South Coast Repertory announces its 2017-18 season

Music. Romance. Comedy. Drama.

They’re all theatrical elements announced in South Coast Repertory’s 2017-18 season that will feature five world premieres, with three of the plays being commissioned out of the theater’s new-play development programs.

Here’s a look at the plays and the people in the 54th season:

“Once,” Sept. 2 to 30: The book by Enda Walsh follows a Dublin street musician about to give up his dream when a woman takes an interest in his love songs. The winner of eight Tony Awards also received a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

“Curve of Departure,” Sept. 24 to Oct. 15: A South Coast Repertory-commissioned play by Rachel Bonds makes its world premiere on the Julianne Argyros Stage. The funny drama follows an unconventional family wishing to put away ghosts of the past.

“Gem of the Ocean,” Oct. 14 to Nov. 11: Playwright August Wilson’s crowning achievement, “The Pittsburgh Cycle,” is his series of 10 plays charting the African-American experience throughout the 20th century. Wilson wrote “Gem of the Ocean” last, but it is set in 1904 and is the first installment of his decade-by-decade chronicle. Wilson is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Fences” and “Jitney.”

“It has the kind of magic realism that Gabriel Garcia Marquez coined and incredible things happen in the story,” said Marc Masterson, South Coast Repertory’s artistic director. “I think of August Wilson as a giant in historical plays.”

“Sugar Plum Fairy,” Dec. 3 to 24: Author Sandra Tsing Loh of “The Madwoman in the Volvo” and South Coast Repertory monologist for decades, will present her irreverent take on remembering her childhood desire of becoming a ballerina in a top ballet company.

“It’s a funny show about this ambitious preteen coming to terms with limitations and recognizing dreams don’t come into fruition,” Masterson said.

“Shakespeare in Love,”

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