Mystage Guide

Here's the lowdown on the plays in 201​​9-​20 on both of our stages.
Segerstrom Stage
AMERICAN MARIACHI
​by José Cruz González
September 7 - October 5, 2019
Segerstrom Stage

In this big-hearted comedy with live music, Lucha spends her days caring for her mother and yearning for more. But it’s the 1970s and women can’t be mariachis…or can they? Defying tradition, Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates and take up instruments. A loving gesture for a mother becomes much more as the young women dream big and embrace the transcendent power of music. “A tug at the heartstrings that will echo for days” (Denver Post).

Recommendation: Age 12 and above.

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AUBERGINE
​by Julia Cho
October 1​9 - November 16, 2019
Segerstrom Stage

Sometimes a meal is more than just food. A man shares a bowl of berries and a young woman falls in love. A mother meticulously prepares her son’s favorite dish to keep him from leaving home. And a Korean-American son cooks soup for his ailing father to say what words cannot. The perfect bite transcends time and cultural differences in this poetic tale of love, loss and healing by the author of The Language Archive and Office Hour.

Recommendation: Age 1​4 and above.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by John-David Keller
​November ​​​30 - December ​​24, 201​9
Segerstrom Stage

Hal Landon Jr.'s Farewell Performance as Scrooge! Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge.

After 40 years, Hal Landon Jr. will be hanging up his top hat. It's the end of an era, but the tradition will continue. Don't miss Hal's final "Bah Humbug!"

Advisory: Ages 6 and up. Children under the age of six will not be admitted to A Christmas Carol.

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SHE LOVES ME
​book by Joe Masteroff
music by Jerry Bock
lyrics by Sheldon Har​nick
based on the play by Miklós László
directed by David Ivers
January 25 - February 22, 2020
Segerstrom Stage

Romantic, charming and brimming with joy, this musical comedy reminds us that one kind deed can open up a world of possibilities. At Maraczek’s Parfumerie, clerks Georg and Amalia are constantly at odds. Outside of work, they’re each falling madly in love with an anonymous pen pal, unaware that it is the other. This nostalgic Broadway hit inspired by the story that gave us The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail is “as sweet and exhilarating as a first kiss” (New York Daily News).

Recommendation: Age 12 and above.

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THE SCARLET LETTER
​by Kate Hamill
March 28 - April 25, 2020
World Premiere
Segerstrom Stage

Named The Wall Street Journal ‘s 2017 Playwright of the Year, Kate Hamill is celebrated for her female-centered classics—and SCR has her latest world premiere! Get ready for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s acclaimed masterwork in a most riveting staging. Two years after her husband goes missing, intelligent, strong-willed Hester Prynne has a child and gets branded an adulteress. Further defying Puritan ideals, she refuses to reveal the father’s identity and is condemned to wear a scarlet A to mark her shame. Then her estranged husband shows up—bent on revenge.

Recommendation: Age 1​4 and above.

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ARCADIA
by Tom Stoppard
May 9 - June 6, 2020
Segerstrom Stage

Prepare to be transported back and forth in time for lust, longing and literary rivalry at an English estate. In 1809, while the residents are gripped in their own intrigues, Thomasina, a brilliant young student, proposes an astonishing scientific theory. Two hundred years later, in a fiery battle of wits, academics Hannah and Bernard race to unravel the mysteries left behind. Intellect meets emotion, order confronts disorder. A dazzling comedic masterpiece “shot through with fun, passion and genius” (The New York Post).

Recommendation: ​High school and above.

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Julianne Argyros Stage
THE CANADIANS
​by ​Adam Bock
September 29 - October ​20, 2019
World Premiere
Julianne Argyros Stage

Life is good in Port Alison, Manitoba—Thursday night hockey, beers at the Peg, nice people. But lately Gordy’s interests lean more toward The Magic Flute and pottery classes. When his pal, Brendan, is gifted two all-expense paid tickets on a cruise, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime—to experience life far from Canada! In this tour de force comedy where five actors play a ship-load of characters, small chances might lead to big changes. But can Gordy step out of his comfort zone?.

Recommendation: ​High school and above.

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FIREFLIES
​by ​Donja R. Love
January ​5-26, 2020
Julianne Argyros Stage

Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky burns red. A church bombing has rocked the Civil Rights Movement to its core, and Reverend Charles Grace must galvanize the people with messages of hope. It is his wife Olivia, however, who skillfully crafts his speeches and delivery. But her ability to play the supportive spouse is cracking under the weight of too many secrets, too many regrets and life lived in the shadows. “This is language as lush catharsis,” proclaimed New York Magazine.

Recommendation: ​High school and above.

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OUTSIDE MULLINGAR
​​by John Patrick Shanley
March 8-29, 2020
Julianne Argyros Stage

A “softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections” (The New York Times) by the author of Moonstruck and Doubt. Near Killucan, Ireland, Tony Reilly schemes to sell the family farm and disinherit his son, Anthony. Standing in his way is a small plot of land belonging to the neighbor, Rosemary—and her long-simmering grudge. Destiny—whether embracing or fighting it—means everything in this very Irish story told with a rich tapestry of language, compassion and a few surprises.

Recommendation: ​High school and above.

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I GET RESTLESS
​by ​​Caroline V. McGraw
April 12 - May 3, 2020
World Premiere
Julianne Argyros Stage

Hazel just landed a job at a top law firm, bought a condo and married Mitch, who adores her. Then an accident on her honeymoon leaves her unable to remember anything about the past six years. Adrift in unanswered questions, Hazel must find who she is without knowing who she was. And what about a husband who’s now a stranger? An eerily captivating drama about the mysteries of second chances by an up-and-coming new playwright.

Recommendation: High school and above.

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