San Diego, CA – ion theatre launches its 2016 Off-the-Radar series with Tom Jacobson’s The Twentieth Century Way, directed and designed by ion Founder and Executive Artistic Director, Claudio Raygoza. This special engagement, which marks the San Diego premiere of the play, will be performed at ion’s BLKBOX Theater, and opens Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 8pm. ion’s Producing Artistic Director, Glenn Paris serves as producer.
Prior Off-the-Radar ion productions have included Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (2010), Blasted (2012), ‘night, Mother, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, and Master Class (all in 2015). The second offering in the 2016 series is another San Diego premiere, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles which will play in September, 2016.
A dramatic tour-de-force based on a little-known incident in Southern California history, The Twentieth Century Way explores the collision of reality and fantasy as two actors juggle various roles. The premise? Entrap homosexuals for “social vagrancy” in the public restrooms of 1914 Long Beach. But are the characters actually entrapping each other? Who they are and what they need is a mystery that deepens with every twist and turn.
The Twentieth Century Way has had productions at The Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, among others. ion’s production will be performed during San Diego Pride, which is partnering with ion to increase awareness of alternative arts and culture events during the week-long LGBTQ celebration of freedom, tolerance and acceptance.
The production features ion artist Richard Johnson (Lydia, Jesus Hates Me) and Colton Iverson, who is making his ion debut.
The Twentieth Century Way previews July 12 and 13, opens July 14 at 8pm and runs through July 24. Tickets range from $10-$32 and can be purchased at www.iontheatre.com or by calling (619) 600-5020. Preview performances are deeply discounted and there are ongoing discounts for seniors, students, active military and members of Actors Alliance and Actors’ Equity Association. Performances are at ion’s BLKBOX theater located at 3704 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 on the corner of 6th and Pennsylvania Avenues.