NEW YORK — John Glore will rejoin South Coast Repertory, where he was literary manager for 15 years, as associate artistic director. He’ll become director of SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival, which has set its lineup.
The eighth annual festival, running May 6-8, offers four public play readings and a workshop production showcasing new works by established and emerging writers, as well as two world-premiere productions.
The readings will be Kirsten Greenidge’s “Bossa Nova,” directed by Casey Stangl (May 6, 1 p.m.), the scribe’s second SCR commission; “The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler” by “Avenue Q” book writer Jeff Whitty, directed by Bill Rauch (May 6, 3:30 p.m.); David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole,” helmed by Carolyn Cantor (May 7, 10:30 a.m); and “Ridiculous Fraud” by Beth Henley (“Crimes of the Heart”), directed by Sharon Ott (May 8, 10:30 a.m.), which was commissioned by New Jersey’s McCarter Theater.
Oni Faida Lampley’s “Tough Titty,” about a young wife and mother struggling to survive breast cancer, will have a workshop production, directed by Mark Rucker (May 6, 7:45 p.m.; May 7, 2:30 and 7:45 p.m.; May 8, 2:30 p.m.), in SCR’s Nicholas Studio space.
Also part of the PPF are fully staged productions of Richard Greenberg’s latest, the comedy “A Naked Girl on the Appian Way” (April 1-May 8), and Lucinda Coxon’s “Vesuvius” (April 24-May 15), which was among last year’s PPF readings.
Glore replaces Jerry Patch at the helm of the PPF; Patch recently joined San Diego’s Old Globe Theaters.
Glore, himself a playwright, has been dramaturg at Center Theater Group for the past five years. From 1981-84 he was literary manager at Washington, D.C.’s, Arena Stage; he also was a dramaturg for Midwest PlayLabs in Minneapolis and a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome and McKnight Foundations.
His plays have been produced at SCR, which commmissioned and preemed his “The Company of Heaven” and “On the Jump,” as well as Actors Theater of Louisville and Berkeley Rep. He also adapted Aristophanes’ “The Birds” with Culture Clash in 1998. His most recent play, “Preludes & Fugues,” will premiere at L.A.’s Son of Semele Ensemble in September.