POP Tour 2018: Home of the Brave

POP Tour

POP Tour 2018: Home of the Brave

Public Performances March 10 & 11,
Touring San Diego Schools Now - March 30
| Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center (PDC)

By Lee Cataluna | Directed by Eric Johnson

Home of the Brave is a collection of scenes and stories depicting the lives of children in military families. This enjoyable new play is inspired by interviews with military children from all branches of the services — officer and enlisted, active duty and veterans — from both Honolulu and San Diego. By sharing experiences common for these remarkable young people, such as frequent relocation and coping with the deployment of a parent, Home of the Brave shows the loyalty, humor, fierce pride — as well as the anxiety — that comes with being part of a family that is serving our nation.

Introduced in 1987, the POP Tour travels throughout the county, touring schools, libraries and community centers. Prior to each performance, a Playhouse teaching artist visits each school to engage students in an interactive workshop to explore issues and themes at the core of the play. The Playhouse also provides schools with a standards-based engagement guide that enables educators to integrate the play into their existing curriculum. After each performance, the cast and crew conduct a question and answer session with the audience.

Ideal for students in grades 3 – 6.

Booking for schools is now sold out.

Schools are provided with copies of a standards-based enrichment guide to support teachers’ classroom work before and after the performance.

A limited amount of funding is available to help lower the cost for schools in need through the Adopt-A-School fund.

Want to help? Consider making a contribution to our “Adopt-A-School” Fund today to bring the POP Tour to one of this year’s deserving Title l schools.


The POP Tour commission is made possible through the generous support of
The Potiker Family.

La Jolla Playhouse Gratefully Acknowledges the Generous Institutional Support of our Education & Outreach Donors

Corporate support provided by:


US Bank
Bank of America
Wells Fargo
Union Bank
Nordson Corporation Foundation
Employees Community Fund of Boeing CA
Silicon Valley Bank
Perkins Coie LLP


Government support provided by:
The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture
The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture
The County of San Diego
The County of San Diego

The City of Encinitas & Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program
The City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant

Foundation support provided by:

The Hearst Foundations
The William Hall Tippett and Ruth Rathell Tippett Foundation
Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation
San Diego Scottish Rite Community Foundation
The Farrell Family Foundation
The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
The David C. Copley Foundation
Price Philanthropies Foundation
John and Marcia Price Family Foundation
The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund
La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation

Cast & Creators
  • Creators
  • Cast
  • Design
Image of Lee Cataluna Lee Cataluna Playwright

Lee Cataluna was born and raised in Hawaii and can trace her Native Hawaiian heritage back six generations. She is the metro columnist for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii's largest news organization, and is an award-winning playwright with more than a dozen production credits. Her plays include the musical You Somebody written for Tony Award nominee Loretta Ables Sayre and The Great Kauai Train Robbery, based on the true story of her great-uncle who was wrongly convicted of Hawaii's only train heist. In 2004 she received the Cades Award for Literature for her body of work. Lee has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside, and has taught writing both at an elite prep school and in a maximum-security prison. Her favorite stories are about ordinary people struggling to live lives of dignity and purpose.

Lee Cataluna Playwright
Image of Eric Johnson Eric Johnson Director

Eric Johnson is the Artistic Director of Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Prior to Honolulu, Johnson was an Artistic Associate at the Fulton Opera House and the Founding Artistic Director of Blue Shift Theatre Ensemble. His work has toured nationally and internationally winning numerous awards and recognition. As a freelance director Johnson’s credits include La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Theatre Group, Childsplay, Imagination Stage and the Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices Festival. He is a proud alumnus of the TCG/NEA Early Career Directors Program and the Princess Grace Fellowship.

Eric Johnson Director
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  • Julia CuppyJada and others
  • Kendrick DialMarcus and others
  • Taylor HendersonGina and others
  • Sara Ryung ClementScenic/Costume Designer
  • Paul James PrendergastSound Designer
  • Shirley FishmanDramaturg
  • Kendra StocktonStage Manager
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