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At the Old Place

July 5 - 30, 2017

By Rachel Bonds
Directed by Jaime Castañeda

Facing a breaking point, a middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to hide with a bottle and book of poetry. But a chance encounter with two young people camped out on her lawn leads to the discovery of the common bond that connects uncommon people. This keenly-observed, slice-of-life play evokes long nights spent on the grass with friends, considering the roads not taken – and the best way forward.

This world-premiere play from sought-after playwright Rachel Bonds is directed by the Playhouse’s Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda, who helmed last season’s audience favorite Tiger Style! as well as the critically-acclaimed Guards at the Taj.







Patron Services will be happy to answer any questions you have at (858) 550-1010.

Content warning: contains strong language and light smoking.

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.



Production Co-Sponsors

Dowling & Yahnke
La Cuisine


Meet the Creative Team

Rachel Bonds' plays have been developed or produced by South Coast Rep, McCarter Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, Roundabout Underground, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Studio Theatre, New York Stage & Film and SPACE on Ryder Farm, among others. She is an affiliated artist of New Georges, an Alum of EST’s Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm; recipient of the 2014 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville, the 2013 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award from Williamstown Theatre Festival and the 2015 Sky Cooper Prize from Marin Theatre Company. Commissions include Studio Theatre, South Coast Rep, Atlantic Theater Company, McCarter, Ars Nova/ Manhattan Theatre Club and The Geffen. She is currently the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Ars Nova. Bonds is a graduate of Brown University.

Jaime Castañeda joined the Playhouse in 2014 as the Associate Artistic Director, where he recently directed Tiger Style! by Mike Lew and Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph. He has directed productions for Dallas Theater Center, Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, The Old Globe, Perseverance Theatre, Kitchen Dog and American Theater Company. Mr. Castañeda has developed new plays with the O’Neill, Rattlestick Theater, Portland Center Stage, Denver Center Theater Company, The Kennedy Center and the Atlantic Theater Company, where he spent five seasons as Artistic Associate. He is a Drama League fellow and has received the Princess Grace Award and the TCG New Generations Grant. M.F.A. in Directing from University of Texas at Austin.



Cast Members of At the Old Place

HEIDI ARMBRUSTER
BRENNA COATES
BENIM FOSTER
MARCEL SPEARS




Credits for At the Old Place

SCENIC DESIGNER: LAUREN HELPERN
COSTUME DESIGNER: DAVID ISRAEL REYNOSO
LIGHTING DESIGNER: LAP CHI CHU
SOUND DESIGNER: MELANIE CHEN
CASTING: TELSEY + COMPANY; KAREN CASL, C.S.A.
DRAMATURG: GABRIEL GREENE
STAGE MANAGER: KATRINA HERRMANN
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: MANDISA REED
PRODUCTION MANAGER: BECCA DUHAIME

Understudy for Jolene: Claire Roberson
Associate Costume Designer: Mary Rochon
Costume Design Assistant: Desiree Hatfield-Buckley
Scenic Design Assistant: Anne Sherer
Fight Consultant: Jacob Bruce

The reviews are in!

“Lyrical exploration of how lives can bounce off each other, and onto new and unexpected paths”

“Both prosaic and profound”

“Together, the trio have some flat-out hilarious scenes together — including one that involves a not-fit-for-print drinking game.”

Raves for the cast

“Armbruster’s low-key performance gives her character the authentic feel of a lost but resilient soul”




"And Coates [delivers a] bitingly funny, no-prisoners portrayal of Jolene”




“Spears has quietly wrenching moments as Will”




“Benim Foster gives a forceful performance”




» San Diego U-T

“The four people in Rachel Bonds’ new play At the Old Place may not be anybody you bump into a lot. In Jaime Castañeda’s staging for the La Jolla Playhouse, though, they’re worth the 90 minutes of pondering…. Engrossing, very satisfying play and production”
» San Diego Story

“Compelling... The characters and their plights are intriguing, and we’re gripped by their stories... Under the taut direction of associate artistic director Jaime Castañeda, the performances are outstanding, and thoroughly credible.”
» Jazz 88.3

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

Foodie Fridays

Foodie Friday

Every Friday during the run of At the Old Place, starts at 6:30 pm

Theatergoers 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!




Sonic Saturdays

Sonic Saturdays

Sonic Saturdays

Every Saturday evening during the run of At the Old Place, starts at 6:50 pm

Enjoy live music before the show.




Concession Drink Specials

Thirsty Thursdays

Concession Drink Specials

Bars open an hour before the show. Concessions and other beverages are available for purchase.

Wine Wednesdays: $6 glasses of wine
Thirsty Thursdays: $5 beer
Matinee Mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays: $8 mimosas







Plus, Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, have fun with oversized board games like Connect Four and Jenga, or a cornhole match with friends and fellow patrons.



ACCESS Performances

ACCESS performance

ACCESS

Saturday, July 22 at 2:00pm

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. Sponsored in part by Seacrest Village Retirement Communities

Audience Engagement Events

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, July 11 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show! Sponsored in part by Holland America Line

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, July 18 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show! Sponsored in part by Holland America Line

Insider Events

Insider Event

Wednesday, July 26 at 6:45 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. Sponsored in part by Vi at La Jolla Village

Insider Events

Insider Event

Saturday, July 29 at 1:15 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. Sponsored in part by Vi at La Jolla Village

Discovery Sunday

Discovery Sunday

Sunday, July 30 after the 2:00 pm performance

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

Marcel Spears, Heidi Armbruster and Brenna Coates in AT THE OLD PLACE; photo by Jim Carmody.

Heidi Armbruster in AT THE OLD PLACE; photo by Jim Carmody.

Marcel Spears and Brenna Coates in AT THE OLD PLACE; photo by Jim Carmody.

Heidi Armbruster and Benim Foster in AT THE OLD PLACE; photo by Jim Carmody.



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