|THE STOCKTON SISTERS: Andrea Syglowski is Celia, Melanie Lora is Jess and Kat Foster is Amy.|
The Stockton sisters are the daughters of legendary novelist Mick Stockton, a man whose life was as infamous as his writing is famous. The Stockton sisters grew up relying on each other. As adults, however, the three women—with their distinctive and very different personalities—don’t always see eye-to-eye.
|Melanie Lora (Jess) and Rob Nagle (Fred).|
Amy, the middle sister, arrives next, with her fiancé, Josh. She’s in the midst of planning her wedding, an extravagant affair, and it’s all that she can talk about—even when there are more important matters at hand.
Once the cast of characters is assembled, playwright Melissa Ross weaves together the comedy and drama of real life to tell a story full of surprises and revelations. With her compassionate writing and intricate dialogue that beautifully captures the rhythm and idiosyncrasies of everyday speech, Of Good Stock becomes a singular yet relatable and hilarious yet moving look at a family coming together to keep from falling apart.
Although Ross is making her South Coast Repertory debut with Of Good Stock, some SCR audiences may be familiar with her work from the 2012 Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) reading of You Are Here—or even last year’s PPF reading of Of Good Stock. Her plays tell disparate stories, but are unified by their detailed and complex relationships—whether they’re within a family, like those at the center of Of Good Stock and Thinner Than Water (which premiered at New York’s Labyrinth Theater Company in 2011), or amongst a group of friends, like those found in You Are Here.
Her work has not only captured the attention of SCR, but also of theatres across the country—and her plays have been produced or developed by Labyrinth Theater Company, Chicago’s Gift Theatre and New York Stage and Film, among many others. After its world premiere at SCR, Of Good Stock will receive a production at Manhattan Theatre Club.
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