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Weekly Wrap Up – May 17, 2013 - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

Weekly Wrap Up – May 17, 2013

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  • We shared some terrific news with the announcement of La Jolla Playhouse’s first Artist-in-Residence, Robert Brill. A UC San Diego alum, Sledgehammer Theatre co-founder and acclaimed set designer with over 13 Broadway shows and multiple awards to his name, Robert is a longtime collaborator who has set the stage (literally!) for over a dozen Playhouse productions, including Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. You can see his work this 2013/2014 season with the sets for the upcoming His Girl Friday  and Sideways.
  • We couldn’t be more excited for the La Jolla Playhouse-born musicals Hands on a Hardbody and Chaplin: The Musical (at the Playhouse as Limelight). Between them, they share 31 nominations for the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards!
  • Congratulations to Rob McClure and Keala Settle for their Theatre World Awards  for outstanding debut performances in the La Jolla Playhouse-launched Chaplin and Hands on a Hardbody!
  • We had a great evening on Wednesday, May 15 at our Season Kick-off Event with Playhouse donors, supporters, friends and staff! Post-reception, Managing Director Michael Rosenberg and Artistic Director Christopher Ashley led a lively and enlightening discussion in the Mandell Weiss Theatre about the incredible productions that will be brought to life in 2013/2014.
  • If you’re heading to the TCG National Conference in Dallas June 6-8, you won’t want to miss the June 7 talk between the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and La Jolla Playhouse’s Director for New Play Development Gabe Greene. Akhtar’s The Who & The What has its world premiere at the Playhouse this February, closing out the 2013/2014 season.
  • Just announced: Neva, authored by award-winning Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón, is a Playhouse co-production with South Coast Repertory Theatre and the Center Theatre Group. It will run in a special engagement from June 26-30 in the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre.
  • Making a comeback: 700 Sundays, the Tony Award-winning, autobiographical play written and performed by stage and screen star Billy Crystal, was a La Jolla Playhouse-developed Page to Stage production before making it big on Broadway. It returns to the Great White Way for a limited nine-week run this fall with Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff at the helm.
  • Maybe you’ve already seen the 1940 film (with the incomparable Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell), but we’re prepared to wow you with the Christopher Ashley-directed His Girl Friday, making its West Coast premiere at La Jolla Playhouse and opening our season with performances from May 28-June 30. Check out this UT San Diego article to learn more about the show.

On the set of the upcoming HIS GIRL FRIDAY, Managing Director Mike Rosenberg and Artistic Director Chris Ashley discuss a terrific line-up of shows slated for 2013/2014 at our season kickoff event!