San Diego REPertory Theatre’s 40th Season Schedule is Energetic and Ambitious

San Diego REPertory Theatre’s 40th Season Schedule is Energetic and Ambitious
March, 2015 Client News
SAN DIEGO – April 13, 2015 – San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) raises the curtain on six ambitious productions for the company’s 2015-2016 40th season. The lineup includes award-winning productions “Violet,” “My Mañana Comes,” “The Oldest Boy,” “Outside Mullingar,” “R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe,” and “Rapture, Blister, Burn.”

“Our 40th Anniversary Season is upon us and our plans are ambitious,” says Sam Woodhouse, co-founder and artistic director, San Diego REP. “San Diego REP has produced 286 productions since 1976, and with this season lineup we intend to celebrate our historic milestone with carefully curated artistic works that represent our commitment to stories that showcase unique and special kinds of people, ideas, music, philosophy, stories and quests in the contemporary world, as well as trumpet the search for a higher ground – justice, equality and a voice at the table for all Americans.”

The schedule for San Diego Rep’s 40th Season was unveiled at a private event on March 9. Additionally, plans for the company’s 40th anniversary were also shared. “With the launch of our 40th season this summer, we intend to also actively celebrate our contributions to San Diego’s cultural landscape and embark on an ambitious outreach campaign to elevate our ability to take unique artistic risks, now and in the next 40 years,” said Larry Alldredge, managing director, San Diego REP.

As of April 13, 2015, here is the 40th season schedule:

“Violet”
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics and Book by Brian Crawley
Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
August 20-Sept. 13, 2015
Opening Night: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Lyceum Stage

The 2014 Tony-nominated musical and winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award, “Violet” is a modern fairy tale filled with show-stopping anthems of the 1960’s American south. The vibrant score features folk, country, gospel, blues, and honky-tonk rock from one of most applauded composers of contemporary musical theatre, Jeanine Tesori (“Caroline Or Change,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”).

Some scars are seen. Some are not. When her father’s ax blade accidently flies off, 13-year-old Violet is forever left with a scar that “splits her face in two.” As she matures in the hills of North Carolina, Violet dreams of becoming beautiful. Her faith convinces her that a televangelist in Tulsa can heal her. As she turns 25, Violet hops a bus and begins the journey towards what she is sure will be a miraculous transformation. On the road, she meets two young soldiers who help her discover the true meaning of beauty – what can be seen and can’t.

Critics and audiences have raved how music and story together reveal a heart opening drama with both emotional complexity and social significance. “Violet” is an inspiring musical tale of courage, faith and love.

“My Mañana Comes”
By Elizabeth Irwin
Directed by Delicia Turner-Sonnenberg
Oct. 1-25, 2015
Opening Night: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
Lyceum Space

When out to eat at a fine dining restaurant, one certainly pays more attention to the wine list than worry about the economic challenges of the busboys who silently keep the tables ready and clean. Aren’t the industrious ghosts who refill our water glass supposed to be politely ignored?

Not for playwright Elizabeth Irwin. In “My Mañana Comes,” the hopes and struggles of four busboys in a swanky restaurant are finally served-up as the main course.

Peter and Whalid are American born. Jorge and Pepe are undocumented immigrants from Mexico. They are an amazing team – filling breadbaskets, folding napkins, slicing lemons, clearing tables and delivering food to unseen customers in a busboy ballet of crisscross, swerve, and dodge. They bond and banter, show off and hide their secrets like only a team of laborers can.

For these men what you take home each night in cash is what keeps your head above water. When a shocking event threatens to shatter their economic security and dreams of a better life, the need to take care of number one first opens a giant and dangerous chasm between the brothers. This gem of a drama is a wonderfully complex and surprising taste of the American dream.

“The Oldest Boy”
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Nov. 12-Dec. 6, 2015
Opening Night: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Lyceum Stage

Every parent believes their child is special. In the imagination of award-winning MacArthur “genius” playwright Sarah Ruhl, the primal connection between mother and son yields a moving story about the tightrope walk between loving and letting go.

Ruhl is a favorite of San Diego audiences and the author of “In the Next Room, or the vibrator play” and “The Clean House” two Pulitzer Prize finalists previously produced by San Diego REP.

In Ruhl’s brand new play, we meet a young American mother who one morning finds two crimson-robed strangers, a monk and a lama, at her door. She assumes them to be friends of her Tibetan husband. But they are really on a mission to meet her 3-year-old son Tenzin, a child that is wise beyond his years. They soon reveal they believe the boy is the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher.

When the monks request to take Tenzin away for a life of spiritual training in India, the parents are faced with a choice that will test their faith and their hearts and change their family forever.
This delicate comic drama weaves together music, dance, puppetry, intimate moments and infinite meanings. The result is a richly emotional journey filled with laughter and tears of joy.

“Outside Mullingar”
By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Todd Salovey
Jan. 21-Feb. 14, 2016
Opening Night: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Lyceum Space

A Tony Award Best Play 2014 nominee, this heartwarming comedy from the pen of the Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award, and Tony Award-winning writer that brought us “Doubt” and “Moonstruck” is an unabashed reminder that it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

In a tiny village in rural Ireland, locals Anthony and Rosemary are 40-somethings who haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. Painfully shy Anthony has spent his entire life as a recluse on a cattle farm. Rosemary, the fiercely independent free spirit that lives next door, is determined to have him. But Rosemary thinks Anthony needs to make the first move.

Suddenly a bitter and hysterically funny family feud erupts over a tiny patch of land that sets a bonfire battle blazing between Rosemary and Anthony and their Ma and Da. Hope and togetherness is severely challenged. But the yearning for love of two eccentric souls is so great that they fight their way above the blaze towards happiness. Take a trip to the land of charm and enjoy a romance as warm as a glass of steaming Irish whiskey.

Salovey, who celebrates his 26th year as San Diego REP’s associate artistic director, is set to direct

“R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe”
Written and Directed by D.W. Jacobs
March 10-April 3, 2016
Opening Night: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Lyceum Stage

San Diego REP is thrilled to bring back one of the most acclaimed productions in their history. Written and directed by D. W. Jacobs, co-founder of San Diego REP, the revival of “R. Buckminster Fuller The History (and Mystery) of the Universe” once again stars the supremely talented performer Ron Campbell, who is praised equally as a lead clown for Cirque de Soleil and as a leading classical actor on the American stage.

Campbell plays the remarkable Bucky Fuller, a man who has been called the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th Century. Engineer, architect, poet, mathematician, philosopher, futurist, innovator and visionary, Bucky was one of the first true global thinkers. Audiences are invited into Bucky’s playground, “Spaceship Earth,” in the infinite universe; a place that will surprise, make you marvel and laugh in astonishment while boggling your mind in the best possible way.

Given the talent on display, it’s no mystery why this spellbinding work was a giant hit when it premiered on our stage in 2000. Now, after playing throughout the country, the play returns to the REP deeper, more nuanced and with a brand new physical and visual production San Diego has never seen before.

“Rapture, Blister, Burn”
By Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
April 21-May 15, 2016
Opening Night: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Lyceum Space

Hailed as a “genius” by Variety, playwright Gina Gionfriddo’s bright social comedy dares to put front and center the controversial question still facing 21st century women, “Can a woman have it all?” Her answer to the “career or family” conundrum is razor sharp and provocative in ways that challenge fixed notions from across the political spectrum.

After grad school, two girlfriends decided on polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic. Gwen became a homemaker. Decades later, when Catherine returns home to live with her ailing mother, each woman covets the other’s life. And so commences a radical game of musical chairs with the prize being Gwen’s Peter Pan-like husband Don.

Catherine begins hosting a weekly seminar on feminist theory. Her students are Gwen, Catherine’s traditional mother, and Avery, a sexually free college student. Martinis and debate begin to flow. Three generations of American women find themselves swimming in a full range of philosophies and choices as they search for that elusive goal… happiness. Their debate on how women’s lives have and have not changed since the 1970’s is guaranteed to entertain and provoke.

Subscriptions are currently available for purchase by calling the San Diego REP box office at 619-544-1000. Individual tickets will be available for purchase June 1, 2015.

About San Diego REPertory Theatre
San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. In 38 seasons, we have produced 48 world premieres. We have produced 46 main stage shows by Latino/a playwrights and more than 22 plays written by or about African-American artists. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue, and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit www.sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.