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ion theatre company Journeys into Season 8

Daring Hillcrest troupe unveils work for 2013/2014

San Diego, CA – San Diego’s bold and uncompromising ion theatre company revs up for a pulse-pounding eighth season featuring six premieres and an exciting, electric, modern thriller. First up: Shining City by Conor McPherson, directed by Producing Artistic Director Glenn Paris, channels love, loss and a heart-stopping journey into the realm of the supernatural, followed by The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a savagely smart American satire on cultural identity and the price of fame, written by Kristoffer Diaz – co-directed by company member Catalina Maynard and Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza – leading into a year’s end production of Neil LaBute’s scathing dark comedy reasons to be pretty featuring an unflinching look at modern-day relationships beset by infidelity and deception directed by Raygoza. January 2014 jump-starts with a walk on the wild side when politically prescient, sci-fi thriller Bug by Tracy Letts touches down at BLKBOX, again helmed by Raygoza, followed by a pair of cautionary, dystopian, futuristic fantasies penned by newcomer Sam Holcroft and legendary dramatist Caryl Churchill: Edgar & Annabel and Far Away staged by company member Linda Libby and Raygoza before ion wraps the season with a third, up-close treatment of a musical theater classic, Passion, directed by company member Kim Strassburger.



Shining City by Conor McPherson

directed by Glenn Paris

San Diego Premiere

August 31 – September 28, 2013

Media Opening September 7, 2013 at 4PM

Two men meet as doctor and patient in a small office in Dublin. The patient, John, is being haunted by visions of his wife for whose accidental death he feels inexplicably responsible. The psychiatrist, Ian, has his own ghosts since leaving first the church and then his new family. Both men move through their sense of guilt and culpability, looking to find redemption in the most unlikely places. Conor McPherson is a modern master storyteller, creating arias that reveal character through unfinished thoughts, silences and raw human emotion – nominated for a Best Play Tony award in 2006.


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz

directed by Catalina Maynard and Claudio Raygoza

San Diego Premiere

October 19 – November 16, 2013

Media Opening October 26, 2013 at 4PM

2011 Obie award-winner for Best New American Play and a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a serious-minded comedy about wrestling, geopolitics, and raisin bread. Mace is a really good professional wrestler. He's not the champion though – that's the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of the champ, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. The only problem is that the boss has a very specific plan for the duo: put them onscreen as terrorists, exploiting racial stereotypes in the name of ratings.


 reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute

directed by Claudio Raygoza

Regional Premiere

November 30 – December 28, 2013

Media Opening December 7, 2013 at 4pm

This incendiary comedy-drama involving four friends was an Off-Broadway hit that later moved to Broadway as a Tony-nominated Best Play. Greg, who adores his girlfriend Steph, is overheard admitting that she is no beauty. When Steph finds out, all hell breaks loose. Best friends Carly and Kent, who are struggling with their marriage, are there to take sides, provide support and light the match on the powder-keg of their relationship. As both relationships crumble, friends are forced to confront deceit, infidelity and betrayed trust in a journey to answer that oh-so-American question, “How much is ‘pretty’ worth?” Returning to a playwright ion introduced to San Diego audiences in 2008, the company is thrilled to present the Southern California/Regional premiere of Neil LaBute’s reasons to be pretty.


 Bug by Tracy Letts

directed by Claudio Raygoza

January 11 – February 8, 2014

Media Opening January 18, 2014 at 4PM

Tracy Letts's dark, sci-fi thriller is a hallucinatory tale of pests and paranoia. Agnes, a scrappy, drug-addled woman is laying low in an Oklahoma City motel to avoid her ex-husband Goss who is on early release from prison. His arrival spells trouble when he discovers that Agnes has forged a new relationship with an enigmatic younger man named Peter, who may or may not be an AWOL Iraq War veteran. In this psycho-thriller, residents of a spooky motel are visited by mysterious strangers, haunted by events from their pasts, and attacked by an ever-escalating infestation of mysterious bugs. Winner of 4 Lucille Lortel Awards including Best Play and Best Direction, Bug was also honored with 3 Drama Desk nominations.


Edgar & Annabel and Far Away*

by Sam Holcroft and Caryl Churchill

directed by Linda Libby and Claudio Raygoza

West Coast & San Diego Premieres

March 1 – 29, 2014

Media Opening March 8, 2014 at 4PM

Edgar & Annabel: Marianne comes home to discover that the man playing her husband has been recast. But the government is still listening, and Marianne, a resistance operative, still has a part to play. This dark and cheeky look at what the future might hold features undercover agents, surveillance algorithms, and explosive karaoke. In a smash debut at the National’s experimental ‘Double Feature’ series in 2011, ion is thrilled to introduce audiences to one of the UK’s most promising young playwrights.

Far Away: A powerful and unsettling play from one of the world's leading dramatists opens with a young girl questioning her aunt about having seen her uncle committing an act of violence; by the end, several years later, the whole world is at war – including birds and animals. Far Away is a howl of anguish at the increasing – and increasingly accepted – levels of inhumanity in a world seemingly perpetually involved in conflict.

*Please note that both short plays will be presented each night on a double-bill.



music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine

directed by Kim Strassburger

San Diego Premiere

April 19 – May 17, 2014

Media Opening April 26, 2014 at 4PM

No less than the wondrously complex landscape of the human heart is the subject of this haunting, intensely emotional one-act chamber opera by the uncompromising creators of Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods.

A remote military outpost in 1863 Italy, a handsome army captain, separated from his beautiful - but married - mistress, is forced to re-evaluate his beliefs about love when he becomes the object of the obsessive, unrelenting passions of Fosca, his Colonel's plain, sickly cousin.

Bold, unexpected and thrilling, Passion is one of Stephen Sondheim's most emotional works. Intimate, raw, erotic and dark, it explores universal yet often unspoken truths. The sweeping, romantic score (Sondheim describes it as one long rhapsody) accompanies an intelligent, thought-provoking book that bears James Lapine's trademark lyricism and a host of well-drawn characters. As with all of Sondheim and Lapine's works, Passion requires (and highlights) a cast of accomplished singing actors.



Founder/Executive Artistic Director, Claudio Raygoza

Founding Producing Artistic Director, Glenn Paris

Company Members

Melanie Chen, Robin Christ, Karin Filijan, Dana Hooley, Jeffrey Jones, Trina Kaplan, Evan Kendig, Linda Libby, Steven Lone, Brian Mackey, Catalina Maynard, Sara Beth Morgan, Walter Ritter, Karson St. John, Matt Scott, Courtney Fox Smith, Kim Strassburger, Morgan Trant and Rachael VanWormer.


BLKBOX, 3704 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103


Shining City (Aug 31 – Sept 28, 2013), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Oct 12 – Nov 9, 2013), reasons to be pretty (Nov 23 – Dec 21, 2013), Bug (Jan 11 – Feb 8, 2014), Edgar & Annabel and Far Away (Mar 1 – 29, 2014), Passion (Apr 19 – May 17, 2014)

Box office

(619) 600-5020 or

Company details

ion theatre company was founded by Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza in 2004 with Glenn Paris joining the troupe in 2006, renting various locales throughout the city, until ion theatre entered an agreement in late 2007 to lease and convert a dance room in a tucked-away corner of Mission Valley into a small, experimental venue.  Within two months of moving in, the company built a working theatre and launched its first full season in The Lab at the Academy of Performing Arts with a Genet-inspired world premiere about two Latino men trapped in a world of crime, Punks, and several other productions: The Pillowman, La Gaviota (A world premiere about a wealthy Veracruz family during the Mexican Revolution based on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull), the word-less one woman show Request Programme, A Streetcar Named Desire, the West Coast Premiere of Neil LaBute’s In a Dark Dark House, bash: the latterday plays, U.S. Drag and The Trojan Women in addition to a year-long series of readings of plays by Henrik Ibsen that spanned the city, engaged new audiences and enlisted many of San Diego’s major artists. In 2009, ion was the first theatre invited into the newly remodeled Sushi Space in the East Village where they were given a two-show residency, followed by two productions at Diversionary Theatre, before the move into and transformation of the former Compass/6th@Penn in early 2010 – now BLKBOX – the company’s home base in Hillcrest. At the close of that first year, ion was awarded Producer of the Year by the San Diego Critic’s Circle for the opening of BLKBOX and for staging a string of critically-acclaimed productions. Since then, the company has added productions of The Woolgatherer, Chela, a remount of bash, the San Diego premiere of Grace and a major double-header: ion’s first musical, Gypsy, and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, both of which earned the company expanded audiences and recognition including the inaugural Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work at a Small Theatre. ion has since mounted the San Diego debuts of Blasted and Heddatron, and the critically-acclaimed Topdog/UnderdogThe Mystery Plays launched the company’s seventh season in 2012, followed by award-winning productions of Julia and The Little Flower of East Orange, Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret and in 2013, Punk Rock, Grey Gardens, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night.


Nestled into the heart of Hillcrest, BLKBOX and URBN CNTR are San Diego’s newest classy, intimate performing arts venues.  Perfectly located for a complete night out, BLKBOX is home to ion theatre company’s full upcoming season augmented by special, limited runs of popular and provocative shows through its ion After Dark! and Off-the-Radar series. The 49-seat theatre is equipped with comfortable seating and uniformly excellent stage views of the semi-thrust stage. URBN CNTR is a flexible space used for special events and ion’s evolving Cabaret Series. BLKBOX is located at 3704 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA. 92103, with URBN CNTR located just next door at 3708. There is easy access from I-163 and the I-8 freeways. The box office typically opens one half hour prior to curtain and accepts cash, checks, and major credit cards; There are discounts ranging from $5 - $10 to most shows for seniors, students, military and members of AASD and AEA. BLKBOX and URBN CNTR are fully accessible. For more information, please call (619) 600-5020 or visit

ION THEATRE COMPANY is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Founder/Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza and Founding Producing Artistic Director, Glenn Paris, jointly lead ion theatre company as it embarks on its full eighth season from the perch of its newly outfitted fully-accessible theatre venues in Hillcrest,


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