Friday, April 24, 2015

Pacific Playwrights Festival 2015: New Play Starter Kit

South Coast Repertory’s annual Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) is a major national showcase for new plays and it's this weekend—April 24-26. The three-day festival attracts theatre professionals and new play lovers from across the nation, who are drawn by the chance to be the first to see some of the best new plays in the country. Here is our PPF New Play Starter Kit—your guide to getting the most out of your PPF weekend.

Get PPF Updates and Join the Conversation
  • Follow SCR on Twitter at @SouthCoastRep for updates throughout the weekend.
  • Connect with us and other PPF attendees, tweet with us using #PPF15.

Go Behind-The-Scenes of PPF
PPF rehearsal photos
  • Follow us on Instagram at @SouthCoastRep for behind-the-scenes photos of the festival.
  • Follow our PPF story on Snapchat at @SouthCoastRep. Get a look at the PPF weekend through the eyes of SCR Communications Associate Nicholas Pilapil (of "Nicholas in the Nicholas" video fame!).

The SCR New Play Map
SCR has presented 137 world premieres—the number continues to climb. Most of those plays have gone on to other productions across the country. Check out the SCR New Play Map in our lobby to see where some of them have gone.

The South Coast Repertory Podcast

Episode One: Why New Plays Matter

Episode Two: Interview with Mr. Wolf Playwright Rajiv Joseph

PPF Playwrights Panel
Sunday, April 26, at 9 a.m., Julie Marie Myatt, SCR’s Mellon Playwright in Residence, will moderate a conversation with a number of the 2015 festival playwrights, including Richard Alger, Bekah Brunstetter, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Itamar Moses, Qui Nguyen and Melissa Ross.

Join us for a conversation about the playwright and the audience in the Julianne Argyros Stage. Do playwrights think of audiences as they write? Are these playwrights wrestling with a burning personal question—or is there a more global question at hand? Who or what were they thinking of when they wrote these plays? Admission is free or you can live stream the panel via HowlRound.

Experience a PPF Play—and Save!
There's no better way to experience PPF than by seeing a new play. Use code "ppf15" to get $15 tickets to the PPF staged readings.
  • Going to a Place where you Already Are by Bekah Brunstetter
    directed by Marc Masterson
    Friday, April 24, at 1 p.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
    Roberta thinks she’s been to heaven and back. Now what?
  • The Whistleblower by Itamar Moses
    directed by Casey Stangl
    Friday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
    Eli tries to rewrite the life he left behind—but the truth could ruin everything.
  • Orange: an illustrated play by Aditi Brennan Kapil
    directed by Jessica Kubzansky
    Saturday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
    The fantastic Orange County adventures of an exceptional girl named Leela—as illustrated by herself.
  • Vietgone by Qui Nguyen
    directed by May Adrales
    Sunday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
    Qui Nguyen’s personal epic Vietnamese-American hip-hop road-trip buddy-movie rom-com!
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