About the CrossRoads Initiative

The CrossRoads Commissioning Project started in 2013, through a grant from the Time Warner Foundation. It is an initiative, within the theatre's renowned new play development program, ​to bring commissioned playwrights into Orange County to engage with the area’s diverse communities during exploratory residencies. In 2017, another renewal of the foundation’s grant enabled SCR to expand the project for a third round of commissions and residencies. 

See the full list of SCR’s CrossRoads writers below.

SCR’s CrossRoads Commissioning Project is generously supported by the Time Warner Foundation.

Introducing the Round Three CrossRoads Playwrights

In the summer of 2017, the third cohort of CrossRoads playwrights—Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Ike Holter, Madhuri Shekar and Karen Zacarías—spent seven days in Orange County, exploring ​its artistic and cultural diversity and connecting with organizations and individuals. Playwright Mike Lew also joined the CrossRoads Project in a collaboration with Adam Gwon (Round Two) on a new musical project.

​The CrossRoads Playwrights

To read more about the playwrights, click the year they appear.


  • Carla Ching
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph
  • Aditi Brennan Kapil
  • Mona Mansour
  • Qui Nguyen
  • Tanya Saracho


  • Dipika Guha
  • Adam Gwon and Mike Lew (musical collaboration)
  • Octavio Solis
  • Lauren Yee


  • Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
  • Ike Holter
  • Madhuri Shekar
  • Karen Zacarías

Community Connections

SCR extends thanks to the following organizations for contributing their time, expertise and resources to the CrossRoads Commissioning Project:


Jon Hoche and Raymond Lee in South Coast Repertory's 2015 world premiere of Vietgone by Qui Nguyen. Photo by Debora Robinson.

Updates on the CrossRoads Playwrights and Plays

  • Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee received a reading in SCR’s 2017 Pacific Playwrights Festival, and SCR produced the world premiere in March 2018.

  • In April 2017, Dipika Guha’s Yoga Play received its world premiere as a part of SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival.

  • Carla Ching’s Nomad Motel received its world premiere at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre Company in May 2018.

CrossRoads Production History

  • Nomad Motel by Carla Ching: World premiere at City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh), May 2018

  • Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee: World premiere at SCR, March 2018​; subsequent productions scheduled at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago).

  • Yoga Play by Dipika Guha: World premiere at SCR, April 2017

  • Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil: World premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre, November 2016; SCR, March 2017

  • Unseen by Mona Mansour: World premiere at the Gift Theatre (Chicago), February 2017

  • Vietgone by Qui Nguyen: World premiere at SCR, October 2015; Manhattan Theatre Club, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre and numerous other productions nationwide


Dileep Rao and Tim Chiou in South Coast Repertory's 201​7 ​world premiere production of ​​Yoga Play by ​Dipika Guha. Photo by Tania Thompson.


Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim (obstructed), Brooke Ishibashi, Raymond Lee and Jane Lui in rehearsal for the 2017 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. Photo by Tania Thompson.


Karthik Srinivasan, Anjali Bhimani and Pia Shah in South Coast Repertory's 201​6 ​production of ​Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil. Photo by Debora Robinson.