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La Jolla Playhouse presents a new american musical Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

The Flaming Lips: (L-R) Derek Brown, Wayne Coyne, Kliph Scurlock, Michel Ivins and Steven Drozd.

Directed by Director Emeritus Des McAnuff of La Jolla Playhouse

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World Premiere Musical

Yoshimi Battles
the Pink Robots

November 6 - December 16

Story by Wayne Coyne & Des McAnuff | Music & Lyrics by The Flaming Lips
Directed by Des McAnuff

Yoshimi must choose between two boyfriends, but first she’s got to take down an army of pink robots. This magical tale of love and the struggle for survival is a poignant and humanistic story set to the music of The Flaming Lips.

Featuring a 14-foot robot puppet, dancers in “glowing” LED costumes and stunning projections — this is another world premiere musical from Playhouse Director Emeritus and Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (The Who's Tommy, Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar) that you just cannot miss!

This production contains strobe lights and brief partial nudity.


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Meet the Creative Team

Des McAnuff is Director Emeritus at La Jolla Playhouse, where over 18 years as Artistic Director he directed more than 30 productions of Shakespeare and other classics, new plays and musicals. His adventurous leadership won the Playhouse a Tony for Outstanding Regional Theatre and sent 15 productions to Broadway, including, Jersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards: Best Musical), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Tony Award) and The Who’s Tommy (director/co-author with Pete Townshend, Tony and Olivier Awards: Best Director; Olivier: Best Musical), among others. During his tenure at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where he currently serves as Artistic Director, he has mounted 60 productions and directed seven, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Twelfth Night (2010), The Tempest starring Christopher Plummer, Macbeth starring Colm Feore, and Henry V. Other New York: Crazy Locomotive, Mary Stuart, his play Leave It to Beaver Is Dead. Australia: new musical Dr. Zhivago. Opera: Faust at NY’s Metropolitan Opera (2011) and English National Opera (2010) and Wozzeck at San Diego Opera. Film: Cousin Bette and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), The Iron Giant (producer) and Quills (executive producer). He was recently awarded Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. In June 2011 he was honored with a doctorate from Ryerson University and in 2005 he received the prestigious Julia Hansen Award for lifetime achievement in directing.

The Flaming Lips are an American rock band, formed in Norman, Oklahoma in 1983. Melodically, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles—such as "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles," "Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)" and "Yeah, I Know It's a Drag... But Wastin' Pigs Is Still Radical." They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti and frontman Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die." The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing to Warner Brothers, they scored a hit in 1993 with "She Don't Use Jelly." Although it has been their only hit single in the U.S., the band has maintained critical respect and, to a lesser extent, commercial viability through albums such as 1999's “The Soft Bulletin” (which was NME magazine's Album of the Year) and 2002's “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.” In February 2007, they were nominated for a 2007 BRIT Award in the "Best International Act" category. By 2007, the group garnered three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. In 2009 the group released their latest studio album, titled “Embryonic,” as well as a remake of the 1973 Pink Floyd album “The Dark Side Of The Moon.” In 2011, the band announced plans to release new songs in every month of the year, with the entire process filmed.

Press and Reviews for Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

"'Yoshimi' a winner, 'bots and all
Playhouse musical based on Flaming Lips tunes is a supercharged spectacle."

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'Yoshimi' Ready for Battle Des McAnuff and Flaming Lips promise a sci-fi spectacle at La Jolla Playhouse
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KPBS Weekend Preview: ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’
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10 Premieres Brighten the Regional Sked
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Des McAnuff returns for rock extravaganza premiering at Playhouse
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"At long last, Lips: Playhouse to do ‘Yoshimi’"
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"Playhouse to premiere McAnuff-penned Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi’ musical"
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Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

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Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Special Events

THE ART IN SCIENCE - THE SCIENCE IN ART

November 11 at 5:00pm

A conversation about creativity among San Diego’s leading scientists and La Jolla Playhouse artists

Talkback Tuesdays

Tuesday, November 20 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance.

ACCESS

Saturday, November 24 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.

Insider Events

Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, December 1 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.

Discovery Sunday

Sunday December 2, after the 2:00 pm performance

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

Foodie Friday

December 7 at 6:00 pm

Featuring a complimentary microbrew tasting from Stone Brewing Company. Food trucks to be announced soon!

Innovation Night

December 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The premier networking event for San Diego's biotech, hgigh-tech and clean-tech industries.

Yoshimi (Kimiko Glenn) with robots in YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne.

Kimiko Glenn as “Yoshimi” in YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne.

L-R: Nik Walker, Paul Nolan and Kimiko Glenn in YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne.

Paul Nolan as “Ben” and Kimiko Glenn as “Yoshimi” in YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne.

Kimiko Glenn as “Yoshimi” in YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne

Paul Nolan (center) with the cast of YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne.

LaMae Capares as “Karate Girl” with robots in YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne.

Nik Walker as “Booker” and Kimiko Glenn as “Yoshimi” YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne.

Paul Nolan as “Ben” and Kimiko Glenn as “Yoshimi” YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne.

Kimiko Glenn as “Yoshimi” with the cast of YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne.

(L-R) Nik Walker as “Booker,” Kimiko Glenn as “Yoshimi” and Tom Hewitt as “Dr. Petersen” in YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne.

LaMae Capares as “Karate Girl” with robot in YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS; photo by Kevin Berne.

Director Des McAnuff and LJP Artistic Director Christopher Ashley at first rehearsal; photo by J. Katarzyna Woronowicz.

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Help us build a 14-foot robot to bring the vision of Des McAnuff to life.

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