Spearheaded by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, La Jolla Playhouse’s Resident Theatre Program aims to “encourage the artistic development of local performing arts organizations, while advancing and contributing to the San Diego theatre scene as a whole,” according to a statement from La Jolla Playhouse.
The program provides a temporary home each year to a local company without a permanent venue, including performance space, lighting and sound support, as well as marketing and development assistance.
“San Diego is such a thriving theatre town, and we are honored to be in a position to offer a year-long residency for one of its many burgeoning companies without a permanent home,” Ashley said. “Backyard Renaissance more than lives up to its ‘art to the gut’ mission. Their work during just the three short years since their founding has been extraordinary, and we couldn’t be more pleased to host them as our 2018/2019 Resident Theatre Company.”
“It is a dream for our young company to treat our loyal audiences to a heightened theatrical experience, and we look forward to introducing our work to a new base of theatre lovers,” said Backyard Renaissance executive director Jessica John Gercke.
During their residency, Backyard Renaissance will present the San Diego premiere of “Smokefall” by Noah Haidle, August 23 – September 16. The play explores the lives of this family in a lyrical treatise on the fragility of life and the power of love. Tickets and information are available at backyardrenaissance.com.
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