"Nostalgia," by British playwright Lucinda Coxson, will have its world premiere on South Coast Repertory's second stage in November; aficionados interested in watching it grow to fruition can check out workshop showings, a trial run aimed at revealing any bugs that need to be corrected before the final production. The script concerns two brothers who live on a farm in Wales, their mysterious female neighbor and a famous writer of detective fiction who tries to unlock the woman's secrets.* "Nostalgia" runs Thursday-Sunday, 7:45 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $18.
The Pacific Playwrights Festival continues through the weekend with another workshop production, "California Scenarios" (Friday-Sunday, 8 p.m. at the Noguchi Garden in Costa Mesa, $10), and staged readings of five new plays: "Hold Please" (Friday, 1 p.m.); "Eye to Eye" (Friday, 3 p.m.); "Scab" (Saturday, 2 p.m.), Pulitzer winner Horton Foote's "Getting Frankie Married--and Afterwards" (Saturday, 10 a.m.) and "The Falls" (Sunday, 11 a.m.). $8. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5555.
Creating imaginary landscapes using tempura in the style of American West painter Albert Bierstadt is part of the Fullerton Museum Center's "Super Tuesday and Thursday" summer art and education program for youths ages 8 to 12. With workshops scheduled each month, the museum will keep kids busy all summer long.* Landscape painting with tempura, Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Ave. 9:30-11:30 a.m. on select Tuesdays and Thursdays. $6 to $8. Paid reservations required. (714) 738-6545.
Three-to 5-year-olds get a chance to draw, sing, dance and play at Bowers Kidseum's first summer camp. The fun, led by instructors Bev Scott Samuel and Cynthia Callard,includes singing folk songs and learning about artifacts. The art projects combine cultural art with musical rhythms to help children develop skills. All children must be accompanied by an adult.* Music and art summer camp for preschoolers, Bowers Kidseum, 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Today and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Regular hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $65. (714) 480-1523.