REST, ZEALOT, MR. WOLF and More Set for South Coast Rep's 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival, 4/25-27

Experience something(s) new: Three world premiere productions and four new play readings during South Coast Repertory's 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival, April 25-27. Single and packaged tickets are available online at

"Because this is South Coast Repertory's milestone 50th Season, we're doing some special things with this year's Pacific Playwrights Festival, beginning with an amazing line-up of plays," said John Glore, festival co-director and SCR associate artistic director. "We're adding a third full production-the world premiere of a new Adam Rapp plays in the Nicholas Studio. We're also inviting some of our favorite playwrights, local and national, to join us for the festivities."

"We have a powerhouse line-up this year," said Kelly Miller, festival co-director and SCR literary director. "It includes readings of important new plays by some of the best veteran and emerging playwrights working in the American Theatre."

This year's PPF features world premiere productions by Samuel D. Hunter, Rachel Bonds and Adam Rapp, and staged readings of new works by Theresa Rebeck, Eliza Clark, Rajiv Joseph and Melissa Ross.

As a special feature of the festival during SCR's 50th Season, The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois by Adam Rapp, will be staged as a full production.

Full productions featured at the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival:

WHEN: Friday-Saturday, April 25-26, 8 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Segerstrom Stage.

A nursing home in northern Idaho is shutting down, and one of the three remaining patients has wandered off in the midst of a record-breaking blizzard. When the search for the missing man takes an unexpected turn, residents and staff alike find themselves powerless in the face of an uncertain future. A funny and heartbreaking new play from the author of The Whale.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, 7:45 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. This show continues through May 4. Julianne Argyros Stage.

Jamie enjoys a quiet life in his small Pennsylvania town, fixing up his grandfather's old lake house and pining after Mary, his troubled coworker. When his brother comes back to town with a new girlfriend, Jamie's peaceful world is turned upside down. A tender story about those who stay and those who go away.

  • The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois written and directed by Adam Rapp

WHEN: Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 26, at 2:30 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m., Nicholas Studio.

Ellis Shook lives alone in a small duplex apartment in Paducah, Kentucky. He works nights buffing floors, keeps to himself-and always remembers to take his medication. But when two teenage girls arrive at his doorstep one autumn afternoon, their visit forces him to confront a tragic past while also offering him a glimpse at hope. This is a fully staged production.

Readings slated for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival:

WHEN: Friday, April 25, at 1 p.m., Segerstrom Stage

At the British consulate in Mecca a tactical tea is interrupted by news of nearby violence. When a witness seeks asylum, a diplomatic battle of wits ensues, while a life hangs in the balance.

WHEN: Friday, April 25, 3:30 p.m., Segerstrom Stage

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