Page-to-Playhouse Book Club

During the 2022/2023 season, La Jolla Playhouse is kick-starting a Book Club about specific plays in our season that began as books. We invite you to join the Page-to-Playhouse Book Club and discuss with us a book related to a Playhouse’s production.

Details

  • The meeting schedule and book list will be published quarterly on the Playhouse website
  • In-person and online meetings will be scheduled based on LJP productions.
  • Participants are encouraged to read the book, attend a live performance, then join the online and in-person discussions!
  • Simple, easy sign-up with name and email to join!
  • Meet & greet special guests (from LJP Artistic team) at one of the book club meetings
  • Every person who joins the Page-To-Stage | Playhouse Book Club who participates in 1) Zoom Intro Meeting, 2) attends a performance, 3) attends the In-person final discussion book club meeting will receive an autographed gift poster signed by the cast.

Ground Rules

  • Read the book!
  • Agree to disagree! Be gracious! There is no one way to experience or interpret a book. Differing opinions are good!
  • Be gentle but firm – discussion time is strictly limited to the book/play
  • Determine discussion questions and stick to the discussion guide

Member Benefits

  • Encourages a closer look at details in the play
  • Aids in the understanding of the story and characters
  • Challenges assumptions and expands one’s thinking
  • Enables members to share differing perspectives and opinions
  • Hearing others’ perspectives on facts and how the story is presented can help us absorb the material in a much deeper way

More info coming soon!
For questions, please email us at [email address]

Books

The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide...

Read the Book

The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Radical Justice
By Mai-Linh K.Hong, Chrissy Yee Lau, Preeti Sharma and Kristina Wong

Join the Page-to-Playhouse Book Club! Expand your social circle, meet new people, and learn a variety of perspectives, ideas, and viewpoints, as we read Kristina Wong’s The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Radical Justice. Inspired by the book, experience the “community, birthed out of a crisis” as Kristina Wong performs her one-woman show Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord, opening on stage at the La Jolla Playhouse on September 24, 2022!

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See the show

Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord
Written and Performed by Kristina Wong
Directed by Chay Yew
La Jolla Playhouse, Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
September 20 – October 16, 2022

On Day 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristina Wong began sewing masks out of old bedsheets and bra straps on her Hello Kitty sewing machine. Before long, she was leading the Auntie Sewing Squad, a work-from-home sweatshop of hundreds of volunteers—including children and her own mother—to fix the U.S. public health care system while in quarantine. It was a feminist care utopia forming amid crisis. Or was it a mutual aid doomsday cult? With hilarity and boundless generosity, she invites the audience in on her work building community in isolation while reflecting on what we’d been through and imagining what we wanted to become.

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Book Club Meetings

Meeting #1: Intro – Online via Zoom (1.5 hours)
Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 2:00 pm

  • Book Club & Member Introductions
  • Book Introduction / Chapter 1 Reading
  • Q&A Discussion with book focus

Meeting #2: Post-Show – In-person at La Jolla Playhouse (1.5 hours)
Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 4:30 pm

  • Post-Show Meeting w/ Wine and Cheese
  • Final Q&A Discussion with Special Artistic Guest
  • Member/Moderator Thank You’s
  • Updates on the Next Book – As You Like It
As You Like It

Read the Book

As You Like It (Folger Shakespeare Library)
By William Shakespeare, Paul Werstine, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat

“To be or not to be… THAT is the question.” Be a part of the Page-to-Playhouse Book Club! Join us as we immerse ourselves in Shakespeare’s literary classic As You Like It and then experience the “re-imagined classic” on the Playhouse stage opening on Nov 20, 2022!

Buy the Book

See the show

As You Like It
A Re-Imagined Classic
By William Shakespeare
Co-Directed by Christopher Ashley and Will Davis
Produced in association with Diversionary Theatre
November 15 – December 11, 2022
La Jolla Playhouse, Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

In Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, Rosalind and Orlando meet by chance in court and have an immediate connection. When they are both banished, fate brings them together again in the Forest of Arden. Far from the restrictions of court life, we find ourselves in a vibrant new world where identities can be fully explored and romance can blossom in multiple forms. Featuring a cast of trans, non-binary and Queer performers, Christopher Ashley and Will Davis’s re-imagined As You Like It is a celebration of the limitless possibilities of love and humanity.

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Book Club Meetings

Meeting #1: Intro – Online via Zoom (1.5 hours)
Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 2:00 pm

  • Book Club & Member Introductions
  • Book Introduction / Chapter 1 Reading
  • Q&A Discussion with Book Focus

Meeting #2: Post-Show – In-person at La Jolla Playhouse (1.5 hours)
Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 4:30 pm

  • Post-Show Meeting with Wine and Cheese
  • Final Q&A Discussion with Play Focus
  • Member/Moderator Thank You’s
  • Updates on the Next Book – The Outsiders
The Outsiders

Read the Book

The Outsiders
By S.E. Hinton

Hinton’s timeless American classic is a coming-of-age story that explores the decent and the immoral of society. The story has many themes of brotherhood, friendship, love, acceptance, and supports systems. The Outsiders will take you on an emotional journey that pulls on your heartstrings and makes you connect to the American Classic on a deeper level. Opening on March 5, 2022 at the La Jolla Playhouse! Ponyboy up and join the Page-to-Playhouse Book Club!

Buy the Book

See the show

The Outsiders
World Premiere Musical
Music and Lyrics by Jamestown Revival and Justin Levine
Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Justin Levine
Choreography by Rick Kuperman & Jeff Kuperman
Directed by Danya Taymor
February 19 – April 2, 2023
La Jolla Playhouse, Mandell Weiss Theatre

The story that defined a generation is reimagined in a groundbreaking musical for a new generation. In 1967 Tulsa, Oklahoma, the hardened hearts, aching souls, and romantic dreams of Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade, and their band of greasers take center stage in a fight for survival and a quest for purpose. Adapted from S.E. Hinton’s seminal book and Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic film, The Outsiders features a book by Adam Rapp, music and lyrics by Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) and Justin Levine, music supervision, arrangements & orchestrations by Justin Levine, choreography by Rick Kuperman & Jeff Kuperman and directed by Danya Taymor.

Tickets will go on sale in early November. Join our email list to be notified.

Book Club Meetings

Meeting #1: Intro – Online via Zoom (1.5 hours)
Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 2:00 pm

  • Book Club & Member Introductions
  • Book Introduction / Chapter 1 Reading
  • Q&A Discussion with Book Focus

Meeting #2: Post-Show – In-person at La Jolla Playhouse (1.5 hours)
Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 4:30 pm

  • Post-Show Meeting with Wine and Cheese
  • Final Q&A Discussion with Play Focus
  • Sponsor/Member/Moderator Thank You’s
  • Updates on the 2023/2024 Book Club Selections
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