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La Jolla Playhouse presents Kill Local By Mat Smart, Directed by Jackson Gay

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Pitch-Black Comedy

Kill Local

August 1 - 27, 2017

By Mat Smart
Directed by Jackson Gay

Sheila and her sister Abigail work for their mother’s small family business. Sheila’s job used to be a source of joy and exhilaration; now she’s questioning everything. But when you’re an assassin, being uninspired means getting sloppy, and getting sloppy means getting killed. Kill Local is a pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge and trying to get unstuck – especially when your life is dedicated to ending others’.

Kill Local received its first reading as part of the Playhouse’s acclaimed DNA New Work Series, which offers playwrights the opportunity to develop a script and receive valuable audience feedback. Several mainstage Playhouse productions have been developed through the DNA New Work Series, including Miss You Like Hell, The Last Tiger in Haiti, Blueprints to Freedom, The Who & The What and Chasing the Song.


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Content warning: Adult language and adult content.
Children ages 6 and under are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted. Unaccompanied minors ages 12 and under are not permitted in the theatre.


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Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

The third and newest of La Jolla Playhouse's theatres, the 6,500-square-foot Sheila and Hughes 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

Every Friday during the run of Kill Local, starts at 6:00 pm

Theatergoers 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! Also enjoy live music before the show, starting at 6:30 pm.




Sonic Saturdays

Sonic Saturdays

Sonic Saturdays

Every Saturday evening during the run of Kill Local, starts at 6:50 pm

Enjoy live music before the show.




ACCESS Performances

ACCESS performance

ACCESS

Saturday, August 19 at 2:00pm

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. Sponsored in part by Seacrest Village Retirement Communities

Audience Engagement Events

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, August 8 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! Sponsored in part by Holland America Line

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, August 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! Sponsored in part by Holland America Line

Insider Events

Insider Event

Wednesday, August 23 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. Sponsored in part by Vi at La Jolla Village

Insider Events

Insider Event

Saturday, August 26 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. Sponsored in part by Vi at La Jolla Village

Discovery Sunday

Discovery Sunday

Sunday, August 27 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

A graduate of the UC San Diego MFA playwriting program, Mat Smart won the 2015 Equity Jeff Award for Best New Work in Chicago for The Royal Society of Antarctica (Gift Theatre, upcoming at Stage West). Other plays include: Naperville (Slant Theatre Project, Theater Wit), Tinker to Evers to Chance (Geva, Merrimack Rep), Samuel J. and K. (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre, Huntington) and The 13th of Paris (City Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre). Awards & Fellowships: 2014 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Center for the Arts, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant. Commissions: South Coast Rep, Huntington, Denver Center, and currently, La Jolla Playhouse, The Second City, and Geva Theatre Center.

Jackson Gay directed La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere production of Kingdom City. Her upcoming works include the new musical Chix 6 by Lourds Lane at La MaMa and Chekhov’s Three Sisters at Studio Theatre/New Neighborhood. Recent credits include Lisa Lampanelli’s Stuffed (Women’s Project); Transfers by Lucy Thurber (New York Stage & Film); Much Ado About Nothing, adapted with Kenneth Lin (Cal Shakes); Suzanne Vega’s Lover, Beloved, An Evening with Carson McCullers with music by Duncan Sheik (Rattlestick West LA and upcoming at Alley Theatre); These Paper Bullets! adapted from Shakespeare’s Much Ado by Rolin Jones with music by Billie Joe Armstrong (Atlantic Theater Company, Geffen Playhouse, Yale Rep); Critics Pick Time Out NY, Best Production and Adaptation LA Stage Awards, Best of 2015 Time Out Los Angeles, Connecticut Critics Circle Award Best Production and Best Director). She teaches directing at Yale College and is from Sugar Land, Texas.