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Mandell Weiss Theatre

Located on the southwest end of University of California, San Diego's campus, the Mandell Weiss Theatre was introduced in 1983, the first La Jolla Playhouse theatre.

Playhouse founders Gregory Peck, Mel Ferrer and Dorothy McGuire began the company in 1947 because of an affinity and nostalgia for the stage and for the intimacy of live audiences. Plays were performed at La Jolla High School auditorium, and famed actors and celebrities drew large crowds to the company originally titled “The Actors Company." The final season of the Playhouse's run at La Jolla High School was in 1964. In 1983, the Playhouse reopened with the introduction of the Mandell Weiss Theatre and the premiere of Peter Sellar's production of Bertolt Brecht's WWII-set play The Visions of Simone Machard.

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

Upon his return for the opening show of the reborn Playhouse in 1983, Peck made clear his approval to then-Artistic Director Des McAnuff: “I always hoped that our little summer-stock theatre would evolve into something very much like what you and your associates are doing now."

The 2012 Mandell Weiss Theatre lighting retrofit is made possible by the generous support of Las Patronas.

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Detailed Weiss Seating Chart