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“…an essential
cultural treasure…”
   
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Sea of Souls

by Glenn Paris & Claudio Raygoza
music by Linda Libby

Featuring: Rhianna BasoreYolanda FranklinJason HeilHannah LoganCatalina Maynard & Jorge Rodriguez.

1970's Appalachia. A young folk-singer on a quest to find her birth mother leads to the unraveling of long-buried secrets in a small West Virginia town.

Because of the complex nature of this piece -- which includes music -- there will be no public readings of Sea of Souls until the first workshop performance on April 9 at 8pm

The dates are:
Thursday April 9 & Friday April 10 @ 8pm
Saturday April 11 @ 4pm & 8pm
Thursday April 16 & Friday April 17 @ 8pm
Saturday April 18 @ 4pm & 8pm


Member Subscribers, you can reserve by clicking here and letting us know when you would like to attend.

Tickets to the public go on sale this Monday, March 23, 2015.


kin BY bathsheba doran

DIRECTED BY CLAUDIO RAYGOZA

 

March 12 - April 4, 2015

Launching a new ‘first’ for the active Hillcrest company, ion theatre proudly announces the regional premiere of Kin by award-winning writer Bathsheba Doran as part of its Off-the-Radar Series in conjunction with the first ever alumni of ion’s Actor Academy that kicked off in the Summer of 2014. 

Premiering Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2011, Kin is an exploration of the unpredictable, painful and often hilarious experience of navigating modern-day relationships. Seen through the eyes of three friends, this “exquisitely wrought” (New York Times) story paints a delicate and penetrating portrait of friendships, families and lovers caught in the intense act of living truthfully and openly in the face of heartbreak and hope.

Featuring ion company members (and Academy students) Rhianna Basore, Evan Kendig and Hannah Logan with alumni Kathi Copeland, Elaine Litton, Bailey Neill, Mario Prado, Jr. and guest artists Donal Pugh & Tim West. The company of actors will also work as a team to produce this Off-the-Radar presentation directed by Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza

Supporting this production are Julio Jacobo (Assistant Director), Colleen Keith (Stage Manager), Yolanda Franklin (Production Coordinator), Dino Grulli (Production Manager), Alanna Serrano, Kate Schott & MSusan Peck (Patron Experience Managers), Evan Kendig (Technical Director), Rhianna Basore (Marketing Manager) & Hannah Logan (Executive Producer).

Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm, and Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm from March 12 through April 4. For a full calendar and ticket availability, please click the button below.


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“…Once again, ion shines a
piercing light on a dim corner
of society, a tightly focused
beam that deeply penetrates
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“…Once again, ion shines a
piercing light on a dim corner
of society, a tightly focused
beam that deeply penetrates
…”
   
timesofsandiego.com

MISSION

ion forges bold, uncompromising theater that investigates the fiery, passionate, resilient nucleus of the human condition.

We do this by fiercely nurturing visceral, challenging new plays, through a rigorous training of actors, directors and technical artists in a multi-disciplinary approach, and by engaging new audiences through the savvy interweaving of technology and unforgettable theater.

ion theatre company members in 2009. Pictured clockwise from L, Sara Beth Morgan, Sylvia Enrique, Matt Scott, Brian Mackey, Courtney Fox Smith, Karson St. John, Steven Lone, Dana Hooley, Jennifer Kozumplik, Claudio Raygoza, Glenn Paris, Trina Kaplan and Morgan Trant. Photo courtesy of Michael Spengler, M Studio La Jolla.

ion theatre company members in 2009. Pictured clockwise from L, Sara Beth Morgan, Sylvia Enrique, Matt Scott, Brian Mackey, Courtney Fox Smith, Karson St. John, Steven Lone, Dana Hooley, Jennifer Kozumplik, Claudio Raygoza, Glenn Paris, Trina Kaplan and Morgan Trant. Photo courtesy of Michael Spengler, M Studio La Jolla.

Company member Catalina Maynard as Señora Julia wins back-to-back Critics Circle awards. She won Best Featured Performance in 2011 for her multiple roles in Angels in America.

Powerful Premieres

ion theater has ushered in a variety of world premieres including Julia in 2012, written and directed by Founder/ Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza, which earned a nomination as Best New Play and won the award for Lead Actress in a Play. In 2014/2015, ion will launch 5 world premieres.

The San Diego premiere of The Little Flower of East Orange by Stephen Adly Guirgis featured a highly lauded, multiple award-nominated and multiple award-winning ensemble of actors including company members Trina Kaplan and Yolanda Franklin with returning ion guest artist Diep Huynh.

Daring Debuts

In addition to dozens of local, regional and West Coast premieres, ion has debuted many promising new writers to San Diego including two recent Pulitzer-winners, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Annie Baker and recent nominees Gina Gionfriddo and Rajiv Joseph.

High-schooler (R) Matthew Alexander made his professional acting debut at ion in the 2010 San Diego premiere of Song of Extinction by E.M. Lewis. In 2012, he led the design team for the robots in Heddatron.

Exciting Benchmarks

In addition to making plays, ion blazes other trails — in 2012, the company engineered San Diego's first-ever robot actors in partnership with High Tech High School for the West Coast premiere of Heddatron by Elizabeth Meriwether.  

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