Is It Thursday Yet?

World-Premiere Dance Theatre

Is It Thursday Yet?

JUL 11 - AUG 6 | Mandell Weiss Forum

Created, choreographed and performed by Jenn Freeman

Created, choreographed and directed by Sonya Tayeh

Composed and performed by Holland Andrews

A Dance of Discovery. A Brain in Motion. A Life on the Spectrum.

Dancer and choreographer Jenn Freeman was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2021 at age 33, and since then she has navigated an endless sea of epiphanies. Inspired by a deep curiosity to examine her childhood memories through this new lens, Jenn found a way to illuminate her story using the language she knows best: Dance.

Is It Thursday Yet? invites you into the unique complexities of Jenn’s neurodivergent brain through a stunning tapestry of dance, live music and home video footage. Original live music from renowned musician Holland Andrews is woven with audio narrations from Jenn’s therapist, vocals, clarinet, drums and electronic music. Scenic design by Tony Award-winner Rachel Hauck is inspired by Jenn’s sensory sensitivities to texture, color, light and sound. This uplifting, thought-provoking new work is co-created and directed by the electrifying choreographer Sonya Tayeh (Tony Award-winner for Moulin Rouge).

The San Diego Union-Tribune: La Jolla Playhouse’s Dance-Theater Piece ‘Is It Thursday Yet’ a Moving, Cathartic Journey of the Mind
Broadway World: Is It Thursday Yet? at La Jolla Playhouse
San Diego Reader: Is It Thursday Yet? at La Jolla Playhouse
Stage and Cinema: Review: Is It Thursday Yet?

Discover More

» Read the program online
» Explore the Is It Thursday Yet? Resources List about Autism, curated by the artists
» Read the feature story about this “illuminating work of self-discovery” in The San Diego Union-Tribune
» Listen to co-creators Jenn Freeman and Sonya Tayeh interviewed on Jazz 88

Ticket Information

Single tickets and subscriptions are now on sale.

First Look (previews): July 11 – 15*
Weeks 2 – 4: July 16 – August 6

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*‘First Look’ performances are the first week of the run of each show prior to opening night (with some exceptions). First Look tickets are lower price and offer the opportunity to experience the show while the creative team are still polishing and making changes. This is a vital element of a show’s evolution, allowing the creative team to step back and see the show through the eyes and experience of the audience. Playhouse staff speak to the audience briefly before the show starts, and the creative team may be seated near you taking notes.

Ticket discounts
The Playhouse offers a range of ways to save on tickets, including Military, Student and Rush discounts, and $25 tickets in Area 3. Discounts are subject to availability and conditions may apply. Read more here or call our Box Office at (858) 550-1010 for more info.

Audience Engagement Events

Enhance your Playhouse experience by attending these free events. Simply book your performance for one of the following dates.

Talkback Tuesday
Participate in a lively discussion with performers and Playhouse staff members immediately following the performance.
Tuesday, July 18 and 25, after the 7:30pm show

Discovery Sunday
Hear from guest speakers in a moderated discussion exploring the themes of the show.
Sunday, July 30, after the 2pm show

Access Performances

ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation): Saturday, July 29 at 2pm
ACCESS Performance (Audio Description): Saturday, July 29 at 2pm

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.

Social Narrative and Sensory Friendly Guide
Read the Social Narrative for Is It Thursday Yet? here
Read the Sensory Friendly Guide for the Forum Theatre here

Useful Information

Parking is FREE for La Jolla Playhouse patrons in the South Parking Structure (formerly known as Osler Parking) when a valid parking pass is displayed. Take advantage of the free shuttle to the theatre. Find all parking information here.

Approximately 75 minutes with no intermission

Content Advisory
This play includes loud sounds, some flashing lights and moments of darkness. Read more detail in the Social Narrative here. 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.

Onsite Dining
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.

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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.

La Jolla Playhouse is the only authorized ticket seller for this production.

Photograph of Jenn Freeman by Art Davison, artwork by Lola Jiblazee.

Venue Info

Mandell Weiss Forum

The Mandell Weiss Forum is a 400-seat thrust stage theatre, with audience members surrounding the stage on three sides.

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