South Coast Repertory is gearing up for the start of its 2010-2011 season, which will kick off Sept. 10 with a staging of George Bernard Shaw’s mischevious “Misalliance.”
It will be a season bookended by two audience favorites from seasons past: “Misalliance,” brought to life by SCR Artistic Director Martin Benson, and Richard Greenberg’s Pulitzer-nominated “Three Days of Rain,” directed by Producing Artistic Director David Emmes.
The new season also includes William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by SCR Associate Artist Mark Rucker, who has distinguished himself in the world of classical theatre.
Also on tap are the Southland premieres of three plays by talented female playwrights: Annie Baker’s 2009 New York hit and Obie winner, “Circle Mirror Transformation,” Gina Gionfriddo’s wicked relationship comedy “Becky Shaw,” and Sarah Ruhl’s spirited historical comedy “In the Next Room, or the vibrator play.”
The 2010-2011 season will also of course include the 31st rendition of holiday favorite “A Christmas Carol,” starring Hal Landon, Jr., Nov. 27 through Dec. 26.
Also on tap is the 14th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, one of the preeminent festivals of new plays in the United States. The festival, which features five staged readings and two full productions, will take place April 29 – May 1, 2011. Watch for news on which play will fill the remaining open slot.
And SCR’s Theatre for Young Audiences season features three lively and colorful productions for the entire family, including the return of the popular “Sideways Stories from Wayside School.” It will be followed by “Lucky Duck,” a new musical from the creators of “Dreamgirls,” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
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The 2010-2011 Season:
- “Misalliance” by George Bernard Shaw (Sept. 10 – Oct. 10) Segerstrom Stage
- “In the Next Room or the vibrator play” by Sarah Ruhl (Sept. 26 – Oct. 17) Julianne Argyros Stage
- “Becky Shaw” by Gina Gionfriddo (Oct. 22 – Nov. 21) Segerstrom Stage
- “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, adapted by Jerry Patch (Nov. 27-Dec. 26) Segerstrom Stage
- “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker (Jan. 9 – 30, 2011) Julianne Argyros Stage
- “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare (Jan. 21 – Feb. 20, 2011) Segerstrom Stage
- “The Weir” by Conor McPherson (March 13 – April 3, 2011) Julianne Argyros Stage
- (To Be Announced) (April 1 – May 1, 2011) Segerstrom Stage. A world premiere production will debut as part of the 2011 Pacific Playwrights Festival.
- “Completeness” by Itamar Moses (April 17 – May 8, 2011) Julianne Argyros Stage.
- “Three Days of Rain” by Richard Greenberg (May 13-June 12, 2011) Segerstrom Stage
Theatre for Young Audiences Season
- “Sideways Stories from Wayside School,” adapted from Louis Sachar’s Wayside School novels by John Olive (Nov. 5-21) Julianne Argyros Stage
- “Lucky Duck,” book by Bill Russell and Jeffrey Hatcher, music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Bill Russell (Feb. 11-27) Julianne Argyros Stage
- “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, (May 20-June 5) Julianne Argyros Stage
All selections are subject to change.