La Jolla Playhouse teams up with the Flaming Lips for Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a world-premiere multimedia experience.
Her name is Yoshimi, and she’s the heroine of a world-premiere musical at the La Jolla Playhouse opening Nov. 6. That’s right: one of San Diego’s most prestigious theaters is teaming up with arguably the weirdest band in rock ‘n’ roll—psychedelic rockers the Flaming Lips—to present Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a musical about a young Japanese artist who journeys alone into a fantastical robot-world where evil forces threaten to destroy her. Directed by the Playhouse’s multiple Tony Award-winning Director Emeritus Des McAnuff (Jesus Christ Superstar, Jersey Boys), the show is being billed as a dazzling multimedia experience and an allegory of our modern battle for progressive thought and individuality in the face of blind acceptance and conformity. In addition to Yoshimi, the musical also features tunes from Lips’ albums The Soft Bulletin and At War with the Mystics. Through Dec. 16. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 Jolla Village Drive. 858.550.1010. lajollaplayhouse.org