Plays in San Diego: June 2016

The Old Globe Theatre presents Camp David

Check out our roundup of top performances and plays in San Diego this June.

Edited by Lisa Kelley

Through June 5. The smash-hit, Tony Award-winning musical based on the popular Disney movie is a high-energy explosion of song and dance. Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, the musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of life as an artist away from the big city. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.

Broadway San Diego presents Newsies

Through June 12. Based on the true story of famed director William Desmond Taylor’s unsolved murder, this world-premiere play is a noir thriller set in the Golden Age of movies. Mandell Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.

The Boy Who Danced on Air
Through June 12. Set in Afghanistan, this new musical reveals a country teetering on collapse—torn between the past and the future—and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.

Sister Act
June 15-July 2. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun. She finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous disco-ness and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon, it’s nun-on-the-run time, but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood. Moonlight Amphitheater, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista.

Camp David 
Through June 19. Based on the historic Camp David Accords signed between Israel and Egypt in 1978, this new play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright is a riveting and moving story filled with humor, insight and surprises. Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

Stupid F**king Bird
Through June 19. This irreverent, contemporary and funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull wages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.

Woody Guthrie’s American Song
Through June 19. The Intrepid Theatre Group presents this musical celebration of the U.S. and the life of rambling folk singer Woody Guthrie through his words and music, and features more than two dozen songs. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.437.6000.

Tokyo Fish Story
Through June 26. This portrait of the sushi-chef-as-artist brings to life the thrill of creating bite-sized masterpieces, and provides a beautiful meditation on the art of perfection. Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

Hedda Gabler
June 1-26. A world-premiere adaptation and new translation of Ibsen’s classic. Arguably one of the most complex and intriguing female characters ever written, Hedda Gabler weaves a mesmerizing tale of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage and driven by a need for power and freedom. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents Hedda Gabler

American Rhythm
June 10-Aug. 7. A vibrant cast of actor/singer/dancers—and one amazing band—takes audiences on an exhilarating journey into the heart of the U.S. through 100 years of great music. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.

June 19-July 24. Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece is filled with gruesome battles, supernatural horrors, famous poetry and vivid characters. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

The Last Tiger in Haiti
June 28-July 24. This world-premiere play weaves Haitian lore into a contemporary narrative of survival and betrayal. Mandell Weiss Forum at the La Jolla Playhouse, UC San Diego, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.



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