Playhouse confirms packed 2014 program

November 20, 2013 by  

La Jolla Playhouse, one of San Diego’s regional theaters, has announce a 2014 season set to entice playgoers to the theater. It includes a work still in development, a world premiere, and two classics, plus others still to be announced.

First up is musical offering ‘Chasing the Song’. Christopher Ashley, artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse, will direct and this is the second collaboration for the three artists. Their last effort, ‘Memphis’, won four Tonys, ran for almost three years on Broadway, had a national tour, and will soon open in London. Memphis was about the 1950s and the birth of rock and roll, but the new show moves ahead to the 1960s and the sounds of that decade.

Also coming up is a world-premiere, Sheri Wilner’s ‘Kingdom City’, which is directed by Tony-winner Pam MacKinnon. In addition, the Playhouse will present ‘The Orphan of Zhao’, a classic Chinese work starring BD Wong, as well as a revival of Ionesco’s absurdist drama ‘The Bald Soprano’.

The scheduled shows give San Diego theatergoers a wide range to choose from, which is precisely the aim of the venue, according to Ashley. He stresses that it is his ambition to give audiences a mix of works that are big, small, old, new, musicals and straight dramas, huge projects, and personal stories.

Playhouse officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer, listing the upcoming plays, prices, and performance dates so as to reach out to local theater buffs.