February 9 - March 9, 2013
Low-priced previews: Sat. February 9, 4pm & 8pm; Thu. & Fri. February 14 & 15, 8pm
Opening: February 16, 4pm & 8pm
Runs: February 21 - March 9, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm & Saturdays at 4pm
ion theatre proudly presents the West Coast premiere of
Punk Rock by Simon Stephens
San Diego premiere only second U.S. production of powerful British play
Shattering drama explores the volatility of adolescent life
San Diego, CA – Bullying. Underage sex. Drugs. School violence. The kids are not all right as ion’s seventh season bristles into the new year with this startling play by electric British playwright, Simon Stephens. Based on the author’s experience as a teacher, the play explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen year-old students as they prep for the next chapter in their adult academic lives. When a new classmate arrives suddenly, friendships are tested and allegiances shift amidst the pressures of everyday adolescence – with tragic results. Author of Three Kingdoms and Pornography, Stephens has celebrated several premieres at the Royal Court and National Theatres. “Edgy and jangled,” “crackling and superb,” and a “remarkable new play” were just some of the descriptions of this astonishing new work when it premiered at London’s Lyric Hammersmith in 2009. Only the second production in the U.S., ion is thrilled to bring this play and playwright to San Diego audiences for the first time. The play features returning ion artists David Ahmadian (Wonder Wounded Heroes), Benjamin Cole (The Mystery Plays), and the ion debuts of Ryan Casselman, Tyler Jones, Samantha Littleford, Charles Maze, Lizzie Morse and Samantha Vesco, and is directed by ion Producing Artistic Director, Glenn Paris. The technical team includes company members Karin Filijan (lighting), Melanie Chen (sound), Claudio Raygoza (scenic), Courtney Fox Smith (Costumes) and is stage-managed by Shawn Faber. Assistant directors are Matthew Alexander & Gemma Grey.
*This production is for mature audiences only.