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La Jolla Playhouse presents Come From Away. Book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Directed by Christopher Ashley

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World-Premiere Musical

Come From Away

EXTENDED TWICE DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND!

May 29 – July 12, 2015

Book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley

A co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre

WELCOME, WORLD

Come From Away is an original, rock-inspired world-premiere musical based on the true story of when the isolated town of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleepover when 38 planes were diverted to Gander on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the spirited town cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we’re all part of a global family.

Inspired by true events

The Welcome Sessions: Please join us an hour before curtain of Come From Away weekend performances to enjoy live musicians playing traditional Irish folk music near Taper Plaza!




Welcome to a Brave New Season
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If you can’t stand the suspense, Patron Services will be happy to answer any questions you have at (858) 550-1010.




Production Sponsors

Sheridan College

Opening Night Sponsor



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Choreography, Music and Design Credits for Come From Away

Choreography Kelly Devine
Music Supervision/Additional Arrangements Ian Eisendrath
Orchestrator August Eriksmoen
Scenic Design Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design Toni-Leslie James
Lighting Design Howell Binkley
Sound Design Gareth Owen

Reviews of Come From Away

“A moving, thoroughly entertaining tribute to international amity and the indomitable human spirit...surefire source of laughter and tears.”
» Read more at Variety

“Stirring new musical...staged with remarkable finesse and buoyancy”
» Read more at the LA Times

“An inspired and highly original piece whose structure is wed beautifully to its story...”
» Read more at The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Rarely over the decades have I seen an audience leap to its feet as quickly as when the last note was sung last night at the world premiere of Come From Away.”
» Read more at Entertainment Today

“...A splendid ensemble...Director Christopher Ashley is in top form here.”
» Read more at Talkin’ Broadway

“A rare theatrical treat...an exciting musical that enthralls through its history, humanity, and heartfelt experiences.”
» Read more at La Jolla Light

“Christopher Ashley, artistic director of the Playhouse, achieves a masterful synergy of personalities and sub-stories on stage...”
» Read more at City Beat




Press for Come From Away

Playhouse's 'Away' gives wing to hope
» Read more at The San Diego Union-Tribune

Toronto duo's musical part of La Jolla Playhouse season
» Read more at The Toronto Star

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.

Foodie Fridays

Foodie Friday

Friday, June 26 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!

ACCESS Performances

Open Captioning Performance

Open Captioned Performance

Sunday, June 14 at 2:00 pm

This performance has added open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing. When purchasing tickets, use promo code LJPSCENE to get the best seats for interpreter or captioning visibility.

ACCESS performance

ACCESS

Saturday, June 20 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. When purchasing tickets, use promo code LJPSCENE to get the best seats for interpreter or captioning visibility.

ASL Interpreted Performance

Friday, June 26 at 8:00 pm

This performance has added American Sign Language interpretation for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing. When purchasing tickets, use promo code LJPSCENE to get the best seats for interpreter or captioning visibility. Foodie Friday starts at 6:00 pm.



Audience Engagement Events

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, June 16 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, June 23 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, June 24 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, June 27 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.

Discovery Sunday

Discovery Sunday

Sunday, June 28 after the 2:00 pm performance

Special guest speakers engage audience members in a moderated discussion exploring the issues and themes in the play.

Meet the Creative Team

Irene Sankoff and David Hein are a Canadian husband-and-wife writing team. Their first show, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (based on David’s mother’s true story) was the hit of the Toronto Fringe Festival and picked up by Mirvish Productions for an extended run. It went on to win “Outstanding New Musical” and “Best Book” at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and has now played and won awards across North America, with Sankoff and Hein performing in most productions. Come From Away was developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project and Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists and was recently showcased at the National Alliance of Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Works. Their next musical, Mitzvah, was recently developed at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and will receive workshops in New York and Toronto this year. Sankoff and Hein are the recipients of a Bryden “Ones-to-Watch” award, a Playwrights Guild of Canada award, and several ASCAP Plus awards.

Christopher Ashley has served as Artistic Director at La Jolla Playhouse since October, 2007. During his tenure, he helmed the world premieres of The Darrell Hammond Project, Claudia Shear’s Restoration and Arthur Kopit and Anton Dudley’s A Dram of Drummhicit, as well as John Guare’s adaptation of His Girl Friday, Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the acclaimed musicals Xanadu and Memphis, which went on to Broadway, winning four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. In addition, he spearheaded the Playhouse’s acclaimed Without Walls site-specific theatre series, the Resident Theatre program and oversaw the world premieres of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Hands on a Hardbody, Milk Like Sugar, Little Miss Sunshine, Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin, Surf Report, Bonnie & Clyde, Doug Wright’s adaptation of Creditors, the Page To Stage workshop of Charlayne Woodard’s The Night Watcher and the West Coast premiere of 33 Variations. Prior to joining the Playhouse, Mr. Ashley directed the Broadway productions of Xanadu (Drama Desk nomination), All Shook Up and The Rocky Horror Show (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), as well as the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration productions of Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along. Other New York credits include: Leap of Faith, Blown Sideways Through Life, Jeffrey (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla, Regrets Only, Wonder of the World, Bunny Bunny, Communicating Doors, The Night Hank Williams Died, Fires in the Mirror (Lucille Lortel Award), among others. He also directed the feature film Jeffrey and the American Playhouse production of Blown Sideways Through Life for PBS. Mr. Ashley is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, the Drama League Director Fellowship and an NEA/TCG Director Fellowship.

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

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