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La Jolla Playhouse presents Tribes; by Nina Raine and directed by David Cromer

Know Before You Go - Tribes

Contemporary New Play

Tribes

June 25 – July 21

By Nina Raine
Directed by David Cromer

Learning to Listen

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 family in the deaf community, tensions reach an all-time high. A provocative and touching play about membership in your tribe – and hearing what isn’t said.

Contains strong language and adult content.







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Meet the Creative Team

Nina Raine received the 2006 London Evening Standard and the 2006 Critics' Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright. Her plays include Rabbit and the Drunks, and her directing credits include Shades and Behind the Image for the Royal Court Theatre; Unprotected at the Liverpool Everyman, Vermillion Dream at Salisbury Playhouse and Eskimo Sisters at Southwark. She has trained as an assistant director at the Royal Court under the Channel Four YRTDS scheme where she assisted the directors Dominic Cooke, Ian Rickson, Katie Mitchell, David Hare, James Kerr and Stephen Daldry.

David Cromer David Cromer directed the award-winning Off-Broadway production of Tribes and the acclaimed Broadway productions of Our Town and The Adding Machine. His work has been seen in theatres across the country, including Lincoln Center Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre, and he has been awarded three Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obies.

Design Credits

Scenic Design Scott Pask
Costume Design Tristan Raines
Lighting Design Keith Parham
Sound Design Daniel Kluger

Press and Reviews for Tribes

A smart, lively and beautifully acted new play that asks us to hear how we hear, in silence as well as in speech.
> New York Times

Silence is the shadow that lends brilliance to the hubbub around the bohemian, intellectual upper-middle-class British family dining table where the play is set.
> The New Yorker

The best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring—and funniest—new play in recent years.
> The Wall Street Journal

Smart, thought-provoking...mesmerizing to watch...powerful and tonally rich drama.
> Read more from UT San Diego

This thought-provoking play...is an early highlight of the summer theater season.
> Read more from San Diego City Beat

...Be sure not to miss Nina Raine's terrific "Tribes"...and the cast is spectacular. You'll be talking about this one long into the night...
> Read more from Jazz 88

Mandell Weiss Forum

The Mandell Weiss Forum is a 400-seat thrust stage theatre, with audience members surrounding the stage on three sides. It contains a rehearsal hall, two courtyards and an outdoor "lobby." Built with sleek industrial materials and intersecting geometric shapes, it has a long free-standing entry wall with massive reflective smoky-glass panes that generate the illusion of being both within and outside of the partition.

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ASL Interpreted Performances

ASL Interpreted Performance

Sunday, June 30 at 7:00 pm

This Opening Night performance has added American Sign Language interpretation.

ASL Interpreted Performance

Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30 pm

This performance, with Talkback Tuesday following the performance, has added American Sign Language interpretation.

 

Foodie Friday and ASL Interpreted Performance

Friday, July 19. Foodie Friday starts at 6:00 pm, performance with added American Sign Language interpretation is at 8:00 pm.

Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego's finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!

ACCESS Performance

ACCESS

Saturday, July 6 at 2:00 pm

During this performance, La Jolla Playhouse provides American Sign Language interpretation for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing and audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

ACCESS

Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 pm

During this performance, La Jolla Playhouse provides American Sign Language interpretation for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing and audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Discovery Sunday follows this performance.

Foodie Fridays

Foodie Friday

Friday, June 28 at 6:00 pm

Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego’s finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!

Foodie Friday

Friday, July 19 at 6:00 pm

Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego's finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!

Illuminating Audience Events

Talkback Tuesdays

Tuesday, July 2 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. More info coming soon.

Talkback Tuesdays

Tuesday, July 9 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. More info coming soon.

Insider Events

Saturday, July 13 at 1:00 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

Insider Events

Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

Discovery Sunday

Sunday, July 21 after the 2:00 pm performance

Special guest speakers engage audience members in a moderated discussion exploring the issues and themes in the play.

Royal Court Theatre's Tribes by Nina Raine on The Culture Show