World premiere of LOVE AMONG THE RUINS & More announced for Laguna Playhouse 2022-2023 season

Laguna Playhouse has announced its 2022-2023 show season! Their season kicks off with the most successful new Canadian play of the past decade, the hilariously heartwarming KIM’S CONVENIENCE; followed by a world premiere, based on the 1975 ABC Theater presentation starring Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier, the charming and delightful LOVE AMONG THE RUINS; then Playhouse favorite Rita Rudner will return to our stage in a sure-to-delight piece to be announced shortly; then the romantic and captivating Grammy, Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical, ONCE; Joe Spano will return to our stage in Will Eno’s deviously hilarious play THE REALISTIC JONESES; and we end our season with a stunning new adaptation of writer and director Steven Dietz’s Agatha Christie thriller, MURDER ON THE LINKS! A season to celebrate, a season to love and a season to die, all in your Laguna Playhouse. Comments Executive Production Manager Ellen Richard “We are thrilled to bring such a diverse range of theatrical experiences to our subscribers and audiences in this exceptional season. Playhouse favorites Rita Rudner and Joe Spano mixed with exciting new works promise to make this one of our most exciting and extraordinary seasons in our history.”

2022-2023 LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE SEASON:

KIM’S CONVENIENCE

September 21 – October 9, 2022 (press opening September 25, 2022)

The most successful new Canadian play of the past decade, KIM’S CONVENIENCE – set in a Korean family convenience store – is a hilarious and heartwarming ode to generations of immigrants. Mr. Kim is a first generation Korean immigrant and the proud owner of Kim’s Convenience for 30 years. Now he’s desperately – and hilariously – trying to grapple with both a changing neighborhood landscape and the chasm between him and his second-generation offspring. Before KIM’S CONVENIENCE became a hit on Canadian TV and Netflix, he made audiences laugh with this warm and joyful play.

LOVE AMONG THE RUINS

October 26 – November 13, 2022 (Press opening October 30, 2022)

Written by James G. Hirsch and Robert A. Papazian

Produced in association with Papazian Hirsch Entertainment

When wealthy widow and socialite Jessica Medlicott is sued for breaking her promise by her money-seeking ex-fiancé, will her acting past help or haunt her? As the highly respected and strict lawyer, Sir Arthur Granville-Jones enters the picture, he is driven into a hilarious distraction by his larger than life personality. Based on the 1975 ABC Theater presentation starring Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier, this world premiere adaptation of the audience classic LOVE AMONG THE RUINS is every bit as charming and delightful as the original film, which won a Peabody Award and multiple Emmys. .

RITA RUDNER RETURNS!

TBD PLAY

January 25 – February 12, 2023 (Press opening January 29, 2023)

Directed by Martin Bergman

A Laguna Playhouse favorite, Rita Rudner is sure to rejoice as she stars in another play on our stage to be announced shortly and not to be missed!

ONCE

March 8 – March 26, 2023 (press opening March 12, 2023)

“Guy meets Girl” in this tender love story between a struggling Irish musician on the verge of giving up and a Czech immigrant who plays the piano and reminds him how to dream. Featuring an exceptional cast of performers playing their instruments live on stage, this gripping musical is the only show whose music has won an Academy Award, Grammy Award, Olivier Award and Tony Award. Featuring all the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” this painfully beautiful and joyfully uplifting spectacle strikes an unforgettable chord in the audience and speaks to the power of music to connect us all!

THE REALISTIC JONESES

April 26 – May 14, 2023 (press opening April 30, 2023)

Produced in association with the Rubicon Theater and Gare St Lazare Ireland

In THE REALISTIC JONESES, we meet Bob and Jennifer Jones and their new neighbors, John and Pony Jones, two suburban couples who discover they have even more in common than their identical homes and shared surnames. Spare, suggestive, slyly hilarious and oddly infuriating, this profound piece explores what is said, what is not said, and the role denial plays in helping us navigate the chaos of life. Nominated for the Outer Critics and Drama League Award and listed by The New York Times as one of the “Best Plays of the Year”, these characters will continue to haunt you long after you’ve left the theater.

MURDER ON LINKS

Can you guess “Whodunit?”

May 31 – June 18, 2023 (press opening June 4, 2023)

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie

North Coast Repertory Theater Transfer

Something is wrong on the private golf course in Merlinville-Sur-Mer – namely the body of Hercule Poirot’s new client. Acclaimed playwright Steven Dietz brings the famous Belgian detective to life to solve one of Agatha Christie’s most complex whodunits. Of course, there’s the host of usual – and – unusual suspects. A cast of six versatile actors embody a myriad of characters as they navigate the twists and turns of this lively and fun new adaptation. You won’t want to miss a thrilling moment of this comedic mystery.

ABOUT THE CALENDAR AND PRIZES

Subscriptions are on sale from Tuesday, May 17. Season Six-Play tickets range from $240.00 to $360.00 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787).

The ticket office is open Monday to Saturday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays open 2 hours before showtime until 15 minutes after curtain time. Open until the show on all performance days.

For more information on all shows and lineup, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com. LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

Founded in 1920, the historic Laguna Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously operating non-profit theaters on the West Coast and is proud to be an active participant in Laguna Beach’s renowned arts community. From classic plays and musicals to current Broadway hits, cutting-edge and traditional music exhibitions, dance festivals and comedy shows, Laguna Playhouse brings the magical experience of the performing arts directly to more 80,000 customers each season.

Laguna Playhouse’s educational programming includes year-round classes, productions by and for children and teens (Youth Theatre) and is one of the few companies in the area to offer a professional touring theater program based on the program, TheatreReach, which aligns with the California State Standards for Literature, History, and Performing Arts programs.

Laguna Playhouse has been recognized for the past five years as one of Orange County Register’s “Best of OC” in the live theater category. The Laguna Playhouse has featured many talented artists on stage including Ed Asner, Leslie Caron, Hershey Felder, Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith, Val Kilmer, Gregory Harrison, Dan Lauria, Hal Linden, Wendie Malick, Rita Rudner, Charles Shaughnessy, French Stewart, Loretta Swit and Bette Davis.

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