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A Without Walls Presentation, The Bitter Game, Created, written and performed by Keith A. Wallace, Co-created and directed by Deborah Stein

A La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Presentation,
In association with Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation,

The Bitter Game

October 4 - 9, 2016

Created, written and performed by Keith A. Wallace
Co-created and directed by Deborah Stein

The Bitter Game blends verse, prose and 'shit-talkin,' into a stirring commentary that begs the question, what does it mean to survive while Black in America? This solo work, ripe with pain, poetry and laughter, examines the relationship between a young man and his mother as each struggles to protect one another from that which seems inevitable. Commissioned by the Playhouse, The Bitter Game explores the question of police agency and excessive force, the ripple effects of vicarious trauma in the communities of color, and the value of Black lives in this country.

A major hit at the 2015 WoW Festival, The Bitter Game was praised by the San Diego Union-Tribune as “the festival highlight… The searing, well-honed one-man show is a fast-paced five-act drama that is sure to have a future life in other cities.”

Content warning: strong language and adult content.


Supported by grants from The James Irvine Foundation and the Wallace Foundation



All performances take place at Writerz Blok
5010 Market Street, San Diego, 92102

Writerz Blok

a program of

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation


Credits for The Bitter Game

SCENIC DESIGNER: CHARLIE JICHA
COSTUME DESIGNER: MELISSA NG
LIGHTING DESIGNER: BRANDON ROSEN
SOUND DESIGNER: MIKAAL SULAIMAN
STAGE MANAGERS: KAMRA A. JACOBS, MANDISA REED

Project Production Manager: Becca Duhaime
Production Assistant/Run Crew: Plato Seto
A2/Sound Technician: Jaclyn Skinge
Light Board Op: Mike Lowe
Sound Board Op: Daniel Silval
Artistic Associate: Teresa Sapien

Press and Reviews for The Bitter Game

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Writerz Blok

5010 Market Street, San Diego

Writerz Blok is a nationally recognized urban art program and one of the nation’s first public graffiti art parks. Since 2003, their artists have been at the forefront of a community-led effort to transform blight into beauty. Writerz Blok channels youth expression into vibrant graffiti art as well as providing real-world skills and hands-on experience.

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Parking is available at the Jacobs Center For Neighborhood Innovation,
404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, 92114. 5-minute walking distance.

The Bitter Game Events

Audience Talkback

Thursday, October 6 after the performance

Join Playhouse artistic staff, Keith Wallace and members of the community for a post-performance discussion exploring the themes of the play.

Audience Talkback

Saturday, October 8 after the performance

Join Playhouse artistic staff, Keith Wallace and members of the community for a post-performance discussion exploring the themes of the play.

About this Without Walls Production

Without Walls (WoW) is La Jolla Playhouse’s signature site-based theatre program. Since 2010, the Playhouse has been commissioning and presenting a series of site-specific productions at locations throughout the San Diego community. Underscoring the theatre’s mission of providing “unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow,” coupled with the idea that the Playhouse is defined by the work it creates – not the space in which it is performed – WoW is designed to offer theatrical experiences that venture beyond the physical confines of the Playhouse’s facilities. Building on the excitement and success of its past WoW productions – Susurrus, The Car Plays: San Diego, Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir, Accomplice: San Diego, El Henry and The Grift at the Lafayette Hotel, the Playhouse will be hosting its third WoW Festival in October 2017, featuring several site-based pieces by artists and companies from around the world.

» Learn more about Without Walls

Parking
Parking is available at the Jacobs Center For Neighborhood Innovation,
404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, 92114. 5-minute walking distance.

No seating
Audience members will stand and walk during the performance.

Accessibility
Patrons with accessibility questions, please contact Patron Services at
(858) 550-1010.

Other performance notes
**Closed toe shoes required.**
Portable restroom on site. Audiences may also use the Jacobs Center restrooms prior to the performance. Performance takes place outdoors in the evening. Slightly uneven, dirt ground. Light jackets recommended.

Audience Talkbacks
Join Playhouse artistic staff, Keith Wallace and members of the community for a post-performance discussion exploring the themes of the play, October 6 and October 8 after the performance.

Keith A. Wallace Playhouse credits include JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt, Blueprints to Freedom and the 2015 Without Walls Festival production of The Bitter Game. UC San Diego credits: Death of Driver, Venus, Golden Boy, In the Crowding Darkness, A Lie of the Mind, Grapes of Wrath. Other credits include: Dance of the Holy Ghost, Hoodoo Love, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Comedy of Errors, Hairspray, Passing Strange and The Tempest. Directing credits: The Brother's Size, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. He holds a B.A. in Drama from Morehouse College, an M.F.A. from UC San Diego and is a recipient of the 2016 Princess Grace Theater Award.

Deborah Stein is co-artistic director of Stein | Holum Projects (SHP) and Assistant Professor of Playwriting at UC San Diego. Plays include God Save Gertrude, Wallflower, Heist! and Natasha and the Coat, as well as six plays with the Pig Iron Theatre Company. SHP has developed work at Playwrights’ Horizons, Berkeley Rep, and at Perry-Mansfield with the support of Actors Theatre of Louisville; among others. She is the recipient of two Jerome Fellowships, a McKnight Advancement Grant, a Bush Fellowship, NYSCA and MRAC.