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La Jolla Playhouse presents The Wholehearted Conceived and Created by Stein | Holum Projects, Written and Directed by Deborah Stein, Performed and Directed by Suli Holum

Suli Holum in La Jolla Playhouse’s special engagement of The Wholehearted, written and co-directed by Deborah Stein, performed and co-directed by Suli Holum, running December 14 – 18, presented in association with Center Theatre Group; photo by Kate Freer.

Suli Holum in La Jolla Playhouse’s special engagement of The Wholehearted, written and co-directed by Deborah Stein, performed and co-directed by Suli Holum, running December 14 – 18, presented in association with Center Theatre Group; photo by Kate Freer.

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The Wholehearted

December 14 – 18, 2016

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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Content warning: contains mature content and descriptions of violence.

Children ages 6 and under are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted. Unaccompanied minors ages 12 and under are not permitted in the theatre.

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The Wholehearted is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Wholehearted was commissioned and first presented by ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage in April 2014. A late-stage completion residency and performances was provided by Z Space in San Francisco in September 2016. Additional workshop residencies have been provided by HERE, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (Swing Space), the Orchard Project, Kelly Strayhorn, Philadelphia FringeArts, Swarthmore College Project in Theatre, New Dramatists Creativity Fund (with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), and JACK (with the support of the Brooklyn Arts Council).



Credits for The Wholehearted

Onstage Camera and Video Engineer: Stivo Arnoczy
Sound Design: Matt Hubbs and James Sugg
Original Music: James Sugg and Heather Christian
Set Design: Amy Rubin
Video Design: Kate Freer and Dave Tennent
Lighting Design: Stephen Arnold
Costume Design: Angela Harner
Dramaturg and Creative Producer: P. Carl
Stage Manager: Kamra Jacobs/Lisa McGinn
Assistant Director: Kate Hopkins
Technical Director and Sound Engineer: Andrew Lulling
Production Manager: Lauren Parrish
Lighting Supervisor: Sarina Renteria
Show Producer: Amanda Cooper

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Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.

Talkbacks

Wednesday, December 14

"Participate in a facilitated discussion with Suli Holum and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show!"


Thursday, December 15

"Participate in a facilitated discussion with Suli Holum and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show!"

Friday, December 16

"Participate in a facilitated discussion with Suli Holum and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show!"

Meet the Creative Team

Deborah Stein is a playwright, director, teacher, and co-Artistic Director of Stein | Holum Projects (SHP), with whom she has written and co-directed Chimera (HERE Artist Residency Program; Under the Radar 2012; Drama Desk Award nomination; UK premiere at the Gate in London) and The Wholehearted (commission from ArtsEmerson, recipient of a 2015 National Theatre Project award from the New England Foundation for the Arts). Most recently, SHP workshopped their musical Movers + Shakers at UC San Diego after workshops at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, New Dramatists, and the Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons Superlab. Deborah’s other plays include Heist! (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival), God Save Gertrude (Workhaus Collective, Theatre @ Boston Court), Wallflower (Stages Repertory Theatre) and Bone Portraits (Stillpoint Productions, Live Girls!). Stein has created collaborative original work with Pig Iron, Joseph Chaikin, Dominique Serrand and Lear deBessonet. She has received a NYSCA commission, the Bush Artist Fellowship, two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant from the Playwrights’ Center, and is a proud alumna of New Dramatists. She currently teaches Playwriting at UC San Diego, where she recently directed Keith Wallace’s The Bitter Game as part of La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls (WoW) series.

As Co-Artistic Director of Stein | Holum Projects (SHP) Suli Holum co-created Drama Desk nominated solo show Chimera (co-director/performer), Movers + Shakers (director), The Wholehearted (performer/co-director), and Man Camp, currently under construction. Holum was a co-founder of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and wrote Gentlemen Volunteers, published in Pig Iron: 3 Plays (53rd Street Press). Her work as a devising writer of new performance also includes One Beach Road with RedCape Theatre, UK, and A Fierce Kind of Love with the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. She is a recipient of an Independence Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, a TCG Fox Resident Actor Fellowship, a Drama Desk Award, and a Barrymore for Outstanding Choreography. Up next, Holum is portraying Nora in Jo Stromgren Kompani’s adaptation of A Doll’s House, directing a new solo work with performance artist Soomi Kim, and teaching at The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.