Presented April 29-May 1, the festival will stage two fully produced world premieres by Moses and Lauren Gunderson, as well as staged readings of plays by White, Catherine Trieschmann, Steven Drukman, Meg Miroshnik, and a musical from Gwon and Octavio Solis.
Here's a look at the works:
Silent Sky (Gunderson): "A beautiful historical drama based on the life of turn-of-the-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt."
Completeness (Moses): "A comedy about two graduate students who find that love is the most complicated algorithm of all."
The Prince of Atlantis (Drukman): "Funny and full of surprises, it finds an imprisoned seafood importer trying to manage the sudden appearance of the son he gave up for adoption 30 years earlier."
How the World Began (Trieschmann): "Veteran Catherine Trieschmann explores a modern-day dust-up over evolution in a Midwestern school."
The Droll (Miroshnik): "Imagines a ragtag troupe attempting to organize a secret performance of Hamlet in a world in which theatre has been outlawed."
Annapurna (White): "Takes its name from one of the world’s highest mountains, [and] investigates the relationship between a dying, reclusive poet and his ex-wife, who re-appears at his trailer doorstep just as suddenly as she disappeared 20 years earlier."
Cloudlands (Gwon/Solis): "About family secrets and deadly desires."
Among the plays previously developed during the Pacific Playwrights Festival are Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics, Rolin Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole.
For tickets and information, visit SCR.org or call (714) 708-5555.