At the Old Place

Intimate New Play

At the Old Place

July 5 - 30, 2017 | Mandell Weiss Forum

By Rachel Bonds | Directed by Jaime Castañeda

Facing a breaking point, a middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to hide with a bottle and book of poetry. But a chance encounter with two young people camped out on her lawn leads to the discovery of the common bond that connects uncommon people. 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.

This world-premiere play from sought-after playwright Rachel Bonds is directed by the Playhouse’s Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda, who helmed last season’s audience favorite Tiger Style! as well as the critically-acclaimed Guards at the Taj.

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Photo credit: Marcel Spears, Heidi Armbruster and Brenna Coates in At the Old Place, Photo by Jim Carmody.

Cast & Creators
  • Creators
  • Cast
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Image of Rachel Bonds Rachel Bonds Playwright

Rachel Bonds' plays have been developed or produced by South Coast Rep, McCarter Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, Roundabout Underground, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Studio Theatre, New York Stage & Film and SPACE on Ryder Farm, among others. She is an affiliated artist of New Georges, an Alum of EST’s Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm; recipient of the 2014 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville, the 2013 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award from Williamstown Theatre Festival and the 2015 Sky Cooper Prize from Marin Theatre Company. Commissions include Studio Theatre, South Coast Rep, Atlantic Theater Company, McCarter, Ars Nova/ Manhattan Theatre Club and The Geffen. She is currently the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Ars Nova.

Rachel Bonds Playwright
Image of Jaime Castañeda Jaime Castañeda Director

Jaime Castañeda joined the Playhouse in 2014 as the Associate Artistic Director, where he recently directed Tiger Style! by Mike Lew and Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph. He has directed productions for Dallas Theater Center, Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, The Old Globe, Perseverance Theatre, Kitchen Dog and American Theater Company. Mr. Castañeda has developed new plays with the O’Neill, Rattlestick Theater, Portland Center Stage, Denver Center Theater Company, The Kennedy Center and the Atlantic Theater Company, where he spent five seasons as Artistic Associate. He is a Drama League fellow and has received the Princess Grace Award and the TCG New Generations Grant. M.F.A. in Directing from University of Texas at Austin.

Jaime Castañeda Director
Image of Heidi Armbruster Heidi Armbruster Angie
Image of Brenna Coates Brenna Coates Jolene
Image of Benim Foster Benim Foster Harrison
Image of Marcel Spears Marcel Spears Will
  • Lauren HalpernScenic Design
  • David Israel ReynosoCostume Design
  • Lap Chi ChuLighting Design
  • Melanie ChenSound Design
  • Telsey + Co.; Karen Casl, C.S.A.Casting
  • Gabriel GreeneDramaturg
  • Katrina HerrmannStage Manager
  • Becca DuhaimeProduction Manager
Venue Info

Mandell Weiss Forum

Introduced in 1991 as the second La Jolla Playhouse theatre, the Mandell Weiss Forum is the $4.9 million gem designed by award-winning Albuquerque-based architect Antoine Predock.

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