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Unusual Acts of Devotion

June 2 - June 28, 2009

Mandell Weiss Theatre

written by Terrence McNally
directed by Trip Cullman

During a sweltering summer night, with the sweep of their beloved city surrounding them, Leo and Nadine’s neighbors help them celebrate their fifth anniversary on their Greenwich Village rooftop. As danger lurks in the air, each confronts unfulfilled desires and secret longings for each other. With wit and warmth, Terrence McNally charts damaged cities and damaged souls, loves lost and recovered, and the joys of simple — but enduring — acts of devotion.


Five-time Emmy Award winner Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond")
Stage and screen star Richard Thomas ("The Waltons", Stephen King’s IT)
Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris (Cry Baby, Thoroughly Modern Millie)

Contains adult content and language

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Ticket Prices: $30-$75

Run Time:1 hr 40 min with no intermission

Performance Times: Tues-Wed: 7:30pm
Thurs-Fri: 8:00pm
Sat: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Sponsored By: Cooley

Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally Playwright

Terrence McNally, one of America’s best-loved living playwrights, has won four Tony Awards, been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama (A Perfect Ganesh), and is known for his works Love! Valour! Compassion! and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, as well as the book for the musical The Full Monty.
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History of Greenwich Village

From a vast marshland, to a bohemian outpost, to an elite address for celebrities, Greenwich Village has seen plenty changes in its 350 year history...
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  • (L-R) Doris Roberts, Richard Thomas, Harriet Harris, Joe Manganiello and Maria Dizzia in La Jolla Playhouse's West Coast premiere of UNUSUAL ACTS OF DEVOTION, by Terrence McNally, directed by Trip Cullman; photo by Craig Schwartz.
  • Harriet Harris as Josie Shelton and Richard Thomas as Chick Hogan in La Jolla Playhouse's West Coast premiere of UNUSUAL ACTS OF DEVOTION; photo by Craig Schwartz.
  • Doris Roberts and Evan Powell in La Jolla Playhouse's West Coast premiere of UNUSUAL ACTS OF DEVOTION, by Terrence McNally, directed by Trip Cullman; photo by Craig Schwartz.
  • Residents of Greenwich Village still possess a strong community identity and are proud of their neighborhood's unique history and fame, and its well-known liberal live-and-let-live attitudes.

KUSI 9 News - Video interview: Emmy winner Doris Roberts

San Diego 6 CW - Video interview: Emmy winner Doris Roberts


Union Tribune - Rhythm Kings
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KPBS - These Days: Terrence McNally's New Play at La Jolla Playhouse
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North County Times - L.J. Playhouse's 'Acts' features star-studded cast
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Rage Magazine - Richard Thomas and Unusual Acts of Devotion
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La Jolla Light - West Coast premiere venerates esteemed playwright
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Playbill - West Coast Premiere of McNally's Unusual Acts Stars Roberts, Thomas, Harris
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SD Entertainer - Joe Manganiello's Acts of Devotion
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Unusual Acts Arrives at the Playhouse

After two weeks of rehearsal in New York City, the Unusual Acts of Devotion company said goodbye to the city that inspired Terrence McNally’s play and traveled to La Jolla to enter a new phase of rehearsal.

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Behind-the-Scenes at Unusual Acts of Devotion Rehearsals

It was amazing to listen to Doris read the part of Mrs. Darnell, the acerbic elderly tenant at 218 West 10th St. who joins Leo and Nadine’s rooftop anniversary celebration...

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Rehearsals Begin for Unusual Acts of Devotion

We began rehearsals two Mondays ago for Unusual Acts of Devotion in downtown New York City , which seems totally appropriate because the city is a major character in Terrence McNally’s newest play.

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