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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

FAST-PACED THRILLER

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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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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Miss You Like Hell

World-Premiere Musical

Miss You Like Hell

October 25 – November 27, 2016

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Music and Lyrics by Erin McKeown
Directed by Lear deBessonet

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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Freaky Friday

New Musical

Freaky Friday

January 31 – March 12, 2017 EXTENDED!

Mandell Weiss Theatre

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

BUOYANT MUSICAL COMEDY

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. Freaky Friday is a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films. In this hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic, a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family, and experience first-hand each other’s lives, if only for a day.

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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