Also booked are I Left My Heart (July 5-Aug. 21), a new revue created by David Grapes and Todd Olson, with arrangements by Vince di Mura, drawing on the hits of singer Tony Bennett; a play to be announced (Sept. 27-Oct. 23); Steve Murray's This Wonderful Life (Nov. 25-Dec. 24), a one-man reimagining of the film "It's a Wonderful Life," featuring James Leaming playing all the roles; and Maripat Donovan's Sister's Easter Catechism (March 13-April 8, 2012), the latest chapter in the Late Night Catechism series about a nun with a special point of view, directed by Mark Silva.
Here's how Laguna Playhouse characterizes its two 2011-12 world premieres:
Jan. 10-Feb. 5, 2012
The Rubicon Theatre Production
Lonesome Traveler: A Journey Down the Rivers and Streams of American Folk
Conceived and Directed by James O'Neil
Musical Direction by Dan Wheetman
"'Tom Dooley,' 'Goodnight Irene,' 'Puff, the Magic Dragon,' 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'This Land Is Your Land.' These songs remind us of a time when music brought us all together, and when it changed us. Lonesome Traveler takes us from the backwoods of Appalachia to the nightclubs of New York and San Francisco; from the mid 1920s to the mid-1960s. Experience the music that made history and the history that made music. This is a journey down the rivers and streams of American Folk while presenting a revealing perspective of its musical roots that are forever embedded in our culture."
April 24-May 20, 2012
Written by Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman
Directed by Martin Bergman
"Mindy Solomon absolutely has to leave Miami. Florida is bad for her head and her hair! Dreaming of a dancing career on Broadway, she moves to New York, but events soon force her to rethink her grand plan. Spending way too much time in the comedy club where her future ex-boyfriend works, Mindy nervously goes up on stage one night. People laugh. Not in the places where Mindy thought they'd laugh, but hey, it's a start. Tickled Pink is a wild ride with an insider's view of the world of stand-up comedy, and a touching tale of love, loss, female friendship and forgiveness."
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Founded in 1920 and celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2011-2012, The Laguna Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously-operating theatres on the West Coast. The Laguna Playhouse has evolved from a community theatre into a not-for-profit professional venue that is now a member of League of Resident Theatres (LORT). In addition to employing Equity actors, The Playhouse is also a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group, the national organization of American professional theatre. More than 100,000 theatreoers annually attend performances at the Laguna Playhouse. The Playhouse has produced national tours of The Belle of Amherst (with Julie Harris) and Copenhagen, and has presented many world, national and regional premieres.