San Diego, CA – ion theatre continues its Off-the-Radar series with a special engagement of the musical The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown (Parade and The Bridges of Madison County) and presents the fifth offering in its Season 11: Urban Adventure, Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour.
Opening Saturday, August 13 at 4pm at ion’s BLKBOX Theater, The Last Five Years is the story of Cathy and Jamie and their tumultuous five-year relationship. In the show’s unconventional structure, Cathy tells her story backwards from the end of the relationship, while Jamie tells his story from the beginning. Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk award-winning score draws on a variety of musical genres including Pop, Jazz, Klezmer, Latin, Rock, and Folk to paint Jamie and Cathy’s highs and lows from sweet giddy silliness to rock bottom vulnerability. The singer-actors accompanying themselves on their own instruments underline the intimacy of this two-person musical play. The artistic team includes Cory Hibbs, serving as Director and playing Jamie, and Sarah LeClair, serving as Musical Director and playing Cathy with the production team including Mary Smith, Mark Zetler and Patrick Klacka (Lights, Sound and Stage Management). ion Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza serves as Producer. The Last Five Years previews August 11 & 12 at 8pm and opens Saturday, August 13 and runs through August 21.
What – The Last Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown, directed by and featuring Cory Hibbs as Jamie and Sarah LeClair as Cathy and also Musical Director.
When – Previews: August 11 at 8pm, August 12 at 8pm; Opening: Saturday, August 13 at 4pm; Runs through August 21. Plays Wed, Thurs and Fri at 8pm, Sat at 4pm, and Sun at 2pm.
Where – ion’s BLKBOX theater; 3704 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.
Tickets – Previews: $10; General: $23; Senior ($60+): $18; Military/AASD/AEA: $18; Student: $13 (ID for discount groups required.) Tickets: www.iontheatre.com or (619) 600-5020.
On the heels of celebrated productions at Steppenwolf and on Broadway, ion is thrilled to announce the West Coast premiere of Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour – a recent Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play, Detroit. Opening August 14 at 7pm at Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Airline Highway is set in the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway. There a group of friends gather – a rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and street philosophers – to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old and new friends collide in a maelstrom of desperation, love and kinship. Directed by ion Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza, Airline Highway features returning ion artists Beverly Baker (The Jacksonian), Kevane La’Marr Coleman (Angels in America, Grey Gardens) Dana Fares (Jesus Hates Me), Rhys Green (Back of the Throat), Richard Johnson (Lydia, The Twentieth Century Way), Elaine Litton (Kin), Producing Artistic Director Glenn Paris (The Chairs, The Little Flower of East Orange), Tim West (In the Heat of the Night, Kin), and in her ion debut, Natasha Partnoy. The production team includes ion members Claudio Raygoza (Scenic and Sound), Karin Filijan (Lights), and returning ion artists Janet Pitcher (Costumes), Melissa Hamilton (Props), and Assistant Director/Stage Manager, Isaac Fowler.
What – Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour
When – Previews: August 10 at 7pm, August 11, 12 at 8pm, August 14 at 2pm; Special ion 12 Year Anniversary Night w/ Performance and Rooftop After-Party, Saturday, August 13 at 8pm; Opening Night: Sunday, August 14, 7pm; thereafter runs through September 3: Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.
Where – Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 Tenth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (between E and Broadway) Tickets – Previews: $12; Anniversary Night (Catered party with cast & crew afterward) $40; All other: General: $32; Senior ($60+): $26; Military/AASD/AEA: $20; Student: $14 (ID for discount groups required.) Online: www.iontheatre.com or (619) 600-5020