Costa Mesa Playhouse

2018-2019 Season

Costa Mesa Playhouse celebrates its 54th season with a bold, diverse selection of plays and musicals - the kind of electrifying theater that has become our signature.

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The Christians

Jun 22 - Jul 15 2018 A big-little play about faith in America.

Twenty years ago Pastor Paul's church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, but Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church's belief.

An Orange County premiere from the 2017 Tony-Nominated playwright of A Doll's House, Part 2.

Next To Normal

Aug 17 - Sep 16 2018 An unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness.

A humorous and unflinching look at a suburban household coping with the unpredictability of a mother's worsening bipolar disorder. With a thrilling contemporary rock score, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse.

Winner of four Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Vampire Queen of Mars

Oct 19 - Nov 11 2018 Mankind's first expedition to the planet Mars encounters a race of Amazon vampires with a thirst for human blood.

In this campy spoof of 1950's sci-fi B-movies like Cat Women of the Moon, Queen of Outer Space, and Rocketship X-M; Earth launches a manned rocket to Mars in response to mysterious distress signals and encounters a race of Amazon vampires led by the beautiful and evil Queen Voluptua.

A World Premiere from the author of Earthlings Beware!

Crimes of the Heart

Jan 25 - Feb 17 2019 Meg just left a man, Lenny never had a man and Babe just shot a man.

Three eccentric disaster-prone Southern sisters come together after one shoots her husband in Beth Henley's dark comedy. Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play teems with humanity and humor.

Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award

Avenue Q

Mar 22 - Apr 21 2019 An irreverent, raunchy, puppet-filled comedy about finding purpose in big-city life.

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood.

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.

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