Press Release - Of Good Stock

Drink Up, Family is Coming: SCR Premieres Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross

COSTA MESA, Calif. (March 4, 2015)—Pack your baggage, it’s time for a weekend with the Stockton sisters in South Coast Repertory’s world premiere play, Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Of Good Stock, runs on the Segerstrom Stage, March 27-April 26. This production is part of the 2015 Pacific Playwrights Festival. Tickets are now available at

Legendary novelist Mick Stockton left his three daughters a house in Cape Cod, control over his books and a whole lot of issues. Years later, the men in their lives struggle to be part of this elusive family’s legacy. It’s not always easy keeping up with the whip-smart and very funny Stockton sisters, especially during a weekend filled with dramatic confrontations and surprising confessions. But good scotch helps. And, in the end, what matters most is family.

“We commissioned this play when Melissa was still relatively unknown, but we believed in her talent and she has rewarded our faith with a play that we’re very excited to share with our audiences,” said Associate Artistic Director John Glore. Ross is part of a group of emerging playwrights at SCR funded and commissioned through the Elizabeth George Foundation. Other playwrights funded through this grant have included Julia Cho, Noah Haidle and Rajiv Joseph.

Melissa Ross has written numerous plays including Thinner Than Water, Do Something Pretty, A Life Extra Ordinary and You Are Here which had a reading at the 2012 Pacific Playwrights Festival. She has had readings and workshops with Dorset Theatre Festival, The Juilliard School, New York Stage and Film and Rattlestick Playwrights. She was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and is a two-time recipient of the Le Comte Du Nouy Award.

Of Good Stock was my very first commission,” said Melissa Ross. “I was lucky to be able to write it shortly after experiencing my first Pacific Playwrights Festival with a different play. It was a real joy for me to write something for South Coast Repertory that was truly inspired by their stages, their work and their audiences. Having had my reading on the Segerstrom stage the year before, I kept a vision of it in my head while writing the play. I am thrilled that I will be able to see this story come to life on the stage that I wrote it for.”

Of Good Stock received a stage reading at SCR’s 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading and is already set for an off-Broadway production at Manhattan Theatre Club in June. Glore isn’t surprised by her success, “Melissa has a rare ability to write honestly about emotionally difficult situations and still make you laugh. Her characters are recognizably human, deeply flawed—sometimes annoyingly so, and yet we end up caring about them. Probably because they remind us of us.” 

The cast for Of Good Stock includes Corey Brill, Kat Foster, Melanie Lora, Todd Lowe, Rob Nagle and Andrea Syglowski.

The design and creative team includes Tony Fanning, scenic design; David Kay Mickelsen, costume design; Bradley King, lighting design; and Darron L. West, sound design. The show’s dramaturg is Jerry Patch, the production manager is Jackie Hill and the stage manager is Kathryn Davies.

Of Good Stock is generously supported by Honorary Producers Jane and Richard P. Taylor and Pam and Jim Muzzy. The Corporate Honorary Associate Producer is BNY Mellon Wealth Management. The media partner is the Orange Coast magazine.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, full-time educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

Related Information for Of Good Stock

Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run March 27-April 26. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced previews run March 27-April 2.

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29, 31 and April 1, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m.
      Note: Friday, April 3, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special notes: There are no Monday performances. There is no evening performance on Sunday, April 26.
    • Evening Performances:
      • Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, April 5, 7-8, April 12, 14-15, April 19, 21-22, at 7:30 p.m. 
      • Thursdays-Saturdays, April 4, April 9-11, April 16-18 and April 23-25 at 8 p.m.
      • Saturdays-Sundays, March 4-5, March 11-12, March 18-19 and March 25-26, at 2:30 p.m.
      • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, March 25, at 2:30 p.m.
Special Events:
  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, March 8, and Tuesday, March 14. Discuss the play with cast members of Of Good Stock during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, March 11, from, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR's production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of Of Good Stock. The event includes a guided tour of the set. Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

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 David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Current and Upcoming Productions: tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee, March 8-29; Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph, April 12-May 3; Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, May 8-June 7; and OZ 2.5 by Catherine Trieschmann, May 22-June 7. The Pacific Playwrights Festival is April 24-26. More information is available at

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.