Friday, November 9, 2012

Experience the Ride of Your Life

South Coast Repertory teams up with some of SoCal’s amazing theatre groups to bring you contemporary and multi-layered works. The Nicholas Studio lets you settle in, but you won’t sit back for long. Lean forward and expect the unexpected from:

Critical Mass Performance Group
Rogue Artists Ensemble
Theatre Movement Bazaar
Lost Moon Radio
Matthew McCray Productions
South Coast Repertory, Center Theatre Group and La Jolla Playhouse

The informal theme of this year’s Studio SCR is merging different mediums.  The featured companies use dance, video projections, singing, puppetry, stylized movement, historical characters, live music, radio and written text for stories that highlight key historical events or provide commentary on today’s society.

In addition, there’s a collaborative first: South Coast Repertory, Center Theatre Group and La Jolla Playhouse will co-produce the West Coast premiere of a new English translation of Guillermo Caledrón’s Neva.

The line-up also includes the popular SCRamble, a late-night cabaret featuring short pieces by eight to nine local acts.

Ticket prices vary by production, and range from $15 to $35. You can buy tickets and read more about the artists at Meanwhile, here’s a closer look at the line-up:


Critical Mass Performance Group
December 6-9, 2012

Ameryka is a kaleidoscopic epic, detonating an astonishing universe of associations between the United States and Poland going back to the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson, his runaway slave, Polish General Tadeusz Kościuszko, movie star Gary Cooper, jazz great John Coltrane, CIA agents, Solidarity leaders, rebels, criminals, presidents and lovers are among the famous, infamous and unsung people whose dreams and actions intersect in a breathtaking quest for freedom across continents and centuries. Movement, text, image and music come together to tell stories that turn history inside out, in this latest work-in-progress from Los Angeles' award-winning Critical Mass Performance Group.

Contains adult language.


by Katie Polebaum

Rogue Artists Ensemble
February 14-17, 2013

Rogue Artists Ensemble combines multimedia projections with puppetry, movement, sophisticated live audio-sampling and giant Greek masks in its production of Songs of Bilitis. The work explores how a flamboyant heterosexual avant-garde Parisian novelist—Pierre Louÿs—successfully impersonated a lesbian Greek poet in the most elaborate erotic literary hoax the world has ever known.  At the turn of the 20th-century, Louÿs captured the imagination and libido of the literary world when he penned an extensive collection of exquisite and sensuous poetry by a fabricated Greek courtesan named "Bilitis." The collection held a false place in the canon of classical Greek erotic literature for nearly 10 years, making Songs of Bilitis the world’s greatest work of counterfeit Greek erotica.

Contains nudity, adult themes and language.


Theatre Movement Bazaar

February 21-24, 2013

Theatre Movement Bazaar, creators of last year's Anton's Uncles, investigates Chekhov's famous play, Three Sisters. In this new work, Track 3, the characters are stranded, waiting and wanting something outside of themselves to give them happiness. They are on the modern hero's journey, not to Moscow, as they hoped, but a journey within. Movement, dance, song and humor derail the play from its Victorian origins and set the itinerary for a 21st-century existential extravaganza.


Lost Moon Radio 

May 2-5, 2013

DJ Jupiter Jack has hosted KTSH's Fourth of July broadcast for 28 years. Until now. Pushed out by two shock jocks and the increasing corporatization of his station, Jack finds himself examining the state of America and his career while he's on the air. As Jack spins tracks about the U.S. of A., we see each one as a sketch or song performed live onstage by actors and a band. The resulting collage is part comedy show, part rock concert, and part intimate journey through the mind of a man who is grappling with a changing America.

Contains adult language.


Matthew McCray 

June 6-9, 2013

Framed by the spiritual philosophies of the mystic Martin Buber, Eternal Thou is a high-tech science fiction drama about the future of the Internet and man's search for spiritual enlightenment. In Eternal Thou, the cast dives in and out of the unwieldy signals of the Internet to reprogram its central code and protect it from forces that threaten its survival. The Internet, presented as the central character of the play, is on a search for enlightenment that parallels our own. This critically acclaimed production was a 2012 Critic's Pick in Backstage and received rave reviews throughout Los Angeles. Learn more at

Contains adult language.


by Guillermo Calderón

South Coast Repertory, Center Theatre Group and
   La Jolla Playhouse

June 19-23, 2013

Neva tells the story of Anton Chekhov's widow, the actress Olga Knipper, who arrives in a dimly lit rehearsal room in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1905. As Olga and two other actors await the rest of the cast, they huddle together, act out scenes from their lives and muse on their art form and love. Outside, unseen striking workers are being gunned down in the streets by the Tsarist regime. Guillermo Calderón savagely examines the relationship between theatre and historical context in this tightly crafted piece that allows a palpable terror to creep through the theatre walls.


Various artists 

February 16, and May 4, 2013
Grab a drink and settle in for a bold new blend of alternative theatre, comedy, dance, music and interdisciplinary collaborations as some of SoCal's most interesting artists serve up unforgettable theatrical delights in 10-minute increments.

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