2020/2021 Season

Guilty Pleasure

World-Premiere Play

Guilty Pleasure

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Paul Rudnick | Directed by Christopher Ashley

In Association with Diversionary Theatre

Bethany’s life as a middle-aged, midwestern housewife comes to a crashing halt when her husband suddenly announces he’s leaving her for a woman named Kelli-Amber. Shell-shocked, Bethany finds solace in her secret hobby – penning gay erotic fiction. When her playful fantasies of lover pirates, star-crossed congressmen and clowns with marital issues become hugely popular online, she’s given a new outlook on life. But as her fame grows, will the risks of being a “slash fic” author lead to danger, happiness or the very best combination of both? Our own Christopher Ashley (Diana, Come From Away) directs this laugh-out-loud new comedy from Paul Rudnick (the upcoming The Devil Wears Prada musical, Jeffrey) about finding your calling in your guilty pleasure.

Complete your evening at Guilty Pleasure by making a reservation at our onsite restaurant James’ Place, just steps away from the theatre, or stop by for a drink. Click HERE to reserve your table. James’ Place opens at 5:00 pm.

Cast & Creators
Image of Paul Rudnick Paul Rudnick Playwright

His plays have been produced on and off-Broadway and around the world, and include I HATE HAMLET, JEFFREY, THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD, VALHALLA, REGRETS ONLY and THE NEW CENTURY. He’s won an Obie Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and the John Gassner Playwrighting Award. Mr. Rudnick is rumored to be quite close to Libby Gelman-Waxner, a film critic whose reviews have appeared in Premiere and Entertainment Weekly. Mr. Rudnick’s articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Vogue and Vanity Fair, and he’s a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. His screenplays include IN & OUT, ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES, SISTER ACT and the screen adaptation of JEFFREY. He’s currently writing a pilot for Disney+ and the book for the musical THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.

Paul Rudnick Playwright
Image of Christopher Ashley Christopher Ashley Director

has served as La Jolla Playhouse’s Artistic Director for over a decade. During his tenure, he has helmed such Playhouse productions as THE SQUIRRELS, HOLLYWOOD, THE DARRELL HAMMOND PROJECT, CHASING THE SONG, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and the musicals ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, FREAKY FRIDAY, XANADU, MEMPHIS, which won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and COME FROM AWAY, for which he won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical. He also spearheaded the Playhouse’s Without Walls (WOW) series, the DNA New Work Series and the Resident Theatre program.

Christopher Ashley Director
Venue Info

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

Inagurated in 2005, the newest of the La Jolla Playhouse theatres is the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, a black box flexible theatre seating up to 450 patrons, and the centerpiece of the 6,500-square-foot Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center.

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