July 23, 2012 |
LA JOLLA - The controversy over the casting of a new musical set in China with mostly non-Asians provoked a series of heated exchanges at a public forum arranged by the La Jolla Playhouse. The casting of “The Nightingale,” written by Tony-winning “Spring Awakening” collaborators Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, has drawn sharp criticism. The musical, adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story and set in ancient China, features a multicultural cast of 12, with two actors of Asian descent in supporting roles.
July 18, 2012 |
The La Jolla Playhouse has been receiving a barrage of negative criticism from members of the Asian American community over its casting choices for the new musical "The Nightingale," featuring songs by the "Spring Awakening" team of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. "The Nightingale" is adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story and is set in ancient China. The workshop staging for the La Jolla Playhouse, which began performances earlier this month, features a mostly non-Asian cast, with the lead role of a Chinese monarch played by a white actor.
September 27, 2012 |
The Geffen Playhouse and the La Jolla Playhouse are reaching out to military families as part of a new, nationwide program offering discounted or complimentary tickets to active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families. Blue Star Theatres is a nationwide program that officially will be launched Friday. The program is organized by Theatre Communications Group, the nonprofit organization that promotes theater around the country, and Blue Star Families, a support organization for military families.
July 24, 2013 |
LA JOLLA -- The theater can do just about anything in my book, as long as it doesn't take place in a car. Driving always looks so ludicrous onstage, never more so than in the recent Pasadena Playhouse dud, "Sleepless in Seattle," in which a brief scene behind the wheel exhumed for me the buried memory of a cardboard cutout sedan shuffling across the stage of a school assembly. Such an aesthetically traumatic incident can send a theater critic back into therapy for an entire season.
January 25, 2010 |
La Jolla Playhouse announced Sunday that it would mount six productions as a part of its main 2010-11 season, including two world premieres and Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Ruined." The season begins in June with "Surf Report," a new work by San Diego playwright Annie Weisman. The drama tells the story of Judith, a Southern California wife and mother whose ambitions clash with the needs of her boss, husband and daughter. Artistic director Christopher Ashley will stage a new production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which opens in July.
January 29, 1987 |
The La Jolla Playhouse, which has been making a name for itself largely on the strength of its innovations, has announced a fifth season that may astonish many. With one exception, artistic director Des McAnuff has planned a summer of wall-to-wall classics--ancient and modern, American and not--whose greater surprises come in the artists he's chosen to involve. While one wouldn't call this the year of living dangerously at La Jolla, the season does begin with--ready for this?