World premieres by Amy Freed, Daniel Goldfarb, Richard Greenberg and David Lindsay-Abaire are among the plays to be performed as part of South Coast Rep's upcoming season, the 37th in the company's history. The season will run Sept. 1, 2000, through July l, 2001, on the company's two stages.
The four premieres are all comedies. Freed's The Bard of Avon is about the questionable authorship of Shakespeare's plays. Goldfarb's Modern Orthodox is about the choice between a traditional and a modern marriage. Greenberg's Everett Beekin is about three generations of a family assimilating in America. And Lindsay- Abaire's Kimberly Akimbo is about an eccentric family centered around a teenager who is old beyond her years.
Both Goldfarb and Lindsay-Abaire were represented on New York stages during the current season. Goldfarb's Adam Baum and the Jew Movie was produced by the Blue Light Theatre Company, while Manhattan Theatre Club saw Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers.
The mainstage season will also include the West Coast premiere of John Strand's Tom Walker, Yasmina Reza's Art, Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance and Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The latter play will be the season's Theatre Discovery Project, which provides additional performances discounted for students. It will also serve as the setup to Freed's comedy about Shakespeare. A fifth play will be announced later
Other upcoming SCR plays will include Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, Dickens' A Christmas Carol and La Posada Magica.Tickets are currently available through subscription only. Call (714) 708-5555. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent