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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: Graphic violence and strong language. 

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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.


Meet the Creative Team

Mat Smart is a graduate of the UC San Diego M.F.A. playwriting program (’04), where he studied under Adele Shank and Allan Havis. He is proud to be making his La Jolla Playhouse premiere with Kill Local, after developing the script in the Playhouse’s DNA New Works Series last December. He is also under commission by the Playhouse and The Second City to write a new comedy on white privilege and race, directed by Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda. Plays include: The Agitators: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass (upcoming premiere at GeVa, a commission from the New York State Council on the Arts), The Royal Society of Antarctica (premiere at the Gift Theatre in Chicago, recipient of the 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work; upcoming at Stage West in Dallas), Samuel J. and K. (Williamstown Theatre Festival; Steppenwolf), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre; Huntington), Tinker to Evers to Chance (Geva; Merrimack Rep), The 13th of Paris (City Theatre; Seattle Public Theatre) and Naperville (Slant Theatre Project; Theatre Wit). He has received two Jerome Fellowships, a McKnight Advancement Grant, two Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards, and was the recipient of the 2014 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Center for the Arts. An avid traveler and baseball fan, he has been to all of the states, all of the continents, and all of the current MLB stadiums. Originally from Naperville, Illinois, he earned his undergraduate degrees at the University of Evansville. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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.

Cast Members of Kill Local

MATTHEW AMENDT
CAROLYN BRAVER
CANDY BUCKLEY
AMANDA QUAID
XOCHITL ROMERO




Credits for Kill Local

SCENIC DESIGNER: WILSON CHIN
COSTUME DESIGNER: JESSICA FORD
LIGHTING DESIGNER: PAUL WHITAKER
SOUND DESIGNER: BROKEN CHORD
FIGHT DIRECTOR: STEVE RANKIN
CASTING: TELSEY + COMPANY; KAREN CASL, C.S.A.
STAGE MANAGER: ROB CHIKAR
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: LAURA ZINGLE
PRODUCTION MANAGER: BECCA DUHAIME

Assistant Director: Jose Galvan
Assistant Set Designers: Jenn Doun, Aram Kim, Mingshou Zhao
Costume Design Assistant: Desiree Hatfield-Buckley
Scenic Design Assistant: Samantha Rojales
Stage Management Assistant: Kasson Marroquin
Production Carpenter: Daniel Klebingat
Prop Runner: Zlatko Mitev
Master Electrician: Ramon Wenn
Wardrobe Supervisor: Jeri Nicholas
Audio Engineer: Haley Wolf

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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 Fridays

Every Friday during the run of Kill Local, starts at 6:30 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!




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.

The cast of KILL LOCAL; photo by Jim Carmody.

Playwright Mat Smart, Director Jackson Gay and Assistant Director Jose Galvan during rehearsal; photo by Jim Carmody.

Costume designs for KILL LOCAL by Jessica Ford.

The company of KILL LOCAL and Playhouse staff members.



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