Press Release - Underwriters for Venus in Fur

Venus in Fur Opens at South Coast Repertory

First Argyros Stage production of 51st Season Underwritten by Geoff and Valerie Fearns

COSTA MESA, CA, October 10, 2014.  South Coast Repertory Board President Sophie Cripe welcomed an enthusiastic audience of SCR supporters to First Night of  Venus in Fur by David Ives, directed by Casey Stangl and generously underwritten by Geoff and Valerie Fearns.

After acknowledging the theatre’s Founding Artistic Directors
David Emmes and Martin Benson, Cripe introduced Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Paula Tomei.

Tomei thanked First Nighters for their support and commitment to SCR’s work, welcomed new First Nights subscribers and introduced two special friends,
Julia and George Argyros.

“In just a few moments, lightning will flash and thunder will roar,” Masterson told First Nighters, “and you’ll know SCR’s Argyros Stage season has officially begun—with a play that literally took Broadway by storm.  We’re pleased to introduce our audiences to this smart and sexy comedy in our own production, deftly directed by Casey Stangl with two amazing actors,
Graham Hamilton and Jaimi Paige.”

Cripe thanked the Fearns for helping underwrite
Venus in Fur—their fourth time as Honorary Producers.  “Valerie just completed nine years as an SCR trustee, and she and Geoff have been First Nights subscribers for over 20 years.  Please read all about this dynamic couple in your program.”

Tomei thanked Media Partner Coast magazine, represented by Director of Operations Monica Hernandez, and invited everyone to the Cast Party on the terrace after the show.

Among the First Night subscribers and their guests were:  Julia & George Argyros, Geoff & Valerie Fearns, James Fearns & Aileen Diaz, Rich & Linda Ruben, Debra Gunn Downing & Charles Kanter, Tim & Janet Rafalovich, John Campbell, Hoa Duong and guests Dan & Ann Adams, Clay & Terri Friedman, Paul & Kristin Godby, Gary & Rose Guesman, Barbara Tingley and Sandra Muse.

To view photographs of the Cast Party for
Venus in Fur, please visit “SCR Party Play” after October 15th at:

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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.