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Past Shows

Escape to Margaritaville

May 9 - July 9, 2017 EXTENDED AGAIN!Mandell Weiss Theatre
World-Premiere Musical
Book by Greg Garcia and Mike O'MalleyMusic and Lyrics by Jimmy Buffett
Directed by Christopher AshleyChoreography by Kelly Devine

Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean’s warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville!

At the Old Place

July 5 - 30, 2017Mandell Weiss Forum
Intimate New Play
By Rachel BondsDirected by Jaime Castañeda

This keenly-observed, slice-of-life play evokes long nights spent on the grass with friends, considering the roads not taken –– and the best way forward.

Kill Local

August 1 - 27, 2017Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
Bloody Fun
By Mat SmartDirected by Jackson Gay

A pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge and trying to get unstuck – especially when your life is dedicated to ending others'.

Wild Goose Dreams

September 5 - October 1, 2017Mandell Weiss Forum
World-Premiere Play with Music
By Hansol JungDirected by Leigh Silverman

A North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a lonely South Korean father start an unlikely online romance as they each attempt to allay their fears and alienation in this inventive, lyrical and darkly humorous piece.

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical

November 7 - December 24, 2017 EXTENDED AGAIN!Mandell Weiss Theatre
World-Premiere Musical
Book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuffDirected by Des McAnuff
Musical Supervision by Ron MelroseChoreography by Sergio Trujillo

A musical celebrating the incomparable life of Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of Disco.

The Cake

February 6 - March 4, 2018Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
New Play
By Bekah BrunstetterDirected by Casey Stangl

Faith, family and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.

POP Tour 2018: Home of the Brave

Public Performances March 10 & 11,
Touring San Diego Schools Now - March 30
Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center (PDC)
POP Tour
By Lee CatalunaDirected by Eric Johnson

A collection of scenes and stories depicting the lives of children in military families.

Gala

March 17, 2018Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre

The annual event supports Education & Outreach and New Play Development programs.

DNA New Work Series

March 22-25, 2018Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center

The Playhouse’s acclaimed new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, is back for its sixth year with four free readings.

Coming Soon

The Squirrels

EXTENDED! June 5 - July 8, 2018Mandell Weiss Forum
World-Premiere Play
By Robert AskinsDirected by Christopher Ashley

This epic play shows the animal instincts driving us all.

Queens

July 3 - 29, 2018Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
West Coast Premiere
By Martyna MajokDirected by Carey Perloff

A moving study of the things we run from and toward, and the people who shepherd us along the way.

Seize the King

August 21 - September 16, 2018Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
World-Premiere Play
By Will PowerDirected by Jaime Castañeda

Will Power returns to the Playhouse in a five-person, full-throttle reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Hundred Days

September 22 - October 21, 2018Mandell Weiss Forum
Book by The Bengsons and Sarah GancherMusic and Lyrics by The Bengsons
Directed by Anne KauffmanMovement Direction by Sonya Tayeh

An exhilarating and heartrending autobiographical piece, written and performed by the husband-and-wife team of Abigail and Shaun Bengson, about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap, and loving as if you only had 100 days to live.

The Year to Come

December 4 - 30, 2018Mandell Weiss Theatre
World-Premiere Play
By Lindsey FerrentinoDirected by Anne Kauffmann

The Year to Come shows how the promise of our future is shaped by the lens of our past.

Diana

February 19 - March 31, 2019Mandell Weiss Theatre
World-Premiere Musical
Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietroMusic and Lyrics by David Bryan
Choreographed by Kelly DevineDirected by Christopher Ashley

It’s 1981 and the world is hungry for a royal wedding – but is the 20-year-old bride prepared for what comes after?

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