We’re delighted to share the 2020-21 season with you. It promises a daring, wonderful, highly theatrical, edge-of-your-seat play-going experience like no other, and we hope that you will find a bit of yourself reflected in it, too. Anchored by American classics, the robust slate also includes contemporary hits and new works destined to become tomorrow’s classics. A wide variety of voices are represented, some that aren’t always front and center, exploring the issues of our time as well as the universal truths that bind us together.

There are still two more plays to announce—including a world premiere to highlight our 2021 Pacific Playwrights Festival. We’ll share more news about them in the upcoming weeks.

We need you now more than ever, and buying a subscription and making a donation are two ways you can help SCR move into the future. We hope you’re as invigorated by this lineup as we are, and that you’ll join us for another exciting season.

David Ivers
Artistic Director
Paula Tomei
Managing Director
The Plays (in order of opening)
August Wilson's
directed by Lou Bellamy
September 5 - October 3, 2020
Segerstrom Stage

As the Civil Rights Movement sweeps the nation, Pittsburgh’s Hill District undergoes a transformation. It’s 1969, and Memphis Lee’s diner is slated to be demolished, a casualty of urban renewal. While he fights city hall for a fair price, Memphis and his customers gather daily to gossip, confront the realities of their lives and dream of the future. Described by Variety as “a work by a writer at the peak of his powers,” Two Trains Running revisits a time of extraordinary change and the ordinary people left behind.

Recommendation: ​High school and above.

co-created by Amy Brenneman and Sabrina Peck
written by Amy Brenneman
directed and choreographed by Sabrina Peck
World Premiere
September 27 - October 18, 2020
​Julianne Argyros Stage

In this autobiographical journey infused with music and movement, celebrated actress Amy Brenneman (Heat, “Judging Amy,” “The Leftovers,” “Goliath”) takes us along as she learns how to become a true ally to her daughter Charlotte, born with a rare chromosomal abnormality. Years of testing and assessment yield frustratingly few results, leading Brenneman to surrender to a new path forward. Funny, poignant and powerful, Threshold takes a bold look at preconceptions of disability, what we consider “normal,” and the promise/challenge of a truly inclusive society.

Recommendation: ​14 and above.

by Octavio Solis
based on the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha Book 1
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
directed by Juliette Carrillo
October 17 - November 14, 2020
Segerstrom Stage

This modern retelling of Don Quixote from one of the storytellers behind the animated film Coco bursts with imagination and Tejano music. With his trusted sidekick, the valiant knight—a.k.a. Jose Quijano—embarks on a dangerous quest to reunite with his long-lost love. But nothing is as it seems, and while Jose gets lost in his chivalrous fantasies, the family and community around him must wrestle with his stark reality. This fast-paced, bilingual fable about the joys and perils of being the hero of your own story was proclaimed “revelatory” by the San Francisco Chronicle

Recommendation: ​Ages 14 and above.

based on the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz
book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner
additional dialogue by Michael Mayer
additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa
directed by Kari Hayter
November 6-22, 2020
Theatre for Young Audiences Family Series

Good grief! The whole “Peanuts” gang is here—Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and, of course, that wishy-washy blockhead, Charlie Brown. He has never pitched a winning baseball game and he can’t muster the courage to talk to the Little Red-Haired Girl. But all his best qualities—and those of his clever friends—get celebrated in this delightful musical filled with gleeful tunes such as My Blanket and Me, Suppertime and Happiness.

Recommendation: ​Ages 4 and above.

A Christmas Carol Logo

by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by Hisa Takakuwa
​November ​​​28 - December ​​27, 2020
Segerstrom Stage

It’s your last chance to see the holiday favorite that audiences have been raving about for 40 years before we unveil an all-new version in 2021. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. This grand and glorious holiday tradition “beautifully rings in the season” (The Daily Pilot).

Advisory: Ages 6 and up. Children under the age of six will not be admitted to A Christmas Carol.

by Mike Lew
directed by Lisa Portes
January 3-24, 2021
​Julianne Argyros Stage

What happens when “tiger parenting” goes wrong? Meet Albert and Jennifer Chen— brother and sister, once brilliant students and musicians, now epic failures leading unfulfilling lives. The problem? Their parents set unrealistic standards. The solution? Escape from Irvine and go on an “Asian Freedom Tour” to Shenzhen, China—a hilarious, eye-opening journey filled with colorful characters, intrigue and surprise. Expect “comic sparks from the collision between expectations and outcomes” (The Boston Globe) in this sharp comedy about today’s family. 

Recommendation: ​High school and above.

by Thornton Wilder
directed by Beth Lopes
January 23 - February 20, 2021
Segerstrom Stage

May 7, 1901. Life has begun in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Milk is being delivered. Breakfast is on the stove. We meet the town gossips, the boys who play baseball and the choirmaster with a secret sorrow. And soon teenagers George Gibbs and Emily Webb will go from friends to puppy love to wedding day and beyond—two families forever joined together. And as they come to terms with the meaning of their lives, this Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic beautifully celebrates our own shared humanity.

Recommendation: ​Ages 12 and above.

by Cheryl L. West
based on the book by Matt de la Peña
   and Christian Robinson
music and lyrics by Lamont Dozier and Paris Dozier
directed by ​Oanh Nguyen
February 5-21, 2021
Theatre for Young Audiences Family Series

Come along on a musical joy ride! CJ is staying with his Nana in the city, where everything is different than home. The food, the people, the noise—it’s too much. He just wants to stay inside and watch videos, but Nana’s having none of that. So together they board the Number 5 bus for an adventure, and CJ learns to look past the surface and appreciate the good in others.

Recommendation: ​Ages ​4 and above.

adapted by Patrick Barlow
from the novel by John Buchan
from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited
and an original concept by Nobby Dimon
   and Simon Corble
directed by Kent Nicholson
March 7-28, 2021
​Julianne Argyros Stage

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and add a dash of Monty Python—you get a fast-paced whodunit The New York Times called “absurdly enjoyable, gleefully theatrical!” Richard meets an exotic woman who claims she’s a spy. Within hours, she is mysteriously murdered and he’s on the run, pursued by a dangerous secret order. Packed with romance, thrills, unforgettable characters and ingenious stagecraft, this love letter to the theatre has delighted audiences from London to Broadway and back. 

Recommendation: ​Ages 14 and above.

by Erika Sheffer
March 27 - April 24, 2021
World Premiere
Segerstrom Stage

“Where you are born, this is where you are useful…I speak because I have no choice.” Moscow, 2004. Raya, a Russian journalist—celebrated by some, despised by others—is renowned for her unbending crusade to uncover the truth. Will she risk family, friends and freedom to bring down the most powerful man in the world? He never appears, but the title character is ever-present in this epic suspense drama by one of the nation’s most promising playwrights.

Recommendation: ​High school and above.


April 11 - May 2, 2021
​Julianne Argyros Stage

music by Dan Messé
lyrics by Sean Hartley & Dan Messé
book by Craig Lucas
directed by David Ivers
May 15 - June 12, 2021
World Premiere
Segerstrom Stage

Originally a South Coast Repertory world premiere, the acclaimed Broadway drama returns as a romantic musical soaring through the peaks and valleys of love. “For better or worse” takes on new meaning when a mysterious guest requests a kiss at Peter and Rita’s wedding—and their lives are forever changed. Will love conquer all, or are the challenges just too great? From the creators of the Broadway hit Amélie comes a tale where a kiss is much more than just a kiss.

Recommendation: ​Ages 14 and above.

May 28 - June 13, 2021
Theatre for Young Audiences Family Series

A collaboration with the Pacific Symphony
conducted by Carl St.Clair

featuring David Ivers 

directed by James Sullivan

with the Pacific Chorale—
Robert Istad, Artistic Director
June 10–12, 2021

Wolfgang comes to life in this all-Mozart evening! 
Maestro St.Clair conducts the legendary composer’s 
charming overture to Don Giovanni and the gloriously dark and transcendent Requiem, interspersed with a portrayal of his greatest rival, Antonio Salieri, performed by SCR Artistic Director David Ivers. 2020–21 season subscribers get 
exclusive access to tickets, before the general public.
 Details will be made available when you subscribe. Not part 
of your subscription.

*NOTE: A Christmas Carol and The Mozart Project are ​not included in subscription packages; only subscribers have early access to purchase tickets.


Photo: ​Tim Chiou, Samantha Quan and Eugene Young in ​Poor Yella Rednecks. Photo by ​Jordan Kubat.