Written by A.A. Brenner and Gregg Mozgala | Directed by Talleri A. McRae and Mickey Rowe
As a history-obsessed 12-year-old, Emily Driver uses her YouTube channel to celebrate landmark moments of activism and change. So when her request for a needed wheelchair is denied, she takes matters into her own hands – and launches into a time-travelling trip across the country where she meets trailblazing leaders from the past who have fought for equal rights. On the journey, she learns the power of speaking up, and how one voice can inspire others to create a more accessible world. In partnership with the National Disability Theatre, a team of actors, writers, and designers with disabilities brings this inventive and original story to life.
Public Performances will take place on February 29, 2020 and March 1, 2020 at La Jolla Playhouse in the Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center (PDC).
Touring San Diego Schools January 29 – March 27, 2020
POP Tour 2020 FAQ
What is the POP tour?
The Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour is an annual world-premiere, Playhouse-commissioned production that brings the magic of theatre to more than 20,000 students per year. Introduced in 1987, this travelling, fully-staged performance is created for students grades 3-6, touring San Diego county schools, libraries and community centers. Prior to each performance, a Playhouse teaching artist visits each school to engage students in an interactive workshop to explore issues and themes at the core of the play. The Playhouse also provides schools with a standards-based engagement guide that enables educators to integrate the play into their existing curriculum. After each performance, the cast and crew conduct a question and answer session with the audience.
What is POP Tour 2020 about?
National Disability Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse are partnering to create a touring production for young audiences that will explore disability culture. When Emily’s family is denied funding to replace her broken wheelchair, Emily’s mom works to scrape together money to buy a new one but is unsuccessful. Emily takes matters into her own hands and gains inspiration from leaders who have blazed trails before her as she embarks on a cross-country trip of advocacy for the rights of all individuals with disabilities.
When does POP Tour 2020 run?
Performances will run January 29 through March 27, 2020.
Who would enjoy the POP Tour?
POP Tour is a Theatre for Youth play aimed at serving 3rd through 6th grade audiences. While it’s not inappropriate for younger audiences, just that it is written with this age group in mind! This play is by design 100% sensory friendly, and we invite and welcome ALL audiences (yes, that means YOU!) to be a part of the 2020 POP Tour.
How do I get the POP Tour at my school?
Please fill out the School Application here. Once your application is received, you will be contacted within the week by Education and Outreach Coordinator, Hannah Reinert, to complete your booking.
What information will I need to include on the application?
Highlights of application include: points of contact, questions regarding potential funding, potential dates and times you are asking for us to come visit, and a description of the space you intend for us to perform at noting accessibility factors for audience AND actors (don’t worry- we have performed in many a cafeteria and MPR 😊).
What if we don’t have funding available? Can we still book the POP Tour to come to our school?
If your school is in need of financial assistance, please consider applying for the Adopt-A-School program. Starting in November, interested schools may apply for financial assistance to bring the POP Tour for no cost to the school at all! If you are someone who would like to participate supporting bringing the POP Tour to a local school by donating to Adopt-A-School, please contact Cristina Hernandez, Individual Giving Manager at [email protected] to learn more. Our goal is to bring the POP Tour to has many students across San Diego county as possible and with the help of many generous donors we can make that goal a reality. We hope you consider applying or supporting today.