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La Jolla Playhouse presents Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin. By Michael Benjamin Washington, Directed by Lucie Tiberghien

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World Premiere

Blueprints to Freedom:
An Ode to Bayard Rustin

September 8 – October 4, 2015

By Michael Benjamin Washington
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien

A co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre

THE PORTRAIT OF REDEMPTION

In the sweltering political and racial heat of 1963, Bayard Rustin — the brilliant proponent of non-violent civil disobedience — is assigned to orchestrate an unprecedented march for jobs and freedom. Exiled from the Civil Rights Movement by both internal and external forces, Rustin grapples with his last chance for professional restoration and spiritual redemption.

Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.







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Meet the Creative Team

Michael Benjamin Washington has appeared as the Tinman in the Playhouse's production of The Wiz, directed by Des McAnuff, as well as in Memphis, directed by Christopher Ashley and Most Wanted (workshop), directed by Michael Greif. Broadway credits include Mamma Mia! and La Cage Aux Folles. Film and TV appearances: Love and Other Drugs, directed by Ed Zwick; 30 Rock (Donald Jordan); Glee (Tracy Pendegrass); among others. A member of Broadway Inspirational Voices, he received his B.F.A. from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts and is a 1997 Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Lucie Tiberghien La Jolla Playhouse: JT Roger's Blood and Gifts and the DNA New Work Series readings of Andrew Rosendorf's Tranquil and Monique Gafney's Being Henrietta. Other credits include the world premieres of Emily Schwend's The Other Thing (Second Stage, Uptown); Rehana Lew Mirza's Soldier X (Ma-Yi Theater Company); Christina Anderson's The Ashes Under Gait City (CATF); Charles Randolph-Wright’s Love in Afghanistan (Arena Stage); Stephen Belber’s Don’t Go Gentle (MCC); Geometry of Fire (Rattlestick); A Small Melodramatic Story (LAByrinth); Craig Wright’s Blind (Rattlestick); Katori Hall’s Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane); Lee Blessing’s Great Falls (Humana Festival) and Flag Day (CATF). Other credits: Quiara Alegria Hudes' Water By The Spoonful (Arden Theater Comapny); Lee Blessing’s The Winning Streak (George Street Playhouse) and Craig Wright’s The Pavilion (Rattlestick and CATF). She recently joined the team of Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s new musical Resurrection City.


Design Credits for Blueprints to Freedom

Scenic Design Neil Patel
Costume Design Beth Goldenberg
Lighting Design Lap Chi Chu
Sound Design Joe Huppert
Projection Design John Narun
Wig Design Charles G. LaPointe

Reviews of Blueprints to Freedom

'Blueprints' explores passion and politics
» San Diego Union Tribune

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

The Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre is the third and newest of La Jolla Playhouse's theatres, the 6,500-square-foot Potiker theatre is the centerpiece of the first permanent year-round home for the Playhouse — the $17 million Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center.

"A box within a box, within a box," the theatre is a glass-enclosed black cube that gives the Playhouse performance options; the seating and the stage can be placed wherever the director wishes, enhancing the performer-audience relationship. The performance area – complete with removable seats to allow for as few as two audience members and as many as 450 – has a mostly-removable performance floor with trap doors that lead down to a labyrinth of facilities and backstage areas for casts and crews, including a sound and recording studio which allows live music to be channeled into the theatre. Above the audience's heads sits a wire tension grid; there is also a balcony along the theatre's outer wall for extra seating or performance space.

The Potiker Theatre is a flexible space; therefore seating configurations change for each show.

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Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.

Discovery Sunday

Discovery Sunday

Advocacy and Allies in 2015: A Call to Action

Sunday, October 4 after the 2:00 pm performance

Angela Carone, Arts and Culture reporter for KPBS, hosts a discussion with guest speakers are Dr. Andre Branch, President of the San Diego branch of the NAACP and Aaryn Belfer, a reporter for City Beat. We will discuss the role of advocacy in 2015 and the ways that people may serve as allies in the continuing struggle for equality of minority citizens in the US and the elimination of prejudice and injustice.

Foodie Fridays

Foodie Friday

Friday, September 25 starting at 6:00 pm

Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego’s finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!

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    ACCESS Performances

    Open Captioning Performance

    Open Captioned Performance

    Sunday, September 20 at 2:00 pm

    This performance has added open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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    ACCESS

    Saturday, September 26 at 2:00 pm

    During this performance, La Jolla Playhouse provides American Sign Language interpretation for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing and audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

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    Audience Engagement Events

    Talkback Tuesday

    Talkback Tuesday

    Tuesday, September 15 after the 7:30 pm performance

    Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show!

    Talkback Tuesday

    Talkback Tuesday

    Tuesday, September 22 after the 7:30 pm performance

    Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show!

    Insider Events

    Insider Event

    Wednesday, September 30 at 6:45 pm

    Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

    Insider Events

    Insider Event

    Saturday, October 3 at 1:15 pm

    Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

    La Jolla Playhouse's Blueprints to Freedom


    Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.