La Jolla Playhouse Presents Hip, Urban Comedy Suitcase
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From a talented cast of young actors (all under the age of 18) comes this timeless musical tale of star-crossed romance. A reimagining of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this cherished production tells of the ill-fated love affair between Tony and Maria as it plays out amidst the gang rivalry between the Sharks and the Jets. With lively music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd), this favorite of the stage features such hit songs as "Something's Coming," "Maria," "America" and "I Feel Pretty." Also adapted into an Academy Award-winning feature film, West Side Story remains an unforgettable theatrical experience. Learn More
Suitcase or, those that resemble flies from a distance
Written by Melissa James Gibson
Directed by Daniel Aukin
La Jolla Playhouse is thrilled to be presenting the West Coast premiere of Melissa James Gibson's Suitcase or, those that resemble flies from a distance, directed by Daniel Aukin. In this hip, urban comedy by the author of the Off Broadway hit [sic], Jen and Sallie, two young women who cannot finish their dissertations, refuse to let their frustrated boyfriends into their apartments or their lives. The foibles of procrastination take center stage as the women, glued to their desks, obsessively telephone-talk their way through fantasies and fears in a desperate attempt to fight off the inevitable -- love and real life. Suitcase was cheered by Newsday as "exquisite and thoroughly original."
Melissa James Gibson won an Obie Award for her 2001 production of [sic]. She is currently working on a commission for La Jolla Playhouse and has received two commissions from Steppenwolf Theatre Company and one from Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama.
Suitcase had its world premiere at Soho Rep, directed by its Artistic Director Daniel Aukin. Aukin also directed Soho Rep's production of [sic], the biggest critical and popular hit in the theatre's history, for which he received an Obie Award.