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DNA New Work Series 2015
DNA New Work Series

The Playhouse’s acclaimed new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, is back for its third year, running
February 16 – March 1, 2015.

The DNA New Work Series is a two-week period of workshops and readings of new works that allows playwrights and directors the opportunity to develop a script by providing rehearsal time, space and resources – all culminating in workshops or readings open to the public. All projects in the DNA New Work Series take place with little or no scenic, costume or staging elements, and actors may have scripts in hand. It's a rare chance for theatre-lovers to be a part of a new work in its earliest stages of development.

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Workshop


How to Be a Rock Critic

How to Be a Rock Critic

Based on the writing of Lester Bangs

Presented in association with Center Theatre Group and South Coast Repertory By Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Directed by Jessica Blank
Performed by Erik Jensen

February 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 pm and
March 1 at 3:00 pm

All tickets: $15

Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center;
general admission seating


Manic. Impossibly creative. Dead of an overdose at 33. Lester Bangs was arguably America’s greatest rock critic and the first to anoint the “punk” movement. But as the rebel ethos of the ’70s gave way to the corporate pop of the ’80s, his faith was shattered. Adapted from Bangs’ own words, this solo play sheds light on a pioneering and revolutionary voice in music.

How to Be a Rock Critic is a Center Theatre Group completion commission, made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Readings


The History of American Pornography

The History of American Pornography

By Hilary Bettis
Directed by Kimberly Senior

Monday, February 16 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


It’s Star Papapzian’s 40th birthday, and she’s finally ready to lose her virginity. But before she can get down to business, she must conquer her past – growing up in her family’s porn empire. The History of American Pornography is a play about one woman’s journey through forty years of the American porn industry to discover the meaning of intimacy in a world where sex, power, money and family collide.

The Engine of Our Ruin

The Engine of Our Ruin

By Jason Wells
Directed by Christopher Ashley

Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


In a luxury hotel suite somewhere in the Middle East, diplomat Charles Manning-Jourdain meets with delegates of an unfriendly nation to negotiate a simple trade agreement. But this routine mission quickly becomes an international incident thanks to an idealistic interpreter with an agenda of her own; a belligerent official who brings a rumor of war; and Charles’ own staffers, whose after-hours party might just topple a foreign government.

Krik? Krak. Or the Last Tiger in Haiti

Krik? Krak. Or the Last Tiger in Haiti

By Jeff Augustin
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody

Saturday, February 21 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


It's the final night of Haitian kanaval, and Max's time as a restavek – a child slave – is nearly up. As tradition goes, he and his fellow restaveks spend the night trading folkloric stories, until the line between reality and fiction begins to blur. Weaving Haitian lore into a contemporary narrative of survival and betrayal, Krik? Krak. asks: What stories do we have the right to tell?

What Happens Next

What Happens Next

A La Jolla Playhouse commission
In association with Cornerstone Theater Company
By Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Michael John Garcés

Monday, February 23 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Mandell Weiss Forum


Bonnie, an idealistic but inexperienced acting teacher, finds herself paired with a group of combat veterans as part of a drama therapy program. As she is confronted with the reality of her reluctant new “students,” Bonnie struggles to find a way to build trust and find common ground. Inspired by stories shared by San Diego’s military and Chaldean communities, Naomi Iizuka’s new play explores the complexities of sacrifice and the resilience of those who have served.

Kiss

Kiss

By Guillermo Calderón
Directed by Jaime Castañeda

Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Two couples meet for dinner to take their minds off the war raging around them. An unexpected profession of love, an untimely proposal, and one kiss later, one of the foursome lies dead on the floor. Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón’s (Neva) newest play breaks open cultural barriers as a group of western actors interpreting a Syrian play slowly realize the limits of their own understanding, and the suffocating effect of an oppressive, omnipresent regime.

Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah and the Bee

In association with Children’s Theatre Company
Adapted by Cheryl West
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
Based on the film written and directed by Doug Atchison

Saturday, February 28 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Akeelah Anderson is a precocious eleven-year-old girl from inner-city Chicago with a gift for words. Unbeknownst to her mother, Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee and by the proud residents of her neighborhood. When Akeelah advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, her neighborhood unites to witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl. Akeelah and the Bee was commissioned and developed by Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN (Peter C. Brosius, Artistic Director; Tim Jennings, Managing Director).

Recommended for ages 11 and up.