Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Actors and Directors Announced for PPF

South Coast Repertory has announced the lineup of actors and directors who will participate in the 12th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF). Since its creation in 1998, PPF has grown into one of the most important festivals of new scripts in the United States. This year’s Festival will take place during the May 1 through May 3 weekend and will feature five staged readings and two fully-produced World Premieres on South Coast Repertory’s Segerstrom and Julianne Argryos Stages. Tickets to PPF may be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or in person at the SCR box office.

This year’s Pacific Playwrights Festival presents fully-produced stagings of new plays by Richard Greenberg and Lauren Gunderson, and staged readings of plays by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Bill Cain, Julia Cho, Howard Korder and David Wiener.

David Warren will direct In a Garden by Howard Korder (Friday, May 1 at 1:00pm) featuring Greg Germann, Mark Harelik and Bernard White.

Bart DeLorenzo will direct Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Friday, May 1 at 3:30pm) featuring Steven Culp, Nike Doukas and Matt McGrath.

Art Manke will direct Extraordinary Chambers by David Weiner (Friday, May 1 at 7:45pm and Saturday, May 2 at 7:45pm) featuring Andrew Borba, Kimiko Gelman, Darrell Kunitomi, Kirsten Potter and Greg Watanabe.

Michael John Garcés will direct 9 Circles by Bill Cain (Saturday, May 2 at 10:30am). Casting is currently in progress.

Mark Brokaw will direct The Language Archive by Julia Cho (Sunday, May 3 at 10:30am) featuring Tony Amendola, Matt Letscher and Maria Thayer.

Anchoring the 12th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival are the fully-produced World Premieres of Our Mother’s Brief Affair, a new comedy by Richard Greenberg about two adult siblings who reunite to tend to their elderly mother and are astonished to learn about her long-ago love affair, and Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie – La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life at the Petit Théâtre at Cirey Tonight , the story of an 18th century Parisian noblewoman and her lifelong affair with the Enlightenment superstar Voltaire.

SCR’s 11 previous festivals have introduced 78 new plays to the national stage including Amy Freed’s The Beard of Avon, Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics, Rolin Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole.

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