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La Jolla Playhouse Presents 2016 POP Tour: Alice Chan

La Jolla Playhouse Presents

2016 POP Tour
Alice Chan

Written by Robert Lee and BD Wong
Directed by BD Wong

La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to present its 2016 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour, an annual touring production for young people. This year’s show, Alice Chan, written by Robert Lee & BD Wong and directed by BD Wong, will tour San Diego County elementary schools from February 1 - April 1, 2016. Scroll down to learn more about booking a performance at your school.

Four public performances also took place at the Playhouse (Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center) on March 5 & 6, 2016.

Just about everyone at Chaffey Hills Elementary School finds Alice Chan super annoying, for a hundred hilarious different reasons... but what happens when the unpopular “Queen of the Science Fair” is cast by her well-meaning teacher as the lead in the Fifth Grade Play over the most talented and well-liked girl in the class? Fifth Grade Armageddon, that's what! ALICE CHAN is a very funny comedy about breaking out of your comfort zone... and being yourself at the very same time.

Introduced in 1987, the POP Tour travels throughout the county, touring schools, libraries and community centers. Prior to each performance, a Playhouse teaching artist visits each school to engage students in an interactive workshop to explore issues and themes at the core of the play. The Playhouse also provides schools with a standards-based engagement guide that enables educators to integrate the play into their existing curriculum. After each performance, the cast and crew conduct a question and answer session with the audience.

Ideal for students in grades 2 - 6.

Tour Performance Costs:

  • $600 for one performance
  • $850 for two performances*

*Two performances must be on the same day at the same site.

NOW BOOKING! To book at your school, click here or contact Paola Kubelis at
(858) 228-3046 or [email protected]

Download the 2016 POP Tour Resource Guide (PDF) here!
You may use this guide as a reference as you prepare your students and other young audience members for the performance.

A limited amount of funding is available to help lower the cost for schools in need through the Adopt-A-School fund.

Apply for the Adopt-A-School fund here.

Want to help? Consider making a contribution to our “Adopt-A-School” Fund today to bring the POP Tour to one of this year’s deserving Title l schools.


The 2016 POP Tour commission is made possible through the generous support of
The Potiker Family.

La Jolla Playhouse Gratefully Acknowledges the Generous Institutional Support of our Education & Outreach Donors

Corporate support provided by:
US Bank
Bank of America
Wells Fargo
Union Bank
Nordson Corporation Foundation
Employees Community Fund of Boeing CA

Government support provided by:
The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

The County of San Diego

The County of San Diego

The City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant
The City of Encinitas & Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program

Foundation support provided by:

The William Hall Tippett and Ruth Rathell Tippett Foundation
Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation
San Diego Scottish Rite Community Foundation
The Farrell Family Foundation
The Crawford Smith Foundation
Lynne & Mason Rosenthal; Leo S. Guthman Fund
Price Philanthropies Foundation
The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund
La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation

Meet the Creative Team

ROBERT LEE is a lyricist and librettist whose original musicals include Journey to the West (music by Leon Ko), Heading East (music by Ko) and The Sweet By and By (book and music by Maria V.S. Seigenthaler). He and Ko received a Richard Rodgers Development Award for Heading East and an AT&T First Stage Grant for the musical Chinese Hell, developed with producer Margo Lion and San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. Other projects with Ko include a musical stage adaptation of Jean Kerr’s Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (developed with East of Doheny and La Jolla Playhouse) and the original musical Takeaway, which opened in 2011 at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East and is the first major musical production in the UK to deal with the British East Asian experience. He is an alumnus of Princeton University and the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he teaches on the faculty. He is an Artistic Associate at Stratford East, where he leads its Musical Theatre Writing Workshop with composer Fred Carl and is a member of its Musical Theatre Advisory Board. He is also the Musical Theatre Advisor for Leviathan Lab in New York City.

BD WONG is currently Artist-in-Residence at La Jolla Playhouse, where he also acted in the LJP productions of Herringbone and The Orphan of Zhao. He directed The Yellow Wood at the New York Musical Theater Festival, Speak Up Connie at Stage Left Studio, and is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Following Foo: The Electronic Adventures of The Chestnut Man (Harper Entertainment). He made his Broadway acting debut (and received the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theater World, Clarence Derwent, and Tony Award) for M. Butterfly. He also appeared in the Broadway revivals of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Pacific Overtures, eleven seasons as George Huang on Law & Order: SVU and was a series regular on All-American Girl, OZ, and Awake. His other recent Television credits include Mr. Robot, Nurse Jackie, Madam Secretary and NCIS: New Orleans. He has worked in over 20 films, including Jurassic World, Focus, Jurassic Park, The Freshman, Father of the Bride, Seven Years in Tibet, Executive Decision, The Salton Sea, Stay, and Mulan.

Press and Reviews for Alice Chan

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Touring San Diego County Schools

Tour Performance Costs:

  • $600 for one performance
  • $850 for two performances*

With Booking, Schools Receive:

  • 50-minute performance
  • Pre-performance workshop+
  • Education engagement guide
  • Post-performance Q&A with cast^

  • +Pre-performance workshops must be scheduled separately and are based on availability
  • ^Time permitting

*Two performances must be on the same day at the same site.

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