Press Release - ​2016-17 Season Announcement

South Coast Repertory Announces 2016-17 Season 
Diverse lineup includes reimagined classics, contemporary hits, world and West Coast premieres

COSTA MESA, Calif. (May 11, 2016)—South Coast Repertory’s (SCR) 2016-17 season opens by taking audiences inside the Civil Rights movement with the Tony Award-winning All the Way by Robert Schenkkan, continues with a riff on telenovelas with Destiny of Desire by Karen Zacarías and a fresh look at the classic Moby Dick from the creative minds of Lookingglass Theatre Company. SCR’s long-standing commitment to new voices in the American theatre will be seen through three world premieres and five West Coast premieres. Season subscriptions are available now; single tickets will go on sale on June 6. Find more information online at

“A season of plays should contain variety and surprise representing a broad range of voices telling the most exciting theatrical stories of our day,” said Artistic Director Marc Masterson. “That is the case with our 2016-17 season. We look forward to each one of these productions and can’t wait to share them with our audiences.”

On the Segerstrom Stage
  • All the Way by Robert Schenkkan, directed by Marc Masterson
  • Destiny of Desire^ by Karen Zacarías, directed by José Luis Valenzuela
  • Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick^, adapted and directed by David Catlin from the novel by Herman Melville
  • The Siegel* by Michael Mitnick, directed by Casey Stangl
  • The Monster Builder by Amy Freed, directed by Art Manke
On the Julianne Argyros Stage
  • District Merchants^ by Aaron Posner
  • The Roommate^ by Jen Silverman, directed by Martin Benson
  • Orange^ by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by Jessica Kubzansky
  • A Doll’s House, Part 2* by Lucas Hnath
Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins, ​book by Robert Kauzlaric, ​music & lyrics by George Howe, based on the novel by Richard & Florence Atwater
  • Flora & Ulysses* by John Glore, adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing ​by Judy Blume, adapted for the stage by Bruce Mason
Holiday Classic
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Jerry Patch, directed by John-David Keller

“We’re enthusiastic about what next season has to offer—the range of work is both compelling and entertaining,” said Managing Director Paula Tomei. “Each production will connect with our audiences in distinct and diverse ways, engaging all of us in fresh, theatrical adventures.”

The 20th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) will feature four staged readings and three full productions, April 21-23, 2017. The three-day festival attracts theatre professionals from across the nation, drawn by the opportunity to see some of the best new plays in the country. To date, PPF has presented 123 plays by 89 playwrights.

The season also features the 37th annual production of an Orange County holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, with Hal Landon Jr. and directed by John-David Keller. Both men have been with the production since its first performance. Single tickets go on sale to the public August 1; subscribers enjoy exclusive early access to these tickets.

Season subscriptions are on sale now and may be purchased by phone at (714) 708-5555, online at or in person at the SCR box office. Packages range from $64 to $576.

Single tickets will be available to the public on June 6. All dates and plays are subject to change. More information about the 53rd season is available online:

Asterisk (*) denotes world premiere, (^) denotes West Coast premiere

The 2016-17 Season—Chronological Listing
All dates and plays are subject to change.

All the Way
by Robert Schenkkan
directed by Mar​c Masterson
Sept. 2-Oct. 2, 2016
Segerstrom Stage
1963. Lyndon B. Johnson has been catapulted into the most powerful job on earth. No stranger to back room deals, Johnson takes us with him—flattering, backslapping, placating and bullying as he maneuvers to pass the groundbreaking Civil Rights Act. From Martin Luther King, Jr. to George Wallace, some of America’s most dynamic leaders stand beside him—or against him—during this tumultuous time, captured vividly in the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit that Variety calls a “jaw-dropping political drama.”

District Merchants^
by Aaron Posner
Oct. 2-23, 2016
Julianne Argyros Stage
With audacious humor and bold inventiveness, Aaron Posner (SCR’s The Tempest) takes The Merchant of Venice from its Shakespearean setting to post-Civil War Washington, D.C., with hints at life in America today. In the complex and contradictory worlds of  blacks, whites, Jews and Christians, money changes hands with dangerously high stakes, philanthropic acts mask blatant opportunism and would-be lovers hide —and then uncover—their differences. While love gets a chance, does hope remain for a just and kind tomorrow?

Destiny of Desire^
by Karen Zacarías
directed by José Luis Valenzuela
Oct. 14-Nov. 13, 2016
Segerstrom Stage
On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born—one to poverty, one to privilege—and then secretly switched by a scheming former beauty queen. Eighteen years later the girls meet, brought together by misfortune. Or is it destiny? In this fast-paced comedy inspired by popular telenovelas, forbidden love, revenge, infidelity and burning passion abound. (And musical numbers make it the perfect guilty pleasure!) A co-production with The Goodman Theatre.

Theatre for Young Audiences
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
book by Robert Kauzlaric
music & lyrics by George Howe
based on the novel by Richard & Florence Atwater
Nov. 4-20, 2016
Julianne Argyros Stage
Mr. Popper loves Antarctic adventures. So he’s thrilled when a penguin named Captain Cook waddles out of a mysterious box on the doorstep. The zookeeper donates a female companion and soon—the patter of 20 baby penguin feet! They’ll sing and dance their way into everyone’s hearts in a musical version of the classic children’s book.

Charles Dickens’
A Christmas Carol
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by John-David Keller
​Nov. 2​5-Dec. 2​4, 2016
Nineteenth-century London comes to life with all the familiar Dickens characters—Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the Fezziwigs and old Ebenezer Scrooge himself. It's an Orange County tradition!

The Roommate^
by Jen Silverman
directed by Martin Benson
Jan. 3-22, 2017
Julianne Argyros Stage
Sharon is sensible. An Iowan. An empty nester. Curious and very, very talkative. For the first time in her life, at age 54, she takes in a roommate to make ends meet. Robyn, a new arrival from the Bronx, is hiding a lifetime of secrets. But Sharon has a way of getting to the truth—the fascinating, shocking truth. This intriguing and funny play proves it’s never too late to shake things up—for better or worse.

Lookingglass Theatre Company’s
Moby Dick^
adapted and directed by David Catlin
from the novel by Herman Melville
Jan. 20 - Feb 19, 2017
Segerstrom Stage
The power—and the poetry—of Melville’s colossal novel is transformed into a masterwork for the stage. Driven on by a madman, bigger than life characters search for the white whale, pitting themselves against the Seven Seas with a fiery passion, in this robust and theatrically thrilling production by Chicago’s renowned Lookingglass Theatre Company. A co-production with The Alliance Theatre and Arena Stage.

Theatre for Young Audiences
Flora & Ulysses*
a play by John Glore
adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo
Feb.  3-19, 2017
Julianne Argyros Stage
Holy Bagumba! Ten-year-old Flora loves comic books, so it’s no surprise to her when a squirrel named Ulysses gets sucked up in the vacuum cleaner and pops out as a superhero who can fly—and write poetry. Doubting adults have lots to learn from Flora, Ulysses and their new friend, William, in this charming story from the author of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

by Aditi Brennan Kapil
directed by Jessica Kubzansky
March 5-26, 2017
Segerstrom Stage
Leela is different. A teenager from India, she sketches life’s important moments in her journal, and she’s about to go on an adventure through Orange County. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to make a run for it with her boyfriend—taking Leela along. As they careen through the night, Leela challenges their view of her—and each other. A touching story about a unique young woman’s search for her place in the world.

The Siegel*
by Michael Mitnick
directed by Casey Stangl
to headline the 20th Anniversary of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
March 24 - April 23, 2017
Segerstrom Stage
Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight he’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’s just one hitch. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago—and she’s in a serious relationship with someone else. But Ethan is undaunted. An irresistible comedy about modern love and the need to go back in order to move forward.

A Doll’s House, Part 2*
by Lucas Hnath
to headline the 20th Anniversary of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
April 9-30, 2017
In the final scene of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children.  A door slams. The curtain falls on a stunned audience. Lucas Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back—and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

The Monster Builder
by Amy Freed
directed by Art Manke
May 5 - June 4, 2017
Rita and Dieter are thrilled to meet Gregor, the world’s most celebrated architect. His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. So why has he taken on the remodel of a decaying boathouse, a project that was supposed to go to Rita and Dieter? They’re ready for a confrontation, but nothing prepares them for the heart-stopping truth about their idol. Another outrageous comedy from the author of The Beard of Avon.

Theatre for Young Audiences
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
by Judy Blume
adapted for the stage by Bruce Mason
May 19 - June 4, 2017
Judy Blume’s enormously popular book hits the stage with hilarity, and sibling rivalry never has been so much fun. Well, two-year-old Fudge is having fun, and so is the audience. Big brother Peter has had enough, and when his turtle ends up in Fudge’s tummy, it’s time for drastic measures.

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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.