Tuesday, February 8, 2011

SCR Launches Studio Series

South Coast Repertory is expanding horizons with our new Studio Series, which will showcase the work of six local performers and companies—as well as a popular play from last year’s Pacific Playwrights Festival—this spring.

The series, which takes place over eight weekends between March and June, features an eclectic array that includes dance, spoken word, burlesque, puppetry and more, all in SCR’s 94-seat Nicholas Studio. Participating performers are:

  • Spoken-word artist and actor Steven Connell
  • Arpana Dance Company
  • Orange County Underground Burlesque Society
  • Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble
  • Backhausdance
  • Rogue Artists Ensemble

SCR’s Studio Series is part of a pilot program designed to create stronger ties between arts organizations and expose audiences to the rich diversity of the local arts scene. It also gives SCR the chance to extend our artistic boundaries and produce works that might not otherwise find a home here, in this case Sofia Alvarez’s Between Us Chickens, the story of two small-town twentysomethings—one a party girl, the other a homebody—who find their roles reversing after they move to L.A. and meet a smooth-talking local. The play was first read at last year’s Pacific Playwrights Festival.

Orange County Underground
Burlesque Society
“We’re looking forward to bringing a diverse group of performers and companies into the building and introducing them to our audiences and to theatre-goers who are new to SCR,” said Associate Artistic Director John Glore. “There will be a little something for everyone in the mix, and we’re excited about contributing a production of our own to the series.”

Leading the project is Oanh Nguyen, SCR’s producing associate and the artistic director of the Chance Theater, whose production of Jesus Hates Me in the Nicholas Studio last February kicked off the pilot program.

“The Nicholas studio offers a captivating, intimate theatre experience,” said Nguyen. “It will be exciting to see what these amazing local artists do with it.”

Tickets are now on sale. For all the details on the performances—including dates, times and prices—click here.

Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble

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