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Accomplice: San Diego

A Without Walls Presentation

Part Game. Part Theatre. All Taking Place on the City Streets.

ACCOMPLICE: SAN DIEGO

March 26 – extended through July 7, 2013

Written by Tom Salamon and Betsy Salamon-Sufott
Directed by Tom Salamon

ACCOMPLICE: SAN DIEGO offers a completely unique theatrical experience, unlike any found on any stage, taking its audience on an adventure through the city streets. You'll be sent on a mission, aided by clues and mysterious cast members strewn throughout various locations such as street corners, bars and out-of-the-way spots. Groups of 10 piece together the clues of a meticulously crafted criminal plot and rely on their own street smarts to make it to the end.

Who's in on it? Who's not? With San Diego's hip and historic Little Italy district as its stage, ACCOMPLICE is an experience you won't soon forget.

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His Girl Friday

West Coast Premiere

His Girl Friday

May 28 - June 30, 2013

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Adapted by John Guare from The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur and the Columbia Pictures film, His Girl Friday. Directed by Christopher Ashley.

A major story is brewing in a 1939 Chicago press room, but ace reporter Hildy Johnson is leaving the newspaper game for good. When her former editor (and ex-husband) entices her with the scoop to break the story, the lure of fame and rekindled romance prove more than she can resist. Don't miss this fast-talking comedy that exposes the unsavory politics of tabloid journalism.

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Tribes

2012 Drama Desk Award Winner for Outstanding New Play

Tribes

June 25 - July 21, 2013

Mandell Weiss Forum

By Nina Raine
Directed by David Cromer

From rising British playwright Nina Raine, this contemporary new play is a savage, funny look at family dynamics and the challenges of communication. As the only deaf member of his sharp-tongued family, Billy has spent much of his life feeling out of place. But when he finds a new home in the deaf community, tensions reach an all-time high.

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Neva

Special Engagement

Neva

June 26 - 30, 2013

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

Written and Directed by Guillermo Calderón
English translation by Andrea Thome

Neva tells the story of Anton Chekhov's widow, the actress Olga Knipper, who arrives in a dimly lit rehearsal room in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1905. As Olga and two other actors await the rest of the cast, they huddle together, act out scenes from their lives and muse on their art form and love Рwhile unseen striking workers are being gunned down in the streets by the Tsarist regime. Guillermo Calderón savagely examines the relationship between theater and historical context in this tightly crafted piece that allows a palpable terror to creep through the theatre walls.

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Sideways

New Play Based on the Novel that Inspired the Acclaimed Movie

Sideways

EXTENDED AGAIN! July 16 - September 1

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Rex Pickett
Directed by Des McAnuff

Sideways is the story of two friends – Miles, a frustrated novelist, and Jack, a no-name TV actor and director – and their journey through wine, women and disappointment. During one last blowout road trip before Jack is to be married, the two men run tangle-footed into their midlife crises, all the while exploring the stellar Santa Ynez wine region.

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The Good, The Bad and The I-5

The Second City Theatricals

The Good, The Bad, and The I-5

August 6 - September 1

Mandell Weiss Forum


For over 50 years, The Second City has been famous for their cutting edge satiric revues as well as being the launching pad for generations of comedy superstars. In keeping with tradition, the Chicago-based comedy troupe returns to La Jolla Playhouse from August 6 - September 1 with an original, sidesplitting tribute to San Diego, about San Diego!

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WoW Festival

15 Site-Specific Theatre Performances

Without Walls Festival

October 3-6

Playhouse Theatre District


This one-of-a-kind Festival will showcase events occurring simultaneously in and around the Playhouse Theatre District, presented by the Playhouse as well Festival partner institutions: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and UC San Diego.

Featuring 15 site-based works by local, national and international artists, the WoW Festival will serve as a cultural and artistic hub, including a vibrant central Festival Village, where patrons can gather to eat, drink and share their experiences.

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The Tallest Tree in the Forest

World Premiere

The Tallest Tree in the Forest

October 10 - November 3

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty
Directed by Moisés Kaufman
A co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre

As an internationally-renowned vocalist and star of stage and screen, Paul Robeson was one of the best-known African American men in the world in the early 20th century. Through his talent, he became enormously popular and wealthy; but as a champion for human rights, he became despised by his people and his country. Featuring excerpts from some of Robeson's signature songs, including "Ol' Man River" and "Steal Away," The Tallest Tree in the Forest showcases powerhouse performer Daniel Beaty in a stunning piece that explores the bold choices that defined Robeson's remarkable life.

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Side Show

A Re-Imagined Broadway Musical

Side Show

November 5 - December 15

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Music by Henry Krieger
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Choreographed by Anthony Van Laast
Directed by Bill Condon

Based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show is a moving portrait of beautiful, talented sisters on the rise. But as they transform from circus novelties to famed stage stars, the spotlight doesn't deliver all they had hoped, testing the strength of their bond.

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The Who & The What

World Premiere

The Who & The What

February 11 - March 9

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

Written By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Kimberly Senior

Raised in a conservative Muslim family in Atlanta, the outspoken and brilliant Zarina routinely clashes with her traditional father and sister. Zarina's one outlet – her recently completed book about women and Islam – threatens to tear her family apart for good. With humor and ferocity, Ayad Akhtar's The Who & The What examines the giant chasm between our traditions and our contemporary lives.

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