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La Jolla Playhouse presents The Orphan of Zhao, New adaptation by James Fenton, Directed by Carey Perloff, Featuring BD Wong

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Re-imagined Classic

The Orphan of Zhao

July 8 - August 3

New adaptation by James Fenton
Directed by Carey Perloff
Featuring BD Wong

A co-production with American Conservatory Theater

FEATURING BD WONG IN A SWEEPING EPIC

Drawn from sources dating from the 4th Century BC, The Orphan of Zhao is a luminous reinvention of an ancient legend described as the Chinese Hamlet. When the Emperor’s mind is poisoned by a corrupt minister, the noble Zhao family faces destruction unless a country doctor is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. This gripping story of loyalty, family and revenge soars on an original score, sharp direction from A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff (Arcadia, Phèdre) and features the inimitable stage and TV star BD Wong (M. Butterfly, Law & Order: SVU).

"This is a play that proves the classics are as gripping and fresh as anything in theatres today. It's an edge-of-your-seat drama full of twists and turns, revenge and murder, and ultimately sacrifice."
- Artistic Director Christopher Ashley








Production Sponsors

Seltzer Caplan


Meet the Creative Team

Carey Perloff recently celebrated her 20th year as Artistic Director of A.C.T., where she is known for directing innovative productions of classics and championing new writing. She has directed the American premieres of Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love and India Ink and Harold Pinter’s Celebration, among many others.

BD Wong is the only actor to receive all five major New York theatre awards, including the Tony Award, for a single role for his performance in M. Butterfly. For eleven seasons, millions of Americans watched him as Dr. George Huang in the top-rated television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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Design Credits for The Orphan of Zhao

Scenic Design Daniel Ostling
Costume Design Linda Cho
Lighting Design Lap Chi Chu
Sound Design Jake Rodriguez

Press and Reviews for The Orphan of Zhao

A rich and rewarding 'Zhao'
Elegant La Jolla Playhouse staging gets at raw emotion, immediacy of Chinese epic

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'The Orphan of Zhao' a skillful, specialized epic
An ancient Chinese legend serves as the basis for some impressive stagecraft and conservatory-level performance.

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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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The Orphan of Zhao Events

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesdays

Tuesday, July 15 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. More info coming soon.

Foodie Friday

Friday, July 18 starting at 6:00 pm

Join us for Foodie Fridays! Red Oven and Not So Fast will provide delicious eats. Plus, enjoy a complimentary microbrew tasting!

ACCESS performance

ACCESS

Saturday, July 19 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.

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesdays

Tuesday, July 22 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. More info coming soon.

Foodie Friday and ASL Interpreted Performance

Foodie Friday and ASL Interpreted Performance

Friday, July 25. Foodie Friday starts at 6:00 pm, performance with added American Sign Language interpretation is at 8:00 pm.

Join us for Foodie Fridays! Red Oven and God Save the Cuisine will provide delicious eats. Plus, enjoy a complimentary microbrew tasting!

Discovery Sunday

Discovery Sunday

Sunday, July 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.

Insider Events

Insider Events

Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 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.

Foodie Friday

Friday, August 1 starting at 6:00 pm

Join us for Foodie Fridays! Rolling Taco Truck and Mastiff Sausage Company will provide delicious eats. Plus, enjoy a complimentary microbrew tasting!

Insider Events

Insider Events

Saturday, August 2 at 1:00 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.

View a sneak peek of The Orphan of Zhao


Director's Notes