August 1 - 27, 2017 | Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
Content Warning Graphic violence and strong language
Approximate Run Time Act I: 57 minutes/Act II: 53 minutes/15 minute intermission
By Mat Smart | Directed by Jackson Gay
Sheila and her sister Abigail work for their mother’s small family business. Sheila’s job used to be a source of joy and exhilaration; now she’s questioning everything. But when you’re an assassin, being uninspired means getting sloppy, and getting sloppy means getting killed. Kill Local is a pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge and trying to get unstuck – especially when your life is dedicated to ending others’.
Kill Local received its first reading as part of the Playhouse’s acclaimed DNA New Work Series, which offers playwrights the opportunity to develop a script and receive valuable audience feedback. Several mainstage Playhouse productions have been developed through the DNA New Work Series, including Miss You Like Hell, The Last Tiger in Haiti, Blueprints to Freedom, The Who & The What and Chasing the Song.
Photo credit: Matthew Amendt and Amanda Quaid in Kill Local, photo by Jim Carmody.
A graduate of the UC San Diego MFA playwriting program, Mat Smart won the 2015 Equity Jeff Award for Best New Work in Chicago for The Royal Society of Antarctica (Gift Theatre, upcoming at Stage West). Other plays include: Naperville (Slant Theatre Project, Theater Wit), Tinker to Evers to Chance (Geva, Merrimack Rep), Samuel J. and K. (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre, Huntington) and The 13th of Paris (City Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre). Awards & Fellowships: 2014 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Center for the Arts, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant. Commissions: South Coast Rep, Huntington, Denver Center, and currently, La Jolla Playhouse, The Second City, and Geva Theatre Center.Mat Smart Playwright
Jackson Gay directed La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere production of Kingdom City. Her upcoming works include the new musical Chix 6 by Lourds Lane at La MaMa and Chekhov’s Three Sisters at Studio Theatre/New Neighborhood. Recent credits include Lisa Lampanelli’s Stuffed (Women’s Project); Transfers by Lucy Thurber (New York Stage & Film); Much Ado About Nothing, adapted with Kenneth Lin (Cal Shakes); Suzanne Vega’s Lover, Beloved, An Evening with Carson McCullers with music by Duncan Sheik (Rattlestick West LA and upcoming at Alley Theatre); These Paper Bullets! adapted from Shakespeare’s Much Ado by Rolin Jones with music by Billie Joe Armstrong (Atlantic Theater Company, Geffen Playhouse, Yale Rep);Jackson Gay Director
The third and newest of La Jolla Playhouse's theatres, the 6,500-square-foot Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre is the centerpiece of the first permanent year-round home for the Playhouse — the $17 million Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center.