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Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin

World Premiere

Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin

September 8 – October 4, 2015

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Michael Benjamin Washington
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien

Co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre


In the sweltering political and racial heat of 1963, Bayard Rustin — the brilliant proponent of non-violent civil disobedience — is assigned to orchestrate an unprecedented march for jobs and freedom. Exiled from the Civil Rights Movement by both internal and external forces, Rustin grapples with his last chance for professional restoration and spiritual redemption.

Blueprints to Freedom was first presented as part of the Playhouse’s DNA New Work Series.

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Healing Wars

Centerpiece of the
2015 Without Walls Festival (Oct 9-11)

Healing Wars

September 29 – October 25, 2015

Mandell Weiss Forum

Conceived, directed and choreographed by Liz Lerman

Made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’
National Dance Project


Healing Wars is a multisensory experience that blends dance, storytelling and multimedia in an exploration of how soldiers and healers cope with the physical and psychological wounds of war. Incorporating narratives from the American Civil War, as well as a remarkable performance from a young Navy veteran, this powerful piece asks how we as a nation recover from what seems like endless battles. Healing Wars anchors the Playhouse’s highly-anticipated second Without Walls Festival.

Director and choreographer Liz Lerman is a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow and founder of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

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World-Premiere Play with Music


November 13 – December 10, 2015

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman
Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Rebecca Taichman

In association with Yale Repertory Theatre


Indecent is a world-premiere play with music inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1922 Broadway debut of God of Vengeance — a work considered by many to be a seminal work of Jewish culture, by others, a work of traitorous libel. Alive with popular songs of the era, this deeply-moving piece charts the history of an incendiary work, the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it, and the evolving identity of the culturally-rich community that inspired its creation.

Paula Vogel is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of How I Learned to Drive and The Long Christmas Ride Home.

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Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Special Engagement

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

December 16, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Written and performed by Hershey Felder
Lyrics and music by Irving Berlin
Directed by Trevor Hay

In a virtuoso performance, award-winning showman and San Diego favorite Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein) brings to life the remarkable story of Irving Berlin, long thought of as America’s Composer. From the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia, to New York’s Lower East Side, and ultimately all of the country and the world, Irving Berlin’s story epitomizes capturing the American Dream. Featuring the composer’s most popular and enduring songs, from “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Always,” “Blue Skies,” “God Bless America,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” to "White Christmas,” and the score of “Annie Get Your Gun,” Felder’s signature creation of character and musical performance will make this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey in song.

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