South Coast Repertory 50th Anniversary Lineup to Feature Death of a Salesman, 4000 Miles, Light in the Piazza and More

By Carey Purcell
June 3, 2013

South Coast Repertory has announced its 50th anniversary season.



The lineup will include Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, performed by an all-black cast and directed by the company's artistic director Marc Masterson and the world premiere of the SCR-commissioned Rest by Samuel D. Hunter, which will be directed by SCR co-founding artistic director Martin Benson.

The season will also feature Amy Herzog's drama 4000 Miles, directed by SCR co-founding artistic director David Emmes, and The Light in the Piazza, written by Craig Lucas with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, as well as a holiday production of A Christmas Carol.

The Julianne Argyros Stage: 4-Play Season will feature Trudy and Max in Love Or That Forever Feeling (an affair in twenty four scenes) by Zoe Kazan and Reunion by Greogry Moss.

Theatre for Young Audiences: 4-Play Season will include James and the Giant Peach and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.

The season at a glance follows.

Death of a Salesman
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Marc Masterson
Aug. 30-Sept. 29

"Arthur Miller had his first Broadway triumph with this history-making play. Numerous versions followed — on stage, film and television — including SCR's first gripping production more than 45 years ago. Now an exciting revival will hold its audience in rapt attention, as Willie Loman tries to instill in his sons the values he has lived by, clinging tenaciously to his version of the American Dream, even as his family watches it slip away. Stage, screen and television star Charlie Robinson will play Willie Loman."

4000 Miles
By Amy Herzog
Directed by David Emmes
Oct. 18-Nov. 17

"Vera is 91, an old world Leftie. Her grandson, Leo, is 21, a new age Hippie. After a cross-country trip, Leo turns up at Vera's New York apartment with a backpack, a bike and no money. She agrees to let him spend the night; a few weeks later, he's still there. Leo is at a bad place with his parents, his girlfriend wants to break up, and something terrible happened on his trip. As Vera listens — when her hearing aid is turned on — we listen, with compassion."

A Christmas Carol
34th Annual Production
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Jerry Patch
Directed by John-David Keller
Nov. 29-Dec. 26
"Nineteenth-century London comes to life with all the familiar Dickens characters — Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the Fezziwigs and old Ebenezer Scrooge himself. Many of today's family Christmas traditions have origins in this tale which highlights the joy of generosity and caring for those around us."

The Light in the Piazza
Book by Craig Lucas
Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
Based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer
Jan. 24, 2013-Feb. 23

"This musical follows the Italian travels of Margaret Johnson and her stunningly beautiful daughter, Clara. When a dashing young Italian captures Clara's heart, Margaret is compelled to reveal the secret about her daughter. Even as she struggles with concern about Clara's future, she must decide whether or not to release her hold — and bravely give the young lovers her blessing."

Rest
By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Martin Benson
March 28-April 27

"A nursing home in northern Idaho is shutting down. Only three patients remain — and one of them is lost. Gerald, 91 and suffering from Alzheimers, has wandered off, leaving his wife Etta and her friend Tom. Remaining staff includes a new 20-year-old cook and two longtime employees, women suddenly faced with a crisis of their own. In the midst of a record-breaking blizzard, the search for Gerald takes an unexpected turn — as the others find themselves powerless in the face of an uncertain future."

Tartuffe
By Moliére
Adapted by David Ball
Directed by Dominique Serrand
May 9-June 8

"They banned it in Paris. But that was in 1664. Three hundred years later, it would be the play to put SCR on the map. Now, celebrate the landmark 50th Season with a revival of this classic comedy about the man who gave the word 'hypocrite' a bad reputation. A family watches in astonishment as the head of the household falls under Tartuffe's spell. While they scheme to get rid of the false prophet, he does himself in, proving that when your thoughts are supposed to be turned heavenward, it's a good idea not to reveal earthly desires, especially when someone is hiding in the closet — or under the table."

Julianne Argyros Stage: 4-Play Season

Fast Company
By Carla Ching
Oct. 6-27

"Blue is a student at Brown. H is a sports writer. Francis, an illusionist. On the side, they're grifters, and Blue has a great con going that involves a $1.5 million comic book. Problems arise when the comic is stolen from Blue…who calls in help from Francis…who contacts H…who finds himself face to face with the best career grifter of them all. Fast, funny, dark and dangerous — this skewed look at family and ambition keeps us guessing about who's on top and who's getting conned."

Trudy and Max in Love or That Forever Feeling
(an affair in twenty four scenes)
By Zoe Kazan
Jan. 5-26

"On rare occasions, you meet someone and everything clicks. But is love a choice? Or does it just happen? Trudy writes young adult fiction; Max is a novelist of celebrity status. And their attraction is anything but convenient."

Reunion
By Gregory S. Moss
March 9-30

"They revert to their childhood names — Maxie, Petie, Mitchie — these three buddies, who haven't seen each other since their high school graduation party 20 years ago. It's time to get wasted and relive the fun-the sunlit days of autumn leaves, moon pies and girls in lambswool sweaters. But it's risky, trying to get in touch with — maybe even understand — their past selves."

A World Premiere to Highlight the Pacific Playwrights Festival
"Every spring, the theatre community gathers at SCR for America's most anticipated forum for new plays, featuring a world premiere on the Julianne Argyros Stage. SCR audiences see it first!"

Theatre for Young Audiences: 4-Play Season

Ivy + Bean, The Musical
Based on the "Ivy + Bean" series of books by Annie Barrows
Book, music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen
Nov. 8-24

"Ivy is all about ideas; she loves to read. Bean is all about action; she loves to be the center of attention. How could these two second-graders become inseparable friends? Just wait! When they get together, the result is mischief, occasional chaos and non-stop laughter."

James and the Giant Peach
Adapted for the stage by David Wood
Based on the book by Roald Dahl
Feb. 7-23

"A rhinoceros ate the parents of James Henry Trott. That was bad enough. Then James was sent to live with his awful aunts. But all is not lost! A giant peach magically appears on the backyard, and James finds a secret way inside. He makes his escape with some of the greatest pals a kid can have — six very funny but fractious bugs, who must learn how to get along as they cross the Atlantic to their new home in Central Park."

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Adapted by John Glore
From the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
May 23-June 8

"Familiar fairy tales take on lives of their own, often go beserk right onstage and occasionally burst into song. Rumplestiltskin turns up in Cinderella's story. Jack sends the Giant back up the beanstalk (which he hasn't even planted yet). Chickens can't wait for their cues. The audience can't wait to applaud — and you'll never want it to end."

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