SEASON 43
San Diego Repertory Theatre 2018/2019

 

 

 

FUN HOME

Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Choreographed by Javier Velasco

September 6 – 30, 2018
 
"FIVE STARS. Fun Home has enormous intelligence and sensitivity. It's not your ordinary Broadway musical, because it is extraordinary."  – Time Out New York
 
“Heart-gripping and cathartic, FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up, and will never be able to leave. WE’RE HOME.”   The New York Times
 
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.  

Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood at the family Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. This impeccably shaded portrait of a girl and her father tries to solve the classic mystery: Who are these strange people who made me? And—therefore—who am I? 

Fun Home was the most awarded and acclaimed Broadway musical of 2015, winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score. Fun Home is one of the most groundbreaking musicals ever to hit the Broadway stage.

 

ACTUALLY

By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Jesca Prudencio
 
October 11  –  November 4, 2018 
 
“Gripping… the characters are beautifully rendered and complex… destined to trigger discussion.”  – Los Angeles Times
 
“Crafted with compassion, intelligence and insight… ACTUALLY is not to be missed.”  – TheaterMania.com
 
At a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton, Tom and Amber connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as the night heats up, they find themselves in murky territory with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives.  What actually happened between them?  Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this intimate and surprising drama explores the intersection of gender and race on college campuses today. When it comes to sex, what is consent and when can it be given? If you don’t remember giving it, does sex become assault?  

Deeply-felt, funny and extraordinarily provocative, fast-rising playwright Anna Ziegler’s new play is an intricate and psychologically complex jigsaw puzzle. Crafted with compassion and profound insight, Actually leaves it to the audience to grapple with the gray area of truth, where there are three sides to every story.

 
 

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

Nominated for eight Tony Awards including Best Play
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Sam Woodhouse

November 21  –  December 16, 2018

“Smart, funny and utterly engrossing play”   New York Times

“FIVE STARS. It keeps you hanging on each turn of argument and twist of knife. It’s dynamite.” – Time Out New York

Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 masterpiece took Europe by storm and attacked the social and cultural norms of its day. Nora Helmer is a young wife trapped inside a suffocating, loveless marriage. At the end of Ibsen’s classic play A Doll’s House, Nora makes the radical decision to walk away from her marriage and her children to pursue an independent life. Nora literally walks out the door and slams it behind her to announce her shocking departure. She plunges into a terrifying and thrilling life of freedom without boundaries.  
 
Lucas Hnath’s sharp-witted sequel A Doll’s House, Part 2 begins with a knock on that same door fifteen years later. Nora is back with a personal story of freedom and independence that is very modern and very familiar. What happens when Nora is forced to confront the people she chose to leave behind? 
 
Hnath writes fast, vibrant dialogue—much of it in a salty, modern vernacular that is witty, satirical and a joy to embrace. A Doll’s House, Part 2, which garnered eight Tony Award nominations, is a blistering and very funny exploration of marriage and the high cost of personal fulfillment.
 
 

 

AUBERGINE

By Julia Cho
Directed by Todd Salovey
 
January 24  –  February 17, 2019
 
“A combination of theatrical ingredients so fulfilling that a standing ovation is in order.”  — San Francisco Chronicle  
 
“This is a rare form of entertainment, closer perhaps to enlightenment…” — Los Angeles Times
 
Ray believes in the power of food. As a gourmet chef, he’s seen a bowl of berries help a woman to fall in love. He’s heard stories of a meal prepared by a mother to keep a son from leaving home and moving to the other side of the world. Now with the help of his uncle, who arrives unexpectedly from Korea, Ray is tasked with preparing a family soup recipe to keep his father alive. 
 
When words fail, a home-cooked meal transcends differences in this touching story of intergenerational connectedness, forgiveness and the sweetest spice of life: love. As a Korean family struggles to relate across emotional and cultural divides, it’s the ingredients they share in common that lead to understanding. Aubergine is a mouthwatering meditation on the beauty of life where hope is no mere ingredient—it’s the main course.  
 


 

HERSHEY FELDER,
BEETHOVEN

Written and performed by Hershey Felder
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Directed by Joel Zwick

February 21 –  March 24, 2019
 
“Not to be missed.” – Talkin’ Broadway
 
“A hypnotic production...a chamber music piece of exquisite beauty.” – Chicago Sun Times
 
He has been called the conjurer of the spirits – George Gershwin, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin – in remarkable and mesmerizing solo shows that have played across America and the globe. San Diego Rep’s best selling artist of all time, Hershey Felder, returns to bring the story of Ludwig van Beethoven to life. 
 
In order to share a uniquely personal perspective of Beethoven and his world, Felder tells this classic composer’s story through someone close to him. This story is inspired by Dr. Gerhard von Breuning’s memoir which recounted how he helped care for the aging composer when he was a boy.
 
Hailed as “a seductive portraitist, compelling storyteller, and superb concert pianist,” by American Theatre Magazine, Felder commands the profound musical understanding to bring this legend to life. He offers an enthralling performance that can satisfy musical experts, as well as captivate audience members with little background in classical music. Featuring some of the composer’s greatest works, from “Moonlight Sonata” to the “Ninth Symphony” and the “Emperor Concerto,” Hershey Felder, Beethoven is an intense, illuminating and  unforgettable journey.
 

 

SWEAT

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
By Lynn Nottage

Directed by Sam Woodhouse

April 18  –  May 12, 2019
 
“… Passionate and necessary… a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us.”  – Time Out New York
 
“Nottage goes where few playwrights have dared to go — into the heart of working-class America.”  – Variety
 
With humor and tremendous heart, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama speaks directly to the unsettling changes in America. The setting is the steel town of Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the poorest communities in America. 
 
A group of close friends share everything: drinks, secrets and laughs. When rumors of layoffs shake up the factory where they work, the fragile bonds of their community begin to splinter and a horrific crime sends shockwaves across two generations. The neighborhood bar turns into a battleground where race, class, family and friendship clash. 
 
Acclaimed writer Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Intimate Apparel) went to Reading during the Great Recession to understand first-hand the impact of our country’s economic decline. She perfectly captures the true stories of what happened to the American working-class who feel betrayed by the false promises of the American dream. Their struggle to reclaim what’s lost, find redemption and redefine themselves in the 21st century are at the heart of Time Magazine’s #1 Play of 2017.
 

 
   
   

 

 
 
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