2018/2019 Season

The Squirrels

World-Premiere Play

EXTENDED! June 5 - July 8, 2018 | Mandell Weiss Forum

By Robert Askins | Directed by Christopher Ashley

Winter is on its way, and the squirrels are restless. Mistrust is growing between the rich Gray Squirrels and the outcast Fox Squirrels. When a wily outsider gets in the mix, he ignites an epic animal kingdom soap opera teeming with rebel armies, conspiracy and divided family loyalties. No squirrel will go unharmed in this deliciously demented new show.

Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) directs Tony Award nominee Robert Askins’ (Hand to God) ambitious, out-landishly funny (and downright furry) new play.

Tickets start at $46
A limited number of Area 3 – $20 tickets for The Squirrels are made available one week before the first performance.

This show contains squirrels engaging in R-rated behaviors, violence and adult situations.

Run Time: 85 minutes, no intermission.

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Cast & Creators
Image of Robert Askins Robert Askins Playwright

La Jolla Playhouse: Debut. Cypress, Texas-born Robert Askins is the author of the Tony-nominated and Obie Award-winning Broadway hit Hand to God, which enjoyed a run on London’s West End and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. His comedy Fish Display was part of the 2012 Ojai Playwrights Conference, and his play Permission, also developed at OPC, had its world premiere Off Broadway at MCC Theater in Spring 2015. Askins is currently working on a new a musical and plays with La Jolla Playhouse, the Alley Theatre, and Joey Parnes Productions. In addition, he’s a writer on the AMC series The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan. He is the recipient of two EST/Sloan grants, the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, and an Arch and Bruce Davis Award for Playwriting. Askins is a graduate of Baylor Unversity in Waco, Texas.

Robert Askins Playwright
Image of Christopher Ashley Christopher Ashley Director

Christopher Ashley has served as La Jolla Playhouse’s Artistic Director for over a decade. During his tenure, he has helmed such Playhouse productions as Hollywood, The Darrell Hammond Project, Chasing the Song, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the musicals Escape to Margaritaville, Freaky Friday, Xanadu, Memphis, which won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and Come From Away, for which he won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical. He also spearheaded the Playhouse’s Without Walls (WOW) series, the DNA New Work Series and the Resident Theatre program.

Christopher Ashley Director
Image of Terence Archie Terence Archie Scurius
Image of Candy Buckley Candy Buckley Mammalia
Image of Sidney Hill Sidney Hill Squirrel Ensemble
Image of Brad Oscar Brad Oscar Scientist/Sciuridae
Image of Max Singer Max Singer Squirrel Ensemble
Image of Marcus Terrell Smith Marcus Terrell Smith Carolinensus
Image of Summer Spiro Summer Spiro Rodentia
Image of Danielle E. B. Wineman Danielle E. B. Wineman Squirrel Ensemble
  • Becky BiegelsenAssistant Director
  • Anjanette Maraya-RameyMovement Consultant
  • Jenna CarinoAssociate Scenic Designer
  • Grant McDonaldAssociate Projections Designer/Projections Programmer
  • Annie LeAssistant Costume Designer
  • Joel BrittAssistant Lighting Designer
  • Willie MichielsStage Management Assistant
  • Kelsey GaganStage Management Intern
  • Ursula MeyerVocal Consultant
  • Haley WolfDresser
Venue Info

Mandell Weiss Forum

The Mandell Weiss Forum is a 400-seat thrust stage theatre, with audience members surrounding the stage on three sides.

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