Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Angela Goethals (Blur, The Good Times Are Killing Me) and Tony winner Daisy Eagan are Laura, a high school cheerleader and Hannah, her younger sister in the world premiere of Annie Weisman's Be Aggressive, playing July 25-Aug. 26 at La Jolla Playhouse. The dark comedy opens July 29 under Lisa Peterson's direction.
When Laura and Hannah lose their mother in a car accident, Laura seeks healing for the pain by throwing herself obsessively into cheerleading. Inspired by Weisman's teen years in affluent Del Mar, Be Aggressive looks at losing someone you love in a world of smoothie shops, environmentalism and too much wealth.
Joining Goethals and Eagan are Mark Harelik ("Election") as Laura's father Phil, Jennifer Elise Cox ("The Brady Bunch") as the zealous cheerleader Leslie, Linda Gehringer ("Evening Shade") as Leslie's mom, Judy. The cheerleader chorus is Tamala Horbianski, Carly Kleiner and Joy Osmanski.
Designing Be Aggressive are Rachel Hauck (sets), Audrey Fisher (costumes), James F. Ingalls (lighting) and Laura Grace Brown (sound). Julie Ann Compton served as the cheer consultant.
Tickets are $19-$42. For reservations, call (858) 550-1010. La Jolla Playhouse is on the web at http://www.lajollaplayhouse.com. *
La Jolla Playhouse's recent set of gala concerts featuring Pete Townshend raised $330,000 for the San Diego company. A Squier Stratocaster signed by Townshend netted $6,250 in an online auction held on the La Jolla Playhouse website.
La Jolla Playhouse had been mighty good to Pete Townshend, staging The Who's Tommy as a musical (which went on to win Townshend a Tony Award when the show transferred to Broadway). The legendary rock 'n' roll performer was once guitarist of The Who and composer of many of the group's greatest hits.
— By Christine Ehren