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La Jolla Playhouse Launches DNA New Works

La Jolla Playhouse Kicks Off New Play Development Program

Above: La Jolla Playhouse launches new play development program called DNA New Works.

Aired 1/14/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Christopher Ashley, Playhouse Artistic Director and director of "Chasing the Song"

Gabriel Greene, La Jolla Playhouse Literary Director

Meg Miroshnik, playwright for "The Tall Girls"

Transcript

The La Jolla Playhouse has a tradition of supporting new works. This month it kicks off a new play development program called DNA New Works Series.

La Jolla Playhouse's DNA New Work Series is a six-week period of workshop productions and readings of new plays and musicals, taking place January 24 through March 3, 2013. The Series allows playwrights and directors the opportunity to develop a script by providing rehearsal time, space, and resources, culminating in a workshop production or public reading open to the public and encouraging feedback.

“As the place to look for what’s next in American theatre, it’s not only a major tenet of our mission to cultivate and develop the work of emerging and established artists, it’s in our DNA,” said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. “The Playhouse’s commitment to these artists and their work is the lifeblood of our theatre, and it is our hope that we can create an annual series to shine a spotlight on the development of the eclectic and diverse theatre that has become a hallmark on our stages.”

All projects in the DNA New Work Series will take place with little or no scenic, costume or staging elements, and actors may perform from scripts in hand. The program is similar to the Playhouse's long standing Page to Stage Program but is scaled back even more.

One of the works performed will be a new musical, "Chasing the Song" by the Tony Award-winning creators of "Memphis," Joe DiPietro (book and lyrics) and David Bryan (music and lyrics), and directed by Christopher Ashley. The musical will have two public staged readings on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, both at 8:00pm in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.

Two new plays will also be developed in workshop productions as part of the series. "The Tall Girls" is a new drama by Meg Miroshnik, will run for eight performances January 24 – February 3 in the Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center. "Brahman/i" is a new comedy by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by Jeremy Cohen, will run for eight performances February 21 – March 3 in the Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center.

Additionally, the DNA New Work Series will include six free 1-day readings that will be presented over six days: February 7 - 9 and February 14 - 16. The readings include "Being Henrietta" by Monique Gaffney, "Orange Julius" by Basil Kreimendahl, "The Consultant" by Heidi Schreck, as well as three additional readings to be announced shortly.

Ashley added in the press release, “I’m so pleased to work with Playhouse favorites Joe DiPietro and David Bryan on their latest project, as well as welcome newcomers Aditi Brennan Kapil and Meg Miroshnik, giving these exceptional artists a chance to hone their work in an environment of support that only the Playhouse can provide.”

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