La Jolla Playhouse, completing its 2019–2020 season, will present the world premiere of The Coast Starlight by Keith Bunin, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, beginning in August; as well as a new production of Kirsten Childs, Rajiv Joseph, and Bill Sherman's musical Fly, based on J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and directed by Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller.
Commissioned by the Playhouse and developed during the theatre's 2018 DNA New Work Series, The Coast Starlight is a new play about our capacity for invention and re-invention when life goes off the rails. Set aboard the Coast Starlight, the long-distance train that runs from Los Angeles to Seattle, the story follows a young traveler carrying a secret that can land him in terrible trouble.
Performances will run August 20–September 15 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.
Beginning in February 2020, the Playhouse will also mount Fly, which features a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (Guards at the Taj, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), music by Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winner Bill Sherman (orchestrations for In the Heights); lyrics by Joseph and Obie Award winner Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin), and directed by multiple Tony Award-winning producer Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton, Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights).
Previously seen at Dallas Theater Center in 2013 (also directed by Seller), Fly is described as a "thrilling, funny, and dangerous" take on Peter Pan that brings to life a whole new Neverland. Performances will run February 18–March 29, 2020 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre.
Fly and The Coast Starlight join the previously-announced 2019–2020 season productions of Put Your House in Order, running June 2–30; The Luckiest, running June 30–July 28; Kiss My Aztec!, running September 3–October 13; and Cambodian Rock Band, running November 12–December 15.
For tickets and more information visit LaJollaPlayhouse.org or call (858) 550-1010.