New Henley, Lindsay-Abaire and Whitty's Further...Hedda Gabler Set for Pacific PlayFest

News   New Henley, Lindsay-Abaire and Whitty's Further...Hedda Gabler Set for Pacific PlayFest
Crimes of the Heart Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley's new Ridiculous Fraud, and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler by Avenue Q's Tony Award-winning book writer Jeff Whitty will be part of South Coast Repertory's upcoming Pacific Playwrights Festival, May 6-8.

The annual event at the California not-for-profit will offer a workshop production and four readings while two fully-staged world premieres — Richard Greenberg’s A Naked Girl on the Appian Way and Lucinda Coxon's Vesuvius — continue the season at the company's Segerstrom mainstage and Argyros second stage in Costa Mesa.

The lineup for the Pacific Playwrights Festival is as follows:



  • Tough Titty by Oni Faida Lampley (workshop production) - Nicholas Studio
    Mark Rucker directs the new "story of a courageous young wife and mother who struggles to survive breast cancer while holding down a job, taking care of the kids, cajoling her husband and conversing with God."  



  • Bossa Nova by Kirsten Greenidge - May 6 at 1 PM - Argyros Stage
    Casey Stangl directs the SCR commission which "zig-zags through the formative years in the life of an African-American woman."  



  • The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler by Jeff Whitty - May 6 at 3:30 PM – Segerstrom
    Bill Rauch stages the work which proposes "Hedda lives on in ‘The Neighborhood of Tragic Women,’ an alternative hell where fictional characters are forced to endure until at last they are forgotten. Will she ever really die?"  



  • Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire - May 7 at 10:30 AM – Segerstrom
    Carolyn Cantor directs the new play "about a couple facing terrible loss and seeking the will to continue." The play is expected to appear at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2005-06.  



  • Ridiculous Fraud by Beth Henley - May 8 at 10:30 AM – Segerstrom
    Sharon Ott helms the McCarter Theatre's commission set in the old South about "three brothers bonded by love and jealousy in a comedy about the nature of human nature." With the addition of these new works, the plays to have received readings, workshops and full productions at PPF since its launch in 1998 comes to 62.

    For tickets to South Coast Rep, at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, CA, call (714) 708-5555 or visit


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