2019/2020 Season

The Coast Starlight

World-Premiere Play

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

“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

Production Sponsors
Dowling & Yahnke Mintz
Brian & Silvija Devine
Recipient of an Edgerton New Play Award

ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation, audio description): Saturday, September 7 at 2:00 pm
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Cast & Creators
Image of Keith Bunin Keith Bunin Playwright
Image of Tyne Rafaeli Tyne Rafaeli Director
Venue Info

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

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.

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