La Jolla Playhouse Announces Four World-Premieres

La Jolla Playhouse, nationally-renowned for the development of new work, announces four world-premiere productions for the 2017/2018 season, including the previously-announced Escape to Margaritaville (May/June), featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett and an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl”) and Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”), directed by La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Memphis).

The Playhouse will also mount another rousing world-premiere musical: Untitled Donna Summer Project (November/December), to be directed by Tony Award winner and Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who’s Tommy) and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys).

Joining these works will be two world-premiere plays: At the Old Place (July/August), by Rachel Bonds, directed by Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda (Tiger Style!, Guards at the Taj) and Wild Goose Dreams (September/October), by Hansol Jung, directed by Leigh Silverman (Broadway’s Violet, Chinglish). Two additional productions for the 2017/2018 season will be announced shortly.

“Continuing the Playhouse’s tradition of developing and launching new works, our first four announced shows of 2017/18 are all world premieres, including two exuberant new musicals that celebrate two of America’s most beloved musical icons. Des has always been the quintessential rock-star director, and it’s a joy to welcome him and long-time collaborator Sergio Trujillo back to the Playhouse,” noted Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. “Additionally, our own Jaime Castañeda will put his indelible mark on a poignant piece by playwright Rachel Bonds, while Leigh Silverman makes her Playhouse debut helming Hansol Jung’s astonishing new play. It’s a season that finds compelling drama everywhere on the map – from a tropical island to South Korea – while exploring with our audiences fascinating intersections of cultures and identities.”

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