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'to the yellow house'

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'to the yellow house'

Every week through Dec 12, 2021.
Sunday: 02:00 PM
Sunday: 07:00 PM
Tuesday: 07:30 PM
Wednesday: 07:30 PM
Thursday: 08:00 PM
Friday: 08:00 PM
Saturday: 02:00 PM
Saturday: 08:00 PM
La Jolla Playhouse
Tickets start at $39
No performances Sunday 11/21 or Thanksgiving Day, 11/25. Extra 2 p.m. matinee Wednesday 11/24.

From the KPBS weekend arts preview:
The world premiere of Kimber Lee's play will finally open at the La Jolla Playhouse — after postponing its anticipated spring 2020 opening. "To the yellow house" is set during a two year period in Vincent Van Gogh's life, which Lee became fascinated with after reading Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith's comprehensive biography, "Van Gogh: The Life." She noticed there were some years largely missing in what we know about the great painter's life, and looked to fill in those details. It's set mostly in Paris and the southern city of Arles (the location of the actual yellow house), at a time when Van Gogh was particularly struggling with his work.

"The play brings him through great difficulty, through a moment of great shattering, to a place of quiet resolve and kind of starting over," Lee told KPBS this week. "He has no way of knowing that the paintings he's about to do are going to be some of the most famous paintings in the history of art. He has no way of knowing any of that. But despite the ringing failure and heartbreak that he goes through, he still finds something within himself to say, I'm going to keep going anyway."

Keep an eye out for my feature on The Playhouse's production of "to the yellow house" later this week.

Details: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Performances continue, Tuesdays through Sundays, through Dec. 12. The La Jolla Playhouse Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla. $39-75. Military discounts available.
—Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

From the Playhouse:
November 16 – December 12, 2021 at the La Jolla Playhouse Mandell Weiss Theatre
"to the yellow house" by Kimber Lee
Directed by Neel Keller

February 1886. Vincent van Gogh is broke again. Trailing past-due notices and annoyed innkeepers, he arrives unexpectedly at his brother’s doorstep in Montmartre determined to make another fresh start. Caught in the colorful whirl of the Parisian art scene, he drinks too much, falls in love with the wrong woman, argues with everyone – and paints. Night and day he works to translate what he feels onto the canvas, relentlessly chasing a new form of expression that seems to be always around the next corner. But at what point in an endless cycle of failures do faith and persistence become delusion and foolishness? A meditation on love, art and not being popular.

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La Jolla Playhouse

2910 La Jolla Village Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037