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“…an essential
cultural treasure…”
   
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“…an essential
cultural treasure…”
   
— signonsandiego.com


'night, mother  bY marsha norman
directed by GLenn Paris

January 8 - February 7, 2015

Marsha Norman’s 1983 play first premiered at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge and then played the John Golden Theatre on Broadway starring Kathy Bates and Anne Pitoniak. In addition, the play is the recipient of the Pulitzer and Susan Smith Blackburn prizes.

This eloquent, enthralling and ultimately shattering play explores the final hour in the life of a young woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living.

Opening January 10, 2015, the production is directed by ion producing artistic director, Glenn Paris and produced by ion executive artistic director, Claudio Raygoza, and features ion theatre company member Yolanda Franklin (This Wide Night, The Little Flower of East Orange) and Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson* (A Raisin in the Sun). The production previews January 8 and 9, opens Saturday January 10 at 4pm (Media) and 8pm (Public) and runs Thursdays through Saturdays until February 7, 2015.

*Member Actors’ Equity Association


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mission


“…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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