Press Release - Tristan & Yseult Opens at South Coast Repertory

Kneehigh Production Underwritten by Sophie and Larry Cripe & Steve and Laurie Duncan

COSTA MESA, CA, January 30, 2015.  Sophia Cripe, South Coast Repertory Board President (and Honorary Producer with her husband, Larry), welcomed an enthusiastic audience of SCR supporters to First Night of Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult, underwritten by the Cripes and Steve and Laurie Duncan.

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

Masterson talked about Kneehigh’s origins in Cornwall, England, and brought everyone up-to-date on its recent hits, which include a critically-acclaimed production of Brief Encounter.  “This is Southern California’s only production of Tristan & Yseult.  We are pleased to be able to host this fabulous company—and hope for an ongoing relationship that will see Kneehigh back here soon.”

After introducing Kneehigh’s Chief Executive & Executive Producer, Paul Crewes, Tomei acknowledged the underwriters, noted their history with SCR and encouraged First Nighters to read more about them in the program.

Besides being Board president, Sophie was vice chair of the 50th Season Gala.  She and Larry served as Honorary Producers of the Pacific Playwrights Festival for four years and are current members of the Playwrights Circle.  As individual underwriters, they helped produced last seasons’s Death of a Salesman.

Tomei added that the Duncans were not able to attend First Night but had enjoyed the show during previews. Steve is an SCR trustee and the couple are Platinun Circle members, Gala underwriters and subscribers to First Nights on both stages.  Last season, they helped underwrite 4,000 Miles.

Cripe thanked Media Partner Orange County Business Journal, represented by Publisher Richard Reisman, and invited everyone to the Cast Party co-sponsored by The Westin South Coast Plaza in the hotel’s Plaza Ballroom.

Among the First Night subscribers and their guests were:  Sam and Tammy Tang with Phil and Sara Pfirrmann, Leona Aronoff-Sadacca and Joe Sadacca, Diana Hasenbalg, Barbara and David Cline with Bob Kul & Lisa Perrine, Tom Taylor with Massy Farzine, Mike Vantrease and Garth Jordahl.

To view photographs of the Cast Party for Tristan & Iseult, please visit “SCR Party Play” after February 6 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.