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La Jolla Season to Include Pre-Broadway Run of ‘Lempicka’

The musical about the life of the famed Polish painter will be directed by Tony winner Rachel Chavkin.

LA JOLLA, Calif.: La Jolla Playhouse has announced four of six planned productions for the 2020-21 season, including two world premieres and the musical Lempicka, slated to open on Broadway in the same season.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this exceptional season,” said artistic director Christopher Ashley in a statement, noting that the season will feature “two vibrant new musicals and a pair of plays by two of the most decorated playwrights working today.”

The season will begin with the world premiere of Bhangin’ It by Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza with music and lyrics by Sam Willmott. The new musical is set in the world of competitive college bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk dance genre. Amy Anders Corcoran will direct.

Following will be the premiere of Mother Russia by Lauren Yee, the second-most produced playwright of the 2019-20 season. Yee’s new play focuses on two government surveillance workers in St. Petersburg after the fall of the Soviet Union. Tyne Rafaeli will direct.

The season will continue with a limited engagement of What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck. Now touring the country, the play explores our nation’s founding document through the lens of Schreck’s life as a competitive high school debater. Oliver Butler will direct.

The season will also feature a pre-Broadway production of Lempicka by Carson Kreitzer, with music by Matt Gould. Based on the life of painter Tamara de Lempicka, the musical follows her life as she flees to Paris after the Russian Revolution. Rachel Chavkin will direct.

La Jolla will also stage a new show directed by Ashley, in addition to a sixth production, both of which will be announced at a later date.

Since its founding in 1947, La Jolla Playhouse has produced 103 premieres of new works and is committed to creating what’s new and next in American theatre.

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