South Coast Repertory Announces 2016-17 Season

SCR South Coast Repertory footlightsSouth Coast Repertory has announced its 2016-17 season.  The theater’s commitment to new voices in the American theater will be seen through three world premieres and five West Coast premieres.

Sept. 2–Oct. 2, 2016
All the Way
by Robert Schenkkan, directed by Marc Masterson

Lyndon B. Johnson has been catapulted into the most powerful job on earth. No stranger to back room deals, Johnson takes us with him —flattering, backslapping, placating, and bullying as he maneuvers to pass the groundbreaking Civil Rights Act. From Martin Luther King, Jr. to George Wallace, some of America’s most dynamic leaders stand beside him— or against him —during this tumultuous time.”

Oct. 2–23, 2016
District Merchants (An Uneasy Comedy)
by Aaron Posner

Aaron Posner (South Coast Repertory’’s The Tempest) takes The Merchant of Venice from its Shakespearean setting to post-Civil War Washington, D.C., with hints at life in America today. In the complex and contradictory worlds of blacks, whites, Jews, and Christians, money changes hands with dangerously high stakes, philanthropic acts mask blatant opportunism and would-be lovers hide —and then uncover —their differences. While love gets a chance, does hope remain for a just and kind tomorrow?

Oct. 14–Nov. 13, 2016
Destiny of Desire
by Karen Zacarías, directed by José Luis Valenzuela

On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born, —one to poverty, one to privilege—,and then secretly switched by a scheming former beauty queen. Eighteen years later the girls meet, brought together by misfortune. Or is it destiny? And musical numbers make it the perfect guilty pleasure!  A co-production with The Goodman Theatre.

Nov. 4–20, 2016
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
book by Robert Kauzlaric, music & lyrics by George Howe
based on the novel by Richard & Florence Atwater

Mr. Popper is thrilled when a penguin named Captain Cook waddles out of a mysterious box on the doorstep. The zookeeper donates a female companion and soon— it’s the patter of 20 baby penguin feet! They’’ll sing and dance in a musical version of the classic children’s book. (Theater for Young Audiences)

Nov. 25–Dec. 24, 2016
Charles Dickens’’ A Christmas Carol
adapted by Jerry Patch, directed by John-David Keller

Jan. 3–22, 2017
The Roommate
by Jen Silverman, directed by Martin Benson

Sharon is sensible. An Iowan. An empty nester. Curious and very, very talkative. For the first time in her life, at age 54, she takes in a roommate to make ends meet. Robyn, a new arrival from the Bronx, is hiding a lifetime of secrets. But Sharon has a way of getting to the fascinating, shocking truth.

Jan. 20–Feb 19, 2017
Lookingglass Theatre Company’’s Moby Dick
from the novel by Herman Melville, adapted and directed by David Catlin

Driven on by a madman, bigger than life characters search for the white whale, pitting themselves against the Seven Seas with a fiery passion, in this robust and theatrically thrilling production by Chicago’’s Lookingglass Theatre Company. A co-production with The Alliance Theatre and Arena Stage.

Feb. 3–19, 2017
Flora & Ulysses
by John Glore, adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old Flora loves comic books, so it’s no surprise to her when a squirrel named Ulysses gets sucked up in the vacuum cleaner and pops out as a superhero who can fly— and write poetry. Doubting adults have lots to learn from Flora, Ulysses and their new friend, William. (Theater for Young Audiences)

March 5–26, 2017
by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by Jessica Kubzansky

Leela is different. A teenager from India, she sketches life’s important moments in her journal, and she’’s about to go on an adventure through Orange County. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to make a run for it with her boyfriend —taking Leela along.

March 24–April 23, 2017
The Siegel
by Michael Mitnick, directed by Casey Stangl

Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight he’’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’’s just one hitch. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago— and she’s in a serious relationship with someone else. But Ethan is undaunted.

April 9–30, 2017
A Doll’’s House, Part 2
by Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath continues Nora’’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’’s a knock on the door. Why is Nora back— and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

May 5–June 4, 2017
The Monster Builder
by Amy Freed, directed by Art Manke

Rita and Dieter are thrilled to meet Gregor, the world’s most celebrated architect. His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. So why has he taken on the remodel of a decaying boathouse, a project that was supposed to go to Rita and Dieter?

May 19–June 4, 2017
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
by Judy Blume, adapted for the stage by Bruce Mason

Two-year-old Fudge is having fun and so is the audience. Big brother Peter has had enough and, when his turtle ends up in Fudge’s tummy, it’’s time for drastic measures.  (Theater for Young Audiences)

All plays and dates are subject to change.

About Tracey Paleo

Tracey Paleo is Associate Editor at FootLights Magazine. She's also the Founder and Chief Editor of the arts and culture site, Gia On The Move, where she often reviews live performance events.

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