Press Release - ​Monster Builder

Amy Freed’s Comedic Take on Architecture in The Monster Builder Closes Season at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif.—Amy Freed’s The Monster Builder serves up comedy around urban design issues in South Coast Repertory’s season finale. Art Manke directs the production on the Segerstrom Stage, May 5-June 4. Tickets are available now at

“At its heart, The Monster Builder is a comedy about good versus evil,” Manke said. “Amy writes about architecture and art, about buildings that are human scale vs. those that aren't and about old architecture vs. new architecture. She wraps these expansive ideas with a brilliantly funny plot, characters and relationships.”

The story follows Rita and Dieter, young architects, who are thrilled to meet Gregor. He’s the world’s most celebrated architect, whose 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 and to defend what they value: historic preservation and human-scale buildings. But nothing prepares them for the truth about their idol.

When Manke first heard the reading of Freed’s script in 2010 at SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival (the play then titled Right to the Top), he related to it strongly. He directed the world premiere and second productions and now helms the third.

“This play gives the audience lots to think about and discuss in a meaningful way,” he said. “Of course, that’s what theatre does better than any other medium: it’s language-dense and affords audiences the opportunity to consider, dissect and discuss great ideas.”
The cast includes Annie Abrams, Aubrey Deeker, Colette Kilroy, Danny Scheie, Susannah Schulman Rogers and Gareth Williams.

The design and creative team includes Thomas Buderwitz, set design; Angela Balogh Calin, costume design; Kent Dorsey, lighting design; Rodolfo Ortega, original music and soundscape; Ken Merckx, fight choreographer; Ursula Meyer, dialect coach; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. Joshua Marchesi is the production manager and Lora K. Powell is the stage manager.

The Monster Builder has generous support from Honorary Producers Timothy and Marianne Kay and Jean and Tim Weiss. The media partner is The Orange County Register.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. 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. Performances run May 5-Jun. 4. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced previews run May 5-May 11. SCR’s performances run Tuesdays-Sundays; there are no performances on Mondays.

Performance Dates, Times

  • Previews run May 5-11
    • Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m., May 5-6.
    • Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., May 7, and May 9-10.
    • Thursday, May 11, at 8 p.m.
  • Regular performances run May 13-June 4 Note: Note: Friday, May 12, is an invitation-only performance.
    • Evening Performances:
      • Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m.: May 14, May 16-17; May 21, May 23-24; and May 28, May 30-31.
      • Thursdays-Saturdays, at 8 p.m.: May 18-20; May 25-27; and June 1-3.
  • Matinees:
    • Saturdays-Sundays, at 2:30 p.m.: May 13-14; May 20-21; May 27-28; and June 3-4.
      • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, June 3, at 2:30 p.m.

Special Events

  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, May 17, and Tuesday, May 23. Discuss the play with cast members of The Monster Builder during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, May 20, from, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session includes in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of The Monster Builder.  Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
  • American Sign Language-Interpreted: Saturday, June 3, at 2:30 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 Boulevard.
Upcoming Productions: The Monster Builder by Amy Freed, May 5-June 4; and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing adapted by Bruce Mason from the book by Judy Blume, May 19-June 4 (Theatre for Young Audiences).  

Complete information is available 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.