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DNA New Work Series

DNA New Work Series

December 9 - 11, 2016

The DNA New Work Series allows playwrights and directors the opportunity to develop a script by providing rehearsal time, space and resources – all culminating in readings which are open to the public. All projects in the DNA New Work Series take place with little or no scenic, costume or staging elements, and actors may have scripts in hand. It's a rare chance for theatre-lovers to be a part of a new work in its earliest stages of development.

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Simply Broadway with Brian Stokes Mitchell

La Jolla Playhouse presents

Simply Broadway with Brian Stokes Mitchell

December 12, 2016

Mandell Weiss Theatre


Event Co-Chairs Joan and Irwin Jacobs

Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen Brian Stokes Mitchell is returning home to San Diego for a one-night concert at La Jolla Playhouse. Onstage in the Weiss Theatre, located in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre District, Brian will sing his repertoire of reimagined classic Broadway tunes from his 2012 release, Simply Broadway.

Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras.

Your ticket purchase will benefit both the Playhouse’s Education & New Play Development Programs and the Actors Fund of America.

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The Wholehearted

La Jolla Playhouse presents

The Wholehearted

December 14 - 18, 2016

Potiker Theatre

Conceived and Created by Stein | Holum Projects
Written and Directed by Deborah Stein
Performed and Directed by Suli Holum

When her love dies, Dee Crosby fights back.

The Wholehearted is an unflinching portrait of a female boxer caught at the crossroads between hell and redemption. Inspired by the biographies of iconic women in athletic history, this new play is fraught with the violence of love, the sexuality of sports and the truth behind the stories we tell ourselves. Unlike any other solo theatrical experience, The Wholehearted utilizes live projections, film and a thumping rockabilly score to explore the line between personal fantasy and hard reality – and what it takes to be a champion.

Presented in association with Center Theatre Group.

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Freaky Friday

Disney's

Freaky Friday

January 31 – March 12, 2017 EXTENDED!

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Book by Bridget Carpenter, Music by Tom Kitt and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Based on the novel “Freaky Friday” by Mary Rodgers
and the Walt Disney motion pictures
Directed by Christopher Ashley

BUOYANT MUSICAL COMEDY

Hailed by The Washington Post as “a polished, peppy, modern fairy tale,” Disney’s new musical Freaky Friday is based on the celebrated n ovel by Mary Rodgers and two hit Disney films. The classic story of a mother and daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours has been given a contemporary spin with a hilarious new book by Bridget Carpenter (“Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights”) and “a driving pop‐rock score” (DC Metro Theatre Arts) by Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then). With inventive staging by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and sharp choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys), this dynamic production is “delightfully spunky” with “timeless appeal” (Variety).

Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey are the composer and lyricist behind such hit Broadway shows as Next to Normal and If/Then. Librettist Bridget Carpenter is an accomplished playwright and an award-winning writer for television’s acclaimed Parenthood and Friday Night Lights. Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, following up on last season’s smash new musical Come From Away.

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PREVIOUS SHOWS


John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons
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A Page-to-Stage Workshop Production

John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons

April 5 – 17, 2016

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Created and Performed by John Leguizamo
Directed by Tony Taccone

GUARANTEED LAUGHS

Class is in session with John Leguizamo’s new one-man show, Latin History for Morons. John delivers rapid-fire laughs in his biting and comic take on 500 years of Latin History spanning the Aztec and Incan Empires to World War II. Tackling the contributions of Latin people left out of the history books, John is the most uproariously real teacher you’ve ever had. Returning to the Playhouse with this new workshop, John shares his hilarious and satirical version of an often-overlooked part of history.

Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo’s career spans the genres of film, theatre, television, literature and beyond. He created the award-winning one-man show Ghetto Klown, which was developed at the Playhouse in 2010 and went on to a successful Broadway run. Director Tony Taccone is Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre which has presented more than 70 premieres and sent 23 shows to New York.

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Hollywood

World-Premiere Play

Hollywood

May 10 – June 12, 2016 EXTENDED!

Mandell Weiss Theatre

By Joe DiPietro
Directed by Christopher Ashley

NOIR WHODUNNIT

In 1922, famed director William Desmond Taylor is found murdered in his home. The celebrity suspects mount as the headlines explode with lurid reports of love triangles, hush money and deception. Enter Will Hays, Hollywood's newly appointed moral watchdog, determined to silence the scandal and purify this increasingly corrupt city. Based on the true story of Taylor’s unsolved murder, Hollywood is a noir thriller set in the Golden Age of movies by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro.

Joe DiPietro and Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley have enjoyed a long history of collaboration on such acclaimed productions as Memphis (La Jolla Playhouse, Broadway, London) and Chasing the Song.

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They Don't Talk Back

La Jolla Playhouse presents,
in association with Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre,
Native Voices at the Autry’s production of

They Don't Talk Back

May 26 – June 5, 2016

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

By Frank Henry Kaash Katasse
Directed by Randy Reinholz

In this new play, a troubled teen from a broken home receives the culture shock of a lifetime when he is sent to live and work with his grandparents in a Tlingit fishing village in Alaska. This funny, heartfelt exploration of the meaning of family and life emerges in a contemporary coming-of-age story.

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The Last Tiger in Haiti

World-Premiere Play

The Last Tiger in Haiti

June 28 – July 24, 2016

Mandell Weiss Forum

By Jeff Augustin
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody

Co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre

GRIPPING DRAMA

It’s the final night of Kanaval in Haiti, and a group of abandoned children spend it trading fantastic folktales until the line between reality and fiction blurs. At daybreak, the oldest plans to leave for a new life but discovers the story of his future and past are in the hands of someone else. Set in a world that is utterly real and remarkably imaginative, this unforgettable new play from Jeff Augustin weaves Haitian lore into a contemporary narrative of survival and betrayal.

Jeff Augustin is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and others. A 2015 Princess Grace Award winner, Joshua Kahan Brody is co-founder of the San Diego site-based theater group THE TRIP. Both UC San Diego M.F.A. graduates, the two presented The Last Tiger in Haiti in last year’s DNA New Work Series.

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Junk: Or the Golden Age of Debt

World-Premiere Play

JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt

July 26 – August 21, 2016

Mandell Weiss Theatre

By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Doug Hughes

Taking over the world. One deal at a time.

The Deal. The Board Room. The Takeover. This is the battleground where titanic egos collide, where modern day kings are made and unmade. It's a world where debt is an asset and assets are excuses for more debt, a world where finance runs the show. How did we get here? How did the world we once knew change?

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar takes us back to the hotbed of the ‘80s and offers us an origin story for the world that finance has given us, a sexy and epic thriller about an upstart genius hell-bent on changing all the rules.

Ayad Akhtar wrote the Playhouse’s world-premiere production of The Who & The What. He is the author of the novel American Dervish, and the play Disgraced which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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The Second City's Free Speech

La Jolla Playhouse Presents

The Second City’s Free Speech! (While Supplies Last)

July 29 – August 21, 2016

Mandell Weiss Forum


Free Speech! (While Supplies Last) offers an irreverent look at America’s electoral insanity. This topical new show features political satire made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan-Michael Key, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from their sold-out shows in Chicago and Toronto. This must­see evening of comedy features some of Chicago’s best and brightest in a special three-week engagement.

Contains strong language and adult situations.

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Tiger Style!

New Comedy

Tiger Style!

September 6 – October 2, 2016

Potiker Theatre

By Mike Lew
Directed by Jaime Castañeda

CHEEKY HUMOR

Star students and squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen used to represent the pinnacle of adolescent achievement. But when it comes to adulthood, they’re epic failures. Albert’s just been passed up for promotion and Jennifer's been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So they do what any reasonable egghead brother and sister would do and go on an Asian Freedom Tour! Travelling from California to China, Tiger Style! embraces the inner slacker and the outer tiger parent in all of us.

La Jolla native Mike Lew’s plays include Bike America, microcrisis, Stockton and People’s Park. He is also co-director of the Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab, the largest collective of Asian-American playwrights in the country. Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda directs, following his unforgettable Playhouse debut with Guards at the Taj.

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The Bitter Game

A La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Presentation,
In association with Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

The Bitter Game

October 4 - 9, 2016

All performances take place at Writerz Blok,
5010 Market Street, San Diego, 92102

Created, written and performed by Keith A. Wallace
Co-created and directed by Deborah Stein

The Bitter Game blends verse, prose and 'shit-talkin' into a stirring commentary that begs the question, what does it mean to survive while Black in America? This solo work, ripe with pain, poetry and laughter, examines the relationship between a young man and his mother as each struggles to protect one another from that which seems inevitable. Commissioned by the Playhouse, The Bitter Game explores the question of police agency and excessive force, the ripple effects of vicarious trauma in the communities of color, and the value of Black lives in this country.

A major hit at the 2015 WoW Festival, The Bitter Game was praised by the San Diego Union-Tribune as “the festival highlight… The searing, well-honed one-man show is a fast-paced five-act drama that is sure to have a future life in other cities.”

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The Trump Card

La Jolla Playhouse Presents

The Trump Card

October 4 – 9, 2016

Mandell Weiss Forum

Created and Performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Isaac Butler

Mike Daisey takes on the reigning world heavyweight of self-mythologizing, the short-fingered vulgarian who captured a nation’s heart through bullying, charm, one-syllable explosions, and occasionally telling the brutal truth: Donald J. Trump. Daisey tells Trump’s story from his earliest days, tracking him as he makes himself into a new American archetype – the very first rich man famous exclusively for being rich. Instead of dismissing Trump as a simple con artist and huckster, Daisey breaks down what makes Trump tick – and in doing so illuminates the state of our American Dream and how we’ve sold it out.

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Native Voices Short Play Festival

Native Voices at the Autry's
Sixth Annual Short Play Festival:
Take Back the Land

November 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center (PDC)

Native American playwrights from across the United States explore environmental issues such as climate change and pollution, legal debates surrounding borders and resources, and personal and spiritual connections to land. Are we doing enough to preserve the homelands of the First Peoples? To preserve our planet? One of these plays will receive the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award, a $1,000 cash prize!

Tickets are free and will be issued at the door on a first come, first served basis.

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Miss You Like Hell

World-Premiere Musical

Miss You Like Hell

October 25 – December 4, 2016 EXTENDED!

Mandell Weiss Theatre

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

VIBRANT NEW MUSICAL

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.

Renowned musician and activist Erin McKeown joins director Lear deBessonet (Public Theatre’s The Winter’s Tale) and Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes (Water by the Spoonful, In the Heights) in launching this new American musical at the Playhouse.

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