South Coast Repertory’s annual Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) is a major national showcase for new plays and it's this weekend—April 22-24. 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.
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New Play Development at SCR
SCR has presented 500 plays over its more than five-decade history. And the number continues to climb as we watch plays developed here go on to other productions across the country. But what kind of process does a new play go through to reach that stage? Check out the banners in the lobby that show a new play’s journey.
The South Coast Repertory Podcast
Why New Plays Matter
Interview with Office Hour Playwright Julia Cho
PPF Playwrights Panel: The Wright Stuff
Sunday, April 24, at 9 a.m., South Coast Repertory presents The Wright Stuff, a colloquy which personalizes the playwriting process, with the writers of the 2016 Pacific Playwrights Festival, including Rachel Bonds, Julia Cho, Eliza Clark, Noah Haidle, Meg Miroshnik, Kemp Powers and Jen Silverman. Admission is free or you can live stream the panel via HowlRound.
Liz Engelman will moderate the conversation. Liz is a freelance dramaturg, faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin and director of Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp, a multidisciplinary artists retreat in northern Minnesota.
Topics may include:
- Germinating ideas for the plays featured in the festival
- Writing routines and regimens
- Approaches to rewriting
- Choosing and working with collaborators
There's no better way to experience PPF than by seeing a new play.
A Perfect Circle
by Noah Haidle
directed by Evan Cabnet
dramaturg, Kimberly Colburn
Friday, April 22, at 1 p.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
Jackie is trying desperately to deliver on a long-deferred promise of building a garden for his wife. She’s dying, their son is coming home after a lengthy absence, the weeds in the backyard won’t stop growing, and that haunted train whistle keeps getting closer. Heartbreak with a twist of Haidle.
Little Black Shadows
by Kemp Powers
directed by May Adrales
dramaturg, Andy Knight
Friday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
Toy and Colis are children; so are the masters they silently serve on a Georgia cotton plantation. Only at night do the young slaves come alive, to tell stories and dream by the light of fireflies. But their world is about to change forever. Do they dare to come out of the shadows?
Curve of Departure
by Rachel Bonds
directed by Mike Donahue
dramaturg, John Glore
Saturday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
On a balmy New Mexico night in a too-small motel room, a “ragtag little group of humans” gathers in anticipation of the funeral that has brought them together. But the dearly departed is the least of their concerns as they all grapple with the curves life has thrown them.
by Meg Miroshnik
directed by Marti Lyons
dramatug, Joy Meads
Sunday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m., on the Segerstrom Stage
At the beginning of the 20th century, tattooed lady Picky is commissioned by Lady Elizabeth Arterton to do some custom inking. It quickly becomes more than a transaction as desperation, regret and art collide in a world where a woman’s options are corseted.
by Jen Silverman
directed by Bart DeLorenzo
dramaturg, Jerry Patch
Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m., in the Nicholas Studio
Sofie is distraught over the disappearance of her beloved cat Wink. Her husband Gregor knows what happened, but he’s not talking—except to Dr. Frans, the oddball shrink he shares with Sofie. But some things won’t stay buried, and when Wink turns up unexpectedly with plans for revenge, things get really wild. Repression is a bitch.