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La Jolla Playhouse presents Sideways; By Rex Pickett, Directed by Des McAnuff

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Sideways

EXTENDED AGAIN! JULY 16 - SEPTEMBER 1

By Rex Pickett
Directed by Des McAnuff

If anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving

When friends Miles and Jack head to Santa Barbara wine country for one last blowout before Jack’s wedding, their journey through wine, women and disappointment becomes the definitive mid-life road trip. This honest and touching comedy comes from Rex Pickett, author of the novel from which the Academy Award-winning film was made, and Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots).

Contains graphic language, nudity and sexual content.







Production Sponsors

Procopio

Lead Sponsor

US Bank

Lead Sponsor

Charco Design and Build

Co-Sponsor

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards

Wine Sponsor

Napa Valley Film Festival

Event Sponsor

La Jolla Wine Tours

Event Sponsor



Meet the Creative Team

Des McAnuff served as Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse for 18 years, during which time the Playhouse won 200 awards for excellence, including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. The two-time Tony Award-winning director's Broadway productions include Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who's Tommy and Jersey Boys.

UC San Diego graduate Rex Pickett has written numerous screenplays for both film and television, as well as the novel Sideways, adapted by Alexander Payne into the critically-acclaimed, Oscar-winning film of the same name. He recently won the prestigious Gold Medal for Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Design Credits

Scenic Design Robert Brill
Costume Design Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design Michael Walton
Sound Design Cricket S. Myers

Press and Reviews for Sideways

Sideways Gets a Fresh Pour at the Playhouse
> Read more from UT San Diego

Sideways is Fruitful Summertime Entertainment! ...The cast is like a good pinot noir, rich and memorable.
> Read more from San Diego City Beat

The fast-paced dialogue is an intoxicating mix of smart wine talk, literary references, funny one-liners, and outrageous pick-up lines
> Read more from San Diego Magazine

Full bodied humor in Sideways... Delivers laugh after laugh!
> Read more from La Jolla Light

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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Sideways Special Events

Foodie Friday

Friday, July 19 at 6:00 pm

Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats 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, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!

Talkback Tuesdays

Tuesday, July 23 after the 7:30 pm performance

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

ACCESS

Saturday, July 27 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.

Talkback Tuesdays

Tuesday, July 30 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, August 2 at 6:00 pm

Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats 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, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!

Insider Events

Saturday, August 3 at 1:00 pm
Wednesday, August 7 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.

Discovery Sunday

Sunday, August 11 after the 2:00 pm performance

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

Foodie Friday

Friday, August 16 at 6:00 pm

Theatergoers with a love for wine, beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays. A ticket to this Playhouse performance includes access to some of San Diego's finest food trucks, and also features a complimentary wine pouring sponsored by VinVillage!

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Added ASL Interpreted Performance

Wednesday, August 21 at 8:00 pm

This performance has added American Sign Language interpretation for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

Open Captioning Performance

Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 pm

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

 

(L-R) Mike Sears, Sean Allan Krill and Patrick Breen; photo by Kevin Berne.

(L-R) Patrick Breen as "Miles" and Sean Allan Krill as "Jack;" photo by Kevin Berne.

(L-R) Zoë Chao as "Terra," Sean Allan Krill as "Jack" and Patrick Breen as "Miles;" photo by Kevin Berne.

(L-R) Sean Allan Krill, Zoë Chao, Nadia Bowers and Patrick Breen; photo by Kevin Berne.

Patrick Breen as "Miles" and Nadia Bowers as "Maya;" photo by Kevin Berne.

(L-R) Patrick Breen as "Miles" and Sean Allan Krill as "Jack;" photo by Kevin Berne.