The Prince of Atlantis is the 113th play to receive a staged reading in SCR's play-reading program in Costa Mesa, CA.
Here's how the new play is billed: "Set in the Down the Lake section of Boston, where the jargon is all their own, and so is the bombast, this tender — and funny — play is all about family, loyalty and love. At its center is Joey Colletti, one of the biggest seafood importers in the East, who got in a little trouble with his company and landed in a minimum security prison. To add to his woes, the son he never knew is anxious to meet him but isn't aware of his current address. Joey expects his brother, Kevin, can put the kid off for nine months until he gets out. But Kevin has a couple of problems of his own."
Drukman's play Truth and Beauty was part of the 2002 Pacific Playwrights Festival. The Bullet Round was read as part of NewSCRripts and received its world premiere in 2009 at the Arena Stage in Portland, OR. In This Corner, about the Louis/Schmeling boxing bouts, premiered in January 2008 at The Old Globe and won the Critics Circle Best New Play award. His newest play, The Innocents, will premiere in the spring at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Florida. Other produced plays are Another Fine Mess (Portland Center Stage, 2003 Pulitzer Prize nomination for Drama), Going Native, Flattery Will Get You, Collateral Damage and Snowmaiden. His awards include the Edgerton Award for New Plays, Craig Noel Award, Paul Green Award, Alfred P. Sloan Award, Ovid Foundation and Boston Theatre Works, among others. Drukman is an associate arts professor at New York University, where he teaches playwriting.
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," according to SCR. "After the readings, which take place on the Julianne Argyros Stage, audience members engage in lively exchanges with the playwright and become active participants in the play's development, providing invaluable feedback for the writer."
NewSCRipts tickets are $12 each and include audience discussions with the playwright and dramaturg. Tickets to the NewSCRipts reading of The Prince of Atlantis can be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or in person at the SCR box office.
South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, in the Folino Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.