2016/2017 Season


Noir Whodunnit


May 10 - June 12, 2016 EXTENDED! | Mandell Weiss Theatre

By Joe DiPietro | Directed by Christopher Ashley

In 1922, famed director William Desmond Taylor is found murdered in his home. The celebrity suspects mount as the headlines explode with lurid reports of love triangles, hush money and deception. Enter Will Hays, Hollywood’s newly appointed moral watchdog, determined to silence the scandal and purify this increasingly corrupt city. Based on the true story of Taylor’s unsolved murder, Hollywood is a noir thriller set in the Golden Age of movies by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro.

Production Sponsors
Brian & Silvija Devine
Dr. Howard & Barbara Milstein

Photo credit: The cast of Hollywood, photo by Jim Carmody.

Cast & Creators
  • Creators
  • Cast
  • Design
Image of Joe DiPietro Joe DiPietro Playwright

Joe DiPietro is the writer and co-lyricist of Chasing the Song and Memphis. He won two Tony Awards for Memphis, which won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical. He won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for another Tony Award for Best Book for his Gershwin show, Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Matthew Broderick. Other works include the award-winning The Toxic Avenger (with David Bryan) and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, the longest-running musical revue in off-Broadway history.

Joe DiPietro Playwright
Image of Christopher Ashley Christopher Ashley Director

Christopher Ashley has served as La Jolla Playhouse’s Artistic Director since October, 2007. During his tenure, he has helmed the Playhouse’s productions of The Darrell Hammond Project, Chasing the Song, His Girl Friday, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Dram of Drummhicit, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Restoration and the musicals Xanadu, Memphis, which won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. He also spearheaded the Playhouse’s Without Walls (WoW) series, the DNA New Work Series and the Resident Theatre program.

Christopher Ashley Director
  • Matthew AmendtJimmy Dale
  • Wayne BarkerPiano Player
  • Jacob BruceJames Kirkwood and others
  • Scott DrummondWilliam Desmond Taylor
  • Shaun T. EvansHenry Peavey and others
  • Harriet HarrisCharlotte Shelby
  • Patrick KerrWill Hayes
  • Katherine KoFaith Maclean, First Dancer and others
  • Jeff MarlowD.A. Woolwine
  • Martin MeccouriOfficer and others
  • Talene MonahonMary Miles Minter
  • Kate RockwellMabel Normand
  • Lee SellarsCharles Eyton
  • Caroline SiewertDorothy Palmer and others
  • Terrance WhiteOfficer Jerry and others
  • Wilson ChinScenic Designer
  • Paul TazewellCostume Designer
  • Howell BinkleyLighting Designer
  • Chris LuessmanSound Designer
  • Tara KnightProjection Designer
  • Wayne BarkerComposer/Piano Player
  • Steve RankinFight Director
  • Charles G. LaPointeWig Designer
  • Eva BarnesVoice and Speech Coach
  • Shirley FishmanDramaturg
  • Telsey & CompanyCasting
  • Arturo E. PorazziStage Manager
  • Jennifer KozumplikAssistant Stage Manager
  • Meg DeBoardAssistant Director
  • Amanda ZieveAssociate Lighting Designer
  • Liz PrintzAssociate Wig & Hair Designer
  • Charlie JichaAssistant Scenic Designer
  • Desiree Hatfield-BuckleyAssistant Costume Designer
  • Sherrice MojganiAssistant Lighting Designer
  • Anthony JannuzziAssistant Projections/Programmer
  • Javier VelascoDance Consultant
  • Marie JahelkaProduction Assistant
  • Chiquita LuStage Management Assistant
  • Chao-Yu TsaiSecond Assistant Lighting Designer
Venue Info

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Located on the southwest end of University of California, San Diego's campus, the Mandell Weiss Theatre was introduced in 1983, the first La Jolla Playhouse theatre. The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

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