Press Release - 2015 Pacific Playwrights Festival

Seven New Plays in Three Days: 2015 Pacific Playwrights Festival

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2015)—South Coast Repertory’s stages will be full over an April weekend for the 18th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF), April 24-26. That’s when audiences can take in seven new plays in three days. The offerings include three full productions and four staged readings. Single and packaged tickets are available online at

“South Coast Repertory continues to lead in the commissioning and development of new plays,” said SCR Artistic Director Marc Masterson. “The Pacific Playwrights Festival is our primary showcase for works that we have been developing. These are works with vitality and a range of expression that reflect the best of new American theatre today.”

Six of the seven plays have come out of SCR’s renowned play commissioning program, said John Glore, SCR associate artistic director and PPF director.

“Two of the plays come from our CrossRoads initiative, which enabled playwrights to undertake intensive Orange County residencies that contributed to the creation of their plays,” Glore said. “Two other plays in the festival were created thanks to early-career commissions funded by the Elizabeth George Foundation. This year’s festival is the best possible validation of SCR’s commissioning program, and we’re excited to share all seven plays with our friends and colleagues.”

The 2015 PPF features world premiere productions of works by Melissa Ross, Rajiv Joseph and Theatre Movement Bazaar and staged readings of works by Bekah Brunstetter, Itamar Moses, Aditi Brennan Kapil and Qui Nguyen.

The full productions featured at the 2015 Pacific Playwrights Festival are:

  • Of Good Stock
    by Melissa Ross
    directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
    The Story: It’s not easy keeping up with the three whip-smart and very funny Stockton sisters, especially for the men in their lives. But good scotch helps, and in the end what matters most is family.
    When: Friday-Saturday, April 24-25, at 8 p.m., with Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, matinees at 2:30 p.m. Segerstrom Stage.

  • Mr. Wolf
    by Rajiv Joseph
    directed by David Emmes
    The Story: Theresa is 17 years old, and she understands how and why the universe came to be. She owes that to a man named Mr. Wolf. Now the only life she has ever known is coming to an end.
    When: Friday-Sunday, April 24-26, at 7:45 p.m., matinees on Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. This show continues through May 3. Julianne Argyros Stage.

  • Theatre Movement Bazaar’s (TMB)
    Big Shot:  A.K.A. This Is Not the Godfather
    created by Tina Kronis and Richard Alger
    directed and choreographed by Tina Kronis
    text by Richard Alger
    The Story: A vaudevillian theatrical collage inspired by The Godfather films and novel. There will be dancing, singing, criminal behavior and pasta.
    When:  Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 25, at 2:30 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m. Nicholas Studio. Note: Performances for this show continue Thursday-Sunday, April 30-May3.
The readings for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival are:

  • Going to a Place where you Already Are
    by Bekah Brunstetter  
    directed by Marc Masterson
    The Story: Roberta thinks she’s been to heaven and back. Now what? 
    When: Friday, April 24, at 1 p.m. Segerstrom Stage

  • The Whistleblower
    by Itamar Moses  
    directed by Casey Stangl
    The Story: Eli tries to rewrite the life he left behind—but the truth could ruin everything.
    When: Friday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m. Segerstrom Stage

  • Orange: an illustrated play
    by Aditi Brennan Kapil
    directed by Jessica Kubzansky
    The Story: The fantastic Orange County adventures of an exceptional girl named Leela—as illustrated by herself.
    When: Saturday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m.,Segerstrom Stage

  • Vietgone
    by Qui Nguyen 
    directed by May Adrales
    The Story: Qui Nguyen’s personal epic Vietnamese-American hip-hop road-trip buddy-movie rom-com.
    When: Sunday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. Segerstrom Stage

The annual PPF Playwrights Panel, a discussion moderated by Julie Marie Myatt, SCR’s Andrew W. Mellon Playwright-in-Residence, will take place on Sunday, April 26, from 9-10 a.m., on the Julianne Argyros Stage. The panel discussion is free.

Created in 1998, PPF has grown into one of the leading festivals of new plays in the country and showcases some of the best new work on SCR’s radar. The festival offerings generate lively conversation, future world premieres and subsequent productions for numerous playwrights.  Over the years, the festival has helped launch some of the most prominent plays in the American theatre, including Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics, Rolin Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole.

The 2015 Pacific Playwrights Festival is made possible with support from The Shubert Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The National Endowment for the Arts and The Elizabeth George Foundation. Additional support comes from the Pacific Playwrights Festival Honorary Producers (Yvonne and Damien Jordan, Sue and John Murphy, Thomas B. Rogers and Sarah J. Anderson, and Tod and Linda White).

Coast Magazine is the festival’s media partner and the Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel is PPF’s official hotel.


About tickets: The 18th Pacific Playwrights Festival has several ticketing options:

  • Tickets for individual readings are $17.
  • Packages to see all four readings and Big Shot are $80. 
  • Tickets for individual full productions range from $20-74 each (Of Good Stock, Mr. Wolf, Big Shot)

The Sunday morning, April 26, Playwrights Panel discussion is free and open to the public, on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

Tickets may be purchased by phone at (714) 708-5555, at the SCR Box Office or online at

Theatre Industry Professionals: A special festival package is available for theatre industry professionals, which includes one ticket to each of the seven events. Contact Festival Coordinator Andy Knight, assistant literary director, at (714) 708-5062 or, for complete details.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the Emmes/Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available in the parking structure on Park Center Drive, off Anton Blvd.

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.