emmes and Benson founded South Coast Repertory and served as its artistic directors. At the company's 50th season gala in September, Folino said it was about time the pair's contributions to the repertory were recognized - even if it meant replacing his own name on the company's flagship venue.
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By Michael Miller | December 12, 2013
Ask any random group of patrons of the Orange County theater world, and they can probably tell you that Hal Landon Jr. has played Ebenezer Scrooge in South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol" for the last 34 years. What they may not know is that Landon isn't the only person who's stayed with the annual holiday production since 1980. While the actor has traced Scrooge's metamorphosis from gruff curmudgeon to bringer of cheer, the same director, John-David Keller, has guided him from the wings each time.
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By Hannah Fry | October 25, 2013
Essays, videos and photographs from more than 200 Costa Mesa students proved there's no place quite like home for the city's youth. Participants, some as young as fifth graders, participated in the fourth-annual contest by the Costa Mesa Library Foundation. Students responded to this year's prompt, "My Favorite Place in Costa Mesa," with essays, photos and videos featuring areas like the city's parks, the O.C. Fair and art and performance venues. The contest is one way to keep the community aware of the need for a new central library and improved library services in the city, foundation President Barbara Steck.
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October 25, 2013
Editor's note: The following are the essay winners from the Costa Mesa Library Foundation awards. They have been minimally edited for newspaper style. My favorite place in Costa Mesa is the Segerstrom Concert Hall. The Segerstrom Concert Hall is a place where the Pacific Symphony plays their concerts. It looks like a humongous auditorium with soft red chairs everywhere. In the very front, the whole symphony is playing their music. The hall is very big so the sound of all the instruments can be heard.
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By B.W. Cook | September 26, 2013
There was a time, not many years ago, when Orange County was the cultural stepchild of Los Angeles. Boy, have things changed. Today, on many fronts, the O.C. leads the charge in such areas as the performing arts, visual arts, healthcare and scientific advancement, and all the while enjoying a standard of living that is enviable worldwide. The proof of Orange County's cultural achievement was displayed Saturday evening at a first-class event marking the golden anniversary of South Coast Repertory.
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By Jim Carnett | August 26, 2013
It was an assignment for my acting fundamentals class my freshman year in college. I was to recite something from great Western literature. Lucian Davis Scott, head of Orange Coast College's theater department from 1955 to 1969, taught the course. He was a kick. Known to students and fellow faculty and staff members as "Luke," Mr. Scott had a passion and flare for teaching drama. Not only did Luke teach and direct plays and musicals at Coast, but he also starred in several campus shows over the years.
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