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The Year To Come’ Is A New Play About Family, Politics And Swimming Pools

La Jolla Playhouse pairs director Anne Kauffman with playwright Lindsey Ferrentino

A 2018 photo of the cast of

Photo by Jim Carmody

Above: A 2018 photo of the cast of "The Year to Come."

La Jolla Playhouse has staged some pretty ambitious shows - from the glitzy "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" to the outrageously costumed "The Squirrels."

But its latest show, "The Year to Come" has a unique challenge: building a functioning swimming pool on stage.

The crew has created a small pool inside the theater, complete with a water heater and water-friendly floors.

The story by Lindsey Ferrentino is about a family that reunites in a Florida backyard every New Year's Eve. It spans 18 years and moves backward in time.

And like Ferrentino's own childhood experience, the reunions include witty banter, awkward discussions about politics, and people getting in and out of a pool.

On Evening Edition Thursday, writer Ferrentino and director Anne Kauffman explain what it's like to work on a show where water splashes on to the first row and the cast has to do quick changes out of wet bathing suits.


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