Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park, the Clifford Odets classic Golden Boy and the first full-length play written by actor/comedian/musician Steve Martin – Picasso at the Lapin Agile – are among the productions set for the 2019-20 Stagehouse Theatre season at Grossmont College.
The new season opens Oct. 3 with Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
“The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Program is among the leading programs of its kind in the region, and a lot of time, energy and dedication is going into making the upcoming season among the most entertaining ever,” said Theatre Arts Department Chair Beth Duggan.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
By Steve Martin. Directed by Beth Dugan.
Oct. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 5 and 12 at 2 p.m.
The year is 1904. Albert Einstein, a 25-year-old patent clerk, waits for his date at the Lapin Agile, a Parisian watering hole, when 23-year-old Pablo Picasso drops in to meet a recent conquest who is hoping for a return engagement. Einstein is a year away from transforming physics with his theory of relativity and Picasso will soon set the art world afire with Cubism. But at this moment, they are drawn to each other by a mutual sense of self confidence and curiosity. Kept company over the course of their evening by an amusingly incontinent barfly, a gullible yet lovable bartender, a wise waitress, and a surprise visitor from beyond, the two geniuses’ conversation bounces like excited molecules and sweeps like bold brush strokes over art, science, love, existence, and the unknown. A witty and absurdist comedy from comic virtuoso Steve Martin, Picasso at the Lapin Agile tackles big ideas with an imagined meeting of two creative minds on the cusp of greatness.
Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King
By Elizabeth Wong. Directed by Brian Rickel.
Oct. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.
Based on the beloved and enduring Chinese folk tale of Sun Wukong, Elizabeth Wong spins a marvelous tale of the mischievous superhero, the Monkey King. Imagination is the center of this modern adaptation in which our hero is kicked out of school, does battle with one-horned ogre and can somersault on the future on his many adventures. Filled with hip-hop, a bit of Chinese Opera, dancing, battles and heroic adventure, highlights the importance of leadership, responsibility and forgiveness.
By Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Matt Thompson.
Nov. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.
Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of her heroine, Eurydice. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice journeys to the underworld, where she reunites with her father, the Lord of Death, and struggles to hold onto the fading memory of her lost love in the world above. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, Sarah Ruhl’s is a fresh and touching interpretation of one of humanity's timeless love stories.
Inside the Actor’s Process: Love Scenes
Coordinated by Ben Cole.
Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
In a world that feels saturated with negativity, a showcase of the best parts of life is long overdue, even if sometimes the characters in these love stories betray mixed motives, less-than-stellar ideals, and imperfect behavior. This behind-the-scenes look at how the theatrical artist engages with love stories includes vignettes featuring contemporary lovers, classic lovers, and everything in-between. What makes love scenes so magnetic? The times may change, but more than anything else, our need to find someone to connect with never does.
By Bruce Norris. Directed by Jeannette Thomas
March 12, 13, 14, 19,20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.; March 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.
By Clifford Odets. Directed by Brian Rickel.
May 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.; May 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.
The Stagehouse Theatre at Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon, 92020. Season and individual tickets are on sale now. A $50 season ticket package includes all six productions, priority seating, free parking and lost ticket insurance. Individual tickets range $10 - $15 per production.
For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, construction of the new performing and visual arts center is taking place adjacent to the Stagehouse Theatre; that has resulted in the Theatre Arts Department office moving to a portable building (22-A) at the southeast corner of Lot 1.
For information on tickets, please visit or call (619) 644-7267 or (619) 644-7234.