MUST CLOSE OCT 8 | Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
Music and lyrics by Joe Iconis
Book by Joe Iconis and Gregory S. Moss
Choreographed by Jon Rua
Directed by Christopher Ashley
EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND – MUST CLOSE OCT 8
Anarchy. Ambition. Peacocks.
Who was Hunter S. Thompson? He changed journalism. He defined counterculture. Equal parts philosopher, clown and genius, he was armed and dangerous with a typewriter as his preferred weapon.
Careening from the 1940s to his death in 2005, this gonzo musical blasts into the life of one of America’s most influential and destructive icons. In relentless pursuit of the meaning of the American Dream during an era of political and social upheaval, Hunter S. Thompson cultivated a new form of journalism that ― for better or worse ― injected his subjective view into the heart of the story. Now, in another, even more severe moment of fake news, propaganda and polarization, Hunter’s story helps explore how we got here, and how to keep fighting.
Set to Joe Iconis’ anarchic and tuneful score, this musical is a rock ‘n’ roll thrill-ride into the life of an artist seeking greatness and coming to terms with his own legacy. It’s a heartfelt trumpet call to the moral idealists, the outraged, the outlaws and the outsiders.
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First Look (previews): August 29 – September 3*
Weeks 2 – 5: September 10 – October 8
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Tuesday, September 5 and 12, after the 7:30pm show
Hear from guest speakers in a moderated discussion exploring the themes of the show.
Sunday, September 24, after the 2pm show
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. The Playhouse caters for a wide range of access and special requirements. Please call (858) 550-1010 or email [email protected] and we will work with you to address your access needs. Find more info about access here.
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Approx 2 hours and 40 minutes including 15 minute intermission
Hunter S. Thompson lived life on the edge and was candid about his hobbies and vices – both legal and illegal. This musical reflects his life with humor, sensitivity and a heavy pour of his chaotic spirit. This production contains multiple gunshot sound effects, loud noises, prop guns, staged violence, water-based theatrical haze and smoke effects, fake cigarettes, strobe lighting, simulated drug use and themes of suicide. We understand sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects, please get in touch with our Patron Services team at [email protected] or (858) 550-1010 and we’ll be happy to give you more info.
Covid-19 Policy (Updated October 31, 2022)
La Jolla Playhouse no longer requires patrons to wear masks indoors while attending our theatres. However, we recommend indoor masking while at La Jolla Playhouse. For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 safety procedures, please visit our Covid Safety Page.
La Jolla Playhouse’s on-site restaurant, James’ Place, is open for dinner service at 5pm nightly (Tuesday – Sunday). Please note, James’ Place is not open prior to matinee performances. James’ Place offers full bar service and a selection of specialty sushi, Asian fusion, steak & coastal cuisine items. Reservations can be made by phone as well as OpenTable. Indoor and outdoor seating options are available.
Concessions opens 60 minutes before showtime. Come early to relax outside and enjoy a selection of beer, wine, cocktails, sodas and individually wrapped snacks. All food must be consumed before entering the theatre while concession drinks with lids will be allowed in the theatre.
Ted and Paula Adams
Sheri L. Jamieson
Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
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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