South Coast Repertory announces 2024-25 season

South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) announced its 2024-25 season, featuring a line-up of three world premieres, a play written by a Pulitzer Prize winner and Orange County native, a Broadway cult classic, a mouth-watering children’s story, and the return of popular pianist and actor Hershey Felder.

“Our touchstone programming continues to thrive as we offer three world premieres, a commitment to our Theatre for Young Audiences and Families series, our annual holiday offering, a cult classic musical and a modern masterpiece all connected to the world around us,” Ivers said. “Join us for a season of breadth and scale as we continue to engage and entertain the world around us.”

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Richard Doyle as Ebenezer Scrooge from the 2023 production of “A Christmas Carol”

“Each offering in our season promises to not only entertain audiences but also give rich, diverse opportunities to connect with the stories and the artists who create them,” Tomei said. “This connection is what SCR is all about, and with the support of the audience, South Coast Repertory can continue making an impact in the Orange County community and beyond.”

The 2024-25 season begins with Little Shop of Horrors, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, based on the film by Roger Corman and screenplay by Charles Griffith. This pop-culture and Broadway favorite about a sneaky succulent’s quest for human blood runs September 21-October 19 on the Segerstrom Stage. Directed by Jenn Thompson, Little Shop of Horrors features a lively score bursting with the sounds of doo-wop and Motown.

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Playwright Noa Gardner (foreground) and the cast of the 2023 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of “The Staircase”

The second season of the American Icons series follows with the world premiere of Joan by Daniel Goldstein. This year, SCR spotlights legendary comedian Joan Rivers, who made and remade her career through triumph and tragedy. Directed by Ivers, Joan takes you up close and personal with this edgy, fearless and loving American icon. It runs October 27-November 24 on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

A Christmas Carol, Orange County’s holiday tradition, returns for its 44th season November 30-December 24 with SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle once again picking up the top hat and red scarf as Ebenezer Scrooge. Jerry Patch adapted the Charles Dickens classic, directed by Hisa Takakuwa.

The new year begins with Wish You Were Here by Pulitzer Prize winner and Orange County native Sanaz Toossi. Running January 12-February 2, 2025 on the Julianne Argyros Stage, this enlightened comedy chronicles a decade of life in Iran, as five best friends become friends long lost, searching for the bond that once defined them. Mina Morita directs.

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 “Wish You Were Here” by playwright Sanaz Toossi, an Orange County native

A year after his wildly popular engagement, George Gershwin Alone, played to sold-out audiences, Hershey Felder returns to SCR with a new musical play – Rachmaninoff and the Tsar, book by Felder and directed by Trevor Hay. Running February 18-March 2, 2025 on the Segerstrom Stage, Felder plays composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff alongside Jonathan Silvestri in the role of Tsar Nicholas II. Featuring Rachmaninoff’s most beloved compositions, this promises to be another mystical, musical journey in the Hershey Felder style that audiences have come to know and love.

On March 3, 2025, Felder will give a one-night only, special presentation of his Great American Songbook Sing-Along, which takes audiences through 100 years of American music – beginning with Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and more. The performance features Felder’s signature engaging style along with lots of audience participation.

SCR’s popular Theatre for Young Audiences and Families series takes the Julianne Argyros Stage on Feb. 28-March 16, 2025, with The Incredible Book Eating Boy, book by Madhuri Shekar, music by Christian Magbyand and lyrics by Christian Albright. Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers and directed by SCR’s Artistic/Audience Engagement Associate H. Adam Harris, this hilarious family musical tells the story of a young boy named Henry, who loves books, but doesn’t like reading them. He eats them, devouring knowledge with every bite.

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The spring brings two world premieres, starting with The Staircase by Noa Gardner. Featured at the 2023 Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) as a reading, The Staircase is one of two anchors for the 2025 PPF. Mother and her son spend their evenings playing cards and telling stories about Hawaiian legend. When the son’s former sweetheart resurfaces, the pair must choose how they will embrace the future in this tale of holding on, letting go and the curious force that pulls us back home. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, The Staircase runs April 27-May 18, 2025 on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

Another world premiere play to be announced runs April 5-May 4, 2025 on the Segerstrom Stage, joining The Staircase as the second anchor for PPF. The annual showcase of new plays, part of The Lab@SCR, runs May 2-4, 2025.

Subscriptions for the 2024-25 season are now on sale and range in price from $22-$415. Subscribers may also purchase A Christmas Carol and Rachmaninoff and the Tsar starring Hershey Felder and Hershey Felder’s Great American Songbook Sing-Along at this time. Single tickets go on sale July 22 and range in price from $30-$116. Tickets may be purchased online at www.scfta.org, or by phone at 714.708.5555.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard. For more information, visit www.scr.org.


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