Waiting in the Green Room: La Jolla Playhouse sets 2015/16 season of all new works


La Jolla Playhouse announced the lineup for its 2015/2016 season, which features a cast of world premieres.

“This season embodies the Playhouse’s adventurous spirit in so many ways,” said Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley. “We’ve assembled an astounding group of artists, many of whom have worked in unique partnerships to create their pieces.

“It has also been a goal of mine to bring our innovative Without Walls program to a wider audience, and for the first time, a WoW show will be part of our subscription series.”

On the Marquee:

1) “Come from Away,” May 29-June 28, Potiker Theatre, with book, music and lyrics by Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and directed by Christopher Ashley. Based on the true story of when the isolated town of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world when 38 planes were diverted to Gander on Sept. 11, 2001.

2) “Up Here,” July 28-Aug. 30, Mandell Weiss Theatre, featuring book, music and lyrics by the husband-and-wife composing team Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Walt Disney World’s “Finding Nemo, The Musical”), who recently won the Academy Award for Best Song with “Let It Go” from the film “Frozen.” Directed by Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher,” “Rocky”), a 30-something computer repairman Dan finds a potential spark with outgoing T-shirt designer Lindsay, but his attempts at a relationship are thwarted by the Technicolor world in his head.

3) “Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin,” Sept. 8-Oct. 4, Potiker Theatre, by Michael Benjamin Washington (“Memphis,” “The Wiz”), directed by Phylicia Rashad. In the sweltering political and racial heat of 1963, Bayard Rustin, the brilliant proponent of non-violent civil disobedience, is assigned to orchestrate an unprecedented march for jobs and freedom.

4) “Healing Wars,” (Sept. 29-Oct. 25) conceived, directed and choreographed by Liz Lerman. “Healing Wars” marks the first WoW production to be part of the Playhouse’s subscription series. The multisensory experience blends dance, storytelling and multimedia in an exploration of how soldiers and healers cope with the physical and psychological wounds of war.

5) “Indecent,” Nov. 13-Dec. 10, Mandell Weiss Theatre, co-created by director Rebecca Taichman (Playhouse’s “Sleeping Beauty Wakes,” “Milk Like Sugar”) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (“How I Learned to Drive”), co-produced with Yale Repertory Theatre. The piece charts the history of an incendiary work (1922’s Broadway debut of “God of Vengeance”), the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it, and the evolving identity of the culturally rich community that inspired its creation.

6) “Guards at the Taj,” Feb. 2-28, 2016, Potiker Theatre, by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Jaime Castañeda. A dark comedy about two average men swept up by the beauty, carnage and injustice surrounding of one of the most famous wonders of the world.