Press Release - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

A Very Dapper Rabbit Hops Onstage: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2015)—School kids love Edward Tulane. He’s the dapper rabbit from the enormously popular children’s book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

In the hands of playwright Dwayne Hartford, author Kate DiCamillo’s charming tale hops off the page and lands on the stage at South Coast Repertory. It’s the next Theatre for Young Audiences production, Feb. 6-22, directed by Casey Stangl, on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are available online at

It’s the story of Edward, a very large, very dapper china rabbit. He is given as a birthday present to 10-year-old Abilene, who loves him almost as much as Edward loves himself. But when he gets lost, Edward finds he has a lot to learn. He bounces from person to person until he finally discovers the transformative power of love.

“This story is a fantastic journey about learning to love and be loved, which is something people of all ages need to know,” says director Casey Stangl. “And I love this adaptation!”

Hartford is an associate artist and playwright-in-residence at Childsplay, a Tempe, Ariz.-based, nationally recognized theatre for young audiences and families. Hartford's plays have gone on to productions around the country and Canada. His most recent works are Rock the Presidents, a musical revue with music by Sarah Roberts, and The Color of Stars, set during World War II.

DiCamillo is a Newberry Medal-winner and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014-15. Her first published novel—Because of Winn-Dixie––—was a runaway bestseller and snapped up the Newbery honor. Her latest novel, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, was selected by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Common Sense Media as a Best Book of the Year.

Stangl has directed numerous young audiences shows at SCR, including The Little Prince, Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Anastasia Krupnik and James and the Giant Peach.

The cast for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane includes Sylvie Mae Baldwin, Brad Culver, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper and Ann Noble.

The design and creative team includes Ann Sheffield, scenic design; Kate Poppen, costume design; Karyn Lawrence, lighting design; Cory Carillo, sound design; and Julie Renfro, stage manager.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is generously supported by Corporate Honorary Producer Haskell & White LLP; the show’s media partner is OC Register Family magazine. The book originally was published by Candlewick Press and is used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc.

Tickets start at $20 for children ages 4-12; $25 for adults. For complete information, visit:

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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. Ticket prices start at $20 for children ages 4-12; $25 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Feb. 6-8 and Feb. 13. Performances run Feb. 6-22.

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, Feb. 7, at 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.
  • Regular performances
    • Saturday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.

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 Blvd.

More information is available online:

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.