Original Cast Members and Director Pack Gibson's Suitcase for La Jolla Run, July 6

News   Original Cast Members and Director Pack Gibson's Suitcase for La Jolla Run, July 6
La Jolla Playhouse presents the west coast premiere of Melissa James Gibson's Suitcase or, those that resemble flies from a distance, staged by original director Daniel Aukin, starting July 6.

The La Jolla run of the play from the [sic] scribe will play at the company's Mandell Weiss Forum space through Aug. 8.

Suitcase centers on two young women who refuse to let their boyfriends into their apartment as they attempt to finish their dissertations. The work enjoyed its world premiere at New York's Soho Rep in January.

Soho rep artistic director Aukin returns to direct the show for the La Jolla run with original cast members Christina Kirk (David Auburn's Fifth Planet , "Melinda and Melinda"), Colleen Werthmann (Light Raise the Roof, Recent Tragic Events) and Thomas Jay Ryan (Five by Tenn, This Thing of Darkness). Jonathan M. Woodward (Ten Unknowns - Mark Taper Forum) joins the cast in California.

Playwright Gibson won an Obie Award in 2001 for her play [sic]. The busy scribe is currently working on commissions from the La Jolla Playhouse, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Children's Theatre Company/New Dramatists Playground program, the Adirondack Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizons and Mark Taper Forum. Her play Brooklyn Bridge, featuring music by Barbara Brousal, will premiere next season at The Children's Theatre Company — which will again reteam her with director Aukin (Molly's Dream, Cat's-Paw and The Year of the Baby).

The design team for Suitcase features the original New York team of Louisa Thompson (scenic), Maiko Matsushima (costume), Matt Frey (lighting), Shane Rettig (sound), Elaine J. McCarthy (projection) and composer Michael Friedman. For tickets to Suitcase at La Jolla Playhouse, on the corner of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, CA, call (858) 550-1010. For more information, visit www.lajollaplayhouse.com.

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