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La Jolla Playhouse Presents 2018 POP Tour: Home of the Brave


La Jolla Playhouse Presents

2018 POP Tour
Home of the Brave

Written by Lee Cataluna
Directed by Eric Johnson

A Co-Commission with Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Touring San Diego County Schools January 29 - March 30, 2018.

There are also four public performances taking place at the Playhouse (Potiker Theatre) on March 10 and 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on both days. Tickets are $9 for children and $12 for adults.


Home of the Brave is a collection of scenes and stories depicting the lives of children in military families. This enjoyable new play is inspired by interviews with military children from all branches of the services — officer and enlisted, active duty and veterans — from both Honolulu and San Diego. By sharing experiences common for these remarkable young people, such as frequent relocation and coping with the deployment of a parent, Home of the Brave shows the loyalty, humor, fierce pride — as well as the anxiety — that comes with being part of a family that is serving our nation.

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 3 - 6.

» Click here for more information about the POP Tour

Tour Performance Costs:

  • $650 for one performance
  • $850 for two performances*

*If booking two performances, they must be on the same day in the same location.

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

Schools are provided with copies of a standards-based enrichment guide to support teachers' classroom work before and after the performance. Curriculum coming soon!

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 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
Silicon Valley Bank
Perkins Coie LLP

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

Foundation support provided by:

The Hearst Foundations
The William Hall Tippett and Ruth Rathell Tippett Foundation
Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation
San Diego Scottish Rite Community Foundation
The Farrell Family Foundation
The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
The David C. Copley Foundation
Price Philanthropies Foundation
John and Marcia Price Family Foundation
The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund
La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation

Cast members of Home of the Brave

Carolyn Agan
Julia Cuppy
Kendrick Dial
Taylor Henderson

Credits for Home of the Brave

Scenic/Costume Design Sara Ryung Clement
Sound Design Paul James Prendergast
Dramaturg Shirley Fishman
Stage Manager Kendra Stockton

Press and Reviews for Home of the Brave

A Youth Theater Production Will Tell The Story of Growing Up in A Military Family
» Read More at The American Homefront Project

Touring San Diego County Schools

Tour Performance Costs:

  • $650 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

*If booking two performances, they must be on the same day in the same location.

Public Performances

At the Playhouse: Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
March 10 and 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on both days.
Tickets are $9 for children and $12 for adults.

There are no events associated with this performance

Meet the Creative Team

LEE CATALUNA was born and raised in Hawaii and can trace her Native Hawaiian heritage back six generations. She is the metro columnist for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii's largest news organization, and is an award-winning playwright with more than a dozen production credits. Her plays include the musical You Somebody written for Tony Award nominee Loretta Ables Sayre and The Great Kauai Train Robbery, based on the true story of her great-uncle who was wrongly convicted of Hawaii's only train heist. In 2004 she received the Cades Award for Literature for her body of work. Lee has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside, and has taught writing both at an elite prep school and in a maximum-security prison. Her favorite stories are about ordinary people struggling to live lives of dignity and purpose.

ERIC JOHNSON is the Artistic Director of Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Prior to Honolulu, Johnson was an Artistic Associate at the Fulton Opera House and the Founding Artistic Director of Blue Shift Theatre Ensemble. His work has toured nationally and internationally winning numerous awards and recognition. As a freelance director Johnson’s credits include La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Theatre Group, Childsplay, Imagination Stage and the Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices Festival. He is a proud alumnus of the TCG/NEA Early Career Directors Program and the Princess Grace Fellowship.