SCR announces new season
New SCR director announces new line-up
South Coast Repertory's 2012-13 season, its first under the complete control of artistic director Marc Masterson, contains a surprising number of familiar names although it's by no means a staid line-up.
Some of them are among the most popular and provocative up-and-coming playwrights in the country: Noah Haidle, Sarah Ruhl, Bill Cain.
Others, such as British master farceur Alan Ayckbourn and Tony-winning Chinese-American David Henry Hwang, have been produced many times at SCR over the years.
Masterson acknowledged that longtime SCR fans will recognize many of the playwrights slated to appear next season, but he doesn't see that as an accommodation on his part.
"These are all plays and playwrights that I like," Masterson said. "I'm not trying to make a big statement about things being different. Many of these plays are by some of the most exciting people working in theater today. Any artistic director would be happy to have them."
Masterson said he consulted closely with SCR's cofounders, Martin Benson and David Emmes, who are still active, as well as literary director John Glore.
"The entire season was a collaboration between me and John and Martin and David," Masterson said. "I took the lead, but I listened to my colleagues."
Noah Haidle is among the playwrights whose work will be presented next season. Masterson is aware that Haidle's play "Mr. Marmalade" caused quite a stir at SCR a few seasons ago.
"This play, 'Smokefall,' is a very different work than that. I don't think Noah is trying to turn anything upside down or inside out. He's trying to tell a good story."
Masterson will be directing Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice." Ruhl is another younger playwright that has been seen before at SCR. Masteron thinks she has built a loyal following here.
"I produced a very early work of Sarah's at Actors Theatre of Louisville. We did 'The Clean House' and 'The Vibrator Play' there as well," Masterson said. "Sarah is arguably one of the most prolific and most frequently produced younger writers in American theater."
Hwang's "Chinglish" was seen in New York last fall. Masterson thinks it's one of the playwright's most important works in years.
"It's not only about U.S.-China relations but about human interactions. This work speaks to the world where we live in a big way."
South Coast Repertory's 2012-13 season:
"Absurd Person Singular" by Alan Ayckbourn (Sept. 7- Oct. 7)
"How to Write a New Book for the Bible" by Bill Cain (Oct. 19-Nov. 18)
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, adapted by Jerry Patch (Nov. 24-Dec. 24)
"Chinglish" by David Henry Hwang (Jan. 25 – Feb. 24, 2013)
"Smokefall" by Noah Haidle (Mar. 29 – Apr. 28, 2013)
"The Verona Project," words and music by Amanda Dehnert (May 10-Jun. 9, 2013)
Julianne Argyros Stage
"Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl (Sept. 23-Oct. 14)
"The Mother****er with the Hat" by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Jan. 6 – 27, 2013)
"The Whale" by Samuel D. Hunter (Mar. 10 – 31, 2013)
World premiere TBA (Apr. 14 – May 5, 2013)
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