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Surf Report

Surf Report

June 15 - July 11, 2010


Mandell Weiss Forum
World Premiere

Judith, faced with a demanding surfer-turned-venture capitalist boss, an underachieving husband and a wanna-be artist daughter, swims against the tide as her upwardly mobile ambitions clash with her family's needs. Annie Weisman, author of the 2001 Playhouse hit Be Aggressive, once again captures our Southern California coastal vibe in this funny and poignant play that examines the sacrifices we make — or avoid — for our family.

By Annie Weisman
Directed by Lisa Peterson

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

July 20 - August 22, 2010


Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
A Re-Imagined Classic

A Victorian Court turns upside-down — literally — when forbidden lovers escape into the forest and a jilted fiancé follows in hot pursuit. Artistic Director Christopher Ashley brings his unique, gravity-defying vision to this classic play that's for anyone who has ever felt the giddy weightlessness of true love. Featuring puppetry and an onstage orchestra performing original music as well as Mendelssohn's beloved score.

By William Shakespeare
Music by Mark Bennett and Felix Mendelsson
Directed by Christopher Ashley

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Limelight

Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin

September 7 - October 17, 2010


Mandell Weiss Theatre
A World Premiere Musical

From the gritty streets and smoky music halls of London to movie screens across the world, Limelight goes behind the camera to show how Charlie Chaplin found soaring success and later fell from grace. Limelight provides a captivating close-up on the man who changed motion pictures forever.

Music and Lyrics by Christopher Curtis
Book by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan
Directed by Warren Carlyle and Michael Unger

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Notes from Underground

Notes from Underground

September 17 - October 17, 2010


Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
West Coast Premiere of the Yale Repertory Theatre Production

Dostoevsky's landmark novel is brought to the stage in a searing, honest and at times heartbreakingly funny new adaptation, hailed as a "brilliantly original and theatrical work of art" (The Boston Globe).

Adapted By Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff

Based on a Translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

From the Novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Directed By Robert Woodruff

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Ruined

Ruined

November 16 - December 19, 2010


Mandell Weiss Theatre
A co-production with The Huntington Theatre Company and Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

As a civil war rages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mama Nadi runs a lively brothel where soldiers can lay down their weapons. But the good-time atmosphere cannot hide the battles waged on the women who work there. Despite these atrocities, their courage, humor and hope survive in this multiple award-winning, hit Off-Broadway play.

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Liesl Tommy

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Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

February 15 - March 27, 2011


Mandell Weiss Theatre
A World Premiere Musical

The Hoover family has seen better days. But when the youngest Hoover, energetic Olive, enters a regional children’s beauty pageant, the family thinks their luck could change and embarks on a cross-country trek chasing the coveted title of “Little Miss Sunshine.”

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book and Direction by James Lapine

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Frida Libre

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT

The 2011 POP Tour: Frida Libre

April 2 - 3, 2011


The Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center

Alex may seem like a quiet, shy boy, but he secretly wrestles with big ideas inside his head. His life changes when he meets brave and colorful Frida, an unusual girl who gets him to reveal his secret dreams. Forced into an unlikely partnership, the pair discover how dreams can become a reality with the right friend by your side. Frida Libre is an uplifting story featuring delightful original songs which explore the meaning of transformation, understanding and acceptance.

Book and Lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Rosemary Newcott

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Cankerblossom

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT

Cankerblossom

A Dark Fairytale Inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream

August 12 - 15, 2010


Mandell Weiss Forum
A family-friendly Page To Stage Workshop Production

A young couple discovers a cardboard baby on their stoop. They grow to love the child, who is completely flat, as their own. Then someone or something takes away the baby to a FlatWorld, a planar landscape populated by characters whimsical, sinister, and flat as pancakes. The couple, both ordinary and round, must enter this two-dimensional world to get their baby back. Can they rescue their adopted child and escape from a parallel universe in which there is up-and-down and side-to-side, but no way out?

Directed by Dan Rothenberg
Conceived and created by Pig Iron Theatre Company

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Leguizamo

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT

John Leguizamo Diary of a Madman

May 18 - May 29, 2010


Shank Theatre
A Page To Stage Workshop Production

Back for a limited time! John Leguizamo thrills audiences as he gets up close and personal in his new, uncensored, uninhibited tour-de-force one-man show, John Leguizamo Diary of a Madman.

Created and performed by John Leguzamo
Directed by Fisher Stevens

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Let Me Down Easy

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT

Let Me Down Easy

April 27 - May 15, 2011


Lyceum Stage, San Diego Repertory Theatre
San Diego REPertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Vantage Theatre, in Association with Arena Stage, Present the Second Stage Production of Let Me Down Easy

Called "the most exciting individual in American theater" by Newsweek magazine, Anna Deavere Smith's (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles, The West Wing) Let Me Down Easy explores the power of the body, the price of health and the resilience of the spirit.

Conceived, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith

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Additional season support provided by


Sempra Energy, Procopio, Bank of America, US Bank