August 20 – September 15, 2019 | Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
By Keith Bunin | Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
One morning, a young man boards the Coast Starlight, the long-distance train that runs from Los Angeles to Seattle. He’s got a secret that can land him in terrible trouble, and he has roughly one thousand miles to enlist the help of his fellow travelers – all of whom are reckoning with their own choices in search of a way forward. Keith Bunin’s new play is a smart, funny and compassionate story about our capacity for invention and re-invention when life goes off the rails.
A La Jolla Playhouse Commission originally developed in the 2018 DNA New Works Series
Complete your evening at The Coast Starlight by making a reservation at our onsite restaurant James’ Place, just steps away from the theatre, or stop by for a drink. Click HERE to reserve your table. James’ Place opens at 5:00 pm.
“We asked Keith Bunin to write us a play and he delivered an empathetic and humane tribute to all the people who – like him, and like me – came to California chasing a dream.”
– Christopher Ashley, The Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse
Content note: This production contains adult themes and language.
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Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation, audio description): Saturday, September 7 at 2:00 pm
Top banner photo credit: the cast of THE COAST STARLIGHT; photo by Sandy Huffaker
Mr. Bunin is very happy to return to La Jolla Playhouse, where his play Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir was produced in 2012. His plays The Busy World Is Hushed, The Credeaux Canvas and The World Over all premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. His other plays include The Unbuilt City (New York Stage and Film), The Principality of Sorrows (Pure Orange Productions) and the musical 10 Million Miles (Atlantic Theatre Company). He wrote the screenplay for the film Horns and was a writer for the HBO series In Treatment. He is currently writing screenplays for MGM, Universal, HBO Films and Fox Searchlight. He lives in Brooklyn.Keith Bunin Playwright
Ms. Rafaeli is a New York-based director of new plays, classics and musicals. Recent productions include Ming Peiffer's Usual Girls at Roundabout Theater Company (New York Times Critics’ Pick), Craig Lucas' I Was Most Alive with You at Playwrights Horizons (New York Times Critics’ Pick), Martyna Majok’s Ironbound and the world premieres of Anna Ziegler’s Actually and Amanda Peet’s Our Very Own Carlin McCullough at Geffen Playhouse, Michael Yates Crowley’s The Rape of the Sabine Women at The Playwrights Realm, and the New York premiere of In a Word by Lauren Yee. She is a 2016-18 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women's Project Theater and received the 2014 SDC Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classic Direction.Tyne Rafaeli 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.