The season in Costa Mesa, CA, begins with the world premiere of An Italian Straw Hat, an SCR-commissioned musical by John Strand and Dennis McCarthy. This new take on the Eugene Labiche romantic farce will play Sept. 5-Oct. 5 on the Segerstrom Stage.
Emmy Award-winning composer Dennis McCarthy (various "Star Trek" projects) teams up with Charles MacArthur prize winner John Strand (Tom Walker, Lovers and Executioners) and director Stefan Novinski for "the rollicking new musical." An Italian Straw Hat was presented as a staged reading at the 2007 Pacific Playwrights Festival, directed by Novinski.
The season also includes SCR-commissioned world premieres by Amy Freed, Lauren Gunderson and John Kolvenbach, Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone, and the classics The Heiress and Noises Off.
The 2008-2009 SCR season also includes:
King Lear by William Shakespeare (May 15–June 14, 2009) Segerstrom Stage. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof) returns to SCR to direct Shakespeare's masterpiece. The 2008-2009 season will also include the holiday favorites A Christmas Carol and La Posada Mágica (The Magical Journey). A Christmas Carol will be presented on the Segerstrom Stage Nov. 29-Dec. 27. La Posada Mágica, celebrating its 15th season, will be presented on the Julianne Argyros Stage Dec. 11–23.
SCR's Theatre for Young Audiences season features three productions for the entire family, on the Julianne Argyros Stage: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, based on the book by Judy Blume, adapted for the stage by Bruce Mason and directed by Jessica Kubzansky; A Year with Frog and Toad, music by Robert Reale, book and lyrics by Willie Reale, based on the books by Arnold Lobel, directed by Nick DeGruccio directs; The Brand New Kid, based on the children's book by Katie Couric, music by Michael Friedman, book by Melanie Marnich, lyrics by Michael Friedman and Melanie Marnich, directed by Shelley Butler.
The Pacific Playwrights Festival will take place May 1–3 and will feature presentations of seven new plays.
SCR's 2008-2009 NewSCRipts season consists of Monday-evening readings of plays by emerging and established writers.
Single tickets go on sale Aug. 11.
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Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory is under the artistic direction of David Emmes and Martin Benson. Founded in 1964, SCR is "committed to theatre that illuminates the compelling personal and social issues of our time, not only on its stages but through its education and outreach programs." While its productions "represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new play development program, including the Pacific Playwrights Festival."
Located in Costa Mesa, CA, in 2002 SCR opened the Folino Theater Center, an expanded three-theatre complex that includes the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.