South Coast Repertory unveils its 2018-19 season

South Coast Repertory will present its 55th season with the return of some of the Costa Mesa’s theater’s favorite artists including David Henry Hwang, Stephen Sondheim and Culture Clash. (Courtesy of Lance Gordon / McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, Inc.)

They’re all theatrical elements in South Coast Repertory’s 2018-19 season, which will feature the return of a few of the Costa Mesa theater’s favorite artists, including David Henry Hwang, Karen Zacarías, Stephen Sondheim and Culture Clash.

The series features two world premieres in the Pacific Playwrights Festival — to be announced at a later date — and three plays for Theatre for Young Audiences.

"Sense and Sensibility," Sept. 1 to 29: The Jane Austen romantic classic tells the tale of the Dashwood sisters. When their father dies, and their half-brother skimps on their inheritance, they’re forced to leave the family estate and live in a cold cottage. A handsome stranger arrives.

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Sept. 30 to Oct. 21: A Tony Award-winning comedy by Christopher Durang that tells the story of Vanya and Sonia, who share a country house where they fret endlessly about their hapless lives. When movie-star sister Masha arrives with her younger boyfriend, rivalries are rekindled, and resentments rage.

"Nate the Great," Nov. 2 to 18: The new musical for young audiences follows the world’s greatest kid detective, who not only solves mysteries but loves to eat pancakes.

Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol," Nov. 24 to Dec. 24: A South Coast Repertory holiday favorite returns to Segerstrom Stage with beloved characters Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and actor Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge for the 39th consecutive year.

"Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience," Feb. 1 to 17, 2019: Wilbur, a mole who prefers to wear clothes, is different from all other naked mole rats. The play for young audiences spotlights rock tunes and shares a message of remaining true to oneself.

"M. Butterfly," May 11 to June 8, 2019: The drama that garnered Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards and was inspired by true events sets the stage for a married French diplomat, a mysterious Chinese opera diva and a passionate 20-year affair.

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