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THEATRE SCENE: West Coast Premiere of “Orange” Opens at South Coast Repertory
COSTA MESA, Calif. (March 13, 2017)— South Coast Repertory’s First Night audience went on a journey of discovery with Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil. The show, on the Julianne Argyros Stage, offered up a raw, off-kilter thrill ride through Orange County with Leela (a teen from India), Priti (Leela’s rebel O.C.-based cousin) and Gar (Priti’s boyfriend). Leela is a unique woman on the autism spectrum whose story touched hearts and yielded a rousing standing ovation.
On Friday, March 10, Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Paula Tomei welcomed First Nighters and their guests for this west coast premiere. Board of Trustees President Alan Slutzky acknowledged the theatre’s Founding Artistic Directors David Emmes and Benson at the First Night (or Opening Night) performance event.
Masterson set the scene for what led to the birth of Orange as an SCR commission through the CrossRoads project, a program generously supported by the Time Warner Foundation. CrossRoads brings playwrights into Orange County for immersive residency as a means of inspiration.
“This opening represents the culmination of a journey that began nearly four years ago,” he shared. “Aditi arrived for the first time in Orange County with her only experience of the area based on television portrayals. Many of the things she learned during her time here wound up in the play. It’s been an exciting process to see her wok develop into what you see on our stage tonight.”
Tomei talked about the generosity of Honorary Producers Joan and Andy Fimiano.
“They have a passion for great theatre in Orange County,” Tomei said and noted that Orange marked the couple’s fifth consecutive season as Individual Honorary Producers. The audience acknowledged them with warm appreciation.
Among the First Night subscribers and guests for the evening were David and Elaine Krajanowki , Darlene and Mark Smith, Jennifer Klein and Shawn and Michelle Marzban, Scott and Mari Fassett and Mukesh and Aruna Agrawal and Vini Arora and Veer Arora, Mark Waters and Dian Spyvey Waters, and Jean Platt and Carl Jones.
Christopher Schulz, president and publisher of the show’s media partner, Orange Coast magazine, enjoyed the evening, joined by his wife, Julie.
The stellar cast featured Anjali Bhimani (portraying cousin Priti and the other female roles); Pia Shaw (as Leela); and Karthik Srinivasan (portraying Priti’s boyfriend, Gar, and the other male roles).
Orange florals and citrus arrangements popped against vibrant turquoise linens at the Cast Party on Ela’s Terrace at SCR. With a nod to Orange County, the buffet stations were decorated with wooden surfboards and tall white lanterns.
Guests sampled Indian-inspired hor d’oeuvres including curry chicken salad on endive leaf, with toasted almonds and scallion,and chive buckwheat blinis with ginger crème fraiche and orange caviar. Two playfully named buffet bars (Priti and Gar’s Beach Buffet” and “Leela’s Snack Station”) had equally tasty offerings including grilled fish tacos with crisp corn tortillas and citrus slaw, with lime crema and tapatio sauce; cumin and mustard seed potato croquettes with apricot chutney; and chapati crisps and vegetable crudités with vegetable raita.
Desserts that tempted partygoers included citrus butter cupcakes, with mascarpone and orange zest. From the bar, the signature cocktail for the evening—“Orange County Crush”—blended Tito’s Handmade Vodka, orange juice, triple sec and Sprite.
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