Mat Smart's Thomas Repair Will Get Reading at South Coast Rep

News   Mat Smart's Thomas Repair Will Get Reading at South Coast Rep
South Coast Repertory's first NewSCRipts reading of the 2008-09 season will be Mat Smart's Thomas Repair, the 106th play to receive a staged reading as part of SCR's play reading program. Smart previously kicked off the 2006-07 NewSCRipts season with his play The 13th of Paris.

The NewSCRipts reading of Thomas Repair is Oct. 27 at 7:30 PM on the Julianne Argyros Stage in Costa Mesa, CA.

Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or in person at the SCR box office.

In the play, according to SCR, "Jacob Thomas runs an unorthodox repair shop where he promises to fix anything that's broken. But he may have met his match when a mysterious girl — with an even more mysterious ailment — shows up in the middle of the night looking for help. Her skin is turning blue and so is her guitar, and nothing will get rid of the stain, but her problem is much more than skin-deep. As the mismatched pair of misfits dance around each other's secrets, it becomes apparent that both their lives are in need of mending, and the solution may require something that can't be found on the cluttered shelves of Thomas Repair."

Smart wrote The 13th of Paris shortly after a trip to France that was made possible by a commission from SCR. He wrote the book and lyrics for Keep Ishmael, a new rock musical with music by Ethan Deppe that was produced at White Horse Theatre Company in Chicago. The Hopper Collection received productions at the Magic Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company. His New York credits include The Debate over Courtney O'Connell of Columbus, Nebraska and Shoes (SLANT Theatre Project); Chopin's Preludes (The American Living Room Festival at HERE Arts Center); Telescopes (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab); and Pure (NY Fringe Festival and psNBC's "Highlights of the Fringe").

Smart's other plays include Hand, Foot, Arm, and Face (Baldwin New Play Festival at the University of California - San Diego, recipient of San Diego Playbill's award for Best New Play) and The Bebop Heard in Okinawa (The O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference). The annual NewSCRipts series of three Monday evening play readings by emerging and established playwrights was launched in 1985 as a way to bring the audience into the process of creating new work. After each public reading, "audience members engage in lively exchanges with the playwright and become active participants in the play's development, providing invaluable feedback for the writer," according to SCR.

Plays selected for the NewSCRipts series have earned six Pulitzer Prize nominations, with Margaret Edson's Wit winning the prize in 1999.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in the Folino Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, in Costa Mesa. 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." World classics, modern classics and new works are part of the mission.

In 2002 SCR opened the Folino Theater Center, an expanded three-theater complex that includes the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.

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