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Spotlight on the La Jolla Playhouse

For people who enjoy live theatre, one of the most exciting venues in the country is the La Jolla Playhouse, located in San Diego on the University of California campus. This unique location offers superb performances in three different locations: the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre, the Mandell Weiss Theatre and the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Playhouse. The latter location is a complex, which features the Hughes and Sheila Potiker Theatre.

Photo by The Huntington Theatre Company
Photo by The Huntington Theatre Company


Originally founded in 1947 by Mel Ferrer, Dorothy McGuire and Gregory Peck, it was revived in 1983. This playhouse has received more than 300 honors, including several Tony Awards. It has also had local, national and international premiers.


• 3 play package $118

• Pay What You Can (2 tickets per person at $5 each, which must be purchased between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon on the day of the performance)

• Ages 30 and under, $20 (limit 2 tickets per I.D.)


The theatre has a number of excellent programs for both youth and handicapped persons. The ACCESS Program is designed for patrons who need American Sign Language and has an Audio Described performance for blind/low vision patrons and/or those who have a deaf/hard of hearing handicap. Participants are allowed to touch the costumes and production materials prior to the play.

There are also youth programs such as a Summer Conservatory, Young Performer’s Workshop, School Programs and many others available for young people to learn about acting and other intricacies of play production.


• Location: La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

• Mailing Address: La Jolla Playhouse, P.O. Box 12039, La Jolla, CA 92039

• Box Office Phone: (858) 550-1010

• E-mail inquiries: information

Current Showings

The Playhouse has scheduled six plays this seasons including Blood and Gifts, The Nightingale, An Ilion (by Homer), Glengarry Glen Ross, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and Hands on Hardbody.

Other Events

The La Jolla Playhouse does not confine its activities to presenting plays and workshops. It includes the audience in many of its events such as:

• Talkback Tuesdays – allows the audience to participate in a discussion with artistic staff and/or actors

• Insider Events – audience can join the Playhouse staff prior to the performance for a discussion of the play

• Discovery Sunday – special speakers lead a discussion regarding the issues and themes of the play after the Sunday matinee

• Audience Engagement Guides – available online under ‘Before You Go’ guide


Tours are scheduled to view the stages and production shops throughout the Playhouse complex. This makes it possible to learn more about its history. These tours are scheduled depending on staff availability.

There is no doubt that the La Jolla Playhouse is one of the jewels of San Diego. Well known actors such as Tallulah Bankhead, Matthew Broderick, James Coburn, Billy Crystal and many others have appeared on its stages. When in the area, this is a ‘must see’ location.


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