Press Release - Of Good Stock Underwriting

World Premiere of Of Good Stock Underwritten by Pam & Jim Muzzy and Jane & Richard P. Taylor

COSTA MESA, CA, April 3, 2015.  South Coast Repertory Board President Sophie Cripe welcomed First Nights subscribers to Of Good Stock, a world premiere by Melissa Ross, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch and underwritten by Pam & Jim Muzzy and Jane & Richard P. Taylor.

After acknowledging Founding Artistic Directors David Emmes and Martin Benson, she introduced Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Paula Tomei.

Masterson talked about the excitement generated by Ross’s play, which was commissioned by SCR while she was still attending Juilliard and given a staged reading in last season’s Pacific Playwrights Festival. “It’s always thrilling to award a commission to a young playwright and have the result be a work that so beautifully mines the nuances and complexities of family, represented here by three very smart—and very funny—sisters.”

Cripe acknowledged the underwriters, noting their support through the years. Pam Muzzy serves on the Board of Trustees, and she and Jim have underwritten eight productions.  This is the Taylor’s second time as Honorary Producers, and they were Playwrights Circle members for five shows, plus helping underwrite last season’s Pacific Playwrights Festival.  “These four dedicated underwriters have done so much more for SCR,” Cripe said, “but I’ll

Tomei thanked first-time Corporate Associate Producer BNY Mellon Wealth Management for their partnership and acknowledged Media Partner Orange Coast, represented by Executive Editor-in-Chief Martin Smith.  She also mentioned that the 2015-16 brochures have been mailed and encouraged First Nighters to return for SCR’s 52nd Season.

Finally, Tomei encouraged everyone to enjoy the show—and the Cast Party afterwards, sponsored by The Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar at the Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel

Among the First Nights subscribers were:  David & Barbara Cline and their guests Steve & Elizabeth Robosky, Chimo & Diane Arnold and their guests Linda Beimfohr & Kent Browning, Sam & Tammy Tang and their guests Wang & Misty Teng, Robert & Julie Davey, Kerry & Olga English and Barbara & Jim Glabman.

To view photographs of the Cast Party for Of Good Stock, please visit “SCR Party Play” after April 7 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.