Private Fittings by Hairspray Pen Replaces Scottish Play Debut at New La Jolla Space

News   Private Fittings by Hairspray Pen Replaces Scottish Play Debut at New La Jolla Space
La Jolla Playhouse has announced that a staging of Georges Feydeau's Private Fittings will replace the previous season-closing world premiere of Lee Blessing's The Scottish Play at the new Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. The latter work will premiere with Annie Weisman's musical adaptation The Essential Alice in the 2005 season.

Construction delays on the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center featuring the Potiker Theatre are the cause for the show shuffle, according to a release. The inaugural production in the Playhouse’s new space will now play Feb. 22-March 27, 2005.

Hairspray's co-bookwriter Mark O'Donnell translates and adapts the new version of Georges Feydeau’s comedy Private Fittings, to be directed by La Jolla artistic director Des McAnuff. The work filled with mistaken identities centers around a newlywed doctor who falls for one of his patients.

"The opening of the Playhouse’s new theatre center is more than twenty years in the making and we plan to put our best foot forward," stated McAnuff. "We want our audiences to experience the Potiker Theatre in all of its glory, and after waiting so many years, it makes sense to take the necessary time to do it right. Feydeau's Private Fittings is sure to showcase all of the Potiker Theatre’s bells and whistles and take our audiences on a comedic thrill ride.”

The Playhouse has rescheduled the world premiere of Lee Blessing's The Scottish Play, to be directed by Ethan McSweeny, for early summer 2005.

The new comedy centers on a theatre director with a wayward past, who plans an extravaganza production of Macbeth to jumpstart his career. But the infamous curse causes fires, floods, frogs, squirrels, ex-wives and a hunky Hollywood half-wits to rain down upon the production. La Jolla also announces the addition of the world premiere of The Essential Alice, a musical adaptation by Annie Weisman (Be Aggressive) based on Lewis Carroll's classic Wonderland tales. The new work, featuring music by Michael Friedman (Paris Commune), will also be directed by McAnuff in the 2005 season. Both works will run in the Potiker Theatre.

Tickets to Private Fittings at The Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla, CA can be purchased by calling (858) 550-1010. For more information, visit the La Jolla website at

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