Playwrights fest to bow play pair

Greenberg, Gunderson works to premiere

New plays by Richard Greenberg and Lauren Gunderson will world preem at South Coast Repertory’s 12th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival.

Fest, which runs May 1-3, will feature seven plays, including five staged readings in addition to the two fully produced premieres.

“Our Mother’s Brief Affair,” a comedy from Greenberg (“The American Plan,” currently on Broadway), and Gunderson’s “Emilie — The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life at the Petit Theatre at Cirey Tonight” join staged readings of new works by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Bill Cain, Julia Cho, Howard Korder and David Wiener on the Costa Mesa theater’s two stages.

“Brief Affair,” which received a staged reading at the 2007 fest, is helmed by Pam MacKinnon and centers on two adult siblings who make a surprising discovery about their elderly mother. “Emilie,” a staged reading at last year’s fest, is directed by David Emmes and tells the story of an 18th century Parisian noblewoman and her lifelong affair with Voltaire. Both plays were commissioned by SCR.

South Coast Rep’s previous festivals have preemed such plays as Donald Margulies’ “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment,” Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel” and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Tony-winning “Rabbit Hole.”

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