Orange County (Calif.-inspired Play, Orange, Has West Coast Premiere
Aditi Brennan Kapil's Commission From South Coast Repertory
COSTA MESA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2017)—Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil—inspired by and set in Orange County, Calif.—has its west coast premiere at South Coast Repertory, March 5-26. Seen through Leela’s eyes, the coastal county is a wondrous and thrilling place in a tale that is part rebellious teen thrill ride and part self-discovery. Jessica Kubzansky directs Orange on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are available now at www.scr.org.
“This coming-of-age story is wrapped in an action-adventure thrill ride, about a young South Asian woman on the autism spectrum,” Kubzansky said. “It’s a powerful and profound journey that makes us laugh and moves us.”
The story follows Leela, a teenager from India who draws life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to run for it—with her boyfriend—and takes Leela along. As they careen through Orange County, navigating dangerous situations in a night-long wild ride, Leela challenges their view of her—and each other.
Kapil wrote Orange on commission through SCR’s CrossRoads program, which develops plays that explore the cultural diversity of Orange County through artist residencies. CrossRoads is supported by a grant from the Time Warner Foundation. Kapil spent her residency on a road-trip adventure through Orange County.
Broadway World called Orange “soulful and hilarious” at the play’s world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre. The Minneapolis Star Tribune called it “moving and sensitive…hip, sharp and surprising.”
Kapil is a writer, actress and director who grew up in Sweden—with a Bulgarian mother and an Indian father—and now lives and works in Minneapolis, Minn. She frequently weaves her diverse background into her writings. Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, American Sign Language and English, received the 2009 Stavis Playwriting Award. Love Person was produced in a National New Play Network rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre, Marin Theater and Phoenix Theatre. Kapil’s Displaced Hindu Gods trilogy consists of Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show; The Chronicles of Kalki; and Shiv. These internationally produced plays, based on the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre. She currently is working on commissions with La Jolla Playhouse and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Kubzansky is co-artistic director of The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena. At SCR, she previously directed Theatre for Young Audiences productions (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing) and numerous readings.
The cast includes Anjali Bhimani, Pia Shah and Karthik Srinivasan.
The design and creative team includes Michael Raiford, scenic design; Jaymi Lee Smith, lighting design; Denitsa Bitznakova, costume design; John Nobori, sound design; Mike Tutaj, projection design; and Lyuben Dimitrov, illustrator. The production manager is Joshua Marchesi, the stage manager is Kathryn Davies and the dramaturg is Kimberly Colburn.
Orange has generous support from Honorary Producers Joan and Andy Fimiano. The media partner is Orange Coast magazine.
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: www.scr.org.
Related Information for Orange
Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run March 5-26. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced previews run March 5- 9. SCR’s performances run Tuesdays-Sundays; there are no performances on Mondays.
Performance Dates, Times:
- Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m.
- Tuesday-Thursday, March 7-9, at 7:45 p.m.
Note: Friday, March 10, is an invitation-only performance
- Saturdays-Sundays, March 11-12; March 18-19; and March 25-26 at 2 p.m.
Special note: There are no Monday performances.
- ASL-interpreted: Saturday, March 25, at 2 p.m.
- Post-Show Discussions: Tuesday, March 14, and Wednesday, March15. Discuss the play with Orange cast members during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Julianne Argyros Stage.
- Inside the Season: Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR's production staff, offering insights into SCR’s production of Orange. The morning includes a guided tour of the set. Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
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.
Current Productions: Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick adapted by David Catlin, through Feb. 19; and Flora & Ulysses by John Glore, adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo (Theatre for Young Audiences), through Feb. 19.
Upcoming Productions: Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil, March 5-26; The Siegel by Michael Mitnick, March 24-April 23; A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, April 9-30; Yoga Play by Dipika Guha, April 19-30; 20th Pacific Playwrights Festival, April 21-23; 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).
More information is available at www.scr.org.
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. www.scr.org