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Jennifer Bobiwash (Ojibway) as Linda and Kholan Studi (Cherokee) as Edward in Native Voices at the Autry’s ‘They Don't Talk Back,’ presented by La Jolla Playhouse, in association with Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre.

NewsNative voices speak out in ‘They Don't Talk Back’

May 25, 2016, 12:25 p.m.

La Jolla Playhouse continues to search for plays of diverse genres that surprise, entertain, inspire, or ask questions. Some accomplish all of this, as is the potential for “They Don’t Talk Back,” by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse, an Alaska native from the Tlingit clan. The play is part of Native Voices of the 2016/2017 resident theater company, a program spearheaded by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, which aims to encourage the artistic development of rising performing arts organizations, while contributing ...

Scott Drummond as William Desmond Taylor and Talene Monahon as Mary Miles Minter in La Jolla Playhouse’s premiere of ‘Hollywood,’ by Joe DiPietro.

NewsLet’s Review: ‘Hollywood’ sizzles in Playhouse premiere

May 25, 2016, 12:17 p.m.

Who doesn’t love a good mystery, especially one labeled unsavory and unsolved from the early 1920s? Playwright Joe DiPietro’s premiere of “Hollywood,” onstage at the La Jolla Playhouse, and directed by its artistic director Christopher Ashley, sheds new light on this real life event. William Desmond Taylor (Scott Drummond), a popular director and actor with the studios and the “ladies,” is murdered in his home, right after one of his female admirers departs.Investigations get nowhere as detectives question several suspects ...

‘Hedda Gabler’ runs June 1-26 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets from $39 at (858) 481-1055.

Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’ comes to North Coast Rep

May 18, 2016, 10:20 a.m.

Playwright Henrik Ibsen was born in Norway in 1828. He spent his growing years as a writer of poetry, drama, and eventually, as a celebrated playwright, penning a new play almost every year. Ibsen is the second most produced playwright in the world, after Shakespeare. In 1890 he wrote the classic “Hedda Gabler,” which opens June 1 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT), under the direction of NCRT Artistic Director David Ellenstein. Making her third return to NCRT (“Chapter ...

The cast of J* Company Youth Theatre

NewsJ* Company stages Caribbean tale of hope, perseverance

May 11, 2016, 3:33 p.m.

Meet Asaka, Mother of the Earth. She’s one of four gods ruling over a Caribbean island in a spirited musical tale about the power of love and breaking down barriers. The show is “Once On This Island,” produced by J Company Youth Theatre Group and opening May 13 at the Jewish Community Center in La Jolla. Its Asaka is 17-year-old Noga Tour, a senior at Canyon Crest High School and a seasoned veteran of past JCompany productions including “West Side ...

Get up close and personal with the sun in ‘Solarium,’ one of the immersive cinematic experiences at ArtPower’s day-long Filmatic Festival May 7.

NewsReady for some really new cinema?

May 4, 2016, 2:46 p.m.

By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt If you’re ready for some really new cinema, featuring the latest developments in virtual reality and immersive storytelling, put Saturday, May 7 on your calendar. ArtPower’s third annual Filmatic Festival will be a 12-hour adventure in science and art at UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute. Led by Rebecca Webb, ArtPower film curator and Filmatic Festival founder, the 2016 festival will showcase multimedia works that draw the viewer into the worlds of Australian Aboriginals (“Collisions”), Dinosaurs (“Jurassic ...

Hilary Young

NewsUCSD student Chamber Opera to premiere

May 4, 2016, 2:39 p.m.

Kallisti, the vocal ensemble lead by UC San Diego music professor Susan Narucki, will present the world premiere of “Noon at Dusk,” a chamber opera created by graduate students Stephen Lewis and his wife, Yi Hong Sim, 7 p.m., May 11, 13 and 14 in the Experimental Theater at the Conrad Prebys Music Center on campus. This opera is the latest in a series of important premieres by Kallisti, which have included Viktor Ullman’s “Der Kaiser von Atlantis” in 2012 ...

Hallie Foote as Rosalynn Carter, Richard Thomas as Jimmy Carter and Khaled Nabawy as Anwar Sadat with Will Beckstrom and Will Hayes in Camp David at Arena Stage, 2014. The West Coast premiere of Lawrence Wright’s Camp David, May 13 to June 19, at The Old Globe Theatre.

NewsGlobe drama offers inside peek into peace talks

May 4, 2016, 2:27 p.m.

Plays based on history are appealing to diverse audiences. Mature people who were around at that time can identify with what was happening in one way or another. Younger playgoers can come to understand more of something they’ve heard about or wish to know. Such is the case with The Old Globe Theatre’s Arena Stages production of Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright’s new play “Camp David,” directed by Arena Stages artistic director, Molly Smith. Camp David revisits the turbulent 1970s ...

Tony Award-winning playwright Joe DiPietro’s classic mystery ‘Hollywood,’ has its world premiere May 10-June at La Jolla Playhouse.

NewsWho really dunnit?

Apr 27, 2016, 2:17 p.m.

Irish-born American actor/director William Desmond Taylor was a popular figure in the early days of the Hollywood motion-picture scene. He directed 59 silent films between 1914 and 1922 and acted in 27 between 1913 and 1915. In 1922, he was murdered inside his bungalow at the Alvarado Court Apartments in Los Angeles. The murderer was never found and the crime remains a cold case. Perhaps playwright Joe DiPietro’s world premiere of “Hollywood” at the La Jolla Playhouse will shed more ...

News‘Fallen Star’ film coming to ArcLight-La Jolla

Apr 27, 2016, 1:54 p.m.

How many people does it take to hoist a 70,000-pound artwork onto a seventh-story rooftop? A 50-minute film about Do Ho Suh’s “Fallen Star,” the small house perched Wizard-of-Oz-like on the roof-edge of UCSD’s School of Engineering, will let you see for yourself May 5 when it’s screened at ArcLight Cinemas-La Jolla. “Fallen Star: Finding Home,” co-directed by Vera Brunner-Sung and Valerie Stadler, is about the combined efforts that took the 18th piece in the university’s Stuart Collection from conception ...

DakhaBrakha, a unique Ukrainian quartet, will perform at UCSD’s Price Center East Ballroom May 11.

NewsArtPower presents two nights of soulful sounds

Apr 27, 2016, 1:17 p.m.

ArtPower’s executive director, Jordan Peimer, is a huge fan of global music and is bringing some major players to its programming mix. Unfortunately, one of them, Ester Rada, an Ethiopian/Israeli singer who counts Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin among her influences, was forced to cancel because of visa problems, but there are still two nights of soulful sounds waiting to be heard this month. DakhaBrakha DakhaBrakha is a quirky quartet of singing musicians from Ukraine who have created a new ...

Luke Garbacz

NewsLa Jollan stars as ‘Billy Elliot’ with siblings

Apr 20, 2016, 12:25 p.m.

When the California Youth Conservancy Theatre production of Billy Elliot takes the stage at Lyceum Theater May 28 to June 5, La Jolla’s own Luke Garbacz will hold the title role. And he’s not the only one from the Garbacz household in the musical, as brother Matthew and sister Juliet also have parts. Joining the Garbacz children are La Jolla actors Julia Van Skike, Isabella Walther-Meade and Lauren Muehl.Although Luke has had prominent roles in youth productions of “Into the ...

Back row: Max Macke (deputy, scruffy man, doctor), John Herzog (warden, man, captain), Geno Carr (cotton farmer, lame man, Cajun, Mr. Allen) and Benjamin Cole (Tommy).
Front row: Richard Baird (Aikins), Sara Fetgatter (Ellie) and Robert Grossman (Ike), star in Edward Morgan’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s ‘Old Man,’ ‘Way Downriver’ through May 8 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre.

NewsLet’s Review: ‘Way Downriver’ is downright incredible

Apr 20, 2016, 11:51 a.m.

National disasters seem to be on the rise. Nightly newscasts feature tornadoes, typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, raging storms and floods. “Way Downriver,” Edward Morgan’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s play “Old Man,” is centered on one such disaster — the record-breaking great Mississippi flood of 1927. The story unfolds onstage at the North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT) through May 8. First to draw acclaim is NCRT’s Resident Scenic Designer Marty Burnett for his amazing set design, that starts off in a Mississippi ...

Meet the cast and crew — Back row: Isabel Rios, Bruna Bittencourt, Jade Moujaes, Michael Chen, Lindsey Gartner, Daniel O'Haire, Aquarius Burke, Ciara Agrella, Alec Greenfield, Dani Balmat, Isabel Blanco and Angelo Devlin. 
Front row: Robert Mackey, Beau Lieurance, Jose Jasso, Vlad Jebran, Patrick Perrine and Angela Batakovic

News‘Toxic Avenger’ onstage at La Jolla High April 22-29

Apr 20, 2016, 11:18 a.m.

A seven-foot mutant, a blind pretty librarian, corruption, pollution, and rock ‘n’ roll are the main elements of the La Jolla High School (LJHS) PG13-rated spring musical. “The Toxic Avenger” premieres 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 22 with performances at the same time on April 23, 28 and 29 in the school’s Parker Auditorium, 750 Nautilus St. A special pay-what-you-can performance will be presented at 2:30 p.m. April 27. “We have some special tricks up our sleeve,” said director Marjorie Treger. ...

The trio behind the opera — director Jack O’Brien, composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally.

NewsGreat Scott! Comedy, drama to join forces in new opera

Apr 20, 2016, 10:46 a.m.

How many operas can you think of that have been called “hilarious, endearing, sophisticated and profound”? Starting May 7, San Diego Opera, in partnership with the Dallas Opera, will present the West Coast premiere of one of those happy few — “Great Scott,” a thoroughly modern opera about a diva, a faltering small-town opera company and football. The prolific composer, Jake Heggie, lists eight pages of operas, song cycles, chamber and orchestral works on his website, including the whale-scale opera ...