Fires Force Evacuation of La Jolla Playhouse Staffers

News   Fires Force Evacuation of La Jolla Playhouse Staffers Staff of the La Jolla Playhouse were forced to evacuate the famed theatre as fires raged on near the southern California stage.
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According to reports, more than a dozen wildfires have been burning across seven counties of California — including Los Angeles and San Diego County. A La Jolla spokesperson told Playbill.com that workers at the Playhouse were evacuated from the theatre the morning of Oct. 22 and are waiting to see how the fires play out. As of press time, the fires did not pose any threat to the theatre itself, though many staff members are also being evacuated from their homes.

La Jolla Playhouse is currently dark as it prepares for the upcoming world premiere of the new musical Cry-Baby, which begins performances Nov. 6. The cast has not yet begun rehearsals at the California stage.

The nearby South Coast Repertory (in Costa Mesa) and Old Globe Theatres (in San Diego) also said that the fires have not affected their operations in any direct way. Both venues are presenting shows at the moment, but are dark on Mondays. SCR currently offers John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, while the Old Globe boasts the world premiere of the new musical A Catered Affair and the American premiere of Oscar and the Pink Lady.

The Old Globe representative noted that patrons who cannot attend shows Tuesday or beyond are being dealt with on a case-by-case basis, but exchanges are an option.