2022/2023 Season

Here There Are Blueberries

World-Premiere Play

July 26 – August 21, 2022 | Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich

Conceived and Directed by Moisés Kaufman

A Co-Production With Tectonic Theater Project

What hidden secrets can a photograph reveal?

An album of never before seen World War II-era photographs arrives at the desk of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum archivist Rebecca Erbelding. As Rebecca and her team of historians begin to unravel the shocking story behind the images, the album soon makes headlines around the world. In Germany, a businessman sees the album online and recognizes his own grandfather in the photos. He begins a journey of discovery that will take him into the lives of other Nazi descendants – in a reckoning of his family’s past and his country’s history. Here There Are Blueberries tells the story of these photographs – what they reveal about the Holocaust and our own humanity.

Production Sponsors
The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation
Vivien and Jeffrey Ressler
Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

Latest Press


Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), in partnership with La Jolla Playhouse and Tectonic Theater Project, are proud to present a series of audience talkbacks about the themes and issues in Here There Are Blueberries

  • Tuesday, August 2 | Doctors at Auschwitz: Joseph Mengele and the Role of Medicine in Nazi Germany
  • Wednesday, August 3 | The Next Generation: How do we deal with the sins of our fathers – both literally and metaphorically?
  • Tuesday, August 16 | Ethics in Nazi Germany: Himmler’s Posen Speech
  • Wednesday, August 17 | There were Blueberries: the Transformation of Norms and Complicity as the New Normal
  • Thursday, August 18 | Nazi Crimes and the Complicity of Business Leaders and Professionals

All talkbacks are open to the public and will take place in the theatre directly after the performance.

Full Audience Talkback Descriptions

» Learn more about FASPE and their speakers


ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation): Saturday, August 13 at 2:00 pm
ACCESS Performance (Audio Description): Saturday, August 13 at 2:00 pm

ACCESS performances offer American Sign Language interpretation for patrons who are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing and Audio Description for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Inquire with Patron Services for available ACCESS subscription series (858) 550-1010.


Covid-19 Policy (Updated July 15, 2022)

Masks will be required indoors for all performances of Here There Are Blueberries. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 PCR test results are not required. For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 safety procedures, please visit our Covid Safety Page.

Complete ticket flexibility! Purchase tickets today and if for any reason you cannot attend on your performance date, call Patron Services to discuss options such as exchange, refunds, gift certificates.

Covid-19 Safety  Parking

Onsite Dining (Updated July 19, 2022)
La Jolla Playhouse’s on-site restaurant, James’ Place, is open for dinner service at 5:00pm nightly (Tuesday – Sunday) except on July 31. James’ Place offers full bar service and a selection of specialty Asian fusion, steak & coastal cuisine items, per the menu below. Reservations can be made by phone as well as OpenTable. Indoor and outdoor seating options are available. Please note, James’ Place is not open prior to matinee performances.

Click here to view the menu

Concessions
Concessions opens 90 minutes before showtime at the bar of James’ Place. Come early to relax outside and enjoy a selection of beer, wine, cocktails, sodas and individually wrapped snacks. All food and drinks must be consumed before entering the theatre.

Approximate run time: 90 minutes

Content Note: This production contains a brief flash of lights.

» Click here to read the program online

Cast & Creators
Image of Moisés Kaufman Moisés Kaufman Playwright/Director

Broadway credits include the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s TORCH SONG, Rajiv Joseph’s BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, and the Playhouse-developed productions of 33 VARIATIONS (Tony nom for Best Play) and Doug Wright’s I AM MY OWN WIFE (Obie Award, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award noms). West End: GROSS INDECENCY; I AM MY OWN WIFE; THIS IS HOW IT GOES. Off-Broadway/Regional: THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Drama Desk nom); THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER (Alice Tully Hall); GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play); Macbeth with Liev Schreiber (Delacorte Theater), among others. Film/TV: THE LARAMIE PROJECT (HBO, 2 Emmy noms for writing and directing, Humanitas Prize). Mr. Kaufman is the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting.

Moisés Kaufman Playwright/Director
Image of Amanda Gronich Amanda Gronich Playwright

has devoted her career to bringing real life stories to the stage and screen. An Emmy-nominated non-fiction scriptwriter, she created hours of top rated programming for diverse broadcast networks. She served as the Supervising Senior Writer at Hoff Productions and worked as a series writer at National Geographic Television. A charter member of Tectonic Theater Project, she directed the company’s Toronto production of GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE and was one of the group of artists who traveled to Wyoming and co-created THE LARAMIE PROJECT, later made into an HBO film. Currently, Amanda works as a playwright and a script development consultant in theater and TV. She also teaches interview-based storytelling as a Master Instructor at the Moment Work Institute and is at work on a book about her original play devising methods.

Amanda Gronich Playwright
Image of Scott Barrow Scott Barrow Karl Höcker and others
Image of Charles Browning Charles Browning Peter Wirths and others
Image of Dana Colagiovanni Dana Colagiovanni Understudy
Image of Noah Keyishian Noah Keyishian Understudy
Image of Sabrina Liu Sabrina Liu Understudy
Image of Rosina Reynolds Rosina Reynolds Judy Cohen and others
Image of Jeanne Sakata Jeanne Sakata Melita Maschmann and others
Image of Elizabeth Stahlmann Elizabeth Stahlmann Rebecca Erbelding and others
Image of Charlie Thurston Charlie Thurston Rainer Höss and others
Image of Frances Uku Frances Uku Charlotte Schünzel and others
Image of Grant James Varjas Grant James Varjas Tilman Taube and others
  • Derek McLaneScenic Design
  • Dede AyiteCostume Design
  • David LanderLighting Design
  • Bobby McElverSound Design
  • David BengaliProjection Design
  • Amy Marie SeidelDramaturg
  • Ann JamesIntimacy and Sensitivity Specialist
  • TBD Casting Co. / Stephanie Yankwitt, CSACasting
  • Jacole KitchenCasting
  • Lora K. PowellStage Manager
  • Jacob RussellAssistant Stage Manager
  • Benjamin SeibertSenior Production Manager
  • Ryan MeisheidGeneral Manager
  • Eric Keen-LouieExecutive Producer
Venue Info

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

The Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre is 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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