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South Coast Rep mounts 4 world preems

Works from Korder, Donaghy, Rivera, Newman set stage

NEW YORK — South Coast Repertory, the Southern California regional theater that commissioned and premiered this season’s most lauded play, Margaret Edson’s “Wit,” and has lined up a quartet of world premiere productions for its next season from playwrights Howard Korder, Tom Donaghy and Jose Rivera and composer Randy Newman.

The theater’s mainstage will host Korder’s “The Hollow Lands” (Jan. 14-Feb. 13), a drama directed by David Chambers about an Irish immigrant’s experiences in 19th century America. Newman’s musical, entitled “La./L.A.” (June 2-July 2), will use many of his extant songs and some new ones to tell the story of an American Everyman who grows up in Louisiana and moves to Los Angeles.

Rivera’s surrealistic “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot” will premiere on the SCR Second Stage (March 10-April 9) followed by Donaghy’s “The Beginning of August” (April 28-May 28), which will be directed by Neal Pepe.

The new play from the author of “Minutes From the Blue Route” is described as a seriocomic look at the American family in transition. “August” is produced in association with Gotham’s Atlantic Theater Co.

Mainstage attractions

Other productions in the season are, on the Mainstage, Shaw’s “The Philanderer,” directed by SCR artistic director Martin Benson (Sept. 10-Oct. 10); August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson” (Oct. 22-Nov. 21); Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” directed by Benson (Feb. 25-April 2); and a sixth title to be announced.

Productions that complete the Second Stage season are Sam Shepard’s “True West” (Sept. 24-Oct. 24); the California premiere of John Olive’s “The Summer Moon,” directed by SCR associate artist Mark Rucker (Nov. 5-Dec. 5); and a final title to be announced.

The theater has also announced the lineup of plays and play readings for its annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, which runs June 10-20 this year. There will be workshop perfs of Rivera’s aforementioned “References to Salvador Dali …” and Rogelio Martinez’s “Illuminating Veronica,” as well as readings of Eduardo Andino’s “Cuchifrito,” Jonathan Ceniceroz’s “Lupe, Now!,” Donaghy’s “The Beginning of August,” Richard Greenberg’s “Everett Beekin,” Donald Margulies’ “God of Vengeance,” Marlane Meyer’s “The Mystery of Attraction” and Nicky Silver’s “The Altruists.”

A full production of John Glore’s “On the Jump” is also part of the festival.