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Actors in rehearsal for South Coast Repertory's 2015 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of "Orange: an illustrated play" by Aditi Brennan Kapil. (Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR)

South Coast Rep Announces Lineup for 2016 Pacific Playwrights Festival

The three-day festival will feature two world premiere productions and readings of new work.

 COSTA MESA, CALIF.: South Coast Repertory Theatre has announced the lineup for the 19th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, which will take place April 22–24, featuring two world premiere productions and five readings of new plays.

The festival will include the world premiere of Eliza Clark’s Future Thinking (March 25–April 24), about a spoiled starlet and a middle-aged pet photographer whose worlds collide at Comic-Con. Lila Neugebauer will direct, and Kimberly Colburn will be the dramaturg.

Next will be the world premiere of Julia Cho’s Office Hour (April 10–May 1), about a student whose writing is violent and twisted, and the teacher who tries to find the meaning behind his work. Neel Keller will direct, and John Glore will be the dramaturg for the production.

The five new plays that will receive readings are Noah Haidle’s A Perfect Circle, Kemp Powers’s Little Black Shadows, Rachel Bonds’s Curve of Departure, Meg Miroshnik’s Lady Tattoo, and Jen Silverman’s Wink.

A Perfect Circle is about a man trying desperately to fulfill a promise of building a garden for his dying wife. Colburn will be the dramaturg, and Evan Cabnet will direct.

Little Black Shadows follows two child slaves on a plantation in Georgia, who come alive at night by telling stories of their dreams. May Adrales will direct, and Andy Knight will be the dramaturg.

Curve of Departure is about a group of people united in a too-small motel room in New Mexico for a funeral. Mike Donahue will direct, and Glore will be the dramaturg.

Lady Tattoo centers on a tattooed woman who is commissioned to do custom inking on another woman in the early 20th century when women’s options were limited. Marti Lyons will direct and Joy Meads will be the dramaturg.

Wink is about a distraught woman whose cat has disappeared, and her silent husband knows the truth about what happened to the animal. Bart DeLorenzo will direct, and Jerry Patch will be the dramaturg.

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