SCR announces line-up for 26th Pacific Playwrights Festival on May 3-5

With two world premieres of fully staged productions serving as anchors, South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) announced the line-up for the 26th Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF). The highly anticipated showcase of new works, part of the theatre’s play development initiative –The Lab@SCR – runs May 3-5. Single tickets and discounted ticket packages for all five readings are available by clicking here.

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Staged Readings, “Meeting for Worship” by Ana Nogueira, May 3

Anchoring the Festival are the world-premiere productions of Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical, music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Sean Hartley and Daniel Messé, book by Craig Lucas, and Galilee, 34 by Eleanor Burgess. The festival includes five staged readings: Meeting for Worship by Ana Nogueira, The Brothers Play by Arya Shahi, You Are Cordially Invited to the End of the World! by Keiko Green, Fremont Ave. by Reggie D. White and An Oxford Man by Else Went.

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Staged Readings, “The Brothers Play” by Arya Shahi, May 3

“All the writing is bold and fearlessly ambitious, and it makes for a real feeling of expansiveness in the Pacific Playwrights Festival this year. There are stories told with tremendous ensembles, stories that span lifetimes and beyond and stories that feel transcendental as they wrestle with the indisputable,” PPF Co-Director and Director of The Lab@SCR Andy Knight said. “The great enterprise in the writing in PPF this year shows, I think, a note of optimism, too, because the resigned don’t flirt with the impossible. This group of artists is setting aside the caution that’s been ever-present in our lives throughout the past few years – and showing it’s possible to aspire again.

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Staged Readings, “You are Cordially Invited to the End of the World!” by Keiko Green, May 3

Both Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical and Galilee, 34 came out of previous PPFs. Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical was a 2019 staged reading. Galilee, 34 was featured at last year’s silver anniversary PPF.

“It’s always the most inspiring time of year as PPF centers our touchstone commitment to new work, global stories and extraordinary writing,” Ivers said. “I’m thrilled to welcome and support the artists and communities represented in what I know will be a special and resonant Pacific Playwrights Festival.”

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Staged Readings, “Fremont Ave.” by Reggie White, May 4

Prior to the 8 p.m. May 4 performance of Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical, the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) will present the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. One of the most prestigious honors a new play can receive, the Steinberg Award recognizes the best scripts premiering professionally outside of New York City. Recent award winners include Cambodian Rock Band, I & You and Vietgone – plays largely developed, in part, at South Coast Repertory. Both Cambodian Rock Band and Vietgone became SCR productions.

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Staged Readings, “An Oxford Man” by Else Went, May 5

The weekend also includes a free panel discussion with this year’s festival playwrights on Sunday, May 5 from 9-10 a.m.

“There is something absolutely daring and expansive in the voices of this season’s PPF slate of plays,” PPF Co-Director and SCR Associate Artistic Director Kim Martin-Cotten said. “Each of these seven stories moves through unexpected landscapes to confront what is familiar and intimate with a reach that asks us to stretch our sense of possibility. They all invite us to open new windows into what we will allow ourselves to imagine is possible in moments of great consequence.”

The 2024 Pacific Playwrights Festival Productions:

Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical, April 5-May 4, Segerstrom Stage.

Galilee, 34, by Eleanor Burgess, directed by Davis McCallum, April 21-May 12, Julianne Argyros Stage.

Staged Readings

Meeting for Worship, by Ana Nogueira, directed by Mike Donahue, an SCR Commission, Friday, May 3 at 1 p.m., Segerstrom Stage.

The Brothers Play, by Arya Shahi, Friday, May 3 at 4 p.m., Julianne Argyros Stage.

You Are Cordially Invited to the End of the World!, by Keiko Green, directed by Zi Alikhan, Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m., Nicholas Studio.

Fremont Ave., by Reggie D. White, directed by Taylor Reynolds, Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m., Julianne Argyros Stage.

An Oxford Man, by Else Went, directed by Emma Rosa Went, Sunday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m., Segerstrom Stage.

The Pacific Playwrights Festival is made possible with support from The Shubert Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Elizabeth George Foundation and the Pacific Playwrights Festival Honorary Producers: Richard and Lisa de Lorimier, Kristen and Adrian Griggs, Talya Nevo-Hacohen and Bill Schenker and Peter and Joy Sloan.

The 2024 Pacific Playwrights Festival offers several ticketing options:

Tickets for individual readings are $20 each.

Subscriber packages to see all five readings cost $85.

Tickets for the production of Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical range from $34-$112. Tickets for Galilee, 34 range from $29-$105 each.

The Sunday, May 5 playwrights panel discussion is free and open to the public.

Tickets and ticket packages for the general public and theater industry professionals may be purchased online at

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


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