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2021 DNA New Works Series

  • WHEN Multiple dates from Jul 22 - Aug 1, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, CA
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free

The La Jolla Playhouse's annual celebration of new works of playwriting is back. These are readings of the play, two readings for each of the four offerings — so it's not a staged, produced work. That said, it's an excellent opportunity to get in on the ground floor for intimate readings of what's new in theater. Don't get me wrong, I love a big prop-filled production (the last show I saw at LJPH before the pandemic was Storm Lever literally launching herself through the air as Wendy in "Fly"), but there's something special in that closer look a reading offers.

This weekend, you can catch "Sumo," by Lisa Sanaye Dring, set in a sumo wrestling training center, or "All The Men Who've Frightened Me," by Noah Diaz, about trans fatherhood and hauntings. Two more works will be available next weekend.

Details: "All The Men Who've Frightened Me" runs Friday, July 23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.; "Sumo" runs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla. Free. -- Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

From the organizer:
The Playhouse’s acclaimed new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, is back for its eighth year, running July 22-25 and July 29-August 1, 2021.

The DNA New Work Series allows playwrights and directors the opportunity to develop a script by providing rehearsal time, space and resources – all culminating in readings which engage audiences in the creative process. It’s a rare chance for theatre-lovers to be a part of a new work in its earliest stages of development. Numerous DNA pieces have gone on to a full production on the Playhouse stages and nationally, such as Ayad Akhtar’s The Who & The What, and Quiara Alegría Hudes & Erin McKeown’s Miss You Like Hell.

The Plays:

"Sumo"
Written by Lisa Sanaye Dring
Directed by Ralph B. Peña

Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. | Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Find tickets here.

Entrenched in a training facility for sumo wrestlers, six men practice, eat, love, play and ultimately fight. Mixing ancient, divine ritual with the guttural ferocity of competition, they struggle to carve themselves – and one another – into the men they dream of being. SUMO is a story about the pursuit of the impossible.

"All the Men Who've Frightened Me"
(La Jolla Playhouse Commission)
Written by Noah Diaz
Directed by Kat Yen

Friday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. | Sunday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Find tickets here.

When Ty’s wife learns that she can’t conceive a child, he makes the impulsive decision to work his way off his testosterone and carry the baby himself. But when men from Ty’s past inexplicably begin appearing in the rooms of their new house, the would-be father and mother’s preparations for parenthood begin to collapse.

"not-for-profit (or the equity, diversity and inclusion play)"
Written by Francisca Da Silveira
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

Thursday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. | Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Find tickets here.

Nadine and her fellow junior staffers at RiseUP, an education nonprofit, just want to do right by the community they serve — even though they’re overworked, underpaid and have to deal with out-of-touch board members, microaggressive co-workers and unqualified consultants. But in the face of a sudden scandal, RiseUP might be brought down by even the most well-intentioned of workers.

"One-Shot"
Written by Andrew Rosendorf
Directed by Chip Miller

Friday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. | Sunday, August 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Find tickets here.

It’s 1999. Ellen has already come out on her TV show. Jack’s about to do the same on Dawson’s Creek. And David and Martin – two young video store employees, film buffs and best friends – are waiting to hear about a film scholarship to NYU that could change the trajectory of their lives. An exploration of privilege, identity and the ever-present celluloid closet, One-Shot examines who gets the space to tell what stories.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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