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No Dog Days for San Diego Theatre in August

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Ah, Wilderness! New Village Arts, 2787 State St in Carlsbad. (760)433-3245 or Thur-Fri, 8; Sat, 3 & 8; Sun, 2. Aug 6-28. $27-32.

Yes, Eugene (LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT) O'Neill actually did write one comedy in his career and this is your chance to see it and laugh.

The Best of Broadway - It Takes Two Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr. in Escondido. (888)802-SHOW or Wed & Thur, 1 Ends Aug 31. Tickets start at $45.

The husband and wife due of Kirsten and Stan Chandler perform memorable duets from stage and film.

Engaging Shaw Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre in Balboa Park in San Diego. (619)234-5623 or Tue-Wed, 7; Thur-Fri, 8; Sat, 2 & 8; Sun, 2 & 7. Ends Sept 4. $29-$67.

This new comedy by John Morogiello follows the battle of wits and the real-life romance between socialite Charlotte Payne-Townshend and playwright George Bernard Shaw.

Five Course Love North Coast Repertory, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr #D in Solana Beach. (858)481-1055. Wed,7; Thur-Fri, 8; Sat, 2 & 8; Sun, 2 &7. Ends Aug 14.

Three actors play fifteen characters in five restaurants in search of one true love.

Hairspray Moonlight Stage Productions at Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr. in Vista. (760)724-2110or Wed-Sun, 8. Aug 17-Spet 3.$22-50.

Tracy, a plus size girl, wants to dance on TV but her even more voluptuous but agoraphobic mother can't leave her ironing board in this nostalgic musical based on the John Waters' film.

Hershey Felder in Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park in San Diego. (619)234-5623or Tue-Wed, 7; Thur-Fri, 8; Sat, 2 & 8; Sun, 2 & 7. Ends Aug 28. $39-$90.

His story spanned the entire 20th century. Leonard Bernstein, one of America's greatest musicians, broke through every artistic ceiling possible to become the world's musical ambassador as conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star and more.

Late Night Catechism Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr. in Escondido. (888)802-SHOW or Fri, 8; Ends Aug 26. $65, $80 with dinner buffet.

Sister Maripat Donovan hilariously guides you through the ins and outs, as well as the venial and mortal sins, of catechism class.

Little Shop Of Horrors presented by Cygnet Theatre Company at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St in San Diego. (619)337-1525 Wed-Thur, 7:30; Fri, 8; Sat, 3 & 8; Sun, 2 & 7. Ends Sept 11. $39-59.

Audrey II is hungry to meet you. Be sure to drop by and give some blood to keep her blooming.

Mary Poppins presented by Broadway San Diego at Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. in San Diego. (619)570-1100 or Tue-Thur, 7:30; Fri, 7:30; Sat, 2 & 7:30; Sun, 1 & 6:30. Aug 10-21. $20.00-$125.50.

Yes, Mary's umbrella flies her into the rafters while Bert, the chimney sweep, dances on the the ceiling.

Mixtape presented by Lamb’s Players Theatre at Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave. in San Diego. (619) 437-6000or . Thur, 7:30; Fri-Sat, 8: Sun 2 & 7. Ends Nov 6. $28-58.

Remember the mixtape? The cassette that held that just right mix of your favorite music. It was the perfect way to remember a feeling, celebrate a moment, make a statement or share your heart.

Moon Over Buffalo OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave in Chula Vista. Thur-Sat, 8; Sun, 2. Ends Aug 13. $14-16.

Another wild farce from Ken (LEND ME A TENOR) Ludwig, this one about the backstage shenanigans of a touring company of actors putting on a play in Buffalo.

Much Ado About Nothing presented by the Old Globe Theatre, Festival Theatre in Balboa Park in San Diego. (619)234-5623or In rotating repertory through Sept 24. Tue-Sun, 8: $29-$62.

While Beatrice and Benedick hide their infatuation beneath witty barbs, Hero and Claudio race to the altar in Shakespeare‘s romantic comedy. But will false accusations and misunderstandings prevent their happy endings?

The Platt Brothers Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr. in Escondido. (888)802-SHOW or Sat & Sun, 1, Ends Aug 28.

Platt Brothers have brought their full length theatrical production complete with acrobatics, dance, music and side-splitting comedy to the Welk Theatre.

Shotgun Wedding Anniversary presented by Mystery Café Dinner Theater at Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalmia St. in San Diego.(619)460-2200 or Fri-Sat, 8, indefinitely. $59.50 includes 4 course dinner.

Pedals has planned a nostalgic tribute to her nuptials with Basil and instead finds herself wearing black and seeing red! After all, the family fortune is at stake. Help solve this hilarious mystery!

Sleeping Beauty Wakes presented by La Jolla Playhouse at Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr. in La Jolla. (858)550-1010or Tue-Wed, 7:30; Thur-Fri, 8; Sat, 2 & 8; Sun, 2 & 7. Ends Aug 28. $47-$85.

The classic fairy tale princess finally wakes up in a modern sleep disorder clinic and meets a charming narcoleptic.

The Tempest presented by the Old Globe Theatre, Festival Theatre in Balboa Park in San Diego. (619)234-5623 or In rotating repertory through Sept 24. Tue-Sun, 8: $29-$62

Romance, magic and a deserted island - Shakespeare’s final play places the desire for revenge against the demands of love and captures the essence of the human condition with its compelling and timeless themes.

Tommy San Diego Repertory at Lyceum Theatre, Horton Plaza in San Diego. Tue-Wed, 7; Thur-Fri, 8; Sat, 2 & 8; Sun, 2 & 7. Ends Aug 14. $37-57.

The Who's rock opera returns to San Diego nearly two decades after it's World Premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse.

Trying Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. (619)437-6000 or Tues-Thur, 7:30; Fri, 8; Sat, 4 & 8; Sun, 2. Aug 12-Sept 25. $26-$60.

Francis Biddle, former U. S. Attorney General and Chief Judge of the Nuremberg Trials, is trying in vain to finish his memoirs. A bright young girl from the prairie is brought in to help.

2 Pianos 4 Hands North Coast Repertory, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr #D in Solana Beach. (858)481-1055. Wed,7; Thur-Fri, 8; Sat, 2 & 8; Sun, 2 &7. Aug 18-28..

Get ready for an interlude of riotous laughter as two actors, representing the show's creators, take us on a musical semi-autobiographical journey about their would-be careers as concert pianists.



Laguna Playhouse Announces Ellen Richard as its Interim Executive Director

May 3, 2016…Laguna Beach, Calif…Laguna Playhouse Board of Directors announced today that, later this month, Ellen Richard will be joining Laguna Playhouse as its Interim Executive Director. The Playhouse announced late last year that it was undertaking a national search guided by Arts Consulting Group (ACG) for an Executive Director to succeed Karen Wood who had held this position for the past eight years.

Commenting on the appointment Joe Hanauer and Paul Singarella, Co-Chairmens of the Board of Directors, said “In the midst of our search we encountered this wonderful opportunity to engage Ellen while we continue to seek appropriate long-term leadership. To have found someone with the extraordinary qualifications that Ellen has is thrilling. She is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer at New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company where she was Managing Director. Ellen also has strong successes in supervising the construction of theatres in New York and also in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater, a rare and valuable skill set considering the contemplated major remodel and expansion of the Laguna Playhouse.” Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham adds, “We are pleased and proud to have Ellen Richard, truly a rock-star in our field, join us as our interim Executive Director who will help guide the Playhouse during this transition.” Comments Ellen Richard, “I have quickly grown fond of Laguna Beach and the Playhouse. I embrace this extraordinary opportunity to join one of the country’s top regional theatres at this time in its remarkable 95-year history. I look forward to helping the Playhouse and working with their incredible Board of Trustees and Ann E. Wareham.”


Ellen Richard served as Executive Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 2010 through 2015.  During her tenure, Ms. Richard negotiated a deal to buy the Strand Theater in tech corridor of Mid-Market San Francisco, helped raise the $34,000 million to renovate and operate it and steered the design and construction for the project which opened in May of 2015. The complex featured two performance spaces and has won multiple awards.  She opened the 50 seat Costume Shop Theater, a 49-seat “black box” venue used for the company’s Master of Fine Arts students and for shows by other local companies.  Ms. Richard was also credited with expanding the company’s educational efforts, coming up with programs like the San Francisco Semester, which brings undergraduate acting students to ACT from around the world, and Stage Coach, a community theater mobile unit that reaches into diverse neighborhoods

She was also Executive Director of The Second Stage Theatre in New York City. During her tenure at Second Stage, which began in 2006 (through 2009), she was responsible for the purchase contract of the Helen Hayes Theatre, growth in subscription income of 48 percent, and growth in individual giving of 75 percent, as well as conceptualization of a highly successful gala format and “Second Generation,” a giving program through which donors enable deserving New York City youth to experience live theater. Under Ms. Richard’s leadership, Second Stage provided the initial home for the Broadway productions Everyday Rapture, Next to Normal, and The Little Dog Laughed.

From 1983 to 2005, Ms. Richard enjoyed a rich and varied career with Roundabout Theatre Company. The Roundabout that Ms. Richard joined was a small nonprofit theater company in bankruptcy. By the time she departed as Managing Director, Roundabout had become one of the country’s largest and most successful theater companies of its kind, with net assets in excess of $67 million dollars. Ms. Richard is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer, for Roundabout productions of Cabaret (1998), A View from the Bridge (1998), Side Man (1999), Nine (2003), Assassins (2004), and Glengarry Glen Ross (2005). As producer of more than 125 shows at Roundabout, she had direct supervision of all management and marketing functions. She created Roundabout’s “Theatre-PLUS” programs, which include singles, teachers, family, gay and lesbian, wine tasting, and the 7 p.m. “Early Curtain” series, all of which grew to represent more than 10 percent of Roundabout’s 40,000 subscribers.

As director of design and construction at Roundabout, Ms. Richard was responsible for more than $50 million of theater construction for 11 projects. She conceptualized the three permanent Roundabout stages — The Broadway venues of Studio 54 and the American Airlines Theatre, and the Off-Broadway venue The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre She directed the location search for Cabaret and oversaw the creation of the production’s environmental Kit Kat Klub. Prior to her tenure at Roundabout, Ms. Richard served as business manager of Westport Country Playhouse, theater manager for Stamford Center for the Arts, and business manager for Atlas Scenic Studio. She began her career working as a stagehand, sound designer, and scenic artist assistant.