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34 | the RADAR | now! he’ll be taking another bow at SCR when he presents a reading of Smokefall . Commissioned for Chicago’s Goodman Th eatre, the comedic drama examines the life of an eccentric Midwestern family on the verge of upheaval. Boys will be Boys Silver lining A longtime associate artist of SCR, Octavio Solis wrote the Latino holiday show La Posada Mágica , which ran for 15 years. Audiences now can see his latest work— Cloudlands , a powerful musical drama co-written with composer Adam Gwon. It’s about a woman whose life is thrown into chaos when she discovers a secret about her mother, father... and a stranger. SHOWTIME! What’s Playing When The Prince of Atlantis Friday at 8 PM , Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM , and Sunday at 2:30 PM Cloudlands Friday at 7:45 PM , Saturday at 2 PM , and Sunday at 2 PM and 7:45 PM Smokefall Sunday at 10:30 AM wRight now T ICKETS SCR . ORG where there’s Smoke… Play Nice! SoCal theatergoers fi rst caught a glimpse of Noah Haidle’s talent at the 2004 festival, when the then-25-year-old Juilliard student introduced his dark comedy Mr. Marmalade . He came back in 2009 for the West Coast premiere of Saturn Returns . He’s since penned many more plays that have been produced at prominent theaters around the country. (His fi rst fi lm— Stand Up Guys —begins production this month.) And Matthew Arkin (younger brother of Adam) is set to play the leading role in the world premiere of Steven Drukman’s new comedic production Th e Prince of Atlantis . At last year’s PPF, both Arkin brothers presented its fi rst public reading. Now audiences can catch the full production, which centers around brothers Joey and Kevin Colletti—one a seafood importer who gets into trouble and winds up in prison, and the other who takes care of his aff airs while he’s away. It’s a continuum of SCR’s 10-year-plus relationship with Drukman, which includes readings of Th e Bullet Round and Truth and Beauty. A whirlwind of works by some of the country’s best up-and-coming writers, SCR’s annual Pacifi c Playwrights Festival brings local audiences fi ve staged readings and two world-premiere productions during the 48 hours that begin Friday, April 27. Here’s the skinny on three can’t-miss works. –Wendy Bowman-Littler 4 | April 2012 nUmBeR cRUnch The number of Pacifi c Playwrights Festival submissions that have gone on to garner some of the most prestigious awards in American theater—David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole (Pulitzer) and Kimberly Akimbo (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle), Rolin Jones’ Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Obie and a Pulitzer nod) and Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics (Pulitzer).

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