ANNOUNCING THE SPRING/SUMMER 2021 SEASON
These extraordinary times call for remarkable innovation, so we’ve thoughtfully examined the challenges and possibilities, always with your safety in mind. Built on the cornerstone programs that define SCR, this Spring/Summer season will meet the unique needs of our community at this time, while providing the thrilling theatre experiences you’ve come to expect.
We'll start with SCRemote—a series of exclusively digital offerings beginning in mid-to-late April. These high-quality filmed productions, created with a multi-camera setup by award-winning cinematic artists, will be delivered for safe, at-home viewing through a user-friendly streaming platform.
Then in mid-July, SCR goes LIVE, outdoors at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, with a new series called Outside SCR—featuring two family friendly productions performed under the stars.
Read Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei's letter.
Red Riding Hood
by Allison Gregory
directed by Shannon Flynn
Offered exclusively in digital format
Available to stream April 21- June 13, 2021
Power up your devices—this theatre classic is getting an immersive, cinematic twist your family will love. Red still journeys through the woods to Grand-Mama’s house and the Wolf still has devious dinner plans. But this Red is brave and strong, with plenty of clever tricks up her sleeve. And when two actors take on all the roles in this new digital format, anything can happen! Who could be better at bringing this fast and funny tale into your home than stage and TV director Shannon Flynn, an Emmy Award-winner for "Sesame Street"?
Recommendation: Age 4+
SCR's national showcase of new plays by the country's hottest playwrights.
Five readings offered exclusively in digital format, with high-quality film production, created with a multi-camera setup to capture the best qualities of a professional play reading. Plus interviews and other great digital content.
Streaming begins with one new reading released in late April, three in May and one reading in mid-June.
Learn more about the Pacific Playwrights Festival.
Recommendation: High school and above
by York Walker
directed by Tamilla Woodward
Streaming: April 26-May 2, 2021
When he returns home to his small Georgia town, rumors fly that blues guitarist Johnny “Honeycomb” James may have sold his soul to the devil to attain his musical genius. But in this twisty folk-horror drama, jealousy, distrust and superstition determine Honeycomb’s fate—even if the devil does play a part.
by Charlie Oh
directed David Ivers
Streaming: May 10-16, 2021
A Korean American family piles into the Buick for an all-American road-trip: open plains, rickety camper-trailer, kimchi and banchan. But Korean parents and American kids hold conflicting ideas of what they’re looking for when the real purpose of their journey comes to light.
by Shayan Lotfi
directed by Mike Donahue
Streaming: May 24-30, 2021
Amir seeks asylum in the UK after fleeing persecution in his native Iran, but he’s haunted by what he's left behind. Now he's attempting to settle in a city full of strangers—looking for anything or anyone that might allow him to finally feel at home.
by Christine Quintana
directed by Lisa Portes
with translations by Paula Zelaya Cervantes
Streaming: May 31-June 6, 2021
Two women from different worlds meet in the fake paradise of a Mexican resort: Adriana, who works at the hotel, and Sarah, who's there for her sister’s wedding. Torrential rain, a father’s death and the mistakes of a night bring them together … but whatever they have in common, many cultural borders separate them.
Harold & Lillian
book & lyrics by Dan Collins music by Julianne Wick Davis
based on the documentary film by Daniel Raim
directed by Michael Greif
Streaming: June 21-27, 2021
A musical about the Hollywood romance of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson. Beginning with their elopement after Harold came home from World War II, their marriage spanned six decades—during which they overcame daunting personal challenges and made surprising movie magic.
South Coast Repertory is excited to partner with Mission San Juan Capistrano to provide you with the opportunity to gather safely outdoors and experience two-family friendly, world-class theatre productions under the stars.
Learn more about Outside SCR.
by José Cruz González
directed by Christopher Acebo
July 15, 17, 23, 25, 29, 31 (all performances at 7:30 p.m.)
Back by popular demand! In this big-hearted comedy with live music, Lucha spends her days caring for her mother and yearning for more. But it’s the 1970s and women can’t be mariachis…or can they? Defying tradition, Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates and take up instruments. A loving gesture for a mother becomes much more as the young women dream big and embrace the transcendent power of music. “A tug at the heartstrings that will echo for days” (Denver Post).
Recommendation: Age 12 and above.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
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
July 16, 18, 22, 24, 30, Aug. 1 (all performances at 7:30 p.m.)
Good grief! The whole “Peanuts” gang is here—Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and of course, that wishy-washy blockhead, Charlie Brown. He’s 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 such gleeful tunes as "My Blanket and Me," "Suppertime" and "Happiness."