Mays (I Am My Own Wife) will play multiple roles in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, a musical comedy with book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak, lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak, set for September-October in the Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre.
Darko Tresnjak will direct the production. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is billed as "a deliciously witty romp through manners, mores and murder in Edwardian England." According to La Jolla Playhouse, "In a tale with strikingly contemporary resonance, a young man of little means discovers he's eighth in line for a great fortune and title. Driven by revenge and torn between two beautiful women, he discovers just how low he is willing to go on his climb to the top."
The season open with the world premiere of Annie Weisman's comic drama Surf Report, to play June-July in the Mandell Weiss Forum.
Ashley will direct Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which will feature an on-stage orchestra playing the music of Mendelssohn, running July-August in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.
A new adaptation of Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, adapted by Robert Woodruff and Bill Camp, will be directed by Robert Woodruff in September-October in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined will run November-December in the Mandell Weiss Theatre.
The final production of the 2010-11 season — a musical — will be announced shortly.
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Here's the 2010-11 season at a glance:
Ruined: Set during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the play features Mama Nadi, who runs "a canteen where any soldier can put down his weapon, have a beer and spend an evening in the company of beautiful women — for a price. But the good-time atmosphere of this cozy brothel cannot hide the battles waged on the women who work there. They have been torn from their families, brutalized at the hands of violent men and bartered as a commodity by the shrewd Mama Nadi, but despite the atrocities inflicted on them, their courage, humor and hope survive." *
The Tony Award-winning not-for-profit La Jolla Playhouse, known for its commitment to new work, as well as contemporary and classic plays, was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer. Numerous Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway, including Big River, The Who's Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Walk in the Woods, Dracula, Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, Jersey Boys, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Farnsworth Invention, 33 Variations and Memphis.
Located on the UC San Diego campus, La Jolla Playhouse is made up of three primary performance spaces: the Mandell Weiss Theatre, the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre, and the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for La Jolla Playhouse, a complex which features the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.
For more information, visit lajollaplayhouse.org.