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Playwrights Project welcomes you to its Plays by Young Writers Festival, featuring plays written by California students that were chosen through the Project's 2017 California Young Playwrights Contest! Out of over 400 contestants, six students won the opportunity for their plays to be performed at the Old Globe Theatre. Four young women will receive full productions of their plays, and two younger writers will have their scripts presented as staged readings. Join the Project in celebrating the creativity of this upcoming generation!
Spending her days caring for her ailing mother, Lucha yearns to break her monotonous routine. Here's a wild idea: an all-girl mariachi band! But it's the 1970s, and girls can't be mariachis...or can they? As Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives, and bring Mom along for the ride, they wonder, "Will the band come together?" American Mariachi is a heartwarming world premiere comedy about family, progress, and the freedom to dream big. Its vibrant live music may just send your heart soaring and put a bounce in your step.
Fresh off a honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel, free-spirited Corie and her buttoned-down husband Paul find themselves struggling to adjust to married life in their run-down New York walk-up. Throw in a loopy meddling mother, an eccentric Bohemian upstairs neighbor, and a double date that goes disastrously wrong, and you've got the perfect recipe for laughter. Jessica Stone (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) returns to the Old Globe Theatre to extend its decades-long relationship with playwright Neil Simon by directing this fresh take on one of his best-known comedies.
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown. She heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother's best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della's cakes are legendary, even earning her a spot as a contestant on the Great American Baking Show. Della is overjoyed at Jen's request — until she realizes there's not just one bride but two, forcing her to reexamine some of her deeply held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family, and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.
Note: This show contains adult language and content.
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown. She heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother's best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della's cakes are legendary — even earning her a spot as a contestant on The Great American Baking Show. She is overjoyed at Jen's request — until she realizes there's not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family, and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.
Cygnet Theatre invites you to start your own family tradition with one of ours. This season welcomes the return of the holiday classic adapted from Charles Dickens's timeless tale of hope and redemption. Featuring original music, creative stagecraft and puppetry, and live sound effects. Step into a Victorian Christmas card for a unique storytelling experience that is sure to delight the entire family!
Direct from London's West End comes this critically acclaimed and Olivier Award-nominated musical. Silky soft Truffula trees provide the perfect ingredient for a nifty new garment. But when demand skyrockets, who will speak for all the trees in the Truffula forest? Enter the Lorax. Dr. Seuss's The Lorax has been enchanting adults and children alike for generations, and this summer his irresistible, big-hearted, mustachioed hero will be brought to inventive life. Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by the brilliant eye-popping colors, infectious music, and beloved story.
Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats 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, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!!!!
Oscar Wilde's wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This "trivial comedy for serious people" features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack's country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues, embodied by whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theater history.
The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairy tale about wishes, family and the choices we make.
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece...and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.
The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
A portion of all proceeds from this production will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Diversionary Theatre is producing the San Diego premiere of Well and the San Diego revival of 2.5 Minute Ride, both by Tony Award winner Lisa Kron. The two plays are being presented for the first time in repertory.
2.5 Minute Ride, an inventive solo show, is a roller-coaster adventure through the playwright's family album, focusing on her relationship with her father, a Holocaust survivor. It swirls through three disparate yet strikingly resonant experiences: a trip to Auschwitz, a Brooklyn wedding, and an annual outing to an Ohio amusement park. A disarming story about the ties that bind a family emerges, as does a compelling portrait of an honorable man.
Well is a pioneering Broadway comedy that begins as a reverent study of the playwright's chronically ill mom and her extraordinary ability to heal a racially divided community despite her inability to make herself well. But when the playwright's carefully crafted characters start having opinions of their own, theatrical hell breaks loose and threatens to unravel the entire story. This uproariously funny and magical memoir reveals that the way we heal ourselves is not always the best medicine for those we love.
Mike Birbiglia is a comedian and storyteller who has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His two previous shows, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. Birbiglia has also released four albums for Comedy Central Records, including My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the "Best Comedy Albums of the Decade" by the Onion AV Club. In The New One, the award-winning comedian approaches an entirely new subject in a new way with the same heart and humor his audiences have come to expect.
The heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940s-era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he's the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Watch the miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference in this iconic story. Staged with live foley effects and a score of favorite holiday tunes, Miracle on 34th Street is sure to melt even the most cynical of hearts.
Everyone can see that confirmed bachelor Benedick and headstrong Beatrice are meant for each other — everyone, that is, except for Benedick and Beatrice themselves. While their friends try to trick the bickering pair into admitting they're in love, their young sidekicks Hero and Claudio start a romance of their own. But will false accusations, broken promises, and a nutty and bumbling police force prevent a happy ending? Multi-Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (the Old Globe's Love's Labor's Lost) makes her triumphant return as director to the Globe's Festival Theatre stage with one of the greatest romantic comedies ever. This production abounds with colorful characters, passionate poetry, and some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay.
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell — A Pirates Christmas is a flying, singing, and swashbuckling holiday adventure performed in the style of a British panto. Step into the Balboa Theatre and embark on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy, and Peter Pan as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers, and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone.
Prospero, the Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his wicked brother, now lives on a remote island. For company, he has only his daughter Miranda, the spirits native to the island, and his beloved books. The books are the source of his magic, which he uses to lure his enemies to the island so that he can exact revenge. But his plan could destroy Miranda's happiness, so Prospero must choose between his own anger and his daughter's future. Brimming with wonder and romance, this enchanting fantasy kicks off the Old Globe's 2018 Shakespeare Festival with a spectacle under the stars.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a sweeping and deeply moving theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel of the same title. The epic story of three generations of Afghan women and their remarkable resilience, Splendid Suns is set in the war-torn neighborhoods of 1990s Kabul. When battle upends her family, beautiful Laila seeks shelter first in the home and then in the arms of her older neighbor. Soon she forges an extraordinary and unlikely friendship with Mariam, her new husband's first wife. Summoning the strength to defy a tyrannical society, the two women seek hope and the promise of a better future. Adapted for the theater by acclaimed Irish-Indian playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, this play takes the Old Globe stage in a new production featuring music from renowned composer David Coulter.