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La Jolla Playhouse presents Miss You Like Hell Book and lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Music and Lyrics by Erin McKeown, Directed by Lear deBessonet

World-Premiere Musical

Miss You Like Hell

October 25 – December 4, 2016 EXTENDED!

Book and Lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Music and Lyrics by Erin McKeown
Directed by Lear deBessonet
Choreographed by Danny Mefford

La Jolla Playhouse Commission

Fall in love with this rousing new musical about family,
country and finding your way home.

When a whip-smart, deeply imaginative teenager agrees to take a road trip with her free-spirited Latina mother, neither can imagine where it will take them. Chance encounters with a medley of characters along the way brings them closer to understanding what sets them apart — and what connects them forever. Featuring compelling original songs that are every bit as diverse and eclectic as America, Miss You Like Hell is a new musical that exudes the joy, love and frustration of being a family in a changing country.






Play Here!

Every weekend, La Jolla Playhouse hosts a series of fun pre-show events, including Thirsty Thursdays, offering free beer tastings by a different local brewery each week; Foodie Fridays, with festive food truck fare and live music; and Sonic Saturdays, featuring live music and beer tastings in front of the theatre. Don’t miss these enjoyable events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the entire season!



Patron Services will be happy to answer any questions you have at (858) 550-1010.

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.



Production Sponsor

Procopio
Lynelle & William Lynch


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Meet the Creative Team

Quiara Alegría Hudes received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water By the Spoonful. Previously, her play Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue was a Pulitzer Finalist, and her most recent work, The Happiest Song Plays Last premiered at The Goodman Theatre and then in New York at Second Stage. Hudes wrote the book to the Broadway musical In the Heights, which premiered off-Broadway and earned the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. In the Heights transferred to Broadway where it received the Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony Nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was named a Pulitzer Finalist. She is a resident playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre where her play Daphne’s Dive premiered this spring. She has been honored with official Quiara Hudes Days, declared by both the City of Philadelphia and the City of Chicago. After graduating from public school in Philadelphia, she received a B.A. in music composition from Yale and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown, where she studied with Paula Vogel. Hudes is the Shapiro Distinguished Professor of Writing and Theater at Wesleyan University.

Erin McKeown is a musician, writer and producer known internationally for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. Her brash and clever electric guitar playing is something to see. Her singing voice is truly unique – clear, cool, and collected. A familiar presence on NPR and the BBC, McKeown's songs have also appeared in numerous television shows and commercials. While a student at Brown University, she spent three years as an artist in residence at Providence, RI’s revolutionary community arts organization, AS220. She spent the next decade playing nearly 200 shows a year while releasing 7 studio albums and refining a distinct and challenging mix of American musical styles. An active voice on social justice issues and culture, McKeown was a 2011-12 fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She is the recipient of a 2016 writing residency at The Studios At Key West. Her latest album, 2016’s ACCORDING TO US, uses the intimate expressions of gospel, jazz, and hip-hop to trace a journey toward personal liberation. www.erinmckeown.com @erinmckeown.

Lear deBessonet is the founder/director of Public Works at the Public Theater, for which she has directed pageant-style musical adaptations of The Tempest, The Winter's Tale and The Odyssey at the Delacorte, each featuring over two hundred New Yorkers from all five boroughs with appearances from diverse groups including gospel choirs, marching bands, park rangers, and taxi drivers. She received Obie and Lilly Awards and a Drama Desk nomination for her direction of Good Person of Szechwan (Foundry Theatre at LaMaMa; Public Theater). Her previous large-scale community projects include The Odyssey at The Old Globe (2011) and her site-specific Don Quixote, a collaboration with homeless shelter Broad Street Ministry and the punk-gypsy ensemble The Psalters (2009). She has directed shows for Encores! Off-Center, LCT3, the Intiman, the Guthrie, Joe’s Pub, Women’s Project, Performance Space 122, 13p, and Clubbed Thumb. Recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Award, TCG’s Peter Zeisler Award, LMCC’s Presidential Award for Artistic Excellence, and the Meadow’s Prize, she has also acted as a visiting professor at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts.

Danny Mefford’s choreography credits include the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Fun Home (Lortel nomination), the national tour of The Sound of Music for director Jack O’Brien, Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte Theatre, The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Drama Desk nomination), Poster Boy at Williamstown Theater Festival, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Public Theater and on Broadway (Astaire and Lortel nominations), Dance Dance Revolution for director Alex Timbers, Good Person of Szechwan starring Taylor Mac, February House, Pump Boys and Dinettes for City Center Encores!, and Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play for 13P. Upcoming: the Broadway premiere of Dear Evan Hansen after productions at Second Stage Theatre and Arena Stage. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Evansville and holds an M.F.A. from Brown University.

Cast Members of Miss You Like Hell

Krystina Alabado
Cliff Bemis
Victor Chan
Vanessa A. Jones
David Patrick Kelly
Julio Monge
Cashaé Monya
Kürt Norby
Olivia Oguma
Daphne Rubin-Vega




Credits for Miss You Like Hell

MUSIC DIRECTOR: JULIE McBRIDE
ORCHESTRATIONS, ARRANGEMENTS AND INCIDENTAL MUSIC:
ERIN McKEOWN AND CHARLIE ROSEN
SCENIC DESIGNER: DONYALE WERLE
COSTUME DESIGNER: EMILIO SOSA
LIGHTING DESIGNER: TYLER MICOLEAU
SOUND DESIGNER: DAN MOSES SCHREIER
DRAMATURG: GABRIEL GREENE
CASTING: KAITLIN SHAW, C.S.A./TARA RUBIN CASTING
STAGE MANAGER: EVANGELINE ROSE WHITLOCK
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS: LUKE ANDERSON, ALFREDO MACIAS
PROJECT PRODUCTION MANAGER: BENJAMIN SEIBERT

Associate Director: Melissa Crespo
Associate Choreographer: Lindsay Janisse
Associate Music Director: Cody Owen Stine
Associate Scenic Designer: Craig Napoliello
Associate Costume Designer: Heather Stanley
Associate Sound Designer: Joshua D. Reid
Assistant Scenic Designer: Charlie Jicha
Assistant Costume Designer: William Melette
Assistant Lighting Designer: Kimberlee Winters
Scenic Design Assistant: Bradley Wehrle
Lighting Design Assistant: Alexandra Miller-Long
Production Assistant: Alyssa Swan
Stage Management Intern: Matthew Bantock
Dramaturgy Assistants: Chengyun Huang, Samantha Matta
Wig Consultant: Jeri Nicholas

'Miss You' a gently potent ode at La Jolla Playhouse
» San Diego Union-Tribune

“Miss You Like Hell,” … has a pedigree that makes it one of the most anticipated new musicals of the season to not have its premiere in New York.
» New York Times

‘Miss You’ promises a singular trip at Playhouse
» San Diego Union-Tribune

Writer Behind 'In the Heights' Pens a New La Jolla Playhouse Musical
» San Diego Magazine

Union-Tribune Fall Arts Preview
» San Diego Union-Tribune

Daphne Rubin-Vega Tapped for Miss You Like Hell Musical
» Playbill

Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

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

Thirsty Thursdays

Thirsty Thursdays

Thirsty Thursday

Every Thursday during the run of Miss You Like Hell,
starts at 6:50 pm

Join us before your performance for complimentary beer tastings from Border X Brewing. Presented by La Jolla Playhouse in partnership with James’ Place. Includes two 3-oz beer tastings.

Foodie Fridays

Foodie Friday

Every Friday during the run of Miss You Like Hell, 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 Miss You Like Hell, starts at 6:50 pm

Enjoy live music before the show. Also join us before your performance for complimentary beer tastings from Border X Brewing, starting at 6:50 pm. Presented by La Jolla Playhouse in partnership with James’ Place. Includes two 3-oz beer tastings.




ACCESS Performances

ACCESS performance

ACCESS

Saturday, November 12 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.

Open Captioning Performance

Open Captioned Performance

Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 pm

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

Audience Engagement Events

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, November 1 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 by Holland America Line

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, November 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 by Holland America Line

Insider Events

Insider Event

Wednesday, November 16 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, November 19 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, December 4 after the 2:00 pm performance

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

A Song So Good, It Made the New York Times

Check out another beautiful, buoyant song from Miss You Like Hell!