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Pacific Playwrights Festival for 2015 lines up seven plays

Pacific Playwrights Festival @SouthCoastRep lines up seven plays for 2015 edition

New works by Rajiv Joseph, Melissa Ross and Itamar Moses as well as a new Theatre Movement Bazaar piece inspired by "The Godfather" will be part of the 2015 Pacific Playwrights Festival, held from April 24 to 26 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.

The company announced on Tuesday that the lineup will consist of three full productions and four staged readings. Joseph's "Mr. Wolf," about a 17-year-old girl's emotional journey, will receive a full production after having had a reading at last year's festival.

Ross' "Of Good Stock," which also will receive a full production after getting a reading in 2014, tells the story of three sisters and their romantic relationships. The play will have its New York premiere at the Manhattan Theatre Club in June.

The final full production will be "Big Shot: A.K.A. This Is Not the Godfather," from Theatre Movement Bazaar, a humorous stage piece inspired by "The Godfather" movies and novel. 

This year's festival will feature staged readings of new works by Bekah Brunstetter's "Going to a Place Where You Already Are," Moses' "The Whistleblower," Aditi Brennan Kapil's "Orange: an illustrated play," and Qui Nguyen's "Vietgone."

In addition to the productions and readings, the festival will include a free panel discussion moderated by Julie Marie Myatt, SCR's Andrew W. Mellon Playwright-in-Residence.

The annual Pacific Playwrights Festival has helped to launch plays by notable writers including David Lindsay-Abaire, Lynn Nottage, Theresa Rebeck, Amy Freed and Richard Greenberg.

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