La Jolla Playhouse will present the world premiere of Lindsey Ferrentino's The Year to Come beginning December 4.
Directed by Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director Anne Kauffman, performances will continue through December 30 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre.
The cast features Adam Chanler-Berat (Amélie, Peter and the Starcatcher) as Jim, Marcia DeBonis (Small Mouth Sounds) as Pam, Jenna Dioguardi (The Wolves) as Abigail, seven-time Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) as Estelle, Pomme Koch (The Band’s Visit) as Sinan, Jonathan Nichols (Grey’s Anatomy) as Frank, Ray Anthony Thomas (Playhouse’s Glengarry Glen Ross) as Joe, and Peter Van Wagner (Public Theater’s Othello) as Pop Pop.
Every New Year’s Eve, a family gathers in their Florida backyard to ring in the coming year. In between dips in the pool, politically-incorrect banter and a highly-anticipated onion dip, their relationships grow and fracture in moments that become family legend. Unfolding backwards in time, The Year to Come shows how the promise of our future is shaped by the lens of our past.
The creative team includes scenic designer Christopher Acebo, costume designer Dede Ayite, lighting designer Lap Chi Chu, sound designer Brandon Wolcott, dramaturg Gabriel Greene, and stage manager Cyd Cahill.
“Lindsey Ferrentino’s latest work paints a funny and deeply moving portrait of contemporary America through the lens of one diverse family,” said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. “It’s a distinct pleasure to have this phenomenal cast join our Playhouse family and to welcome back UC San Diego alumna Anne Kauffman, fresh off her exhilarating production of Hundred Days.”