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World-Premiere Play
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
August 20 – September 15, 2019

The Coast Starlight

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

New Musical | A Berkeley Repertory Theatre Production
Mandell Weiss Theatre
September 3 – October 13, 2019

Kiss My Aztec!

Book by John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone
Music by Benjamin Velez
Lyrics by David Kamp, Benjamin Velez and John Leguizamo
Based on a screenplay written by John Leguizamo and Stephen Chbosky
Directed by Tony Taccone

When the Spanish set their sights on Mesoamerica and its riches, they will destroy anyone and anything that keeps them from conquering and claiming it all for themselves. But the Aztecs are like, “Hell, no!” This fresh, irreverent and outrageous satire could only spring forth from the insanely hilarious mind of John Leguizamo, last seen at the Playhouse in his acclaimed one-man show Latin History for Morons. Featuring a fusion of bolero, hip hop, merengue and rap, Kiss My Aztec! celebrates, elevates and commemorates Latinx culture in an uproarious new musical.

Please note John Leguizamo will be behind-the-scenes this time — other fantastic actors will be performing!

San Diego Premiere
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
November 12 – December 15, 2019

Cambodian Rock Band

By Lauren Yee
Featuring songs by Dengue Fever
Directed by Chay Yew

Dubbed “fierce, gorgeous and heartwarming” by the Los Angeles Times, this epic play/rock concert thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history thirty years after her father fled Cambodia. Featuring a cast that performs a mix of contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, playwright and UC San Diego alum Lauren Yee brings to vivid life the Cambodian rock scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, a movement cut short by the Khmer Rouge’s brutal attempt to erase the music (and musicians) once and for all. A story about survivors, the resilient bond of family and the enduring power of music.

West Coast Premiere Musical
Mandell Weiss Theatre
February 18 – March 29, 2020


Based on the novel Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Book by Rajiv Joseph
Music by Bill Sherman
Lyrics by Kirsten Childs and Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Jeffrey Seller

Two major Tony Award-winning Broadway veterans team up with two of the most exciting writers in American theatre today to bring a cherished tale into the present. Wendy’s life is about to change forever when she meets a boy named Peter, a pirate named Hook, and a beguiling, beautiful Crocodile, who’s much more than meets the eye. In this thrilling, funny, dangerous look at J.M. Barrie’s novel Peter Pan, a whole new Neverland comes to life. Fly will take audiences on an adventure propelled by a powerful and percussive score, dynamic choreography and aerial acrobatics.


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