2023/2024 Season

Love All

World-Premiere Play

Jun 3 – Jul 2 | Mandell Weiss Theatre

By Anna Deavere Smith | Directed by Marc Bruni

The extraordinary life of the champion Billie Jean King

Love All is the triumphant story of the rise of sports icon and social justice pioneer Billie Jean King. The trailblazer for equality faced tough competition on the court and adversity in the world, all against a backdrop of the massive social changes of the 1960s and 70s.

With the support of Billie Jean King herself and featuring Broadway star Chilina Kennedy, Love All features a line-up of tennis legends whose lives intertwined with Billie Jean’s extraordinary career – Alice Marble, Althea Gibson, Margaret Court, Rosie Casals, Arthur Ashe and more.

This exciting world premiere comes from the pen of award-winning playwright, professor, actor and author Anna Deavere Smith (whose screen roles include The West Wing and Nurse Jackie). Deavere Smith’s artistry is evidenced by the groundbreaking work that she has created for more than four decades, including the Tony-Award nominated Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.

Under the skillful hand of director Marc Bruni (director of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Love All asks not just what it takes to be a champion, but what it takes to change the course of history.

“We’ve been curtsying for years. Now it’s time to stand up.” Billie Jean in Love All

Ticket Information

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First Look (previews): June 3 – 8
Weeks 2 – 4: June 9 – July 2

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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, June 13 and 20, after the 7:30pm show

Discovery Sunday
Hear from guest speakers in a moderated discussion exploring the themes of the show.
Sunday, June 25, after the 2pm show

Access Performances

ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation): Saturday, June 24 at 2pm
ACCESS Performance (Audio Description): Saturday, June 24 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 needs. Find more info about access 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.

This show is currently being created. Duration is subject to change and will be updated closer to performance dates.

Content Advisory
This show is currently being created. Any content advisory notes will be updated closer to performance dates.

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.

Production Sponsors
Denise & Lon Bevers
Jay Jeffcoat

Billie Jean King in action at Wimbledon, circa July 1973. King won the Women’s Singles Final, beating Chris Evert of the United States in straight sets. Photo by Ed Lacey/Popperfoto via Getty Images.

Cast & Creators
Image of Anna Deavere Smith Anna Deavere Smith Playwright
Image of Marc Bruni Marc Bruni Director
Image of Bianca Amato Bianca Amato Ilana Kloss/Alice Marble/Others
Image of Summer Broyhill Summer Broyhill Understudy
Image of Geno Carr Geno Carr Understudy
Image of Rebecca S'Manga Frank Rebecca S'Manga Frank Althea Gibson
Image of Wynn Harmon Wynn Harmon Psychiatrist/Merv Rose/Ted Tinling/Others
Image of Spencer McCabe Hunsicker Spencer McCabe Hunsicker Understudy
Image of Elena Hurst Elena Hurst Rosie Casals
Image of Ben Jacoby Ben Jacoby Bill Moffitt/Jack Kramer/Others
Image of Chilina Kennedy Chilina Kennedy Billie Jean King
Image of Noah Keyishian Noah Keyishian Understudy
Image of Lenne Klingaman Lenne Klingaman Frankie Durr/Betty Moffitt/Others
Image of John Kroft John Kroft Larry King
Image of Nancy Lemenager Nancy Lemenager Gladys Heldman
Image of Mikaela Macias Mikaela Macias Understudy
Image of Colby Muhammad Colby Muhammad Understudy
Image of Ellen Nikbakht Ellen Nikbakht Understudy
Image of Kate Rockwell Kate Rockwell Marilyn Barnett
Image of Allison Spratt Pearce Allison Spratt Pearce Margaret Court
Image of Justin Withers Justin Withers Arthur Ashe/Others
Image of Shana Wride Shana Wride Understudy
  • Robert BrillScenic Design
  • Ann Hould-WardCostume Design
  • Jiyoun ChangLighting Design
  • Darron L. WestSound Design
  • S. Katy TuckerProjection Design
  • Wig and Hair DesignJared Janas
  • Wig and Hair DesignCassie Williams
  • Alisa SolomonDramaturg
  • Ann JamesSensitivity Specialist
  • Amy StollerDialect Coach
  • The Telsey OfficeNew York Casting
  • Jacole KitchenIn-House Casting
  • Brian BoginStage Manager
  • Topaz CooksAssistant Stage Manager
  • Becca DuhaimeProduction Manager
  • Ryan MeisheidGeneral Manager
  • Erin Keen-LouieExecutive Producer
Venue Info

Mandell Weiss 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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