Handful of surprises in Playhouse’s upcoming season

La Jolla Playhouse announced the first four plays of its 2011-‘12 Season: the co-commissioned “Milk Like Sugar” by Kirsten Greenidge (directed by Rebecca Taichman); the world-premiere of “A Dram of Drumchhicit” by Arthur Kopit and Anton Dudley (directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley); “Peer Gynt” by Henrik Ibsen (adapted and directed by David Schweizer); and “American Night: The Ballad of Juan José” by Richard Montoya for Culture Clash (directed by Jo Bonney).

The final two subscription shows of the new season (both musicals) will be shortly determined.

“We’re so proud of this season celebrating the arrival of several new artists and Playhouse veterans,” said Ashley.

The world premiere of “Milk Like Sugar,” co-commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse and Theater Masters, comes first to the stage.

Stuck in a dead-end town and ignored by her family, 16-year-old Annie decides to create her own future, entering into a pregnancy pact with two of her high school friends. With savage humor and gritty poetry, this new play explores the challenges of choosing between the safety of the life you know and the danger of the life you desire.

Fresh from directing the Tony Award-winning best musical “Memphis” and his acclaimed 2010 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Ashley will helm the world premiere of “A Dram of Drumchhicit.”

An American entrepreneur has found the perfect Scottish island on which to build his new golf course. But as secrets – and bodies – are unearthed, the true nature of the island wreaks comic havoc, in this new comic supernatural farce by the author of the Tony Award-winning musical “Nine” and “Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad.”

Up next is “Peer Gynt” (a co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre), adapted and directed by David Schweizer. This take on Ibsen’s sweeping epic will be performed by just five performers playing 40 characters on a stage full of inventive surprises. Audiences will be taken on a wild and surreal adventure in which the title character dreams, swindles, and charms his way through life in an exhilarating quest for fame and fortune.

Culture Clash, last seen in 2006 in “Culture Clash’s Zorro in Hell” returns with their newest work, “American Night: The Ballad of Juan José,” commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

As the title character feverishly studies for his U.S. Citizenship exam, he becomes ensnared in a tumultuous, whirlwind journey through pivotal moments of American history.

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