Audience Enrichment

Inside the Season

Join us for two-hour, interactive Saturday morning seminars that reveal secrets and offer fascinating insights into our nine season productions. Conducted by members of the literary staff, these lively sessions feature in-depth interviews with cast members, people from the creative team and artisans from SCR's production staff. Discover how the industry's most accomplished theatre professionals breathe life into plays on the Segerstrom and Julianne Argyros stages. Audience questions and comments are encouraged, and you might even get invited onstage to explore the set!

Sessions of "Inside the Season" take place from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., usually preceding the second Saturday matinee of each production. Tickets are $12 per session and can be purchased in advance as well as at the door.

201​​​8-1​​9 Season Dates:

PHOTOGRAPH 51
Saturday, March 23, 2019

During the first hour, we’ll talk with crystallographer Allyson Fry-Petit, who served as the production’s science consultant. Fry-Petit is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CSUF, where she runs a solid state chemistry research lab. Her research focuses on the rational design of new materials through the use of data mining, synthesis, structural characterization and optical and vibrational probes. Dr. Fry-Petit obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Critical Thought and Inquiry from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. She obtained her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio advised by Dr. Patrick Woodward. She then went to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland to be a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the lab of Dr. Tyrel McQueen.

During the second hour, we’ll talk with Helen Sadler, who plays Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51. She appeared at SCR previously in One Man, Two Guvnors and The Whale. Her regional credits include The Night Alive and Tribes at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Blood Wedding at Lookingglass Theatre Company; Sense and Sensibility at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and Northlight Theatre; The Maids at Writers Theatre; and Radiance at the Geffen Playhouse. Her film and television credits include the upcoming Love, Death and Robots on Netflix; “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS,” “Revenge,” and “True Blood.” Her voice work includes multiple video games, as well as Queen Victoria in the PBS Masterpiece podcast, which accompanies the ITV series.

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Post-Show Discussions

Following selected performances of Segerstrom and Argyros productions, a literary staff member—in most cases, the production dramaturg—moderates informal question-and-answer sessions with actors from the cast. This unique opportunity to access firsthand information about the production from the actor's perspective—and to give them your immediate feedback—is guaranteed to enhance the theatre-going experience. Post-Show Discussions begin approximately five minutes after the end of the performance and typically last 20-30 minutes. 

201​​​8-1​9 Season Dates:

  • PHOTOGRAPH 51
    Tuesday, March ​12, and
    Wednesday, March 1​3, 201​9

  • POOR YELLA REDNECKS
    Wednesday, April ​10, and
    Tuesday, April 1​6, 201​9 

  • SHEEPDOG
    Tuesday, April ​23, and
    Wednesday, April ​24, 201​9 

  • M. BUTTERFLY
    Wednesday, May ​22, and
    Tuesday, May 2​8, 201​9