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South Coast Repertory Presents World Premiere of Julia Cho’s OFFICE HOUR Starring Sandra Oh, Sola Bamis, Corey Brill and Raymond Lee, April 10-30

South Coast Repertory is presenting the world premiere of Office Hour by Julia Cho, directed by Neel Keller (April 10-30, Julianne Argyros Stage). The cast features stage, film and television actor Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy,” Sideways). Office Hour is part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival, the theatre’s annual new-play showcase. Tickets are available at www.scr.org.

Raymond Lee and Sandra Oh in South Coast Rep's production of Julia Cho's OFFICE HOUR. Photo: SCR/Facebook

Raymond Lee and Sandra Oh in South Coast Rep’s production of Julia Cho’s OFFICE HOUR. Photo: SCR/Facebook

Office Hour begins with three adjunct professors talking about the strange, troubling and troubled student they have in common. They express a sense of frustration, unease. But is the fear justified? The play sets out to answer that question by exploring what happens when Gina, the only professor who seems able to make a connection with the student, asks him to meet with her during her office hour.

“Julia Cho has crafted a tense and riveting drama that draws on the threat of campus violence and challenges audiences to empathize with both student and teacher,” said Artistic Director Marc Masterson. “She encourages us to try to understand complex perspectives and Office Hour lets us see today’s issues in a very real, personal way.”

Office Hour is the third SCR world premiere by Cho, after The Piano Teacher (2007) and The Language Archive (2009).

Julia Cho

Julia Cho

Cho’s plays include Aubergine, The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss and 99 Histories. They have been produced in New York at Roundabout Theatre Company, The Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop and regionally at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others. Her honors include the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the National Theatre Conference’s Barrie Stavis Award, the Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award for Playwriting. She has been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant and a Van Lier Fellowship from New York Theatre Workshop. She was also a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and is an alumna of New Dramatists.

Oh’s theatre work includes Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden (Victory Gardens Theatre), Diana Son’s Stop Kiss (Theatre World award), Satellites (The Public Theatre) and The House of Bernarda Alba (Mark Taper Forum). Her film and television credits include “Grey’s Anatomy,” Sideways, Under the Tuscan Sun, Double Happiness and The Diary of Evelyn Lau.

Sola Bamis, Corey Brill, Ramond Lee and Sandra Oh

Sola Bamis, Corey Brill, Ramond Lee and Sandra Oh

The cast features Sandra Oh also includes Sola Bamis (“Mad Men;” Santa Monica Rep: The Tempest), Corey Brill (“The Walking Dead;” Broadway: Best Man) and Raymond Lee (“Modern Family;” South Coast Repertory: Vietgone).

The design and creative team includes Takeshi Kata and Se Oh, scenic design; Alex Jaeger, costume design; Elizabeth Harper, lighting design; Peter Bayne, composer and sound design; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production manager is Jackie S. Hill and the stage manager is Sue Karutz. The dramaturg is John Glore. 

Office Hour is generously supported by Honorary Producers Timothy and Marianne Kay. The media partner is the Orange County Register.

The Pacific Playwrights Festival is a three-day showcase of new plays, featuring five staged readings and two full productions. This is the festival’s 19th year.

Tickets start at $22 and are available online at www.scr.org or through the Box Office, (714) 708-5555

Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews

o    Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m.

o    Tuesday-Thursday, April 12-14, at 7:45 p.m.

Click here for a special offer on $30 tickets which ends on April 10, 2016.

Note: Friday, April 15, is an invitation-only performance

  • Regular performances

Special note: There are no Monday performances.

Evenings:

o    Tuesdays-Sundays, April 19-24, and April 26-30, at 7:45 p.m.

Matinees:

o    Saturdays-Sundays, April 16-17; April 23-24; Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m.

  • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m.

Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussions: Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 20. Discuss the play with cast members of Office Hour during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Julianne Argyros Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, April 30, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR’s production staff, offering insights into SCR’s production of Office Hour.The morning includes a guided tour of the set. Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. 

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

BamisSola Bamis (Genevieve) appeared at SCR previously in the NewSCRipts reading of Office Hour. She is a Los Angeles-based actress in television, film and theatre. She plays Ayo on “Stitchers” on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) and received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her role as Shirley, the fro-toting secretary on the final season of “Mad Men.” Her other television credits include “Killer Women” and “Mistresses” on ABC, “Perception” on TNT and “Jane By Design” on Freeform. Bamis’ theatre credits include Pecola Breedlove in The Bluest Eye at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, for which she received an NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Best Lead Actress; Gail in the Robey Theatre Company’s production of The River Niger; the Provost in Measure for Measure (CalArts); Ariel in The Tempest (Santa Monica Rep); and other productions and readings in Los Angeles, at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore.

BrillCorey Brill (David) appeared at SCR previously as Josh in Of Good Stock, Rufus in Five Mile Lake, as a fetus in Noah Haidle’s Smokefalland as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. He is thrilled to be back. His Broadway credits include Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (understudy) and the first national tour of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret. He has performed at regional theatres around the country including The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Chalk Repertory Theatre and Young Jean Lee’s Theatre Company. His television and film appearances include “Scorpion,” “The Walking Dead,” “Perception,” “CSI: Miami” and HBO’s “The Normal Heart.” He earned his MFA from UC San Diego. Follow him at coreybrill.com or @brillcorey.

Lee,-RaymondRaymond Lee (Dennis) appeared at SCR previously in the world premiere production and Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Vietgone and in productions of Robin Hood and Four Clowns. He is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based, internationally touring clown troupe, Four Clowns. The company’s inaugural show, also titled Four Clowns, toured nationally and took them to notable venues such as La MaMa E.T.C. (New York City), SCR, Sacred Fools Theater Company, The Neo-Futurists (Chicago), Chopin Theatre (Chicago) and Gremlin Theatre (St. Paul, Minn.), among others. His selected television credits include “Scandal,” “Modern Family,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Hart of Dixie.” His film credits include Farah Goes Bang (Tribeca Film Festival premiere and recipient of the Nora Ephron Prize) and A Leading Man(Best Supporting Actor, Asians on Film Festival). He also has appeared in numerous national commercials and sends all kinds of love to his mom and wifey. theraymondlee.com

OhSandra Oh (​Gina) is pleased to be making her SCR debut. Her theatre credits include Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden at Victory Gardens Theater; Diana Son’s Stop Kiss (Theatre World award) and Satellites at The Public Theater; Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba at Mark Taper Forum; Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters at La Jolla Playhouse; and Mamet’s Oleanna at the Grand Theatre and National Arts Center. Oh also is known for her role as Cristina Yang in “Grey’s Anatomy” (Golden Globe, SAG award, five Emmy nominations), Sideways (SAG award) and Under the Tuscan Sun. She also has appeared in the Canadian indies Double Happiness, Last Night (both Genie awards) and The Diary of Evelyn Lau (FIPA d’Or). Oh can be seen and heard in the upcoming Catfight and “Peg+Cat.” She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She’d like to thank Lev and Zee and Kim for their support.

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is led by Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Paula Tomei and is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. Of SCR’s 499 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org

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Sandra Oh, Sola Bamis, Corey Brill and Raymond Lee Star in South Coast Repertory’s World Premiere of Julia Cho’s OFFICE HOUR, April 10-30
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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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