Jill Clayburgh
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Jill Clayburgh
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Initial casting and creative team information has been announced for the South Coast Repertory's 10th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, May 4-6. The Festival will consist of full-length productions of Julie Marie Myatt's My Wondering Boy and David Weiner's System Wonderland, a workshop production of Kenneth Lin's Po' Boy Tango, directed by Chay Yew, and four staged readings.

Adam Arkin, Jill Clayburgh, Gregory Itzin, John Vickery, and Charlayne Woodard will appear as guest artists in the staged readings. The acting company will feature Daniel Blinkoff, Michelle Duffy, Katrina Lenk, Patrick Kerr, Jeanne Sakata, Kimberly Scott, and Melissa van der Schyff. The readings will be directed by Bart DeLorenzo, Pam McKinnon, Stefan Novinski, and Octavio Solis.

Complete descriptions of the staged readings follows. For more information, visit www.scr.org or phone 714-708-5555.

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Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself) -- An Entertainment, by Donald Margulies
A dog, a giant octopus, a pickpocket, a crusty old sea captain and a librarian are just a few of the characters in Pulitzer Prize winner Margulies' whimsical new play about a man lost at sea who embarks on an awe-inspiring, 30-year adventure.

Boleros for the Disenchanted, by José Rivera
"A man must sin. It's in our blood." So says Flora's fiancé, Manuelo, but Flora will have none of it. She goes away to forget -- and the handsome Eusebio arrives to see that she does.

Our Mother's Brief Affair With David Greenglass, by Richard Greenberg
Adult siblings Seth and Abby tend to their elderly mother, who has the habit of playing out periodic deathbed scenes for her children. But this time something is different; Anna has a story to tell about long-ago Saturday afternoons, about escorting young Seth to his viola lessons at Juilliard, and about what she did while he played scales.

An Italian Straw Hat, book and Lyrics by John Strand, music by Dennis McCarthy
Based on the classic farce by Eugene Labiche, this new musical follows hapless young bridegroom Fadley as he scrambles through the landscape of turn-of-the-century New York, trying to correct a horrendous misunderstanding that may derail his wedding.