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Patio Playhouse Announces 49th Season of Shows


ESCONDIDO, CA - Escondido’s oldest community theater, Patio Playhouse, will present six shows and one special engagement in its 49th season. The six shows that will make up the season are “Becky Shaw” by Gina Gionfriddo, Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig, Tinseltown Christmas (Books and Lyrics by Chana Wise, Music by Carl Johnson), Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, The Fabulous Lipitones by John Markus and Mark St. Germain and Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. They will also be presenting David Ives’ collection of comedic one act plays “All in the Timing” in July.

“Becky Shaw” is directed by Samantha Goldstein and opens June 5th. Lauded in Variety as “Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…Gionfriddo is some kind of genius.” “Becky Shaw” explores what happens when a blind date goes bad and asks what we owe to the people we love.

David Ives’ “All in the Timing” is a hilarious collection of one-act plays. This special production will be directed by several directors, each focusing on a single play. It opens July 10th and runs for three weekends. TheaterMania.com reviewed the 2013 revival, "...two decades later, these carefully constructed sketches, which highlight Ives' fascination with language, are still to be savored.”

“Moon Over Buffalo” by Ken Ludwig is a modern farce with a classic feel. Directed by Margo Essman (formerly of Sweet Tooth Theater), “Moon Over Buffalo” is about traveling actors George and Charlotte Hay who get an opportunity to perform for Frank Capra with movie roles on the line. A series of mishaps and lots of slapstick follows that will leave you in stitches. “Moon Over Buffalo” opens August 28th.

“Tinseltown Christmas” is a new holiday musical that is making its San Diego premiere at Patio Playhouse on November 20th. The ghosts of stars of the silver screen come to bring Christmas Cheer to Monica Ness. A comedy of errors ensues and a romance blossoms. “Tinseltown Christmas” will be directed by Amy Peck who originated one of the roles in the world premiere at UC Irvine in 2012.

“Circle Mirror Transformation,” also directed by Samantha Goldstein is a play by Annie Baker. Four New Englanders enroll in a six week community-center drama class. Through harmless theater games, “hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won.” “Circle Mirror Transformation” opens January 8, 2016.

Written by Mark St. Germain & John Markus, “The Fabulous Lipitones” is about a barbershop quartet who loses a member to a “heart-stopping high-C” and must race to replace him before the national competition. Choosing a tenor who is an Indian Sikh with dubious immigration credentials makes their road to victory a funny and touching lesson in what it takes to create real harmony. “The Fabulous Lipitones” will be directed by Grant Gelvin and opens February 19th.

“Clybourne Park” won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and 2012 Tony for Best Play. Directed by Steve Warrick, “Clybourne Park” is the "ferociously smart" (The New York Times) and "pulverizingly funny" (Variety) spin-off of the acclaimed Lorraine Hansberry play “A Raisin in the Sun.” In 1959, the impending arrival of a black family throws an all-white Chicago neighborhood into turmoil. Fifty years later, gentrification of the now predominantly black neighborhood inflames the same tensions but with the roles reversed, in this biting and provocative comedy that crosses racial boundaries and spans generations. “Clybourne Park” opens May 6th.

Patio Playhouse’s 49th season will take place at their theater, 116 S Kalmia Street, Escondido, 92025. Season tickets are available for $90 for Adult, $75 for Military/Student/Senior (60 and over) and $45 for Youth (16 and younger). Single show tickets will also be available. For tickets and reservations visit our website, www.patioplayhouse.com. For more information call 760.746.6669.

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