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2024 GALA

MARCH 23, 2024
Sashay into an iconic and legendary evening celebrating the third oldest LGBTQIA+ theatre in the nation! Join us for our 2024 Gala, The Icon Ball
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World-Premiere Musical

TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix

MAY 9 – JUNE 2, 2024
T and L drive their 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible off the edge of the Grand Canyon, and seek out the gay happy ending they’ve always deserved.

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HEAD OVER HEELS Benefit Performance

MATT & SKYLER’S FAREWELL BASH: A HEAD OVER HEELS Benefit Performance with Pre & Post-Show Events Saturday, June 24: 5pm – 12am Get tickets! To purchase tickets for the pre-show party, benefit performance, or both, call our Donor and Patron Services Manager, Jesse Marchese, at 619-220-6830 x209 Tickets: Pre-Show Party ONLY: $75 ($100 VIP) Benefit Performance & Post-Show Reception ONLY: $75 ($90 Premium) Full Evening: $145 ($180 VIP) including Pre-Show Party, Benefit Performance, & Post-Show Reception About: Join us on Saturday, June 24, 2023 for an all-out, revelrous, extravaganza Farewell Bash to celebrate our beloved Matt Morrow and Skyler Sullivan, one last time, before they head to the Bay Area for exciting new opportunities! We’ll be hosting a pre-show party in our Clark Cabaret from 5pm to 8pm, complete with hearty appetizers, drink specials, speeches, live entertainment, and lots of other wonderful surprises! Then, at 8pm, join us for a special Benefit Performance of Head Over Heels,* followed by a post-show reception with the artists and including a champagne toast and delicious desserts. *Proceeds benefit our Transition Fund which will serve to cover the unbudgeted expenses of our upcoming transition and nation-wide search for our new Artistic Director. These costs include consultant fees as well as transportation and hotel costs for visiting candidates. Pre-Show PartyClark Cabaret & Bar5pm – 8pm Regular: $75VIP: $100 – Guaranteed table seating, one drink ticket, & one party souvenir Enjoy a pre-show Farewell Bash for our beloved Matt Morrow and Skyler Sullivan, before they head off for

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Season 38

2023/2024 Each story in our season explores the idea of personal freedom, and how this discovery evolves the way we view the world around us in delightful and innovative new ways. Tickets are currently available by subscription only.  Subscriptions start at just $55! Subscribe Now! SEASON SPONSOR: Bob Grinchuk in loving memory of Reuel K. Olin DECADE SPONSOR: Joann Clark DRAGON MAMA — San Diego Premiere By Sara Porkalob Directed by Andrew Russell September 14 – October 8, 2023 / Opening Night on September 23, 2023 Maria yearns for a gayer, more diverse life in rural Washington state. When presented with an opportunity to make a quick fortune, she must make an important decision: leave her debt-ridden family and newborn daughter for the wild unknown of Alaska, or stay close to home, family, and intergenerational ghosts. Traversing 25 years, Dragon Mama is a one-woman adventure filled with queer love in a barren land, Filipino family lore, and a dope ’90s R&B soundtrack! THE GLASS MENAGERIE — Legacy Revival By Tennessee Williams Directed by Lisa Berger November 30 – December 23, 2023 / Opening Night on December 9, 2023 Production Sponsors: Colleen Kendall & Georgia Griffiths The mother of queer classics, this nostalgic story of love, regret, and letting go introduced a young Tennessee Williams to the world. Gripped by the guilt of abandoning his mother Amanda and sister Laura, Tom is forced to look back and investigate what led to the fracturing of his family and perhaps his soul. This

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Gala 2023: Fairy Tale Ball

Friday, April 7 | The San Diego Natural History Museum
Soar into a magical evening celebrating the the third oldest LGBTQIA+ theatre in the country!

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Queer Youth Karaoke

Come one and come ALL and join us for Queer Youth Karaoke, in the Clark Cabaret at Diversionary Theatre. We meet on the second Saturday of every month from 5 to 7 PM, for some pizza, singing, and community!

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What’s On

What’s On Check out what’s happening in our three performance venues: the Robert L. Granat & Alfred J. Mazur Mainstage Theatre, the Reuel K. Olin New Play Development Center, and the Clark Cabaret & Bar, which opens at 5:00 PM Wednesday through Sunday, and offers mostly free entertainment nightly. 

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San Diego Premiere!

Head Over Heels

Must close June 25!

HEAD OVER HEELS features songs by The Go-Go’s and joyously unveils a path to a new world where diversity is celebrated and ladies lead!

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In the Reuel K. Olin New Play Development Center

Monsters of the American Cinema

MARCH 16 – APRIL 2

Written by San Diego’s most exciting emerging playwright, this haunting, funny, and loving story about race, sexuality, and family reveals the monsters and saviors we discover in each other.

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American Premiere

The High Table

FEBRUARY 9 – MARCH 5

A hilarious and heartfelt story of lineage and love is played out between the heavens and earth in this debut play from British playwright Temi Wilkey.

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Legacy Revival

The Mystery of Irma Vep

DECEMBER 1 – 24

Gothic horror, Victorian romance, and classic B-movies are whipped together into a diabolical delight for the holidays.

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Season 37

Season 37 Learn more about Diversionary Theatre’s 2023 – 2024 season.

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IMPRIDE Comedy Festival July 8-10

Impride is a weekend long festival celebrating LGBTQiA+ voices in comedy. Diversionary Theater is thrilled to be the host of this year’s IMPRIDE Comedy Festival, the nation’s first LGBTQIA+ improv comedy festival. Founded in 2015 by Jesse Suphan and Finest City Improv. This year’s festival will feature three days of LGBTIA+ related improv comedy teams, featured shows, workshops, stand-up, sketch, Drag Performers, scripted shows, and parties! We have a weekend full of comedy, workshops, connecting, and joy – we hope you can join us! Tickets to shows can be purchased by the day or for the weekend. IMPRIDE TICKET BREAKDOWN: FRIDAY Day Pass – $25 | Click here to purchase This pass grants you access to the full evening of performances! With this pass, you are able to come and go as you please throughout the entire day! This pass is only good for Friday, July 8th and will not be able to be used for any other days of the festival. For the festival schedule, visit : SATURDAY Day Pass – $25 | Click here to purchase This pass grants you access to the full evening of performances! With this pass, you are able to come and go as you please throughout the entire day! This pass is only good for Saturday, July 8th and will not be able to be used for any other days of the festival. For the festival schedule, visit : SUNDAY Day Pass – $25 | Click here to purchase This pass grants you

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Dear One

Teen-Versionary Pride 2022

Teen-Versionary Pride 2022: STRINGS THAT BIND Performance one: Friday, July 15 at 3:00 PMPerformance two: Saturday, July 16 at 4:00 PM Diversionary Theatre4545 Park Boulevard Join us for a brand new play honoring San Diego Pride 2022, STRINGS THAT BIND! This play will be created by Queer and Allied teens from across San Diego, and directed by Wilfred Paloma.  Admission is free.  Sign up at the link below. Tickets

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World Premiere

The Disco Ball

Come lose yourself in the shimmer of the lights in an exhilarating evening celebrating the joy and inspiration of the third oldest LGBTQ+ theatre in the nation!

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Diversionary Werks!

Drop-in Theater Classes for All Ages Diversionary Werks is a brand new FREE series of artistic classes for all ages. Keep an eye on all the special offerings

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Clark Cabaret & Bar

Diversionary’s cabaret and piano bar open five nights per week featuring mostly free, queer-themed entertainment and drink specials.

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Eighty-Sixed

Book by Jeremy J. King
Music and Lyrics by Sam Salmond
May 12 – Jun 26

NYC 1986: BJ Rosenthal is determined to keep the party going despite the HIV/AIDS crisis closing in around him.

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Production Suspended

Best Lesbian Erotica 1995

By Miranda Rose Hall

Production Suspended. BEST LESBIAN EROTICA 1995 will not be able to be produced. Please stay tuned for more information about an exciting lineup of Lesbian and Female-Identifying events on Diversionary’s Mainstage and Cabaret, as well as a series of community events around producing complex and racially sensitive work in the American Theatre.

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Season Subscriptions All of our Subscription Packages allow you to save on tickets, receive benefits, and support Diversionary, and come with an additional set of perks and benefits as our thanks for your support. You can even use your Subscriber discount to bring a friend! Please Note: All 2023-2024 season passes are good for Mainstage shows and do not include Cabarets. Join Us For Season 38 Decade Sponsor: Joann Clark Renew or Subscribe Subscriber Benefits By purchasing a season pass Subscription Package, you’re entitled to a variety of benefits and Subscriber perks! Advanced Seat Reservations: As a Subscriber, you get to pick your seats first! We notify you via email and phone before tickets are available to the public so you can book the very best seats. No Hassle Refunds & Exchanges: Need to switch your performance date? Want to refund a ticket purchased outside of your package? No problem! Ticket Discount: Subscribers get a discount off of all Cabaret performances and additional Mainstage ticket purchases—bring a friend! No Additional Fees: Subscribers never pay ticketing fees for additional ticket purchases for Mainstage shows! Premium Seating: Subscribers are upgraded to our premium seating at no extra cost! 10% discount at the Clark Cabaret: Enjoy pre and post-show beverages with a 10% discount! Special Events: Subscribers are periodically invited to exclusive events throughout the season! Arts Education Presentations: Special invitations and seating for our arts education events.   All Access Package ($255) Attend the three Mainstage Performances of the 2023-24 Season, as

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West Coast Premiere

Azul

By C. Quintana
Nov 18 – Dec 19

Yadra’s recollections of growing up in Castro’s Cuba lead her daughter to discover a secret love story.

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West Coast Premiere

one in two

By Donja R. Love
Sep 23 – Oct 24

Three men tell a story of life inside a long-ignored epidemic with joy, humor, and unbridled truth.

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Dear ONE: Love & Longing in Mid-Century Queer America

by Joshua Gershick
Directed by Skyler Sullivan

Inspired by letters to and from One Magazine, the nation’s first openly queer publication, between 1953-1965, Dear ONE: Love & Longing in Mid-Century Queer America is a loving demonstration of the diversity of our community that has long existed and resisted prior to the Stonewall riots.

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Season Overview

Season 36 – Homecoming

Season 36 features two World Premieres and two West Coast Premieres  that take an uncompromising look at where we’ve been and where we are now, blazing a  trail towards a brave new future.

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Stop Asian Hate.
Anti-Racism Action Plan

Stop Asian Hate.

Diversionary Theatre believes that we cannot stand for the voices, rights, and freedom of any marginalized group without standing for those same rights for all people, all communities, all colors, and all cultures. We stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in condemning the deplorable and continuing acts of violence being perpetrated against AAPI community members.  

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News

Community History Project

Diversionary Theatre and Lambda Archives of San Diego have teamed up for a creative project to showcase LGBTQIA+ community history across San Diego.

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Campaign

Securing Our Future Campaign

Securing Our Future is Diversionary’s $2.5 million campaign to substantially renovate our home on Park Boulevard and pay off the existing mortgage.

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Buckets

Buckets

Lived experiences either stay with us or wash over us. What moments stay with us? How do they inform and shape our worldview? Buckets examines the complexity of identity through the experience of a young, queer Pakistani-American woman. Join us for the developmental presentation of Farah Dinga’s vivid, brazenly honest solo performance piece, and discover an important emerging LGBTQ voice in the American theatre.

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Dear One by Josh Gershick

Listen To AmeriQueer

The AmeriQueer Series is a collection of plays presented as audiocasts exploring the LGBTQ experience within the framework of the American identity as a framework for the 2020 election season. These works are insightful, compassionate, and an antidote to our political volatile moment.

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Cancelled LIVE STREAM

Please remember that it is a violation of your ticket purchase agreement to share this page with anyone outside of your household or to download or record this work in any form. Click here to navigate back to the show page. Event Partner Generously Sponsored by Allison Rossett & Sue Reynolds The James Francis Fund

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AmeriQueer

AmeriQueer

The AmeriQueer Series is a collection of plays presented as audiocasts exploring the LGBTQ experience within the framework of the American identity as a framework for the 2020 election season. These works are insightful, compassionate, and an antidote to our political volatile moment.

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2020-21 Season 35 – Going In

Our 35th Season is themed Going In, as we will continue to ask for the privilege of entering your home via online theatrical experiences. We will also, when it is safe to do so, venture into open air and site specific venues to produce short run events throughout San Diego. We will be programming week by week, month by month, and quarter by quarter, to remain nimble and responsive to the needs of our current moment, allowing us to put your safety and the safety of our artists first.

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Press Release

Andréa Agosto Joins Diversionary

Diversionary Theatre in University Heights, San Diego, is thrilled to announce that Andréa Agosto will be joining their team as part of Diversionary’s new Artistic Fellow program.

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DIVERSIONARY THEATRE TO HOST 2NDONLINE PANEL DISCUSSION ON INTERSECTIONALITY & JUSTICE

Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 201 Press@Diversionary.org August 27th, 2020: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHAT: Diversionary to host 2nd online panel discussion on Intersectionality & Justice WHO: Diversionary’s Artistic Fellow, Andrea Agosto, will moderate the Panel Discussion, which will include panelists Kenny Ramos, Kim Heil, Kimberley King, and Jorji Chisam. WHEN: This online panel discussion will take place September 4th, 2020 at 6pm. LINKS: This will be an online event. To attend, please visit our website at www.diversionary.org/intersectionality-and-justice for more information and access. Intersectionality and Justice: A Discussion Friday, September 4th, 2020 @ 6pm We believe that Black Lives Matter. Period. However, this simple acknowledgment is the bare minimum. Diversionary, the nation’s third oldest LGBTQ theatre in the nation, is interested in learning how we can make actionable change in the San Diego theatre community and beyond for all: Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, People of Color. Join us for the 2nd panel to continue unpacking how intersectionality affects us as individuals, artists, and groups, how intersecting identities are systematically mistreated on varying levels, and what can be done as individuals and groups to create change in the theatre. This is a big conversation, and while we know we won’t solve everything with just a couple discussions, we can learn where to start, together. More information can be found at: www.diversionary.org/intersectionality-and-justice For interviews please contact Jenny Case, Managing Director, at 619-220-6830×201 or by emailing Press@diversionary.org

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Cancelled – A New Musical

Directed & Media Designed
by Jared Mezzocchi
Musical Directed by Ian Brandon
Featuring the Teen-Versionary Ensemble

When a scandal breaks out online in a progressive high school, the Gay-Straight Alliance Club’s leadership is thrown into chaos. Friendships are tested, hierarchy is upended, and how we communicate with one another is challenged in this one-act musical by cutting edge musical theatre writers Kit Yan and Melissa Li.

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Diversionary Theatre Announces OPEN FLAME 

Two Online Storytelling Events WHAT: Diversionary hosts two OPEN FLAME storytelling events .WHO: Kenny Ramos will host two evenings of San Diego storytellers. WHEN: Two Monday events: September 14th, 2020, will be BIQTPOC Stories, and September 21st, 2020 will be COVID SLAM!, stories inspired by our current moment. WHERE: This will be a zoom event online. Visit www.diversionary.org/openflame for links and more info. TICKETS: Tickets are free to the public. Open Flame is a free storytelling event presented by Diversionary Theatre. It’s a chance for our community to gather around the proverbial campfire and spin stories inspired by a unique theme or community at each event. Online access to watch the Open Flame Storytelling events will be available at www.diversionary.org. Additional information can be found at: www.diversionary.org/openflame Press Inquiries should be directed to Jenny Case, Managing Director at Press@diversionary.org or at 619-220-6830×201 About Open FlameOpen Flame is a free storytelling event presented by Diversionary Theatre. It’s a chance for our community to gather around the proverbial campfire and spin stories inspired by a unique theme or community at each event. Tune in to listen, or sign up to share a story of your own. Storytellers must sign up in advance, and prepare a five minute story based on that event’s theme. Cozy up to our fire for a fascinating evening of stories as diverse as the members of our community who share them. Coming up in September, we will be offering two different storytelling events: September 14th, 7pm-8pm BIQTPOC Stories (Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, People of Color) Storytellers identifying as persons

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Open Flame

(The Zoom Edition) [tabs ][tab title=”Upcoming Open Flame Events”] [maxbutton id=”54″ text=”R.S.V.P” url=”https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gkLO16exSz-_3nLW7dInXw”] Open Flame is a free storytelling event presented by Diversionary Theatre. It’s a chance for our community to gather around the proverbial campfire and spin stories inspired by a unique theme or community at each event. Tune in to listen, or sign up to share a story of your own.  Storytellers must sign up in advance, and prepare a five-minute story based on that event’s theme.  Cozy up to our fire for a fascinating evening of stories as diverse as the members of our community who share them. Coming up in September, we will be offering two different storytelling events: BIQTPOC Stories: September 14th, 7pm-8pm Covid Slam: September 21st, 7pm-8pm About your Host: Kenny Ramos (Barona Band of Mission Indians, Kumeyaay Nation) grew up on the Barona Indian Reservation and started his theater career locally at Starlight and Moonlight Stage Productions before attending UCLA, where he earned a BA in American Indian Studies.  He is currently an ensemble member at Cornerstone Theater Company and Native Voices at the Autry and has also performed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, Rose Theater Omaha, Perseverance Theatre, Passage Theatre, and the Denver Center.  Kenny is a recipient of First Peoples Fund’s Cultural Capital Fellowship and is the first Native American to receive Theatre Communications Group’s Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship.  Kenny is passionate about creating theatre that centers Native perspectives and challenges settler colonial realities of American society, and when not performing, he works with

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Together We Rise ?

We hope you had a great Pride weekend and were able to catch our Pride Together We Rise showcase of the unique, intergenerational collaboration between our arts education programs Teen-Versionary and The Stonewall Salon, in partnership with The Old Globe.

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2019 Craig Noel Awards

We are thrilled to be the 2019 Recipient of the Craig Noel Award for The Hour of Great Mercy, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Girlfriend.

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D-Tours

A free tour of an LGBTQIA+ – themed show throughout the San Diego Public School system and beyond.

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The Gender Series

PRESS RELEASE: Diversionary Announces THE GENDER SERIES as part of the 2020 Season January 16th, 2020 San Diego, CA For immediate release: WHO: Diversionary Theatre, the Nation’s 3rd Oldest LGBT Theatre WHAT: The Gender Series – part of Diversionary Theatre’s 34th Season WHEN: February 6th, 2019 – June 21st, 2020 WHERE: Diversionary Theatre Mainstage at 4545 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92123 TICKETS:  Subscriptions are available at www.diversionary.org or by calling 619-220-0097. Subscription packages start at just $48. Single tickets range from $15-$65. Discounts are available for groups, seniors, students, educators and military. Diversionary’s Gender Series is a compelling trilogy of productions celebrating gender diversity with an abundance of heart, creativity, and intellect! About The Gender Series, Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow, says “Gender is fundamental to who we are. It informs our every action consciously and unconsciously. It has also become, for better or for worse, a hot button issue at the forefront of our volatile news cycle. I’m ecstatic to convene a conversation here at Diversionary to showcase three radically different plays that celebrate gender diversity in a way that opens minds and hearts. Diversionary is here for our entire community. I look forward to sharing and honoring our community’s diversity with you!”February 6 – March 6, 2020 A KIND OF WEATHER By Sylvan Oswald & Directed by Bea Basso When Kid’s grieving father pops up at his Brooklyn doorstep and asks to move in, it kinda puts a cramp in his sex life. Not to mention the completion of his memoir about his

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The 2019 Craig Noel Awards

Diversionary is overjoyed to have been nominated for 13 Craig Noel Awards for 2019! In addition to being recognized with a record 13 Critics’ Circle Award Nominations, we also made the Best of 2019 Theatre in The San Diego Union Tribune and The Times of San Diego for our World Premiere of The Hour of Great Mercy and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hedwig was also cited by The San Diego Union Tribune as one of “The 19 Things We Loved in the Arts in 2019.” Let’s raise a glass to our family of artists! Looking forward to a bright 2020 filled with outstanding art with all of you in our Diversionary family. Outstanding Resident Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch Outstanding New Play The Hour of Great Mercy  Outstanding Dramatic Production The Hour of Great Mercy Outstanding Ensemble The Hour of Great Mercy Outstanding Direction of a Musical Matt M. Morrow Hedwig and the Angry Inch Outstanding Direction of a Play Rosina Reynolds The Hour of Great Mercy Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play Tom Stephenson The Hour of Great Mercy Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play Andrew Oswald The Hour of Great Mercy Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical Shaun Tuazon Girlfriend  Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical Cashae Monya Hedwig and the Angry Inch Outstanding Solo Performance Wil Bethmann The Santaland Diaries Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical Jeremy Wilson Hedwig and the Angry Inch Outstanding Sound Design Matt Lescault-Wood Hedwig and the Angry Inch Learn more about the Craig Noel Awards: http://sdcriticscircle.org/

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Teen-Versionary

Our free LGBTQIA+ ensemble rehearses and performs a new queer production on the Mainstage.

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DIVERSIONARY THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM OF A Kind of Weather

Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 201 Press@Diversionary.org January 2nd, 2020: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHAT: Diversionary announces the cast of A Kind of Weather by Sylvan Oswald. WHO: Bea Basso will direct this World Premiere production of A Kind of Weather by Sylvan Oswald. WHEN: Performances run February 6th – March 8th. Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Opening Night is Saturday, February 15th. TICKETS: A Kind of Weather tickets are on sale ($15 – $50). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors, and the Military.   To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: http://diversionary.org/mailinglist/ World Premiere A KIND OF WEATHER by Sylvan Oswald Directed by Bea Basso February 6-March 8, 2020 Description: When Kid’s grieving father pops up at his Brooklyn doorstep and asks to move in, it kinda puts a cramp in his sex life. Not to mention the completion of his memoir about his gender transition. As he struggles to keep his professional and romantic deadlines, revelations about his family history begin to subvert his own narrative. A hilarious, time-jumping, tragi-comedy exploring gender identity and its effect on family, A Kind of Weather is about learning to be who you already are. About producing this World Premiere at Diversionary, Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow says, “Sylvan’s voice is one that I’ve admired for a long, long time, and it gives me great joy to give his beautiful, hilarious, and poignant new play its first production. His point of view on

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The Royal Uprising Ball

[button link=”https://www.youtube.com/c/DiversionaryTheatreSanDiego/live”]CLICK HERE TO STREAM ON YOUTUBE![/button] [tabs][tab title=”Event Information”] JOIN US FOR THIS FREE COMMUNITY-INSPIRED EVENT! Join us ONLINE as we celebrate the House of Diversionary, the third oldest LGBT theatre in the country, with a high-energy, virtual bash featuring dazzling entertainment, decadent silent auction and raffle items, and a dash of debauchery! Get your dancing shoes out because this virtual event will have you up on your feet and dancing the night away! RSVP here and we will send you a link to tune in for FREE on Saturday April 25 @ 6:45pm. Hosted and performances by Jaye Wilson (Craig Noel Award Winner for Hedwig & The Angry Inch). Honoring long-time volunteers Carol Ann Flanagan, Peter Herman, Glenn Sipes & Julie Ustin with the first-ever “Gratitude Awards.” <[maxbutton id=”69″][maxbutton id=”68″][maxbutton id=”70″] Gala Co-Chairs: Dame Beth Kind & Sir Jay Henslee Royal Court Co-Chairs: Lillian Faderman & Phyllis Irwin Scott Williford – President Jay Henslee – Vice President Tom Abbas – Treasurer Allison Rossett – Secretary Julia Cuppy Roxanne Govari Jodie Graber Rob Granat Kim Heil Colleen Kendall Beth Kind Karla Martinez Alicia McLain Matt M. Morrow Nic Reveles Mark Somers Russ Sperling [/tab][tab title=”Silent Auction & Raffle – Open Now!”] Welcome to Diversionary Theatre’s first Virtual Silent Auction and Raffle! Visit our Live Auction page to browse and bid on our auction items or make a donation from now until Sunday, April 26th, 5:00 pm PST. Some of the Available Items include: Historic Broadway Memorbilia, Elton John’s Autograph, Hotel

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Student Matinee Series

Free Matinee performance series for San Diego public schools, including a pre and post show in-classroom workshop.

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REVEAL & REVOLT Press Release

DIVERSIONARY ANNOUNCES REVEAL & REVOLT: A Queer Dance Fantasia A new dance cabaret by Michael Mizerany, celebrating 50 years of Stonewall and a legacy of disruption in the name of equality Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 103 Press@Diversionary.org December 27th, 2019: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHAT: Diversionary announces the new dance cabaret REVEAL & REVOLT: A Queer Dance Fantasia WHO: Michael Mizerany directs this new dance piece celebrating the 50 years of Stonewall and a legacy of disruption. WHEN: January 9th – 12th. Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm. TICKETS: Are on sale ($15 – $30). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors, and Military.  To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: http://diversionary.org/mailinglist/ Celebrating 50 years of Stonewall and a legacy of disruption in the name of equality, Reveal & Revolt: A Queer Dance Fantasia, shines a spotlight on the LGBTQ community’s insuppressible fight for equality and justice. From the creative powerhouse Michael Mizerany (Tryst, Hot Guys Dancing), this BRAND NEW provocative dance-theatre performance will captivate, inspire and heat up your New Year! REVEAL & REVOLT runs for five performances, January 9th – 12th, 2020. Thur, January 9th 7 p.m. Fri, January 10th 8 p.m. Sat, January 11th 8 p.m. Sun, January 12th 2 p.m. & 7p.m ABOUT THE CREATOR:  Michael Mizerany (Director/Choreographer) Choreography Credits (selected): At Diversionary Theatre: Dooley, Altar Boyz, Scrooge In Rouge, Divine Sister, Thrill Me, Bare: A Pop Opera, A New Brain, Hedwig & The Angry Inch,

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Diversionary Cabaret: REVEAL & REVOLT

REVEAL & REVOLT A Queer Dance Fantasia January 9 – 12, 2020 Thursday @ 7pm Friday @ 8pm Saturday @8pm Sunday @ 2pm + 7pm [maxbutton id=”54″ ] [tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] Celebrating 50 years of Stonewall and a legacy of disruption in the name of equality, Reveal & Revolt: A Queer Dance Fantasia, shines a spotlight on the LGBTQ community’s insuppressible fight for equality and justice. From the creative powerhouse Michael Mizerany (Tryst, Hot Guys Dancing), this BRAND NEW provocative dance-theatre performance will captivate, inspire and heat up your New Year! This production is rated R for explicit sexual content, male nudity, profanity and some violence. [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative Team”][accordions ] [accordion title=”Choreographers” load=”hide”]New work by Martin Dorado, Deven P. Brawley, Peter G. Kalivas, Michael Mizerany, and Jeremy Wilson. Deven P. Brawley (Choreographer) as an artist strives to push the bounds of dance and art. He has danced or worked with local companies including Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, Mojalet Dance Collective, MizeranyDance!, ImagoMoves, The San Diego Opera, Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, and internationally with FORM Dance and Sydney Movement Project. Pursuing a career as a choreographer, d’shire dance collective (ddc), Southern California’s critically acclaimed all-male contemporary dance company started to critical acclaim in 2007 allowing his work to be seen worldwide. Deven explores other outlets artistically, as one of San Diego’s community Drag Queens. Known as Nomi d’shire, your current Miss Gay Pride 2019 with the Imperial Court De San Diego. Through Nomi, a platform has been built for LGBTQ+

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REVEAL & REVOLT: A Queer Dance Fantasia January 9 – 12, 2020 [tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] Celebrating 50 years of Stonewall and a legacy of disruption in the name of equality, Reveal & Revolt: A Queer Dance Fantasia, shines a spotlight on the LGBTQ community’s unsurpressable fight for equality and justice. From the creative powerhouse Michael Mizerany (Tryst, Hot Guys Dancing), this BRAND NEW provocative dance-theatre performance will captivate, inspire and heat up your New Year!   [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative Team”].[/tab] [tab title=”Photos & Video”]Production Photos: Simpatika.com [/tab] [tab title=”Reviews”].[/tab] [/tabs]

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A Special Message from Hedwig

Well, hello there! Hedwig here for the holidaaaazzzzzzzeee, enjoying my Christmas constitutional of grain alcohol and eggnog. You know how I like to be good to myself. Yum! You know it’s the season of giving, and Diversionary could use your love and support right now. To end 2019 with a BANG we are launching a Challenge Appeal in support of our progressive Arts Education programs reaching thousands of young people and senior citizens across San Diego! Season Sponsors Allison Rossett and Sue Reynolds will generously match every donation received this month dollar for dollar up to $15,000!  Donate now and give yourself the gift of knowing that you are supporting one of the oldest queer theatres in America. Not to mention the unglaublich (German for “incredible”) work they do for thousands of young people through their growing arts education programs! Think of it! I thought of it… The absolute power of recruiting the youth of today for a future filled with masses of LGBTQIA folk solving the ills of society, like climate change, gun control, and wayward fashion choices all at once. We have big plans…😉 Give now and make a difference in your community. Do it for the children! Do it because you know it’s the right thing to do! But most of all, do it so Diversionary can bring me back for more shows! Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to donate before December 31st! Kisses! Kisses! Happy Happy Merry Merry from Hedwig! Ps. You can donate on the Diversionary website or by calling one of those amazing people in the box office

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❤ Double Your Donation! ❤

Dear Friend, We are proud to be part of GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people to transform their communities and the world. Here at Diversionary we are boldly claiming a space where the entire LGBTQ family is seen, heard, and honored. Our inclusive programming demonstrates that our community is a beacon for diversity and united in the face of adversity: it’s who we are. To end 2019 with a BANG we are launching a Challenge Appeal in support of our progressive Arts Education programs reaching thousands of young people and senior citizens across San Diego! Season Sponsors Allison Rossett and Sue Reynolds will generously match every donation received this month dollar for dollar up to $15,000! [maxbutton id=”59″ url=”https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/store/33385/alldonations/32688″ ]  We could not be more proud of what we’ve accomplished in the past year with the love and support of our community: We added a new Arts Education program with D-Tours, a traveling program bringing an LGBTQ themed production to San Diego Unified School District. Across our six diverse Arts Education programs we reached over 1,500 young people and senior citizens, sowing the seeds of love and understanding around our LGBT mission. We’ve had a string of hits on our Mainstage with our compelling World Premiere of The Hour of Great Mercy, the gut-busting Significant Other, and heartwarming Girlfriend. And our 20th Anniversary production of Hedwig and The Angry Inch blew the roof of our intimate theatre, becoming the most attended show in our 33 year history! We have so much more to look

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Arts and the Trans/Gender Diverse Community

[tabs ][tab title=”Event Information”]Join Diversionary Theatre in a forum to discuss trans/gender non-conformity representation in the theatre. There is no cost for this discussion, which is a follow up to our September 2019 meeting. Diversionary is thrilled to partner with TransFamily Services, Human Rights Campaign, The Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego, North County LGBTQ Resource Center and Neutral Corner, San Diego Pride, and the Pride Center at SDSU in presenting this event. Diversionary Theatre 4545 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92116 [maxbutton id=”55″ url=”https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qcj6YsK0jCAe_0t7LWUkiubA9xdIzKikIMWHE9ui-ak/edit” text=”Reserve Seats” text2=”For Panel Discussion” ] Reserve For the Panel Here or by calling 619 220-6830 ext. 104 or via email: boxoffice@diversionary.org [/tab] [tab title=”Facilitators & Panelists”] Co-facilitated by: Jeremy Wilson: Actor/ Songwriter/ performer extraordinaire, and recent star of Hedwig at Diversionary Theatre Skyler Sullivan: Actor/ Director and Director of Arts Education and Outreach at Diversionary theatre Panelists: Josh Gershick            Playwright and Southern CA Regional Rep. for Dramatist Guild Al Johnson:                Community Engagement Coordinator for TransFamily Support Services Beth Kind:                  Member of The Metropolitan Community Church of SD, Co-Chair for The Human Rights Campaign San Diego Cody Sloan                 Actor and graduate student at UCSD August Ruterbusch     Actor and High school student at CCA M Valladolid                Actor, SDSCPA alumni, San Diego Pride Youth Programs Coordinator [/tab] [/tabs]

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DIVERSIONARY THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE CAST & CREATIVE TEAM OF THE SANTALAND DIARIES

Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 103 Press@Diversionary.org October 11th, 2019: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHAT: Diversionary announces the cast of THE SANTALAND DIARIES and the add-on performance reading of LINDA LIBBY’S HOLIGAY STORYTIME. WHO: Anthony Methvin will direct this Legacy Production of THE SANTALAND DIARIES by David Sedaris as well as the add-on performance reading of Sedaris’ hilarious and dark Linda Libby’s HoliGay Storytime taking place after Santaland, downstairs in Diversionary’s Fritz Lounge. WHEN: Performances run November 21st – December 22nd. Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Opening Night* is Saturday, November 30th. *Please note that there will not be a performance of Linda Libby’s Holigay Storytime on November 21st or  Opening Night, November 30th. Press tickets for a different performance are available by contacting jenny@diversionary.org. Linda Libby’s Holigay Storytime is a book-in-hand reading and not for review. TICKETS: The Santaland Diaries tickets are on sale ($15 – $50). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military.  Linda Libby’s Holigay Storytime is free and seating is limited. Reservations should be booked in advance. To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: http://diversionary.org/mailinglist/ Legacy Production of  The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris Directed by Anthony Methvin   November 21st through December 22nd, 2019 From the brilliantly twisted mind of David Sedaris comes a classic tonic for the holidaze. Out of work and options, The Santaland Diaries finds David as he begins his career as an elf in Macy’s Santaland during the holiday crunch. Battling throngs of rabid families clamoring towards a drunken

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Arts and the Trans/Gender Diverse community

Press Release Month, Day, Year, San Diego, CA – Join Diversionary Theatre in a forum to discuss trans/gender non-conformity representation in the theatre. The event will also feature readings from two gender diverse plays Diversionary is producing this season: A Kind of Weather and Plot Points In Our Sexual Development. Diversionary is thrilled to partner with TransFamily Services, Human Rights Campaign, The Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego, North County LGBTQ Resource Center and Neutral Corner in presenting this event. 4pm: Mixer with hosted refreshments4:30pm: Reading and Panel Discussion Please enjoy $15 tickets* to Diversionary’s San Diego Premiere Musical Girlfriend at 8pm on September 28 with code TGNC! *If the price of a ticket is a barrier, please email Community Development Manager Nora Zahn at nora@diversionary.org to reserve two complimentary tickets for Girlfriend’s September 28th performance.   WHO:Diversionary Theatre, the nation’s third oldest LGBTQ Theatre, in partnership with TransFamily Services, Human Rights Campaign, The Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego, North County LGBTQ Resource Center and Neutral Corner WHAT:A forum to discuss trans/gender non-conformity representation in the theatre. WHEN:Saturday, September 28th, 4pm-5:30pm WHERE:Diversionary Theatre4545 Park Blvd.San Diego, CA 92116

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Press Release: GIRLFRIEND

DIVERSIONARY THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM OF THE SAN DIEGO PREMIERE MUSICAL GIRLFRIEND Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 103 Press@Diversionary.org August 9th, 2019: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHAT: Diversionary announces the cast of the San Diego Premiere of GIRLFRIEND WHO: Stephen Brotebeck will direct this San Diego Premiere by Matthew Sweet and Todd Almond. WHEN: Performances run September 12 – October 13. Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Opening Night is Saturday, September 21st.  TICKETS: Are on sale ($15 – $55). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military.  To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: http://diversionary.org/mailinglist/ ABOUT THE CAST Michael Louis Cusimano (Mike) is happy to return to the Diversionary family; he has been seen here at Diversionary in last season’s This Beautiful City and the previous year’s Homos or Everyone in America. Michael relocated from New York 3 years ago and most recently he served as an understudy for The Tale of Despereaux at the Old Globe. SoCal credits include: Once (Guy) and Big Fish (Will Bloom) among other roles at Lamb’s Players Theatre; Spamalot (Lancelot) at Moonlight Amphitheatre; The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff) and On the 20th Century (Bruce Granit) at Cygnet; Metamorphoses (Orpheus) at Santa Barbara Ensemble Theatre; The 39 Steps (clown) at Glendale Centre Theatre; and Grease (Danny Zuko) at Cabrillo Music Theatre. New York City credits include Titus Andronicus (Marcus), world premiere of The Haunted Train (Dr Barnes) and Chien de Moi at La MaMa ETC. TV: Devil in the Details on Investigation Discovery. Michael is a BFA grad of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Shaun Tuazon (Will) is excited

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Plot Points in our Sexual Development

Plot Points in our Sexual Development

by Miranda Rose Hall
directed by Kym Pappas

In order to protect the health and safety of our staff, performers, and patrons, we needed to cancel the run of Plot Points in Our Sexual Development.

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A Kind of Weather

by Sylvan Oswald

A hilarious, time-jumping, tragi-comedy exploring gender identity and its effect on family, A Kind of Weather is about learning to be who you already are.

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Santaland Diaries

By David Sedaris & Linda Libby’s Holigay Storytime
Adapted to the stage by Joe Mantello
Directed by Anthony Methvin

Out of work and options, The Santaland Diaries finds David as he begins his career as an elf in Macy’s Santaland during the holiday crunch.

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Girlfriend

Book by Todd Almond
Music and Lyrics by Matthew Sweet

It’s 1993 and mixtapes are the language of love. Set in the American heartland during the summer between high school and whatever comes next, college-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other.

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Press Release: Spark 2019

Diversionary Theatre’s 3rd Annual Spark Festival Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 103 Press@Diversionary.org May 28th, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHO: Diversionary Theatre, the Nation’s 3rd Oldest LGBT Theatre. WHAT: The 3rd Annual Spark New Play Festival featuring a program of new plays never before seen in San Diego. WHEN: Thursday, June 13- Saturday June 15, 2019. WHERE: Diversionary Theatre’s Black Box Spaces at 4545 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92123. TICKETS: Tickets are free with a suggested donation fo $15 at the door. June 13-15, 2019, Spark will present four one-night-only readings of fascinating contemporary works never before seen in San Diego by exceptional playwrights. Talkbacks, a Playwrighting Master Class, and receptions give you the opportunity to mingle and celebrate with actors, directors, and playwrights throughout the weekend. Creative sparks will be flying! All readings are free to the public. There is a suggested donation of $15 at the door. The SPARK New Play Festival is generously sponsored by Bill & Judy Garrett. Tickets are available at www.diversionary.org or by calling the Box Office at 619-220-0097. Additional information can be found at www.diversionary.org/spark2019 Press Inquiries should be directed to Jenny Case, Managing Director at Press@diversionary.org or at 619-220-6830×103 About the Plays The Gentleman Caller By Philip Dawkins Directed by Meg DeBoard Thursday, June 13 @ 7pm Black Box Theatre Before becoming queer icons of the American theatre, Tennessee Williams and William Inge were just two aspiring playwrights sharing a night together. As the liquor flows and confessions begin to spill out, they reveal truths

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Season 34 – We Are

Season Overview Season Sponsors Allison Rossett & Sue Reynolds Reuel Olin & Bob Grinchuk Joann Clark   [toggle title=”GIRLFRIEND: September 12 – October 13, 2019″ load=”hide”] It’s 1993 and mixtapes are the language of love. Set in the American heartland during the summer between high school and whatever comes next, college-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. Their rush of first love full of excitement, confusion, and passion, forges an unlikely bond neither were expecting. Told to the power-pop precision of Matthew Sweet’s seminal rock album, Girlfriend is a vibrant new musical about the terror and thrill of discovering yourself, and the life you want to lead. “A rock ‘n’ roll valentine that delivers subtle wisdom with an exhilarating kick.” – Rolling Stone Magazine Production Sponsors:James Dolton & Doug KatzenmeyerBill McClain & Bob Leyh [/toggle][toggle title=”THE SANTALAND DIARIES & LINDA LIBBY’S HOLIGAY STORYTIME: November 21 – December 22, 2019″ load=”hide”] From the brilliantly twisted mind of David Sedaris comes a classic tonic for the holidaze. Out of work and options, The Santaland Diaries finds David as he begins his career as an elf in Macy’s Santaland during the holiday crunch. Battling throngs of rabid families clamoring towards a drunken Santa to satiate their Christmas fix, David makes do with some hilarious observations on human nature, and an unexpected connection to the holiday spirit. Add On just for the Holidaze:  Linda Libby’s HoliGay Storytime -Join the indomitable theatre icon Linda Libby after hours for some queer holiday cheer! Grab

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Diversionary Theatre’s 3rd Annual Spark Festival

[tabs] [tab title=”About Spark”] June 13-15, 2019, Spark will present four one-night-only readings of fascinating contemporary works never before seen in San Diego by exceptional playwrights. Talkbacks, a Playwriting Master Class, and receptions give you the opportunity to mingle and celebrate with actors, directors, and playwrights throughout the weekend. Creative sparks will be flying! TICKETS: All readings are free to the public. There is a suggested donation of $15 at the door. Reserve tickets online or by calling 619-220-0097. [/tab] [tab title=”About the Plays”] About the Plays The Gentleman Caller By Philip Dawkins Directed by Meg DeBoard Thursday, June 13 @ 7pm Black Box Theatre Before becoming queer icons of the American theatre, Tennessee Williams and William Inge were just two aspiring playwrights sharing a night together. As the liquor flows and confessions begin to spill out, they reveal truths about themselves the public never saw. Based on real-life but closed-door encounters, reconstructed from troves of comments (and elisions) by each man about their relationship, Philip Dawkins gorgeously envisions what might have taken place during those early-career meetings. A Kind of Weather by Sylvan Oswald Directed by Bea Basso Friday, June 14 @ 7pm Black Box Theatre When Kid’s grieving father pops up at his Brooklyn doorstep and asks to move in, it kinda puts a cramp in his sex life. Not to mention the completion of his memoir about his gender transition. As he struggles to keep his professional and romantic deadlines, revelations about his family history begin to

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An evening with author and illustrator Brian Selznick

An Evening with Brian Selznick Tuesday, April 30th at 7pm 6:15 Check-in On Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m., Warwick’s and Diversionary Theatre will host Brian Selznick to discuss his illustrations in the newly released book by Walt Whitman, “Live Oak, with Moss.” Selznick is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and “Wonderstruck.” Tickets are available for purchase through Warwick’s book store. The $37.31 ticket price includes general admission to the event and a signed copy of Live Oak, With Moss. Seating is first come, first served. TICKETS Please call the Warwick’s Book Department at (858) 454-0347 for information or visit www.warwicks.com Brian Selznick is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, among many other beloved books for children. He lives in Brooklyn and San Diego. As he was turning forty, Walt Whitman wrote twelve poems in a small handmade book he entitled Live Oak, with Moss. The poems were intensely private reflections on his attraction and affection for other men, and Whitman’s most adventurous explorations of the theme of same-sex love. This revolutionary, extraordinarily beautiful, and passionate cluster of poems was never published by Whitman during his lifetime and has remained unknown to the general public—until now. New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Brian Selznick has been greatly influenced by Whitman and has created more than 100 pages of original images that form a stirring visual narrative around the poems. Live Oak, with Moss is a transporting tour de force that presents Whitman like

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Gala 2019: Rock n’ Roll Rebellion Ball

You are invited to Rock n’ Roll Rebellion Ball Friday, April 26th, 2019 Rock out in an exhilarating evening celebrating the ferocity and determination of the third oldest LGBT theatre in the country! This high-energy party will include decadent dining and sizzling auction items, featuring and an electrifying performance by The Lizards (Justin Huertas & Kiki deLohr of Diversionary’s acclaimed musical Lizard Boy)! To RSVP and purchase tickets or tables – CLICK HERE [tabs] [tab title=”Gala Info”] Rock n’ Roll Rebellion Ball Friday, April 26th, 2019 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. VIP Reception 5:30 p.m. US Grant Hotel 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA Rock out in an exhilarating evening celebrating the ferocity and determination of the third oldest LGBT theatre in the country! This high-energy party will include decadent dining and sizzling auction items, and feature an electrifying performance by The Lizards (Justin Huertas & Kiki deLohr of Diversionary’s acclaimed musical Lizard Boy)! Attire: Claim your inner Rock Star! Event Co-Chairs: Jay Henslee & Beth Kind Fritz Klein Award Honoree: Dea & Osborn Hurston Fritz Klein National Award Honoree: Alexandra Billings (Transparent, B’way’s The Nap) Emcee: Allison Spratt Pearce (The Loneliest Girl in the World) Honorary Committee Chair: Joann Clark Please call Nora Zahn at 619-220-6830 x104 or email nora@diversionary.org with any questions. Presenting Sponsor: [/tab] [tab title=”Tickets”] VIP Table: $2,500 Table of ten, VIP Reception, prime seating location, wine service, $1,500 tax deductible Honorary Committee Tickets: $500 Join the event Honorary Committee and enjoy VIP Reception, prime seating location, wine service and special

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A Conversation about LGBTQIA+ Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in San Diego Theatres

Diversionary Theatre will host A Conversation about LGBTQIA+ Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in San Diego Theatres, the fourth in a series of meetings concerning EDI following those hosted by The Old Globe, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and Cygnet Theatre. This meeting will take place on Monday, February 4 from ­­­­­6.30-8.30pm at Diversionary Theatre, located at 4545 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92116. There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to chat with other attendees from 6-6.30pm. To RSVP for this meeting, please click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H25S623 Street parking is available in the area, but please arrive early to find parking as it can sometimes be scarce. For those folks who use public transportation, the SDMT bus route 11 has convenient stops to the theatre. Please encourage your fellow theatre artists, administrators, and stakeholders to attend this meeting, and feel free to forward them this email so that they can also RSVP through the provided link. If you are unable to attend, but would like to receive information about future meetings, or have any other questions regarding the event, please let me know by sending an email to anthony@diversionary.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Hedwig Press Release

DIVERSIONARY THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM OF THE 20th ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 103 Press@Diversionary.org January 16th, 2019: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHAT: Diversionary announces the cast of the 20th Anniversary production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch WHO: Jeremy Wilson and Cashae Monya to star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by Matt M. Morrow. WHEN: March 21st-April 21st. Opening Night is Saturday, March 30th. Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. TICKETS: Diversionary will be holding special Box Office hours on Monday, from 12pm – 6pm, January 21st when single tickets go on sale. Tickets range from $15 – $60. Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors, and Military.  To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: http://diversionary.org/mailinglist/ 20th Anniversary Production HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Text by John Cameron Mitchell Music & Lyrics by Stephen Trask Directed by Matt M. Morrow March 21st through April 21st, 2019 At long last, Hedwig comes to Diversionary! This iconic musical is an integral part of the LGBT theater canon and truly rocked the musical form when it debuted Off Broadway 20 years ago. It has since been made into a movie, enjoyed productions all over the world, and had its Broadway debut starring Neil Patrick Harris, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Get ready to rock! About producing the 20th Anniversary production at Diversionary, Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow says, “Hedwig was

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You did it!

Because of your generous support, we have surpassed our match and goal for our End of Year fundraising campaign! Thank you for your inspirational support and belief in our work here at Diversionary, San Diego’s only LGBT theatre. My heart is overflowing with gratitude and love as we embark on 2019! Your support will go a long way in making our 33rd season a success. We have three more shows to bring you this spring: the World Premiere of The Hour of Great Mercy, our 20th Anniversary production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and our San Diego Premiere of the hilarious Broadway comedy Significant Other. All three shows already boast SOLD OUT Student Matinees, made free of charge by your awesome support! On behalf of the artists, board, and staff of Diversionary, I wish you a healthy, prosperous and arts-filled 2019! I look forward to welcoming you back to the theatre soon. Yours, Matt M. Morrow Executive Artistic Director

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🎁 Match Your Gift – Up to $10,000! 🎁

Donate before December 31st and your gift will be matched – up to $10,000!  Thanks to inspired donor Alan Campbell, when you make a year-end donation it will be matched up to$10,000! But it will only happen if you make a contribution before December 31st. With 60% of our budget coming from donations, we can only accomplish our dynamic and inspirational work through the support of our community. Your generosity will directly support our progressive arts education programming, sowing the seeds of social change for years to come. This year we are poised to triple the number of young people we reach. Your support will uphold the highest artistic standards that have resulted in an astounding 11 Craig Noel Award nominations just over the past two years. On behalf of all we serve, I hope you are inspired to donate today and support our mission that celebrates, preserves, and emboldens our LGBT community. Visit us at diversionary.org to learn more about the projects your gift will support. Thank you for your support! Matt M. Morrow Executive Artistic Director

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Press Release: TRYST

DIVERSIONARY ANNOUNCES TRYST A new dance cabaret by Michael Mizerany, inspired by Schnitzler’s scintillating and controversial classic La Ronde  Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 103 Press@Diversionary.org December 28th, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHAT: Diversionary announces the new dance cabaret TRYST WHO: Michael Mizerany Directs this new dance piece inspired by the controversial classic La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler. WHEN: January 10th – 13th.  Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm. TICKETS: Are on sale ($15 – $30). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military.  To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: http://diversionary.org/mailinglist/ Based on the controversial classic La Ronde, TRYST explores the power of human connection through sexual interludes across time, social class and gender. The latest from the creative powerhouse Michael Mizerany (Hot Guys Dancing,In The Va Va Voom Room), this evening of provocative dance-theatre will heat up your January with an explicit and intimate look at the ingredients of desire. TRYST runs for five performances , January 10th – 13th, 2018. Thur, Jan. 10th 7 p.m. Fri, Jan 11th 8 p.m. Sat, Jan. 12th 2p.m. & 8 p.m. Sun, Jan. 13th 2 p.m. & 7p.m ABOUT THE CREATOR:  Michael Mizerany is an award-winning choreographer and performer and currently is the artistic director of Compulsion Dance & Theatre. From 2009-2013, Michael was the Associate Artistic Director of Malashock Dance. Selected Credits: Altar Boyz, Scrooge In Rouge, Thrill Me, Bare: A Pop Opera, A New Brain, Hot

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The Hour of Great Mercy: PRESS RELEASE

DIVERSIONARY THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM OF THE WORLD PREMIERE OF  THE HOUR OF GREAT MERCY Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 103 Press@Diversionary.org December 19th, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHAT: Diversionary announces the cast of the World Premiere of THE HOUR OF GREAT MERCY WHO: Rosina Reynolds will direct this World Premiere by Miranda Rose Hall. WHEN: January 31st – March 3rd. Opening Night is Saturday February 9th. Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. TICKETS: Are on sale ($15 – $50). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military.  To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: http://diversionary.org/mailinglist/ World Premiere THE HOUR OF GREAT MERCY By Miranda Rose Hall Directed by Rosina Reynolds   January 31st through March 3rd, 2019 This poetic new play with music follows Ed, a gay Jesuit priest who leaves the Catholic church to reconcile with his estranged brother in an isolated and icy township in Alaska. As Ed confronts his tragic past and tenuous future, he unexpectedly finds love beneath the starry Alaskan sky, and support from an unlikely ally. Introducing an auspicious new voice in American theatre, The Hour of Great Mercy by Miranda Rose Hall, is a tender, insightful and compassionate story about our collective relationship to illness, family, and redemption. About producing this World Premiere at Diversionary, Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow says, “Oh my God do I love this play. I’m proud to produce this World

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Tryst

Thursday, January 10th at 7pm Friday, January 11th at 8pm Saturday, January 12th at 2pm and 8pm Sunday, January 13th at 2pm and 7pm [maxbutton id=”56″ ] [tabs][tab title=”About the Show”] Based on the controversial classic La Ronde, TRYST explores the power of human connection through sexual interludes across time, social class and gender. The latest from the creative powerhouse Michael Mizerany (Hot Guys Dancing,In The Va Va Voom Room), this evening of provocative dance-theatre will heat up your January with an explicit and intimate look at the ingredients of desire.     To learn about upcoming events, Join our mailing list!  SEXUAL EXPLICIT CONTENT & NUDITY [/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”] The Choreographers of TRYST:  Blythe Barton, Matthew Carney, Desiree Fejeran, Brittany Taylor, Sadie Weinberg and Michael Mizerany The Dancers of TRYST: Marty Dorado, Jake Bevill, Beverly Johnson, April Tra , Kevin Truitt, John Diaz, Jordan Daly, Brianna Bellamy, Karina Martinez, and Kiona Daelyn Michael Mizerany is an award-winning choreographer and performer and currently is the artistic director of Compulsion Dance & Theatre. From 2009-2013, Michael was the Associate Artistic Director of Malashock Dance. Selected Credits: Altar Boyz, Scrooge In Rouge, Thrill Me, Bare: A Pop Opera, A New Brain, Hot Guys Dancing 1-3, In The VaVaVoom Room 1-3 and Midnight Alley. (Diversionary Theatre); Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret, Grey Gardens, Ass, or A Midsummer Night’s Fever and Cabaret (Ion Theatre), Carnival!, Suds and Altar Boyz (The Coronado Playhouse), Spring Awakening and Shockheaded Peter (Cygnet Theatre), The Full Monty (New Village Arts), Voyeurs De Venus (Moxie Theatre), Bat Boy: The Musical and The Rocky

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Giving Tuesday: Be Inspired

“Every day I’m more grateful for Diversionary as a home where we gather, experience the best art, and rejuvenate our hearts and minds.  Still standing after 33 years, we continue our commitment to San Diego with a simple promise to Be Inspired.” As the end of year approaches, I hope you will join us with a tax-deductible donation, and reaffirm San Diego as the forward-thinking home to the third oldest LGBT theatre in the country.  As we put a bow on 2018, I’m thankful for our successes, which are shared with our community, who bolster and sustain our historic theatre: Our World Premiere of Ballast, exploring trans and cisgender relationships, won the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play. Our Arts Education wing added two new programs in 2017/18 with The Stonewall Salon serving older LGBT +A adults, and Teen-Versionary serving LGBT+A at-risk teenagers. And this year we are poised to triple the number of young people we reach across San Diego County with progressive, LGBT arts education! On behalf of all we serve, I hope you are inspired to donate today and support our mission that celebrates, preserves, and emboldens our LGBT community. Visit us at diversionary.org to learn more about the projects your gift will support. Thank you for your support! Matt M. Morrow Executive Artistic Director

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Meet the Cast of THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY

ANNOUNCING THE CAST OF THE SAN DIEGO PREMIERE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 103 Press@Diversionary.org Octobere 8th, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHAT: Diversionary announces the cast of the second show in its 33rd season, the San Diego Premiere of THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY.   WHO: Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow will direct the piece by The Civilians. WHEN: November 8th – December 9th. Opening Night is Saturday November 17th. Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. TICKETS: Are on sale ($15 – $55). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military.  To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: 

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Press Release: Queer Heartache

Diversionary Announces Queer Heartache Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 103 Press@Diversionary.org September 26th, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHAT: Diversionary announces Queer Heartache by spoken word artist Kit Yan WHEN: October 18th – 20th Performances run Thursday at 7pm and Friday and Saturday at 8pm TICKETS: Are on sale ($25). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military. www.diversionary.org/queerheartache Diversionary welcomes the New York City Trans Spoken Word Artist Kit Yan!  Three Nights Only! Queer Heartache Thursday, October 18th @ 7pm Friday, October 19th @ 8pm Saturday, October 20th @ 8pm Queer Heartache is an explosion of slam poetry that is at once compelling, hilarious, and as its title promises, heart breaking. Award-winning poet/performer Kit Yan takes the audience on an adventure ride through his life, investigating what it means to be Trans, Queer, and Asian American. Navigating the intimate and formidable landscape of family, the dating pool, and the medical establishment, Kit will steal your heart and change how you look at the world around you. Hold tight to your rainbow and enjoy the ride! About the Artist: Kit Yan (Playwright/Poet/Performer/Lyricist) is a Yellow American New York based artist, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii. His work is a dreamspace where queer and transgender folx can time travel in order to witness, remember, and heal our herstories. He holds writing as a spaceship into the borderless ancestral past, the puzzle pieces of an imagined queertureverse, and a lifeline back onto this earth. Here, we can

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Queer Heartache

Queer Heartache Written and Performed by Kit Yan Thursday, October 18th at 7pm Friday, October 19th at 8pm Saturday, October 20th at 8pm Queer Heartache is an explosion of slam poetry that is at once compelling, hilarious, and as its title promises, heart breaking. Award-winning poet/performer Kit Yan takes the audience on an adventure ride through his life, investigating what it means to be Trans, Queer, and Asian American. Navigating the intimate and formidable landscape of family, the dating pool, and the medical establishment, Kit will steal your heart and change how you look at the world around you. Hold tight to your rainbow and enjoy the ride! “An intimate and fiery hour of slam poetry. Delightfully explicit. Yan’s solo performance rose to the top of a crowded field.” – New City Stage “ Candid, ebullient, and verbally dexterous.” -Chicago Reader “Sensual, tender, heartbreaking” – Edge Media NYC “He is a performance artist, a poet, an actor and he works his magic on the audience with an unpretentious sincerity and vulnerability, yet with a strong presence. Kit wears his heart on his sleeve – there are moments of pure poignancy that are heart wrenching – and we are the better for being there to witness, experience and learn from Kit’s riveting, thoughtful and very human story.” -Jo Tomalin, Fringe Review “I feel lucky that I was at Kit’s performance. His words touched me so much that I cried and was flooded with memories of childhood, family, lovers, and self-love. This work is

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Bull in a China Shop Cast

Bull in a China Shop

by Bryna Turner

Set at the dawn of the 20th Century, Bull in a China Shop traces the true story of Mary Woolley and her partner Jeannette Marks as they set out to revolutionize women’s education and electrify the suffrage movement.

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Legacy Lab

Legacy Lab explores a classic LGBT text in staged reading form [tabs ] [tab title=”Upcoming Events”]   [/tab] [tab title=”Previous Legacy Labs”] Fefu and Her Friends By María Irene Fornés Directed by Meg DeBoard  October 11 at 7:30pm & October 12 at 2pm. Fefu has it all: affluence, a wealthy husband, and a devoted circle of female friends since college. As they gather for an annual event in the Spring of 1938, however, Fefu and her friends’ bond is tested by an unseen force as the world around them hurtles towards the birth Feminism. Revolutionary in form and subject matter, Fefu and Her Friends won playwright/director Maria Irene Fornés one of her nine Obie Awards. This Legacy Lab honors her unique and abundant contributions to the American Theatre. [toggle title=”About the Playwright” load=”hide”]Maria Irene Fornés was born on May 14, 1930, in Havana, Cuba, to Carlos Luis and Carmen Hismenia Fornés. After her father died in 1945, she moved with her mother and sister to the United States, becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1951. From 1954 to 1957, Fornés lived in Paris, studying to become a painter. However, after attending a French production of Samuel Beckett’s WAITING FOR GODOT, Fornés decided to devote her creative energies toward playwriting. Upon returning to the United States, she worked for three years as a textile designer in New York City. THE WIDOW, Fornés’s first professionally produced play, was staged in 1961. Fornés acted as the director for many of her subsequent works, including THERE!

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Significant Other

Production Sponsors: Bill McClain & Bob Leyh, Mark Niblack, MD [maxbutton id=”56″] [tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] As Jordan Berman pounds the New York City pavement searching for Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close-knit girlfriends. As singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan must face his own capacity to love and be loved. This hilarious and heart-wrenching Broadway comedy dives into the trenches of urban single life and the aspirational gay wedding, reminding us that you can’t hurry love—no matter how much you wish you could. [maxbutton id=”57″ ] Group Tickets  //    Season Subscriptions   // Subscriber Log-In [/tab][tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] This heartfelt, feel-good romantic comedy will have you rolling in the aisles. As intelligent as it is funny, Significant Other is an unflinching portrait of modern, young, urban, gay love at its lonely best. This honest, endearing and hysterical new work debuted Off Broadway before transferring to Broadway last year – a remarkable feat for a new LGBT work by an emerging playwright. To helm this production, I’m thrilled to welcome our own Anthony Methvin in his directorial debut on Diversionary’s mainstage. [maxbutton id=”57″ ] Group Tickets  //    Season Subscriptions   // Subscriber Log-In [/tab][tab title=”About the Writer”] Joshua Harmon is a graduate of Juilliard and holds an MFA in Playwrighting from Carnegie Mellon University’s Drama School. His play Bad Jews received its World Premiere at Roundabout Underground and was nominated for Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Play. It has since become the third most-produced

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] 20 years after its explosive debut that changed American theatre forever, this iconic queer rock musical comes to pulsating life for the first time on the Diversionary stage. Outcast turned rock underdog, Hedwig catapults the audience into their outrageous origin story that is both hilarious and horrifying, connecting the deeply personal to the universal. As Hedwig discovers theirself anew through telling their tale, this transcendent musical journey is a thrilling ride to discover your own rock and roll destiny. Production Sponsors: Rob Granat & Al Mazur Event Sponsor:  View Calendar  // Group Tickets  //    Season Subscriptions   // Subscriber Log-In [/tab][tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] At long last, Hedwig comes to Diversionary! This iconic rock musical is an integral part of the LGBT theater canon and truly rocked the musical form when it debuted Off Broadway 20 years ago. It has since been made into a movie, enjoyed productions all over the world, and had its Broadway debut starring Neil Patrick Harris, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Our 20th anniversary production will find a thrilling new aesthetic and a renewed authenticity as we conduct a nationwide casting search for the right gender non-binary performer to fill Hedwig’s boots! Get ready to rock! View Calendar  // Group Tickets  //    Season Subscriptions   // Subscriber Log-In [/tab][tab title=”About the Writer”] John Cameron Mitchell (Book) Broadway: Big River, Six Degrees of Separation and The Secret Garden (Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: Hello Again (Drama Desk nom.) and Larry Kramer’s The Destiny of Me (Drama Desk nom., Obie Award). He starred in

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The Hour of Great Mercy

by Miranda Rose Hall

This poetic new play with music follows Ed, a gay Jesuit priest who leaves the Catholic church to reconcile with his estranged brother in an isolated and icy township in Alaska.

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This Beautiful City

Written by Steven Cosson & Jim Lewis

Created from actual interviews with citizens of Colorado Springs, the capital of the Evangelical movement, this timely musical explores faith, and the organized resistance against Gay rights.

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Hello and Goodbye!

In late June, Diversionary put the wraps on another fantastic year while bidding farewell, but not goodbye, to three LIONS of our Board: Jerry Hicks, Darrell Netherton, and Todd Nelms. We also said thank you to our wonderful Artistic Board Members, Rosina Reynolds and Shana Wride who have added so much to our “arts and culture” quotient on the Board in the last two years! We would also like to welcome our new Board Members to Diversionary Theatre. Please give a warm welcome to Trustees Ben Aguilar, Mark Somers, and  Nic Reveles. Please also welcome Artistic Trustees Delicia Turner Sonnenberg and Eric Keen-Louie. To all of our Trustees past and present: Thank You! You can view our entire Trustee roster here.

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YOU MADE THIS POSSIBLE!

HEAR FROM THIS SEASON’S ARTISTS ABOUT WHAT MAKES DIVERSIONARY SO SPECIAL GUARANTEE YOUR SEATS TO SEASON 33! “Diversionary has brought so much joy and thought-provoking art to my life and to the community. This theatre reaches out to those who need to see their stories and themselves represented on stage. The fearlessness and passion that Diversionary presents onstage and off make it a company that is capable of creating change and opening minds and hearts.“ -Andrea Agosta, Adiel in Cardboard Piano & Laila in Homos, Or Everyone in America “Diversionary captures the artist in you. Together we tell and watch a story from a point of view that may have not been understood, seen or heard before.” -Allison Spratt Pearce, Anita Bryant in The Loneliest Girl in the World “What a thrill to share stories through which all of us are revealed.Through those characters, I saw myself represented honestly and unashamedly on the Diversionary stage. Working on ‘Homos’ at Diversionary made me feel like an artist in the truest, most invigorating sense.” –Michael Cusimano, Dan in Homos, Or Everyone in America “Since the first time I stepped foot into Diversionary I felt at home; the theater makes me feel welcome, challenged, nurtured, provoked, and moved, both as an artist, and as a human. I think that is what sets it apart. It is truly a place where each of our individual differences melt away into an intimate, and very human experience.“ -Jacque Wilke, Philip in The Happiest Place On Earth “Working at Diversionary was a JOY FULL

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You have to give them hope!

Introducing Teen-Versionary’s inaugural ensemble and cast of queerSpawn! The past year-and-a-half has challenged our community and Diversionary’s pioneering mission anew. Thank goodness Pride has arrived to reignite our spirits and courage! This Pride Season, we’re focusing on our future by launching Teen-Versionary, an arts education program giving hope and voice to LGBTQ+A youth. I hope you will donate today to support this new educational program that will have a significant impact on San Diego youth, and the future we face. Teen-Versionary brings together youth from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds to rehearse and produce a new LGBT-themed show. Our inaugural ensemble is proud to present queerSpawn, a radically engaging new play by Mallery Avidon. The story is about the inner life of a teenager who has two mothers, focusing on bullying and the persistent stigma around the LGBTQ identity.   This inspiring new program creates a safe space where new ideas and friendships thrive, and young people can discover their artistic voice, while instilling a sense of pride, self-respect and dignity in their identity. Most of all, they learn how to organize, and work within a diverse group to achieve a common goal of producing a show with an important social message. queerSpawn is now in rehearsal and performs Friday July 20th at 3pm and 7pm. To reserve your seats, click here. Teen-Versionary is an investment in our community’s future. Your support will impact the lives of LGBTQ+A teens we serve through this dynamic, emotionally and intellectually enriching program. 49 years after Stonewall, 33 years after the founding of our theatre, and three years

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Midnight Alley

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] August 9th – 12th, 2018 From Michael Mizerany, creator of Hot Guys Dancing, Man Clan and In The Va Va Voom Room, comes the World Premiere of MIDNIGHT ALLEY: A Noir Dance Production. Inspired by the film noir style, and set in a run-down traveling carnival, MIDNIGHT ALLEY is rife with femme fatales, con men, harlots, grifters and murderers. MIDNIGHT ALLEY features provocative and sensual dancing, unexpected plot twists, and an ending that will blow you away! Featuring Marty Dorado, Andrea Rehm, Stephanie Smith, Brittany Taylor and Travis T Thur, Aug. 9th 7 p.m. Fri, Aug 10th 8 p.m. Sat, Aug. 11th 2p.m. & 8 p.m. Sun, Aug 12th 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. This production is Rated R for strong sexual content, partial male nudity and violence. [maxbutton id=”38″] Photo Credit: Raymond Elstad   [/tab] Choreographers: [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Michael Mizerany is the artistic director for Compulsion Dance & Theater. Director/Writer Credits: Bedroom & Boyfriends 1 & 2 and Blind Spot. Director Credits: Altar Boyz, Bat Boy: The Musical, Songs From An Unmade Bed and That 24 Hour Thing. Choreography Credits: Altar Boyz (Noah Longton Productions), Dooley, Divine Sister, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue, Scrooge In Rouge, Thrill Me, Bare: A Pop Opera, A New Brain, Hot Guys Dancing 1-3 and In The Va Va Voom Room 1-3 (Diversionary Theatre); Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret, Grey Gardens, and Ass, or A Midsummer Night’s Fever, Jesus Hates Me, Airline Highway and Cabaret (Ion Theatre); Carnival!, Suds and Altar Boyz (The Coronado Playhouse); Spring Awakening, When The Rain Stops Falling,

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Diversionary Theatre’s 2nd Annual Spark Festival

From June 14-16, Spark will present four one-night-only readings of fascinating contemporary works never before seen in San Diego by exceptional, energizing, and established playwrights. Diversionary’s World Premiere production of The Loneliest Girl in the World is the anchor and centerpiece of Spark. Talkbacks, a Master Class with playwright Jordan Seavey (Homos, Or Everyone In America), and receptions give you the opportunity to mingle and celebrate with actors, directors, and playwrights throughout the weekend. Creative sparks will be flying! TICKETS: Admission to one reading – $15 Admission to Master Class – $25 Admission to all four readings (Readings Package) – $40 Admission to all four readings & the Master Class (Readings & Classes Package) – $60 Admission to all four readings, the Master Class, & the World Premiere Musical The Loneliest Girl in the World on Sunday, June 17th at 2pm (Premium Package) – $75 PURCHASE FESTIVAL PASS PURCHASE SINGLE TICKETS Learn more by visiting our website About the Plays Thursday, June 14th at 7:30pm The Betterment Society By Mashuq Mushtaq Deen Directed by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen Set on a desolate side of a godforsaken mountain, three women grapple with unforgiving prospects on the horizon and disparate visions for the future. Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, the playwright/performer of Draw the Circle, brings us a distilled vision of the rift between rural and urban communities, and how the vulnerable bear the consequences. As these women fight for survival at any cost, The Betterment Society explores the brutality of the land and the brutality of ourselves. Friday, June 15th

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SPARK 2018

[tabs][tab title=”Festival Info”] June 14th – 16th, 2018 From June 14-16, Spark will present four one-night-only readings of fascinating contemporary works never before seen in San Diego by exceptional, energizing, and established playwrights. Diversionary’s World Premiere production of The Loneliest Girl in the World is the anchor and centerpiece of Spark. A Master Class with playwright Jordan Seavey (Homos, Or Everyone In America) and a reception give you the opportunity to mingle and celebrate with actors, directors, and playwrights throughout the weekend. Creative sparks will be flying! GET TICKETS                PURCHASE PACKAGES Spark is generously sponsored by Bill and Judy Garrett Thursday, June 14th at 7:30pm The Betterment Society By Mashuq Mushtaq Deen Directed by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen Set on a desolate side of a godforsaken mountain, three women grapple with unforgiving prospects on the horizon and disparate visions for the future. Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, the playwright/performer of Draw the Circle, brings us adistilled vision of the rift between rural and urban communities, and how the vulnerable bear the consequences. As these women fight for survival at any cost, The Betterment Society explores the brutality of the land and the brutality of ourselves. Friday, June 15th at 7:30pm The Hour of Great Mercy By Miranda Rose Hall Directed by Rosina Reynolds This poetic new play with music follows Ed, a gay Jesuit priest who leaves the Catholic church to reconcile with his estranged brother in an isolated and icy township in Alaska. As Ed confronts his tragic past and tenuous future, he unexpectedly finds love beneath the starry

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Be Inspired

Season 33 – Be Inspired

Season Announcment SUBSCRIBE OR RENEW // SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS Diversionary’s 33rd Season is all about inspiration. What gets us riled up? What ignites our passion? Where do we find hope? Season 33 begins in September and features one World Premiere, two San Diego Premieres, and two profound musicals. The season incites the conversation about what moves us to action, and what sends our heart soaring. Season Co-Sponsors: San Diego PremiereBULL IN A CHINA SHOPBy Bryna TurnerDirected by Kim Strassburger Production Sponsors: Lillian Faderman & Phyllis Irwin and Allison Rossett & Sue Reynolds September 13-October 14, 2018 // Opening September 22 Set at the dawn of the 20thCentury, Bull in a China Shop traces the true story of Mary Woolley and her partner Jeannette Marks as they set out to revolutionize women’s education and electrify the suffrage movement. Told with a modern twist that shoots from the hip, this surprising, whip-smart comedy examines the ambition and desires of two women bent on changing the course of history, and how they ended up changing each other. Bryna Turner is an exciting emerging playwright who had her professional debut with this play at Lincoln Center 3. She is a member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group, and has an MFA in Playwrighting from Rutgers University. “A pugnacious, tender, and gloriously funny new play about how necessary bravery is.” -The New York Times’ Critic’s Pick 10th Anniversary Production & San Diego PremiereTHIS BEAUTIFUL CITYCreated By The CiviliansWritten by Steven Cosson & Jim LewisDirected by Matt M. Morrow November 8-December 9, 2018 // Opening November 17 Created

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Diversionary Announces 2018/2019 Season

May 11th, 2018 San Diego, CA For immediate release: WHO: Diversionary Theatre, the Nation’s 3rd Oldest LGBT Theatre WHAT: The 33rd Season of the historic Diversionary Threatre WHEN: September 13th, 2018 – June 30th, 2019 WHERE: Diversionary Theatre Mainstage at 4545 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92123 TICKETS:  Subscriptions are available at www.diversionary.org or by calling 619-220-0097. Subscription packages start at just $70. Single tickets range from $15-$60. Discounts are available for groups, seniors, students, educators and military. Diversionary’s 33rd Season is all about inspiration. What gets us riled up? What ignites our passion? Where do we find hope? Season 33 begins in September and features one World Premiere, two San Diego Premieres, and two profound musicals. The season incites the conversation about what moves us to action, and what sends our heart soaring. Diversionary’s 2018-2019 line up is Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow’s fourth full season of programming. He has this to say about the season: “As our world becomes increasingly polarized politically and culturally, identifying where we find strength and inspiration is ever more important to daily life. Diversionary’s dynamic program of work, both new and classic, serves as a panacea to the uncertainty of our day and age. These works are heart rending, powerful, and luminescent, while all being categorically hilarious. My hope is that our community find their own inspiration in what we have to offer.“ Subscriptions are available at www.diversionary.org/Season33 Press Inquiries should be directed to Jenny Case, Managing Director at Jenny@diversionary.org or at 619-220-6830×103 San Diego Premiere BULL IN A CHINA SHOP By Bryna Turner Directed by Kim Strassburger

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Diversionary Wins Three 2017 Craig Noel Awards

For the second year in a row, Diversionary Theatre productions garnered Craig Noel Awards. The awards ceremony is put on each year by the San Diego Critic’s Circle – this year the ceremony took place at the Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation and hosted dozens of local theatre organizations. From Diversionary Theatre’s 2.5 Minute Ride, by Lisa Kron, Shana Wride was selected for an “Outstanding Solo Performance” award. Annie Hinton’s performance in Well, also by Kron, won “Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female.” Finally, Diversionary’s much-acclaimed production of Ballast by Georgette Kelly took home the award for “Outstanding New Play.” Said Diversionary’s Executive Artistic Director (and Director of Ballast) Matt M. Morrow; “Georgette Kelly’s beautiful, insightful, big-hearted play Ballast took home the “Best New Play” award at the 2017 San Diego Critics Circle Awards. After developing this play for six years with this genius playwright, I’m beyond proud. I am equally proud that Shana Wride was honored for her solo turn in 2.5 Minute Ride and Annie Hinton for her portrayal of Anne Kron in WELL. Well deserved fierce ladies of the theatre!” A list of all of the winners is available at http://sdcriticscircle.org/

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Diversionary Receives Two Prestigious Grants

Diversionary Theatre was recently chosen to be the recipient of two prestigious grants. In late January, The Loneliest Girl in the World, a world premiere musical which will play May 24-June 24, 2018 in University Heights, San Diego. The show’s creators, Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald, will also receive a matching writing team grant of $5,000. The show follows the life and evolution of Anita Bryant and her biggest fan, Tommy. The Loneliest Girl in the World magically charts the emergence of the gay rights movement on urgently intimate terms. By turns delightful and provocative, this inspiring new musical is a reminder of a battle yet won, the purpose of pie, and the power of an individual voice. More good new continued in February when it was announced that along with 9 other San Diego Organizations, Diversionary had been chosen for a National Endowment for the Arts grant in the amount of $10,000.  According to The San Diego Union Tribune, the NEA  awarded $180,000 in local grants in this first round of funding. For more information on The Loneliest Girl in the World, please visit https://www.diversionary.org/the-loneliest-girl/      

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ANNOUNCING THE CAST OF THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 103 Press@Diversionary.org February 13th, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHAT: Diversionary announces the third show in its 32nd season, the West Coast Premiere of The Happiest Place on Earth.   WHO: Jonathan L. Green will direct the piece by Philip Dawkins. The one person show will star San Diego favorite Jacque Wilke. WHEN: March 15th – April 15th. Opening Night is Saturday March 24th. Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. TICKETS: Are on sale ($15 – $50). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military.  To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: https://www.diversionary.org/mailinglist/ Diversionary is thrilled to announce Jacque Wilke will star in The Happiest Place on Earth by Philip Dawkins West Coast Premiere The Happiest Place on Earth By Philip Dawkins Directed by Jonathan L. Green March 15-April 15, 2018 // Opening March 24 Once upon a time in 1955, a magical kingdom was built on the founding principles of dreams, American idealism, and our wildest hopes. Eight years later, a quintessential American family reeling from the loss of their King embarks on a quest for restoration and deliverance in this kingdom. 50 years later, their expedition is brought to dazzling life in an effort to understand one’s place in family, the American way, and whether happiness is truly a place where dreams come true. About the play coming to San Diego, Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow says, 

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2018 Gala – Fantasy Island

Celebrate the third oldest LGBT theatre in the country and the resilience of our community. The event features a wild selection of songs queering the classic musical South Pacific.

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I Want You to Know

From the Desk of Matt M. Morrow Diversionary is San Diego’s only LGBT theatre, and the third oldest in the nation. We’ve been sharing the stories by and for our family for 32 years, making us an essential and unique part of the cultural life of America’s Finest City. The Boy Who Danced on Air. They allow us to authentically produce shows about our Trans community like Ballast. And they allow us to foster a hopeful tomorrow through our vital Arts Education program, which in 2017 reached over 500 Middle and High School students across San Diego. As the Culture War reignites, our LGBT family is yet again under direct attack. Never have I been more grateful to have Diversionary as a home to advocate on behalf of our flourishing and diverse community. The work we do matters, and as one teacher who attended Ballast said, its “saving lives.” We can only do what we do with the support of our donors who believe in the urgency of our mission. I hope you will consider making a 100% Tax Deductible donation before the end of the year, and help support a more hopeful and loving tomorrow today. With the mighty San Diego family of supporters beside me, I’m ever more inspired to meet the challenges that lie ahead in 2018. On behalf of everyone here at Diversionary, Happy New Year!  [maxbutton id=”50″ url=”https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/store/33385/alldonations/24675″ ] Yours,     Matt M. Morrow Executive Artistic Director

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The Deantini

We dedicate The Deantini Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Top with Blood Orange San Pellegrino In honor of Board Trustee Dean Rutherford’s years of service to November 14, 2017 Dean Rutherford has served as a member of Diversionary’s Board of Trustees for the past 6 years. During this period he has invested significant time and energy in service to the success of the theatre. Dean and his husband Dennis are moving to beautiful South Carolina. In tribute to him and his years of work for our LGBT community, we are dedicating The Deantini to him as a permanent addition to our Fritz’s Lounge drink selection. Dean was elected to the board in January, 2010.  He has been a Television Producer in the entertainment industry for the past 15 years.  Dean spent the early part of his career as the Director of Live Events for Barry Manilow’s entertainment company, Stiletto Entertainment.   Where he was responsible for producing more than 90 stage and concert projects for clients from all over the world.   Dean then moved to television as a part of producing team of the hit Fox and E! Entertainment reality series:  The Simple Life, (starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie).   Dean continues to create and produce for TV and stage for the world’s top entertainment brands including MTV, E! Entertainment Television, VH1, Fox Television, Oxygen Network, TLC, 20th Century Fox Television, Sony Television, ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, Showtime, A&E, Bravo, Holland America, Celebrity Cruises.   Dean and his partner of 7 years Dr. Dennis Mayer

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In the VaVaVoom Room 2018

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”]   January 4th – January 7th, 2018 IN THE VA VA VOOM ROOM, we ask you to leave your inhibitions at the door. Diversionary favorite Michael Mizerany returns with his scintillating 60-minute contemporary burlesque that will make even the bawdiest San Diegan blush and set January ablaze on the Diversionary Mainstage! Thur, Jan. 4th 7 p.m. Fri, Jan 5th 8 p.m. Sat, Jan. 6th 8 p.m. Sun, Jan. 7th 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Contains adult material including partial male nudity, sexual themes and content  [/tab] Choreographers: [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Michael Mizerany is the artistic director for Compulsion Dance & Theater. Directing Credits: Bedrooms & Boyfriends 1 and 2, That 24 Hour Thing, Songs From An Unmade Bed and Bat Boy: The Musical. Choreography Credits: Altar Boyz (Noah Longton Productions); Dooley, Divine Sister, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue, Scrooge In Rouge, Thrill Me, Bare: A Pop Opera, A New Brain, Hot Guys Dancing 1-3 and In The Va Va Voom Room 1 & 2 (Diversionary Theatre); Cabaret, Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret, Grey Gardens and Ass, or A Midsummer Night’s Fever, Jesus Hates Me, Airline Highway (Ion Theatre); Carnvial!, Suds and Altar Boyz (The Coronado Playhouse); Spring Awakening, When The Rain Stops Falling, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds and Shockheaded Peter (Cygnet Theatre); The Full Monty (New Village Arts); Rent (Southwestern College); West Side Story, Once On This Island and The Wiz (J*Company); and Threepenny Opera (UCSD). Michael has been the recipient of

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Donor Spotlight: Tom Reise

DONOR SPOTLIGHT With over 60% of Diversionary’s operating revenue coming from donors and grants, the Donor Spotlight gives insight as to why our donors are so passionate about Diversionary Theatre. The reasons for giving vary, but one common thread runs throughout – a love for Diversionary and our mission. Tom Reise has lived in San Diego since 1995. He is the recipient of the inaugural Fritz Klein Award named after his late partner and Diversionary benefactor. Tom has served on the board of both Fritz’s charitable foundations, American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) and currently is the President of the Board of Directors for California Institute of Contemporary Arts (CICA). He has served on the Board of Stepping Stone San Diego which included a term as Chairman. Tom’s involvement with Greyhound rescue has resulted in the adoption or fostering of 6 Greyhounds and 3 Italian Greyhounds over the past two decades. We talked with Tom about his support of Diversionary: Why do you contribute to Diversionary Theatre? “Diversionary is able to tell the stories of our LGBT community, often when no one else is going to. This is important. Because when our stories are shown on stage, it builds community. People are able to see their lives on stage and see that they are not alone in their experiences. It gives LGBT people of all ages hope! Diversionary also builds bridges to those outside the LGBT community showing that we all share some basic desires, to love and be loved, to

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Giving Tuesday 2017

Giving Tuesday is a day set aside for people all across America to come together to give time, money, and support to programs that they deeply care about. We hope we’re on that list and that you’ll make a tax-deductible donation in support of Diversionary’s bold work and influential arts education programs. In addition to our award-winning mainstage productions, Diversionary provides student matinees and in-classroom workshops for middle and high school students. 2017 saw over 600 students directly engaged in arts education around our LGBT mission. Older adults benefit from our education programming, as well, through The Silver Squad and The Stonewall Salon. Your donation will allow us to provide these programs for FREE. 2017 saw Diversionary receiving several impressive accolades for our work – The San Diego Critics Circle Don Braunagel Award for OutstandingWork By A Small Theatre, 5 Nominations and 2 wins at Craig Noel Awards, and being named the #1 Theatre in San Diego by City Beat Magazine just to name a few. We are thankful for all you have done to help make Diversionary a success and appreciate any continued support you can give. Please consider a donation to Diversionary. Thank you for being with us and Happy Holidays!Sincerely, David R. Shorey Development Associate

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San Diego Holiday Show: Isaac Oliver!

Isaac Oliver’s Holiday Show Lonely Christmas comes to San Diego for 3 Nights Only! Diversionary announces their holiday show Isaac Oliver‘s Lonely Christmas December 14th – 16th. Performances run Thursday at 7pm and Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Trim the tree, hang the stockings, light the menora and slug the eggnog. Ring out this troubling year with NYC comedy connoisseur Isaac Oliver as he regales San Diego for the first time with stories from his hit debut novel, Intimacy Idiot (Best of 2015 – NPR), and tales of woe of holidays past. This unabashedly authentic storyteller’s take on the world and the season is as hilarious as it is moving, and intelligent as it is restorative. Oliver’s unique blend of poignancy, candor and levity is the perfect antidote to a year filled with crazy, and the craziness of the holidaze! Tickets are on sale ($25 – $30). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military. www.diversionary.org/lonelychristmas About bringing Isaac Oliver to San Diego, Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow, says, “I’m thrilled to bring the rare talent that is Isaac Oliver to San Diego for the first time. Oliver is not only laugh out loud funny, he is one of the most perceptive personalities working in the theatre and media today. Having him at Diversionary is a refreshing treat for the holidays!” Isaac Oliver‘s debut collection of essays, Intimacy Idiot, was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2015. His plays include Electra in a One-Piece, and the ten-minute plays “3, 2, 1,” “Film Forum,” and

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Isaac Oliver’s Lonely Christmas

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] 3 Nights only! The West Coast Premiere of Isaac Oliver’s Lonely Christmas December 14th-16th, 2017 Trim the tree, hang the stockings, light the menorah and slug the eggnog. Ring out this troubling year with NYC comedy connoisseur Isaac Oliver as he regales San Diego for the first time with stories from his hit debut novel, Intimacy Idiot (Best of 2015 – NPR), and tales of woe of holidays past. This unabashedly authentic storyteller’s take on the world and the season is as hilarious as it is moving, and intelligent as it is restorative. Oliver’s unique blend of poignancy, candor and levity is the perfect antidote to a year filled with crazy, and the craziness of the holidaze! “A rare talent who manages to deftly combine raunchiness, intelligence, hilarity, and heart. Brilliantly observant, funny, and wry.” – The New Yorker [maxbutton id=”38″] [/tab] [tab title= Artist Info]  Isaac Oliver is an award-winning playwright, author, and performer. His debut collection of essays, Intimacy Idiot, was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2015. His plays include Electra in a One-Piece, and the ten-minute plays “3, 2, 1,” “Film Forum,” and “Come Here” (New York Innovative Theatre Award, Outstanding Original Short Script). Additionally, he’s written for The New York Times, W Magazine, Time Out New York, Out, and HBO’s “High Maintenance.” He is a graduate of Carver Center for Arts and Technology and Fordham College at Lincoln Center and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. He lives in New York City. http://isaacoliver.com/ [maxbutton id=”38″] [/tab] [tab title=”Press & Reviews”]

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Diversionary Theatre purchases facility from SDHDF

For Immediate Release November 1, 2017 Contact: Scott Williford, President, Board of Trustees DiversionaryTheatre scott@diversionary.org Matt M. Morrow, Executive Artistic Director Diversionary Theatre ead@diversionary.org; 619 220 6830 x101 Jenny Case, Managing Director Diversionary Theatre jenny@diversionary.org; 619 220 6830 x101 Diversionary Theatre purchases facility from San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, home to Diversionary and Lambda Archives The Board of Trustees, Executive Artistic Director and Managing Director of Diversionary Theatre are thrilled to announce they have reached an agreement with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) to purchase the building on 4545 Park Blvd back from the Foundation. The agreement was solidified with escrow closing on the sale today, October 31, 2017. Diversionary sold the building to SDHDF in 2014 at a time when they were going through financial restructuring and hiring a new Executive Artistic Director, Matt Morrow, and as part of SDHDF’s strategic plan to support LGBT arts and culture in San Diego. Since 2014, Diversionary has had unprecedented success in growing community support, expanding its donor base, solidifying and expanding its Board and staff. Morrow, now in his third season at Diversionary, has led the theatre into a new era of artistic and critical success, winning several awards in 2016 with a list of groundbreaking and successful West Coast premieres of important new works by emerging and established LGBT writers and seminal revivals of important new work from the LGBT canon. Of the new property purchase, Morrow says: “Diversionary is stronger and more vital than ever, and I look forward to taking

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Best of San Diego!

We are honored to once again be honored as part of the “Best of San Diego!” in  Gay San Diego. You can view all of the winners here: https://issuu.com/awodigitaledition/docs/best_of_gay_san_diego_2017?e=2076238/54233017

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Press Release: WEST COAST PREMIERE – THE MOORS

The WEST COAST PREMIERE of THE MOORS, by Jen Silverman ANNOUNCING THE CAST OF THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF THE MOORS Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director 619-220-6830 x 103 Press@Diversionary.org October 5th, 2017: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHO: Lisa Berger will direct the piece by Jen Silverman. The play stars Gerilyn Brault, John DeCarlo, Hannah Logan, Kim Strassburger, Rachel Esther Tate*, and Whitney Brianna Thomas. WHAT: Diversionary announces the second show in its 32nd season, The West Coast Premiere of THE MOORS.   WHEN: November 9th – December 10th. Opening Night is November 18th. Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. TICKETS: Are on sale ($15 – $50). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military.  To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List:

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The Moors

[tabs][tab title=”Show Info”] West Coast Premiere The Moors By Jen Silverman Directed by Lisa Berger Production Sponsors: Carol Ann Flanagan and Bob Haskell November 9 – December 10, 2017 // Opening November 18 Among the bleakest of moors, two spinster sisters dwell in their aggressively gloomy mansion with their brother, their mastiff and their maid-in-waiting. When a governess arrives, her presence threatens to unleash lethal secrets and raging desires in a home held together by lies and etiquette. A radical riff on 19th century romantic novels and the sisters who conceived them, The Moors is a riotous and wild comedy pulsating with vivid, macabre glee that has more in common with the present than the period. The Moors is the recipient of a 2015 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. If you already have a subscription and would like to select your performance, please log-in  [/tab] [tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] This play will have you laugh out loud and keep you intellectually stimulated for days. Although it takes place in “the moors” of the English countryside, it is noted in the script that the characters all speak with American accents. The story is really revealing sexual and social politics for women stateside, which could not be more timely or important. The social satire is heavy on the humor and will shock and delight even the most seasoned theatre-goer. Jen Silverman is a white-hot talent on the rise, and has multiple productions being produced at the most reputable theatres across the country. This is only the third

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Cardboard Piano

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] Cardboard Piano By Hansol Jung Directed by Jacole Kitchen Production Sponsors: Jay Henslee & Christian St. Croix Darrell Netherton & Robert Wheeler January 25-February 25, 2018 // Opening February 3 Chris, the spirited daughter of an American missionary, falls head-over-heels in love with a local teenage girl in Northern Uganda. Late at night on the eve of the millennium, they secretly meet in a church to exchange vows and plot their escape. But when the civil war outside invades their fragile union, the course of Chris’ life is changed forever. Confronting the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, this modern day parable explores America’s relationship with Africa, and the human capacity for forgiveness. Cardboard Piano has violence / depictions of violence. Please call the Box Office if you require more information.  If you already have a subscription and would like to select your performance, please log-in. [/tab] [tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] Jung is a young, female South Korean playwright who brings a wise and perceptive eye to America’s relationship with the rest of the world. CARDBOARD PIANO provides a rare and incisive glimpse into the social politics of Northern Uganda, and how our country and religion are lethally intertwined in the lives of its people. This astonishing new play is poetic, honest and incredibly moving, and our production will also only be its second production after its World Premiere at the Humana Festival last year.  [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”] Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Productions include Cardboard

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The Happiest Place on Earth

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] West Coast Premiere The Happiest Place on Earth By Philip Dawkins Directed by Jonathan L. Green Production Sponsors: James Dolton and Doug Katzenmeyer March 15-April 15, 2018 // Opening March 24 Once upon a time in 1955, a magical kingdom was built on the founding principles of dreams, American idealism, and our wildest hopes. Eight years later, a quintessential American family reeling from the loss of their King embarks on a quest for restoration and deliverance in this kingdom. 50 years later, their expedition is brought to dazzling life in an effort to understand one’s place in family, the American way, and whether happiness is truly a place where dreams come true. [maxbutton id=”38″] If you already have a subscription and would like to select your performance, please log-in. [/tab] [tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] Philip Dawkins is one of the most prolific LGBT playwrights working today and with this production he makes his long-awaited Diversionary debut. This autobiographical solo show is an incisive look at the fabric of our American values and founding spirit through the lens of Southern California’s favorite tourist destination. The story takes an unexpected and sly look at how the LGBT voice fits into the larger American paradigm. The writing has a natural wit and comedic style while being grounded in a deep, emotional, personal story, that will make you laugh, think and feel in equal measure. [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”] Philip Dawkins is a Chicago playwright and educator. His plays include Le Switch (About Face Theatre,

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The Loneliest Girl in the World

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] World Premiere Musical The Loneliest Girl in the World Book & Lyrics by Gordon Leary Music by Julia Meinwald Directed by Matt M. Morrow Production Sponsor: Rob Granat & Al Mazur Events Sponsor: Jay Henslee & Christian St. Croix May 24-June 24, 2018 // Opening June 2 After the lauded World Premiere of The Boy Who Danced On Air, Diversionary is proud to produce the World Premiere of another groundbreaking new musical. Following the life and evolution of Anita Bryant and her biggest fan, Tommy, The Loneliest Girl in the World magically charts the emergence of the gay rights movement on urgently intimate terms. By turns delightful and provocative, this inspiring new musical is a reminder of a battle yet won, the purpose of pie, and the power of an individual voice. The Loneliest Girl in the World was featured in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals Fall 2016. Leary and Meinwald’s musicals have been seen at Ars Nova, The Director’s Company, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Prospect Theater Company, Weston Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the York Theatre Company. Leary is the recipient of the 2009 Richard Rodgers Award. This production is generously supported in part by The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s National Fund for New Musicals, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Institute for Contemporary Arts. If you already have a subscription and would like to select your performance, please log-in. [/tab] [/tab][tab title=”Matt’s Memo”]

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Cabaret: ManTrap

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] August 3rd – August 6th, 2017 Thursday, August 3rd at 7pm Friday, August 4th at 8pm Saturday, August 5th at 2pm & 8pm Sunday, August 6th  at 2pm & 7pm One of San Diego’s most accomplished choreographers Michael Mizerany (known to Diversionary audiences for his work on Hot Guys Dancing and In The Va Va Voom Room) presents an electrifying night of dance with his company Compulsion Dance & Theatre. Michael completes his Man Dance Series with the premiere of ManTrap. This new work joins the pieces critically acclaimed works Manhandled, Via Dolorosa, UnCoupling, and Man Clan for an unforgettable and sensuous evening of dance. ManTrap, a comic and at times outrageous romp, is a stunning mix of contemporary dance and hip hop. When a couple meets for the first time, desires ignite, sparks fly and one big secret is revealed. And in the end, the question is: Will he or won’t he? ManTrap features performances by Marc Caro-Willcox, Martin Anthony Dorado, Andrew Holmes, Isaac Kalimo, Bradley Lundberg, Nicholas Strasburg, and Brittany Taylor. ManTrap contains mature content including adult themes and partial male nudity.     [/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”] Michael Mizerany is the artistic director for Compulsion Dance & Theater. At Diversionary: Hot Guys Dancing, Altar Boyz, (Noah Longton Productions), Dooley, Divine Sister, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue, Scrooge In Rouge, Thrill Me, bare: A Pop Opera, A New Brain and In The Va Va Voom Room. He moved to San Diego to join Malashock Dance and served as

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Homos, or Everyone in America

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] West Coast Premiere Homos, or Everyone in America By Jordan Seavey Directed by Matt M. Morrow Production Sponsors: Allison Rossett & Sue Reynolds Bill McClain & Bob Leyh September 14-October 15, 2017 // Opening September 23 As the pendulum of progress continues to swing, a Brooklyn couple attempts to navigate the complexities of contemporary gay life together. Hopscotching back and forth over the timeline of their relationship, a sensual, hilarious and compelling story of their bond emerges. This brave, cutting-edge new play confronts the lingering dangers and interconnected values of our nation, and the way to our future may be found through our past. [/tab] [tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] This astonishing new play knocked me over when I first read it. It is incredibly intimate, provocative and intelligent. It doesn’t wear its rebellious political soul on its sleeve, but delivers a subtle dose of where the gay community is socially and politically right at this moment. There is an undercurrent of palpable danger in this personal story of yearning, growing up, breaking apart and reconciliation. Jordan Seavey is one of the Nation’s most exciting and original emerging playwrights, and I couldn’t be more thrilled Diversionary is not only presenting the West Coast Premiere but also the second production of this incredibly timely new play. If you already have a subscription and would like to select your performance, please log-in [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”] Jordan Seavey’s plays include Homos, or Everyone in America (New York Times Critic’s Pick; named one of

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Dance

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] April 22-25, 2010 Inspired by Theatre/Created through Dance. Artistic Director by Peter G. Kalivas. Queer Theatre – Taking Center Stage gives voice to the stories of LGBT people, and is underwritten by California Institute for Contemporary Arts and a grant from the San Diego County Community Enhancement Program. [/tab]   [tab title=”Cast”] Katie Griffin grew up dancing at her mom’s dance studio. She began her Modern Dance training at the age of eight with Issacs/McCaleb and Dancers and went on to receive her BFA in Modern Dance Performance from CSU Long Beach in 2005. At the American Dance Festival in 2005, she worked with Neta Pulvermacher (Israel,) performing in Five Beds: Children of a Dream. She danced in a production of the Carmen Opera in Rome, Italy in 2003 and has performed both locally and internationally with Mojalet Dance Collective. Katie has also worked and performed with Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, Kruciaal Element,Culture Shock, San Diego Dance Theatre, and with artists including Monica Bill-Barnes, Sadie Weinberg, Erica Buechner, Anjanette Maraya-Ramey, and HeatherZornes-Almanza. She danced with MizeranyDance! in the premier of Riding in My Car in September of 2007, with Butterworth Dance Company, and with Malashock Dance for two seasons. She continues to teach at the Malashock Dance School. In the 2009 Emerge Dance Festival, Katie’s work A-range i+n K-oncert was named Best Entertainment Dance Piece of the evening. Her work has also been seen at Celebrate Dance, The Movement, 4X4XFloor, and at the San Diego Gay

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Moscow

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”]  May 6-30, 2010 Book and lyrics by Nick Salamone. Music by Maury R. McIntyre. Directed by Ira Spector. Musical Direction by Patrick Marion. Moscow was first produced in Los Angeles in 1998 and went on to win the top honor at that year’s Edinburgh Festival.  The men are Jon, a scholarly playwright who has lost many loved ones to AIDS and has retreated into cerebral celibacy; Luke, a sexually needy male hustler who lives solely for the next fleshly encounter; and Matt, a shy virgin, who struggles to balance the conflicting urges of love and lust.  Trapped, uncertain if they are alive or dead, the men soon become emotionally embroiled.  Naturally, romance is rocky in this limbo.  Unlike the tormented trio in No Exit, the characters in Moscow rally, recoup, and bond. [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”] Nick Salamone is an award-winning playwright whose work has been presented around the country and in Great Britain.  He is the author of nine produced plays: Moscow (Fringe First & Audience Favorite Awards at Edinburgh Fringe, Garland Award), Gulls (LA Weekly, Garland & TicketHolder Awards, Ovation nomination), Sea Change (Maddy Award, LA Weekly  & Garland noms.), The All Souls’ Trilogy: All Souls’ Day, Riff & Credos, Whalewatchers (Maddy Award).  Red Hat & Tales (British Theatre Guide Best of Fringe), Hillary Agonistes (published by Broadway Plays), and Another House on Mercy Street(on which the award-winning film, Mercy Street was based).  Moscow and Sea Change will be published by Broadway Plays in

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Press Release: Diversionary Announces 2017/2018 Season

  2017-2018 Season WHO: Diversionary Theatre, the Nation’s 3rd Oldest LGBT Theatre. WHAT: Season 32, a revolutionary gut-punch of new, diverse and dynamic work. WHEN: September 14th, 2017- July 1st, 2018. WHERE: Diversionary Theatre Mainstage at 4545 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92123. TICKETS:  Are available at www.diversionary.org or by calling 619-220-0097. Packages for the entire season start at just $65. Single tickets range from $15-$55. Discounts are available for groups, seniors, students, educators and military.   April 27th, 2017 San Diego, CA. For immediate release: Diversionary has issued a promise for its 32nd Season: this year will pack a revolutionary gut-punch of new, diverse and dynamic work that powerfully speaks to our current political and social situation. Season 32 begins in September and features four West Coast Premiere plays and one World Premiere Musical. These poignant choices will incite the conversation of what it means to be an LGBT American, and the evolving, sometimes illusive nature of this identity. Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow will ring in his third full season of programming this year, and is also slated to direct two of the pieces. Says Morrow of the selection process, “Season 32 is courageous. It is informative. And more than anything, it is relevant. While these shows are resonant politically, they are also profoundly accessible, character-driven stories everyone can relate to. In our current political climate, art as a weapon is needed now more than ever.” Tickets are available at www.diversionary.org/Season32 Press Inquiries should be directed to Cara Hanhurst, Connectivity Manager at Press@diversionary.org or at 619-220-6830×105    

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How to find stability amidst change? Q&A with Ballast’s principal actors

  By  Guest BloggerTaberah Joy Holloway Ballast, a world premiere by Georgette Kelly, opens at Diversionary May 4th and runs through June 4th. Ballast is a story involving four main characters that comprise two couples, each with a trans and cis gender partner. Recently, I got the opportunity to sit down with three of the actors from Ballast: Dana Aliya Levinson, Jacque Wilke, and Max Miles Baeza. (For convenience, their answers appear concurrently though each interview was individual.) How did you get involved with the project? Dana: My agent got me an appointment. I auditioned in New York and both Matt Morrow and Georgette Kelly were there. I was sure it was written by a trans writer because the trans character was so spot on. When I found out it was written by a cis person, I was very impressed. I loved the script. Jackie: I was part of a workshop a little over a year ago. I was involved since then, and I am very happy it’s come to fruition. Max: I had a couple of friends send me the casting notice. I saw it but didn’t know what ballast was. When I read it, I saw they were looking for a trans actor to play a trans character. It was meant to be. What interested you about the project? Dana: We are seeing a lot more trans stories but not trans stories like this. I personally have a lot of trans girlfriends who married their wives before they

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Diversionary Theatre’s Inaugural Spark Festival

(Download Press Release) Diversionary Theatre’s Inaugural Spark Festival Contact: Cara Hanhurst, Connectivity Manager 619-220-6830 x 105 Press@Diversionary.org April 20th, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHO: Diversionary Theatre, the Nation’s 3rd Oldest LGBT Theatre. WHAT: A brand new Playwrighting Festival featuring a program of new plays never before seen in San Diego. WHEN: Thursday, May 18- Sunday, May 21, 2017. WHERE: Diversionary Theatre Mainstage & Black Box Spaces at 4545 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92123. TICKETS: Admission to one reading – $15 Admission to one Master Class – $25 Admission to all four readings (Readings Package) – $40 Admission to all four readings & both Master Classes (Readings &  Classes Package) – $75 Admission to all four readings, both Master Classes, & the World Premiere of Ballast on Saturday, May 20 at 8pm (Premium Package) – $100 From May 18-21, Spark will present four one-night-only readings of fascinating contemporary works never before seen in San Diego by exceptional, energizing, and established playwrights. Diversionary’s World Premiere production of Ballast by Georgette Kelly is the anchor and centerpiece of Spark. Talkbacks, Master Classes with playwrights in attendance, and receptions give you the opportunity to mingle and celebrate with actors, directors, and playwrights throughout the weekend. Creative sparks will be flying! Tickets are available at www.diversionary.org or by calling the Box Office at 619-220-0097. Additional information can be found at www.diversionary.org/spark2017 Press Inquiries should be directed to Cara Hanhurst, Connectivity Manager at Press@diversionary.org or at 619-220-6830×105 About the Plays May 18th at 7pm Le Switch Written by

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Our 32nd Season

SUBSCRIBE OR RENEW //  SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS // VIEW SEASON BROCHURE West Coast Premiere Homos, Or Everyone In America By Jordan Seavey Directed by Matt M. Morrow September 14-October 15, 2017 // Opening September 23 As the pendulum of progress continues to swing, a Brooklyn couple attempts to navigate the complexities of contemporary gay life together. Hopscotching back and forth over the timeline of their relationship, a sensual, hilarious and compelling story of their bond emerges. This brave, cutting-edge new play confronts the lingering dangers and interconnected values of our nation, and the way to our future may be found through our past. “A daringly frank, funny and affecting new play.  Mr. Seavey’s portrait of young gay New Yorkers negotiating the sometimes thorny nature of love and intimacy has an arresting, even bruising honesty.” –The New York Times’ Critic’s Pick West Coast Premiere The Moors By Jen Silverman Directed by Lisa Berger November 9-December 10, 2017 // Opening November 18 GET TICKETS Among the bleakest of moors, two spinster sisters dwell in their aggressively gloomy mansion with their brother, their mastiff and their maid-in-waiting. When a governess arrives, her presence threatens to unleash lethal secrets and raging desires in a home held together by lies and etiquette. A radical riff on 19th-century romantic novels and the sisters who conceived them, The Moors is a riotous and wild comedy pulsating with vivid, macabre glee that has more in common with the present than the period. The Moors is the recipient of a 2015 Edgerton Foundation

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Dance/Theatre

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] January 27-29 Dance/Theatre 2011 Artistic Director: Peter G. Kalivas New dance works inspired by past Diversionary productions.  Artistic direction by Peter G. Kalivas of The PGK Project. Peter will create a work from music from the recent gay opera premiere of Sextet.  Michael Mizerany and Anjanette Maraya-Ramey return with new works based on Beautiful Thing and  No Exit, respectively.  Lavina Rich (The Twilight of the Golds) and Jhon Stronks (Another American: Asking and Telling) join us for the first time. If you love Dance, more dance events listed under Calendar and Special Events. Production Sponsor: Diversionary’s Queer Theatre program gives voice to the stories of LGBT people, and is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.  The program honors the ideas, the energy and commitment people have made to write LGBT stories.  More than 70 new plays with LGBT themes get submitted to the program each year. Underwritten in part by the California Institute for Contemporary Arts. [/tab]   [/tab][/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”] Peter G. Kalivas was inspired by Quartet, one of six new chamber opera pieces in Sextet by local composer Nicholas Reveles. Sextet premiered at Diversionary this past October. Like the rest of the piece, the singing in Quartet inspires the action – much like intention and storytelling inspires movement.  In this soulful scene we witness one relationship begin while another ends, and the hope of what could be mixes and mingles with the bitter sadness of something that was and no longer will be. It is here where

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Sextet

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] September 30, October 1-4 World Premiere! Sextet An exploration of gay male desire…set to music!  What do Walt Whitman, the rapture, and a gay bath house all have in common? Sextet sheds light on various aspects of gay desire: for community, for power, for acceptance, for family, for sex and for love. Reveles is The Geisel Director of Education and Outreach for the San Diego Opera. Stokes recently directed Romeo and Juliet for the San Diego Opera. Production Sponsor: Underwritten in part by The James Irvine Foundation. Performances: Preview, Thursday 7:30pm (all tickets $24), Opening Friday 8pm, Sunday 2pm, Monday 7:30pm.  Tickets: Premium reserved seating-$39; general admission-$29. [/tab] [tab title=”Cast”]   Not pictured: David McBean [/tab][/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”] Music & Libretto by Nicolas Reveles. Reveles is The Geisel Director of Education and Outreach for the San Diego Opera. Director, Cynthia Stokes, recently directed Romeo and Juliet for the San Diego Opera. [/tab] [/tab] [/tab]   [tab title=”Press Photos”] [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Press Release”] For Immediate Release – September 8, 2010 Diversionary Theatre presents world premiere of new gay opera “Sextet” What do Walt Whitman, the rapture, and a gay bath house all have in common?  Those are among the unusual subjects explored in the new gay opera Sextet, with music and libretto by San Diego composer Nicolas Reveles.  Sextet sheds light on various aspects of gay desire: for community, for power, for acceptance, for family, for sex and for love.  Diversionary Theatre will produce the

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DOWNLOAD PDF ANNOUNCING THE CAST OF THE WORLD PREMIERE OF BALLAST     Contact: Cara Hanhurst, Connectivity Manager 619-220-6830 x 105 Press@Diversionary.org March 20th, 2017: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA WHO: Maxton Miles Baeza, Dana Case, Dana Aliya Levinson, Jennifer Paredes, Skyler Sullivan*, and Jacque Wilke* make up the ensemble for this World Premiere production. Diversionary’s Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow will direct. WHAT: Diversionary announces casting for the World Premiere of BALLAST by Georgette Kelly. WHEN: May 4th – June 4th.  Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. TICKETS: Single tickets are now available to the public and range from $15-$45 – more information can be found at www.diversionary.org/ballast  or by calling the Box Office at 619-220-0097. Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military. To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: https://www.diversionary.org/mailinglist/     Diversionary welcomes fresh & favorite talent back to San Diego!  Diversionary has announced casting for the World Premiere of BALLAST by Georgette Kelly. This highly poetic play explores the waking and dream lives of two trans and cisgender couples as they come to terms with the new lives they find themselves in. In BALLAST we find Zoe (Jacque Wilke) and Grace (Dana Levinson) navigating their relationship in the wake of Grace’s gender transition. While Zoe dreams of escape, Grace simply yearns for a return to normality and work as a Pastor. Their lives intersect with two strangers: young Xavier (Maxton Miles Baeza) begins to confront inner demons as he initiates his own gender transition, and

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Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Groom

September 16-19 Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Groom Written and performed by Robin Tyler A hilarious multi-media romp through LGBT history, including the Marriage Equality movement. From Marches on Washington, to not-so-pretty breakups with ex-lovers, Robin’s show exposes three decades of lesbian and gay history through Comedy, and at times, Tragedy, leading up to Robin and her (now spouse), Diane Olson’s, historic California Supreme Court marriage case. Production Sponsor: Diversionary’s Queer Theatre program gives voice to the stories of LGBT people, and is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.  The program honors the ideas, the energy and commitment people have made to write LGBT stories.  More than 70 new plays with LGBT themes get submitted to the program each year.   Written and performed by Robin Tyler For Immediate Release August 8, 2010 Robin Tyler brings solo show to Diversionary First out lesbian/gay comic to appear in “Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Groom” Diversionary Theatre celebrates its 25th Anniversary Year with a special appearance by Robin Tyler in her solo show Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Groom.  This romp through lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history chronicles the early days of Robin’s career as a Judy Garland impersonator through being the original plaintiff in California’s fight for marriage equality.  Robin will perform four performances only, September 16-19. Robin has worked with most civil rights leaders since the early 1970’s, and her voice and experience is an exciting and humorous continuation of the history from civil rights to

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And Then I Wrote a Song About It

  [tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] …And Then I Wrote a Song About It March 25-April 10 Set to the rhythm of the disco era and beyond, this earnest yet uproarious musical breaks new ground with its tour-de-force cast of one. The musical follow the adventures of a perspiring actor-singer-songwriter-dancer-secretary as he searches for love and fame in the early 1980s. Book by Eric H. Weinberger, Music by Daniel S. Acquisto, Lyrics by Sammy Buck Featuring Nick Cearley. Directed by Igor Goldin. Choreography by Antoinette DiPietropolo (re-created by Goldin). Conducted by Thomas Hodges. Read bios of the authors, actor and director under the Creative Team tab Listen to some songs from the show under the Resource Links tab [/tab] [/tab] [/tab][/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”]   Eric H. Weinberger (Book): Eric’s one-woman play Class Mothers ’68 was produced at Luna Stage Theatre Company in 1999 and was named Best New Comedy in New Jersey by the Star-Ledger. It went on to an Off-Broadway run in 2002-2003 and garnered a Drama Desk nomination for its star, Priscilla Lopez. Eric’s play Six Hands was produced at Yale University and also at Luna Stage along with his one-act play The Nightwatchman. Three children’s plays he wrote were produced by Andy’s Summer Playhouse in N.H. His one-woman play Lady Bird, Pat and Betty: Tea For Three, which he co-wrote with its star, Elaine Bromka, originated at 12 Miles West Theatre in Bloomfield, NJ in 2004 and has been touring the country since (www.teaforthree.com). Eric is the book

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Fair Use

  [tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] Fair Use February 24-March 13 Sexual politics collide with legal brinksmanship in this whip-smart romantic comedy. While attorneys at a Chicago law firm take on a high-profile plagiarism case, their after-hours romantic triangle echoes Cyrano de Bergerac. “The play savors the pleasures of language, sensuality and rich debate over such elusive concepts as intellectual property.” – Creative Loafing/Atlanta, Top 10 Plays of 2009 By Sarah Gubbins. Directed by James Vasquez. Featuring Amanda Sitton, Jacque Wilke, Wendy Maples, Wyatt Ellison, Stephen Schmitz. Production Sponsor: Underwritten in part by Ree & Maurice Miller. [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”] Sarah Gubbins is a Chicago playwright. Her play Fair Use was developed and produced at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company as part of their First Look Repertory of New Plays during the summer of 2008 and was produced in by Actor’s Express Theatre in Atlanta last fall where it was nominated for a Suzi Bass Award for Best New Play and was named by Creative Loafing “Number One Production of 2009” and by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the “Top Ten Productions of 2009.” Fair Use was also one of four Finalists in the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and won Northwestern’s 2007 Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award. Her plays have been read or developed at the Public Theater, About Face Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Next Theatre Company, and Collaboraction.  Her play The Kid Thing was read as part of Steppenwolf Theater’s First Look Repertory of New Work this fall.  Her

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Laughing and Crying in 2.5 Minute Ride

By Taberah Joy Holloway   Shana Wride plays Lisa Kron in 2.5 Minute Ride. The title references a roller coaster ride that Lisa goes on with her 80 year old father. Lisa and her family make an annual sojourn to Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. This backdrop provides much of the humor in 2.5 Minute Ride as various ill and elderly relatives pop nitroglycerin before rides such as the Demon Drop. 2.5 Minute Ride weaves three stories, the annual amusement park vacation, a Jewish wedding and a visit to Auschwitz into a whole. This is storytelling. This is what our ancestors have been doing for hundreds of years before radio, television, and YouTube. The show has few props, no costume changes, and one actor. I overheard an audience member refer to the show as stand-up comedy. There are definite bits that are straight comedy but the stories reveal so much more. The visit to Auschwitz touches the delicate place where Lisa wants to protect her father but cannot and her father in turn wants to protect her but cannot. The wedding allows Lisa to see the cultural richness in ritual and ceremony. She also sees a more mature side to her brother who previously lived in an attic filled with gay porn. Wride does an excellent job through facial expressions and emotion conveying the comedy of thriller coasters and the surreal strangeness of Auschwitz. The lack of visuals reinforces Lisa’s inability to see her family or her father clearly.

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Cabaret: Gay (as in happy) Songs and Dances

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] April 6th – April 9th, 2017 Thursday, April 6th at 7pm Friday, April 7th at 8pm Saturday, April 8th at 8pm Sunday, April 9th  at 2pm The PGK Project and Diversionary Theatre team up to present Gay (as in happy) Songs and Dances. This  75 minute interactive, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants entertainment mashes up some of your favorite pop and musical theatre songs with athletic, provocative dancing by PGK Dancers. [maxbutton id=”38″] [/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”] Featured Singers: Barbara Schoenhoffer, Dairrick Hodges and Peter Kalivas Featured PGK Dancers: Kymmi Kellems, Jessica Kelley, Ron Davis & Martin Anthony Dorado Show Concept, Choreography, Vocal and Musical Direction by: Peter Kalivas Peter Kalivas is an award winning performer and choreographer, director, producer who is locally known as the Founding Director of the The PGK Dance Project, San Diego’s most widely-travelled top-tier contemporary dance company.  Since 1994 the company has been presented on stages and alternative spaces and involved in multiple theatrical collaborations throughout the world.  Peter has worked On and Off-Broadway in New York City as a performer and choreographer, with Cirque du Soleil/Las Vegas, Dick Clark Productions as a dancer/singer/choreographer, Deutsche TV in Germany as a choreographer and as a singer with artists from both the Rhythm & Blues and Rock n Roll Halls of Fame for the last 16 years. “Mashing,” Music Direction, accompaniment, and vocals by: Rayme Sciaroni Rayme Sciaroni is an award winning director/musical director/choreographer.  He has been involved in productions in almost every theater across San Diego County including many original productions including: Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem at

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Santa Claus Is Coming Out

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] Santa Claus is Coming Out Written and Performed by Jeffrey Solomon December 4-21 It starts when a little boy asks Santa for a doll, gets a truck, and thinks he’s been bad.  The child’s quiet letter of complaint shakes St. Nick to the soul as he recalls his fearful youth during the middle ages (when homosexuals were torn to pieces) and regrets the promotional deals he made with Coca-Cola that force him to stay in the closet.  Santa Claus Is Coming Out, a theatrical mock-u-mentary by Jeffrey Solomon, reveals the secret romantic life of the beloved childhood icon and the scandal that rocks the world when the truth leaks out. “This isn’t a clumsy parody, but a sensitive, imaginative tale that really is about a boy’s realization that he is different. Mr. Solomon portrays an amazing range of characters, all of them beautifully.”- New York Times [/tab] [/tab] [/tab][/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”] [/tab] [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Promotional Photos”] [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Press Release”] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 6, 2010 Holiday show at Diversionary is “Santa Claus is Coming Out” or ‘How the Gay Agenda Came Down My Chimney’ It starts when a little boy asks Santa for a doll, gets a truck, and thinks he’s been bad.  The child’s quiet letter of complaint shakes St. Nick to the soul as he recalls his fearful youth during the middle ages (when homosexuals were torn to pieces) and regrets the promotional deals he made with Coca-Cola that force

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Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] Anita Bryant Died for your Sins October 28-November 21 It’s 1977, and 15 year-old Horace Poore is trying to make sense of the tumultuous events within him, as his sexual awakening is hastened by images of Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz and anti-gay crusader Anita Bryant. Underwritten in part by Joann Clark. Featuring Dylan Hoffinger as Horace, with Beth Gallagher, Tyler Herdklotz, Dana Hooley, Tony Houck, Don Pugh, Dylan Seaton and Jacque Wilke. Our lobby exhibition is by Eric Scot. See some photos and read about the exhibition under the ‘Calendar and Special Events’ tab. See videos of the cast at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheDiversionary [/tab] [/tab] [/tab][/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”] Directed by Shana Wride Design Team: Daniel Grodecki (Set), Michelle Caron (Lights), Valerie Henderson (Costumes), Omar Ramos (Sound), David Medina (Properties), Ira Spector (Social Media) Production Team: Anthony Phifer (Stage Manager), Jerusha Liu (Dramaturg), Matt Scott (Tech Director) [/tab] [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Promotional Photos”] [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Press Release”] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Coming-of-age comedy “Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins” next at Diversionary An energy crisis,an unpopular war and the fight forequal rights for gay Americans.  Sound familiar? It’s 1977, and15 year-old Horace Poore is trying to make sense ofthetumultuous eventssurrounding him — andthe tumultuous events within him – as his sexual awakening is hastened by images ofOlympic swimmer Mark Spitz and former pageant queen/orange juice promoter/anti-gay crusader Anita Bryant.  The coming-of-age comedy Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins, by Brian Christopher Williams, is the second mainstage show of Diversionary Theatre’s 2010-2011 season.  The play

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Lisa Kron Performances

 Lisa Kron’s 2.5 Minute Ride and Well are being performed in repertory mode at the Diversionary stage.  Does it matter which one you watch first?  I don’t know if the order matters, but I ended up seeing Well before I saw 2.5 Minute Ride.That worked for me. Well is, as is stressed multiple times in the play, a theatrical “exploration” into the states of illness and wellness.  2.5 Minute Ride is a solo show dealing with the playwright’s relationship with her father and the holocaust.  The only thing they both have in common are the various references to health—specifically bad health.  And, if you think about it, it would be strange to not have health ailments if one, as an ethnic group, went through an ordeal like the holocaust. But Well goes a further step—it goes into the chronically ill mother’s forays into neighborhood integration and makes a connection!  2.5 Minute Ride takes a different route—so much more is explored by using vehicles that don’t seem to be connected on the surface—an outing to an Ohio amusement park, a Brooklyn wedding, and a trip to Germany (including a side trip to Auschwitz).  There is one more interesting similarity.  Both plays feature the parents of Lisa Kron and her relationship to both on a very deep and personal level.  Well deals with the mother, illness, and neighborhood integration.  2.5 Minute Ride is focused around the father, the family, and the holocaust.   Well is a comedy—kind of…  It is serious and

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Press Release: WORLD PREMIERE – BALLAST

Contact: Cara Hanhurst, Connectivity Manager 619-220-6830 x 105 Press@Diversionary.orgFebruary 22nd, 2017: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Diego, CA              WORLD PREMIERE   WHAT: Diversionary announces the World Premiere of BALLAST by Georgette Kelly. WHO: Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow will direct his third show at Diversionary Theatre, the nation’s third oldest LGBT performing arts venue. WHEN: May 4th – June 4th.  Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. TICKETS: Currently available exclusively to package holders. Packages start at $40 – more information can be found at www.diversionary.org/subscribe. Single tickets go on sale to the public approximately one month before performances and range from $15-$45. Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military. To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: https://www.diversionary.org/mailinglist/ “How do we become who we are?” This May Diversionary asks audiences this question with the World Premiere of BALLAST by Georgette Kelly, a highly poetic exploration of the waking and dream lives of two trans and cisgender couples as they come to terms with the new lives they find themselves in. In BALLAST we find Zoe and Grace navigating their relationship in the wake of Grace’s gender transition. While Zoe dreams of escape, Grace simply yearns for a return to normality and work as a Pastor. Their lives intersect with two strangers: young Xavier begins to confront inner demons as he initiates his own gender transition, and his best friend Savannah, who discovers personal

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[title of show]

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] [title of show] July 8-August 8 tos webisode 1: Meet the Cast! tos webisode 2: Naughty Words! tos webisode 3: On Tour! tos webisode 4: On Tour…Again (San Diego Pride & Cloris Leachman!!) tos webisode 5: Laughing Matters! tos webisode 6: Opening Night! A love letter to musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration, [title of show] is a witty new musical about two struggling writers writing a witty new musical. A can’t miss for those who love Broadway! The New York Times called [title of show] “delectable entertainment!  A postmodern homage to the grand tradition of backstage musicals like Babes in Arms, Kiss Me, Kate and A Chorus Line” and a “zesty, sweet and charming new musical.” An official event of San Diego LGBT Pride. Featured restaurant: Parkhouse Eatery. [/tab] [/tab] [/tab][/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”] [/tab][/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Promotional Photos”] [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Press Release”] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2010 Diversionary presents [title of show] for season opener Diversionary production is West Coast Premiere To kick-off their 25th Anniversary Year, Diversionary Theatre will stage the musical [title of show] as the first show of its 2010-2011 season.  [title of show] has music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and the book is by Hunter Bell.  Diversionary’s production will be helmed by James Vasquez, with musical direction by Tim McKnight.  The cast of four features Tony Houck, Heather Paton, Karson St. John and Tom Zohar.  [title of show] is an official event of San Diego LGBT

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Bobby Jo Valentine

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] Bobby Jo Valentine bobbyjovalentine.com Bobby Jo Valentine is an award-winning singer/songwriter currently residing and touring around the coast of CA. His new album, ‘A Place to Belong‘released to favorable reviews and his single “Be Mine” had radio airplay even before the album’s release. His warm, accessible melodies and often-profound lyrics have developed a following around the nation. In August of 2011, a song from the album, “Fly” won Song of the Year at West Coast Songwriter’s Association. Bobby is comfortable on stage in front of large crowds, having played at locations like Hard Rock Cafe, The Fillmore Poster Room, and Pride festivals, but his favorite performances are the intimate theaters and house concerts that enable him a strong connection to the audience. Bursting with energy at times and filled with uplifting, honest messages about hope and life’s struggles, Bobby continues to gather new listeners with every show. “Armed with just a guitar and ukulele, Bobby aims straight for the heart.” –Bruce Kaplan, Folk Unlimited Tom Goss tomgossmusic.net Tom Goss is a unique voice among gay singer-songwriters—a former Catholic seminarian turned guitar-toting troubadour whose heartfelt lyrics, hooky melodies and quirky charm have earned him a dedicated national following. Since he started performing in DC coffeehouses in 2006, the tireless 29-year-old hasn’t let any moss grow under his trademark flip flops: two full-length CDs (Naked Without and Back to Love), two EPs (Rise and The Politics of Love), a live DVD (Live At Terry’s), four music videos—two rose to the #1 and #2

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Señor Phil’s Casa del Ha-Ha

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] Casa del Ha-ha March 19, 2012 IT’S BACK!! Spicey sketch comedy and stand-up with Senor Phil and featuring a whole bunch of San Diego’s funiest people: Jessica John (The Pride at Diversionary, Lend Me a Tenor at North Coast Rep), Shana Wride (Next Fall at Diversionary, Winner Best Actress SD Critics Awards), Jacque Wilke (Next Fall at Diversionary, Lend Me a Tenor at North Coast Rep), Ole Kittleson (a San Diego legend!) and fantastic SD comics Quartez, Billy Bonnell. With Special Appearance by David McBean!- Come one, come all…. [/tab] [/tab] [/tab][/tab] [/tab] [/tab] [/tab] [/tab] [/tab] [/tab] [/tab] [/tab][/tab] [/tab] [/tab] [/tab]   [/tabs]

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Beth Malone So Far

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] Beth Malone – So Far Part dude.  Part lady.  Full-time lesbian. The insanely adorable (or is that adorably insane?) Beth Malone will take you from Castle Rock, Colorado to the South Pacific.  From little girl crushes to grown-woman heartbreak. Join us for comedy, tragedy and a crush on Connie Chung.  Beth proves once and for all that lesbians can be funny. [/tab] [/tab] [/tab][/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”] Beth Malone (Actress/Writer) made her Broadway debut creating the role of June Carter Cash in RING OF FIRE (dir. Richard Maltby Jr.).  She was in the original Off-Broadway casts of THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES (dir. Roger Bean), and BINGO! The musical. Regional: SISTER ACT (dir. Peter Schneider) at Pasadena Playhouse and Atlanta’s Alliance; ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, at Sacramento Music Circus; POST OFFICE (dir. Mark Brokaw) at Center Theatre Group; A NEW BRAIN (dir. David Lee) and BABES IN ARMS (dir. Glenn Casale) at Reprise!; GRAND HOTEL and YOU’RE A GOOD MAN…(Ovation Nom) at the Colony Theatre; and is currently playing Alison Bechdel in The Public Theater’s workshop FUN HOME (dir. Sam Gold)  She has performed her solo piece BETH MALONE: SO FAR at The Triad, Sterling’s Upstairs, Upright Cabaret and The Wheeler Opera House. Original Cast Recordings: RING OF FIRE, BINGO, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, and her solo album The Lunch Shift. Look for Beth in the upcoming film HICK starring Juliette Lewis and Alec Baldwin. Television audiences will recognize her from her numerous commercials. For more on Beth, visit bethmalone.com.

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The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] From the writer and director who last year staged the hilarious hit Mommie Queerest (seen at Diversionary in April 2011); now offer up a twisted take on one of the most beloved sitcoms of the 1980s. The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode was conceived and written by Jamie Morris and directed by Christopher Kenney. Dildos, prostitution, cerebral palsy, and lesbian sex are just a few of the politically incorrect plotlines that mark this as an adults-only show. When budget cuts force Mrs. Garrett to leave Eastland, Blair, Tootie, Natalie and Jo will do anything to raise the money so she can stay. Anything. They become hookers. (And they sing and dance about it!) Add an evil Headmaster who has a thing for Mrs. G, lesbian overtones between Jo and Blair and you have the lost episode Showtime wished they’d snatched up. As The Dallas Voice put it, “The Lost Episode is entirely the product of Morris’ twisted mind, adding tons of inappropriate humor you would be challenged to find on premium cable nowadays, not to say on NBC of yesteryear.” The show reunites Jamie Morris and Brooks Braselman, LA Weekly Theater Award nominees for their roles in Mommie Queerest as well Christopher Kenney, the LA Weekly Theater Award-winner for Best Comedy Director.  Kenney was recently named “Best Local Theater Director” by Las Vegas City Life’s Best in the Valley reader’s poll.  Kenney is also known to Las Vegas audiences as EDIE, “The Mistress of Sensuality”

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Dead From New York: It’s Pepper & Sam!

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] SHOW SUMMARY Billed as the ghosts with the most! The ghouls with the goods! The Apparitions from Prohibition — Pepper & Sam are back from the grave with a 90 minute rock n’ roll-vaudeville review with a whole new outlook on life … and death. Virtuosic, rock n’ roll-vaudevillians Pepper Mills & Play It Again Sam were touted in cities from Wichita to Schenectady before their tragic demise in a blazing theater fire. Stuck playing the purgatory circuit for over 80 years, these two lost souls have toured Heaven and tempted Hell, and now they’re back from the grave with brand new bodies and decades of new material.  Pepper & Sam will resuscitate classics by The Beatles,Cab Calloway, Elton John and Queen and breath new life into songs by Tupac Shakur, Green Day, No Doubt and much, much more! [/tab] [/tab][/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”] Justin Levine (Play-it-again Sam) works as a writer, composer, actor and musician in New York City and around the country. This past winter, he was Musical Director and performer in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson both at the Public Theater and the Jacobs Theater on Broadway. Most recently he served as associate music director for Here Lies Love, a new musical by David Byrne. His own musical Bonfire Night (book, music &lyrics) received a Martel Workshop at New York Stage and Film last summer, directed by Alex Timbers. Justin has been the co-creator of “Pepper and Sam” with collaborator Salty Brine for the

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Mother/Daughter Love in Well

By Taberah Joy Holloway Well is the story of playwright Lisa Kron and her mother. Lisa attempts to understand her mother and her mother’s sickness, but she uses a theatrical piece to explore her relationship with her mother instead of actually talking to her. Lisa was sick and now she is well. Why can’t her mother be well? The show begins as a flat judgment on sickness and ends with a far more thoughtful understanding of humans and their humanness. The playwright did a brave and unlikely thing. She made her mother look better than her. She ends up coming off as shallow and fearful, while her mother comes off as sympathetic and someone you can touch and be touched by. How many of us would make someone, especially our mother, look better than us in a room full of people? If you go to Well for no other reason, go to see Annie Hinton who plays Lisa’s mother. She is superb. I am not the kind of person that uses that term. Part of the captivation is the character and the other part is the actor. The character has many levels, charming, funny, principled, tired, and Annie Hinton fully brings those to the surface. Samantha Ginn, playing Lisa, and the ensemble cast do an excellent job blurring the lines between reality and art. The playwright uses art to make sense of reality. She finds art is not capable of packaging the many facets of life. Well is playing in

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The Parent Plays are Coming!

By  Taberah Joy Holloway Diversionary Theatre presents The Kron Repertory opening February 9th and running until March 19th. Lisa Kron (pronounced crone) is the Tony-award winning playwright behind the musical Fun Home. Diversionary is presenting two of her works, 2.5 Minute Ride and Well, on alternating nights. The Kron Repertory could be titled the Parent Plays. The plays are autobiographical depictions of Lisa Kron’s relationship with her her father (2.5 Minute Ride) and mother (Well). 2.5 Minute Ride is a one-woman show weaving together multiple storylines, a visit to Cedar Point amusement park, a Jewish wedding, and a trip to Auschwitz. The alternating storylines bring levity and depth, humor and heart-touching moments. The reference to 2.5 Minute Ride comes from the ride that Lisa takes with her elderly father on a roller coaster. Lisa fears her father’s imminent death, while he has the time of his life and asks to go again. Shana Wride plays Lisa, the storytelling daughter. Wride (yes it is pronounced the same as Ride) is looking forward to the performance because there is an untypical fluidity in the script. The script allows the actor to respond to the audience’s mood or even verbal comment. Thus, every night will be different based on the audience. That means you have to come see the show and contribute to the creative process! While 2.5 Minute Ride is a father/daughter story, Well is a mother/daughter story that deconstructs and reconstructs itself. Sam Ginn plays Lisa in Well. Ginn loves the

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The Pride

  Critical Acclaim for The Pride “The Pride is a touching and structurally ingenious examination of changing attitudes in Britain towards homosexuality.” –The Daily Telegraph “…such engrossing handling…it’s truly remarkable” –Variety “…a heartfelt work…thought-provoking observations about cultures of repression and openness” –The New York Times Synopsis: The Pride is a time-shifting exploration of identity and passion. Oliver, Philip, and Sylvia are caught in a love triangle. Their complex and tumultuous relationship shifts from the repression of 1958 to the sexual liberation of 2008 and back again. Characters in the past and modern-day share the same names and are played by the same actors. It starts in 1958 with Philip, an uptight estate agent, and his wife Sylvia, who are entertaining a young novelist, Oliver. There is an unspoken but palpable tension that results in a passionate and guilt-ridden affair between Philip and Oliver. Sylvia is filled with deep loneliness and caught in a loveless marriage. In 2008, Oliver is a sex-addicted journalist who longs to get back together with his ex, Philip. Sylvia plays the friend stuck in the middle. 2011 Craig Noel winning director Glenn Paris (Angels in America part 1 and 2) directs this thought-provoking look at love, betrayal, and personal pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell. Featuring four of San Diego’s most acclaimed actors, Francis Gercke (Philip), Jessica John (Sylvia), Brian Mackey (Oliver), and Dangerfield G. Moore (Doctor, Man, Peter). The design team includes Matt Scott (scenic), Michelle Caron (lighting), David Medina (props), and Trista Roland (costumes). ALEXI

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Next Fall

Luke believes in God.  Adam believes in everything else.  Next Fall portrays the ups and downs of this unlikely couple’s five-year relationship with sharp humor and unflinching honesty. When an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family and friends for support… and answers. Through a series of flash-backs, Luke, Adam, and their friends and family a grapple with the role that faith plays in their relationship. Luke, a devout Christian, sees his homosexuality as a sin he must repent for and nonbelievers as hell-bound. Adam, a gay agnostic remains stubbornly unrepentant and unbelieving and Luke worries his boyfriend will be a future inhabitant of hell. Everything changes, however, when Adam finds himself sharing a hospital waiting room with Luke’s religious parents who have remained unaware of their son’s homosexuality throughout the couple’s five-year relationship. Next Fall received 2010 Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Director, received the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award in 2010 for “Best New American Play,” and was nominated for a Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk awards for best play   It has been playing to great acclaim and success at numerous theatres throughout the country and this weeks is being recorded as a live radio play by LA Theatre Works. Geoffrey Nauffts (Author ) His play Next Fall received the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award in 2010 for “Best New American Play,” and was nominated for a Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Award for

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Learn to be Latina

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] SHOW SUMMARY LEARN TO BE LATINA November 11-December 18, 2011 By Enrique Urueta Hanan is a beautiful and promising pop star, but her Lebanese heritage is a stumbling block. Rather than scrap her career, the record label decides to exploit her slightly Latina looks and package her as the next J.Lo. Anxious for stardom, Hanán surrenders to Latina Boot Camp. Be prepared to see every sacred cow slaughtered in this outrageous satire about fame, ethnicity and pop culture. [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”] Enrique Urueta (Playwright) Enrique Urueta’s plays include The Johnson Administration, The Danger of Bleeding Brown, Learn To Be Latina, and Forever Never Comes. His plays have been developed or produced by The Queer Cultural Center, Playwrights Foundation, Atlantic Theater Company, Lark Play Development Center, Impact Theatre, Golden Thread Productions, Crowded Fire Theater Company, and Stray Cat Theatre with forthcoming productions by Mixed Blood Theatre and The Lobster Theater Project. He has received a Theatre Bay Area CASH grant, a Theatre Bay Area New Works Fund award for Forever Never Comes and was selected by Sir David Hare as a runner-up for the 2009 Yale Drama Series prize for The Danger of Bleeding Brown. Learn To Be Latina received Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project award, won the inaugural Great Gay Play contest sponsored by Pride Films & Plays, and was named Best Ensemble Comedy of 2010 by the SF Weekly, which also named him Best Up-And-Coming Playwright of 2010. Southern Theatre Magazine identified

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Edward II

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] An Epic Production of an Elizabethan Classic! Richard Baird returns to San Diego to direct the largest production we’ve had on stage at Diversionary – 14 fantastic actors playing numerous roles in this intense account of the struggle between passion and responsibility. Marlowe’s classic tells the tale of England’s King Edward II who forsakes everything for his passions and pays a tragic price at the hands of his conniving noblemen and Queen. As his young heir watches love subverted by power struggles, will he learn compassion or to love even “whom the world hates so?” It will be an epic production you won’t want to miss! [/tab]   [tab title=”Cast”] COMPANY AMBER BONASSO (Lady Margaret/Soldier 1): Amber is thrilled to be making her San Diego stage debut with Diversionary Theatre. Some of her recent favorite rolls include Ann in All My Sons, and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew. Having had extensive training in classical weaponry and all things stunt/fight related at the Academy of Theatrical Combat, she is excited to be fighting in this production and to assist Jeff Miller as Fight Captain. She would like to thank Richard for giving her the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful cast.   JIM “DOC” COATES (Archbishop of Canterbury/Spencer Sr./Lightborn/Monk) enjoys plays and playing. He treasures this debut opportunity at Diversionary Theatre and to work again with Richard Baird. Favorite roles include: “John o’ Gaunt” in Richard II for Poor Players, and variously elsewhere:

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Poster Boys

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] Poster Boys By Michele Riml Caroline is struggling with the choices she has made to make it to the top of her field while remnants of a heartbreak she tried to bury resurface and threaten to destroy everything she has worked to build. At the same time two men find themselves in the spotlight as their personal lives become a political controversy when they are asked to become the spokesmen for a movement they weren’t prepared to join. This piercingly funny play was inspired by real events. Featuring: John Anderson, Justin Lang, Charles Maze and Julie Anderson Sachs. [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”]MICHELE RIML (Author) is a critically acclaimed playwright from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her plays have been produced across Canada and in the US including the Globe Theatre, The Grand, the Arts Club Theatre, the Belfry and The Hayworth Theatre (Los Angeles). Other plays include Miss Teen, Under The Influence, RAGE (winner of the 2005 Sydney Risk prize for Outstanding Original Play) and the acclaimed Poster Boys, which premiered at the Arts Club Theatre in 2008. Her plays for young audiences, commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre for Young People, include Cool, Invisible Girl, The Skinny Lie and Tree Boy. Michele was nominated for the 2008 Siminovitch Prize. [/tab] [tab title=”Cast”] JOHN ANDERSON (Jack): Production Manager for San Diego Repertory Theatre for the last eight seasons; where he designed the set for Storyville last November.  Before coming to the REP John managed the productions for The

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Guest Blog Post : In the Va Va Voom Room by Mukul Khurana

If you somehow managed to miss In the Va Va Voom Room as part of the Diversionary Cabaret series, don’t despair.  Though the short weekend run is from January the 5th through the 8th, the good news according to Michael Mizerany, is that this is the second part of an erotic trilogy.  There is one more show coming up… It is billed as “A Contemporary Burlesque.”  What does that mean?  It means that this is not traditional fare.  Burlare translates into “to make fun of.”  There is levity in this performance, but it is subtle and ironic.  Now that things are starting to clear up, let’s talk about what this show isn’t.  It isn’t just an erotic dance show, it’s an intelligent dance show with strong erotic elements.  Imagine, if you will, sensual ambient music.  There is a pole on the left part of the stage.  The majority of the space, however, is devoted to dance.  Way Down We Go (Premiere) consists of three dancers–Steven Beasley, Victoria LeBrun, and Cara Steen.  They take pole dancing to a new level.  The moves are precise and very disciplined.  The music continues to be soft and sensual.  Cara Steen choreographed.  Victoria LeBrun commented about her art form, “Pole dancing isn’t only in the context of strip clubs.”  Steven Beasley adds another dimension to the topic of pole dancing, “Why can’t men also participate (and if they do, is it not sensual)?” Is there stripping involved in the program?  Well, yes…  But Michael Mizerany,

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Altar Boyz

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] SHOW SUMMARY Altar Boyz August 9 – August 19, 2012 Book by Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker Conceived By Marc Kessler andKen Davenport Choreography by Michael Mizerany Directed by Noah Longton Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national ‘Raise the Praise’ tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham. With their tight harmonies and spectacular choreography, the Altar Boyz will delight your audiences. As they perform their signature hits such as ‘Rhythm In Me,’ ‘The Calling,’ and ‘I Believe,’ the Boyz question their loyalty to each other and ask whether or not faith is really holding them together. They finally deliver a message of unity, that ‘there is no star as bright as its constellation, no harmony in a single voice. [/tab]     [tab title=”Cast”]Mathew. Is Matthew excited to bring the “Raise The Praise” tour to San Diego? Is the Pope Catholic? Matthew cannot believe the tour is already coming to an end! Thanks be to God for bringing the boyz all the way from Ohio to save the souls of the all who seek salvation here! When he’s not leading the boyz in musical Mass, Matthew enjoys volunteering his time at the Catholic animal rescue and grooming shelter, Jesus Shaves, in his hometown of Greeneville, Ohio. This will be a night you will never forget! Get ready to praise the roof! Juan. A native

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Hot Guys Dancing

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] Six of the southland’s most dynamic and audacious choreographers will be showcased in Hot Guys Dancing, Diversionary Cabaret’s visually stunning and viscerally potent new dance series. Yes, there are guys, and yes, they are hot and yes, they will be dancing up a storm. This new dance series is conceived and directed by Michael Mizerany and will feature a restaging of Michael’s Lester Horton Award winning solo Tin Soldier, performed by Malashock Dance’s Justin Viernes. Blythe Barton will premiere her new work Duologue, a duet featuring Bradley R. Lundberg and Nicholas Strasburg. In Take This Letter To Juliet, Keith Johnson wryly examines what may have happened if Romeo fell in love with Juliet’s messenger. This piece features two dancers from San Francisco, Rogelio Lopez Garcia and Andrew Merrill. Independent Choreographer Anjanette Maraya-Ramey’s new work Indi Visible examines the subject of tolerance, accepting differences, and features three well-known San Diego dancers, Jacinto Delgado, Shannon Snyder and Justin Viernes. Spencer Powell, Artistic Director of Visionary Dance Theater, explores the controversial subject of crystal meth addiction within the gay community in Arctic Night. Visionary Dance company members Marty Anthony Dorado, Arthur Huang, Ramon Montes, and Edrian Pangilinan will perform. Lastly, audience favorite Khamla Somphanh will premiere Cause and Effect, which concerns our ability to look at our world from afar and make sense of it all. Cause and Effect will feature performances by Shannon Snyder and David Wornovitzky.   [/tab] [tab title=”Cast”] Dancers: Jacinto Delgado, Marty Anthony Dorado, Arthur Huang,

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Press Release: FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER: LISA KRON IN REPERTORY

For Immediate Release December 27th, 2016 Contact: Cara Hanhurst – 619-220-6830 x105 Press@Diversionary.org Who: Diversionary Theatre will produce the San Diego Premiere of WELL and the San Diego Revival of 2.5 MINUTE RIDE, both by Tony Award-winner Lisa Kron, presented for the first time in repertory. What: 2.5 MINUTE RIDE, starring Shana Wride* and directed by Rosina Reynolds & WELL, starring Samantha Ginn and Annie Hinton* and directed by Kym Pappas. When: February 9th – March 19th. Performances run Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm & 7pm.  There are two Monday performances: Monday, February 27th at 7pm & Monday, March 6th at 7pm. Where: The Diversionary Theatre Mainstage in University Heights at 4545 Park Boulevard, San Diego CA 92116. Tickets: Are available one month prior to performances and range from $15 – $45. Discounts are available for Seniors, Educators, Students, Groups, and Military. To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List:https://www.diversionary.org/mailinglist/   THE CAST OF WELL : L-R, TIFFANY TANG, DURWOOD MURRAY, SAMANTHA GINN, ANNIE HINTON, CASHAE MONYA AND ADAM CUPPY. PHOTO CREDIT: SIMPATIKA San Diego, CA This Spring, Diversionary continues its tradition of presenting innovative theatre. For the first time in history, two plays by Tony Award Winner Lisa Kron (Broadway’s FUN HOME) will play in rotating repertory. As female playwrights continue to fight for equal representation  in the American theatre, THE KRON REP offers a heaping dose of gender parity. In both 2.5 MINUTE

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Harmony, Kansas

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] Harmony, Kansas June 14 – July 22, 2012 With a lively, soulful score, Harmony, Kansas tells the story of Heath, a gay farmer making his way in a rural community where homogeneity rules. When his city-born partner, Julian, talks him into joining a spirited group of gay guys who meet once a week to sing, Heath discovers a love for making music and a kinship he didn’t expect. But his world is turned upside down when the group considers performing in public, threatening everything that matters to him, including the life he’s made with the man he loves. Production Sponsor:Diversionary’s world premiere production is made possible by the generous support of California Institute for Contemporary Arts, the National Fund for New Musicals (a program of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre with funding from the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund), Witt Matheny Fund and Gay and Lesbian Fund for San Diego. [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”]Anna K. Jacobs (Music) wrote the music for POP! (3 CT Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding Production of a Musical; 7 Helen Hayes Award nominations including Outstanding Resident Musical), Stella and the Moon Man (Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children) and Harmony, Kansas. Currently she is working on a musical adaptation of the cult horror film, Teeth. Her shows have been developed and produced by Yale Rep and the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Studio Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and Theatre of Image, Goodspeed Musicals, the Penn State

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Ballast

  May 4th – June 4th, 2017 Written by Georgette Kelly Directed by Matt M. Morrow How do we become who we are? In an investigation of identification and intimacy, BALLAST intertwines the story of two relationships between trans and cisgender partners as they grapple with the stranger they find across the dinner table and in the mirror. This cutting-edge new play skydives into personal identity, navigating intricate dreamscapes to explore how gender shapes our spirituality, desires, and destiny. This performance is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission. If you already have a subscription and would like to select your performance, please log in. Production Sponsors Liz Armstrong, Anna Curren, Bob Meinzer, Allison Rossett & Sue Reynolds, and Scott Williford & Grant Reeder. BALLAST Special Event Sponsors Dea & Osborn Hurston   BALLAST is generously supported by I’ve had the pleasure of developing this play since 2012, helming an early developmental workshop of it in New York City while Georgette was studying with two time Pulitzer Prize Finalist playwright Tina Howe at Hunter College. It’s been a privilege to watch it grow and expand, confronting some complex issues facing the trans community today with intelligence, poetry and surprising humor. Not only is the play topical as our country faces the inexplicable issue of who should use what bathroom, the play is transporting and incredibly theatrical. Georgette takes the audience on a journey that is both epic in scale and deeply personal, to emotional and psychic realms never before traversed in

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Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] It will be tawdry, two-steppin’ fun when the irascible Miss Kitty welcomes you to her Wild West saloon featuring scantily clad dancing boys, raunchy humor and a wild good time. It’s Golden Horseshoe Revue meets Best Little Whorehouse with a just a splash of Brokeback Mountain. Recommended for adult audiences only. It will definitely get a little lewd and saucy in the saloon! Featuring Tony Houck as Miss Kitty and Eric Fager, Doug Long & Scottie Tidwell as the Cowhands. [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”]Tony Houck (Original Material & Miss Kitty) plays numerous parts at Diversionary, on stage and off, including directing and performing in the revival of Scrooge in Rouge andwrote and starred in the sexy and hilarious Diversionary Cabaret show Heather and Tony: We Might Be Cousins. Also at Diversionary: The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabbler, Pippin; Harmony, Kansas; Next Fall; [title of show]; Twist; Yank!; Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins; Dear Harvey; Scrooge in Rouge (San Diego Critic’s Circle Award, 2008). Elsewhere: Cabaret (Cygnet). Jacque Wilke (Original Material) is a regular contributor to Senior Phil’s Casa Del HaHa.  Also on the Diversionary Stage: The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabbler, Scrooge in Rouge, Next Fall, Fair Use, The New Century, Anita Bryant Died for your Sins (Diversionary). Elsewhere: Mistakes Were Made (Cygnet) Lend me a Tenor, Mistletoe, Music, and Mayhem, and  Don’t Dress for Dinner (North Coast Repertory), Or, (MOXIE), The Seven Year Itch, and The Heidi Chronicles (New Village Arts) Side Man (BANG) The Break-up Breakdown (Circle Circle Dot Dot), He Said, She Said (Laterthanever). She performs stand-up and sketch comedy locally with Casa Del

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Señor Phil’s Casa del Ha-Ha

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”]June 17 – ONE NIGHT ONLY [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”] [/tab] [tab title=”Cast”] [/tab][/tab] [tab title=”Creative Team”] [/tab] [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Promotional Photos”] [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Press Photos”] [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Calendar and Special Events”] [/tab][/tab] [tab title=”Video”] [/tab] [tab title=”Resource Links”] [/tab] [tab title=”Reviews”] [/tab]   [/tabs]

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Scrooge in Rouge

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] Scrooge served with a grown-up twist.  Scrooge in Rouge is a quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Dickens holiday classic, set in a Victorian music hall where three actors play 23 roles.  The show, full of entertainment, rousing songs, comedy and specialty acts, returns to Diversionary for a limited engagement by popular demand. Ditch your boring office party and celebrate with four of the campiest performers you’ll ever meet as they serve up Scrooge with a twist. Drinks are encouraged (wee ones aren’t) at this offbeat San Diego Christmas Tradition. [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”]RICKY GRAHAM (Book & Lyrics) has co-written the Louisiana-themed Nutcracker called The Pecan Cracker with Sean Patterson, Jefferson Turner, and Mandy Zirkenbach. With Sean and Jefferson he’s also written The Money Box — a New Orleans R&B version of The Miser. Ricky’s written two long-running New Orleans comedies, And The Ball And All, and When Ya Smilin’. His post-Katrina show I’m Still Here, Me enjoyed a 13-month run at Le Chat Noir where he directed and performed in Crescent City for WWNO, an affiliate of National Public Radio. He is currently working on a new show with Jeffrey Roberson (if Varla Jean Merman can star in it!) [/tab] [tab title=”Cast”] SAMANTHA GINN (Vesta Virile) is thrilled to be returning to the Diversionary stage after recently performing in Señor Phil’s Casa del Ha-Ha! Samantha graduated from Sonoma State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts. Some credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,

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She-Rantulas from Outer Space-in 3D!

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”]To avoid fainting, keep telling yourself it’s only a play… Just in time for Halloween, Phil Johnson and Ruff Yeager bring us a hilarious send-up of the femme fatales and B-movie horror stories of the 1950s. When a horror-horde of monster-mutants invades Small Town U.S.A., one All-American Mother must face the truth about her little Suzie and destroy her evil Web of Terror. There will be carnage! There will be destruction! There will be men in women’s clothing! The Management requests that you PLEASE not reveal the SHOCKING final scene to friends or family members, and guarantee to BURY YOU without charge if you die of FRIGHT during She-Rantulas from Outer Space-in 3D! [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”] Phil Johnson (Co-author) performed on Broadway in Les Miserables, in the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard, and toured with Les Miz and the 1st National Company of Miss Saigon. He is an actor, writer and singer, now in San Diego and L.A. Phil’s acting work includes: Man Who Came to Dinner (SD Critics Circle Craig Noel Award, directed by Ruff Yeager) at Coronado Playhouse; Midsummer Night’s Dream at Intrepid Shakespeare; Mistakes Were Made (West Coast Premiere) & Little Shop of Horrors at Cygnet Theatre; Hound of the Baskervilles (Original solo show, funded by the SD Foundation), Putnam County Spelling Bee &Pageant at North Coast Repertory Theatre; How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre; Pete n’ Keely at Lamb’s Players; and The New Century at Diversionary Theatre. On

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Marry Me a Little

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] August 29th – September 29th, 2013 From the master songwriter of our time, Stephen Sondheim, comes a timely exploration of love, loneliness, marriage and relationships. Using a treasure trove of songs originally written for Follies, A Little Night Music, Company and other Sondheim favorites, the musical tells the story of two lonely young people who dream and ponder their lives in and out of love. As our community embraces and celebrates marriage equality for all, this is the perfect time for Diversionary to explore relationships from different perspectives. Our production will present the show in repertory with the story told from the alternating perspectives of two men, two women, and a man and a woman. SPECIAL NOTE: For this show, each performance will feature one of three pairs of actors. When ordering tickets, select your choice of: The Men: Stewart Calhoun and Jacob Caltrider The Women: Sarah Errington and Mitzi Michaels Man and Woman: Jacob Caltrider and Sarah Errignton Opening night flowers provided by Blossoms by the Beach [tab title=”About the Writer”]STEPHEN SONDHEIM (Music & Lyrics) wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night(1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle(1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park With George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008) as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959) and

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Vegh’s Vision for the Future

(Diversionary Then and Now) By Taberah Joy Holloway I sat down with Thom Vegh, the founder of Diversionary,to discuss the history of Diversionary Theater in his San Diego’s East Village apartment. Along with the past, we discussed his future and the future of Diversionary. Diversionary recently inaugurated its 31st season with Lizard Boy, a musical by Justin Huertas. Thom was effusive about the current show and team at Diversionary.   Have you seen Lizard Boy? Lizard Boy is another revelation for Diversionary. Dancing (full title) was a passionate and romantic show. Lizard Boy charms with its music and engaging cast. It opens with the quintessentially gay-male pick-up situation and spirals out into a fun-house sci-fi. The direction seamlessly mixes kitchen-sink realism, story theatre and musical theatre. It’s a hybrid. My gut told me that the show was going to work, that’s why I went to a preview. What was the beginning of Diversionary like? In 1984 I was a graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology, a refugee from San Francisco. The ignorance and, literally, the writing on the walls at SDSU infuriated me. I requested funding from the San Diego State Student Council to bring in the AIDS Show from San Francisco as a public health event. At that time, the student council was predominantly Young Republican. I brought a fellow student in to demonstrate the disfiguring face of AIDS. He had Kaposi’s Sarcoma lesions over all his skin yet impeccable taste in clothing. That’s an image worth remembering. It was

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Press Release: In the Va Va Voom Room

For Immediate Release December 6th, 2016 Contact: Cara Hanhurst – 619-220-6830 x105 Press@Diversionary.org HEAT UP YOUR JANUARY “IN THE VAVA VOOM ROOM”   WHAT: He’s back! Award-winning choreographer Michael Mizerany returns to Diversionary Theatre with the second installment of IN THE VA VA VOOM ROOMafter its riotously successful debut last January.   Critics of last year’s installation called the show “Fun, in your face and ever so titillating!”This year boasts all new material, and due to limited performances tickets are expected to sell out quickly. IN THE VA VA VOOM ROOM, we ask you to leave your inhibitions at the door. This scintillating sixty minute contemporary burlesque will make even the bawdiest San Diegan blush. Audiences can expect to warm up with  many different types of dance – you’ll get a taste of contemporary, modern, heel dancing, pole dancing and erotic stripping. This eclectic dance concert features work choreographed by Andrew Holmes, Caryn Ipapo-Glass, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, Cara Steen,  and of course, Michael Mizerany himself. Mizerany has worked on over 15 shows at Diversionary Theatre, including [MANHANDLED], MAN CLAN, HOT GUYS DANCING, and A NEW BRAIN. He calls  VA VA an “…homage to traditional burlesque with a contemporary twist – the show is  brash, brassy and bodacious, featuring dynamic and athletic movement and beautiful bodies. It’s a  great way to start your new year.” Mizerany anticipates his favorite part of the show will be the “Ooohhs and ahhhhs coming from the audience.” Enter THE VA VA VOOM ROOM and you can share

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Scene: By Jenni Prisk ” The Mystery of Love and Sex”

Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow of Diversionary is a gift to the San Diego theatre community.  Playwright Bathsheba Doran is also a gift with her play The Mystery of Love and Sex playing at Diversionary through December 24.  You must see this production! For two hours, four characters whose lives are inextricably interwoven weave an intricate story of the mysteries we all face when it comes to love and sex, in a way that is compelling, consummate, and very convincing. A pair of college friends, Charlotte (Rachel VanWormer) and Jonny (John W. Wells III) invite her parents Lucinda (Marci Anne Wuebben) and Howard (Mike Sears) over for an alfresco meal, complete with candle light, the best cheap wine, a sheet for a tablecloth, but without chairs and butter for the bread, much to Howard’s chagrin. Through some awkward, yet very humorous moments, the four attempt to meet in the middle without much success.  There is a great deal of questioning underlying the conversation among the couples.  Howard is a New York Jew and a writer of detective novels; Lulu as he calls his Southern-reared wife, is a housewife and a mom who is trying as hard as she can at anything, to give up smoking. When Jonny leaves to buy butter, Charlotte’s parents press her for details of her relationship with him.  The kids grew up together, but it would seem that there’s a significant change in their bond. When the parents leave, Jonny and Charlotte engage in a

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In the Va Va Voom Room

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] January 5th – January 8th, 2017 He’s back! Award-winning choreographer Michael Mizerany returns to Diversionary Theatre with the second installment of IN THE VA VA VOOM ROOM after its riotously successful debut last January.   Critics of last year’s installation called the show “Fun, in your face and ever so titillating!” This year boasts all new material, and due to limited performances tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Thur, Jan. 5th 7 p.m. Fri, Jan 6th 8 p.m. Sat, Jan. 7th 8 p.m. Sun, Jan. 8th 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. [maxbutton id=”38″] Contains adult material including partial male nudity, sexual themes and content  [/tab] Dancers: Blythe Barton, Andrew Holmes, Sarah Lawson, Victoria Lebrun, Bradley Lundberg, Nicholas Strasburg, Brittany Taylor and Travis Ti. Choreographers: [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Michael Mizerany is the artistic director for Compulsion Dance & Theater.  He moved to San Diego to join Malashock Dance and served as its Associate Artistic Director until 2013.  Michael conceived and directed the popular dance series HOT GUYS DANCING and conceived and directed Malashock/RAW from 2010-2013. Recently, he premiered a new cabaret series, IN THE VA VA VOOM ROOM, at Diversionary Theatre. Michael has choreographed extensively, including ALTAR BOYZ, (Noah Longton Productions), DOOLEY, THE DIVINE SISTER. MISS KITTY’S WILD WEST REVUE, SCROOGE IN ROUGE, THRILL ME, BARE: A POP OPERA, and A NEW BRAIN (Diversionary Theatre), CHICAGO: A SPEAKEASY CABARET, GREY GARDENS, and ASS, OR A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FEVER (Ion Theatre), CARNIVAL! and SUDS(The Coronado Playhouse), SPRING AWAKENING,

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The Divine Sister

[tabs] May 23rd – June 30th, 2013 [tab title=”Show Info”]Do nuns really have more fun? The Divine Sister is an inspired homage to every Hollywood film ever centered on the convent. Written by Charles Busch (the comic genius behind such classics as The Tale of the Allergists Wife; Die, Mommie, Die!; Psycho Beach Party; and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom) this is the gleefully twisted tale of an indomitable Mother Superior trying to cope with a young postulant experiencing “visions,” a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from Berlin, and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows. No nun, whether singing or flying, is spared and no Mary left un-hailed in this loving parody that dares to take a look beneath the habit. [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”]Charles Busch (Playwright) is the author and star of such plays as The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wiferan for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for

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The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] March 29th, 2013 – April 28th 2013 What happens to our favorite literary figures after the curtain falls and the last page turns on their story? Is it really The End? Moments after her nightly death, Hedda Gabler and Mammy (yes, that Mammy) head out in search of a more fulfilling ending, encountering a host of the greatest characters of stage, page and screen along the way. Jeff Whitty, one of the twisted minds that brought you Avenue Q, takes the heroines and audience on a comedic journey in search of life beyond the original authors’ wildest dreams.   [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”]From Jeff Whitty I’ve always longed to play the role of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, ever since I played her husband, George Tesman, in graduate school a decade ago. In my more grandiose moments, I feel that no one in the world could understand her better than me: her mercurial shifts of mood, her willful destructiveness, the volatility she hides beneath a convincing sophistication. But due to the unreasonable limitations presented by casting directors and artistic directors at theatres across the country, I suspect I will never have the chance. As Fate moved me from a career in acting to a writing career, I’ve discovered that, for me at least, the creative process is much the same. Both acting and writing require the artist to discover the emotional arithmetic that drives character. This requires a lot of pleasurable time spent inside someone else’s head.

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Guest Blog Post : The Mystery of Love and Sex

By Taberah Joy Holloway The Mystery of Love and Sex is the story of two college kids, Jonny and Charlotte, friends since elementary school, who navigate their relationship from childhood to adulthood. Of course, this navigation involves love and sex. The kids grapple for what love and sex mean to them. Jonny, an African American Christian, professes virginity. While Charlotte, a nice Jewish girl would rather indulge in pleasures of the flesh. Charlotte’s parents, Howard and Lucinda, also explore what love and sex mean in the context of their marriage. The play questions romantic love and familial love. Charlotte may be in love with a girl. Because that would complicate her life, she throws herself at Jonny instead. Jonny, being the conscientious and sexually ambivalent man that he is, rejects a naked Charlotte. He wants something more traditional than what Charlotte offers. He wants a Christian black woman to marry. Jonny raises an interesting question about the definition of family. Is Jonny a part of Charlotte’s family? He grew up next door to Charlotte, however he has never been fully accepted by Charlotte’s father, Howard, a detective novelist. The major tension in the play comes not from any sexual tension between Charlotte and Jonny but from a paper Jonny writes about Howard’s novels. Jonny accuses Howard of being sexist, racist, and homophobic. Howard throws him out, but he eventually forgives him. Charlotte is less forgiving. Howard and Lucinda have the more interesting character arcs. Howard moves from patriarch, the father

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Birds of a Feather

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] January 31 – March 31st, 2013 Written by Marc Acito Directed by James Vásquez   Birds of a Feather is a smart and surprisingly human comedy about two bird families- male penguins at the Central Park Zoo that hatch and adopt a chick and two hawks living and raising their own brood on a Fifth Avenue roof. Based on the same true events that inspired the famously banned children’s book And Tango Makes Three and kept all of New York City looking up at a luxury apartment building in rapt fascination, families of every breed- whether in captivity or in their natural habitat, conventional or not, gay or straight- are celebrated in this heart-warming play. You will be all atwitter with laughter for sure, but what’s new at the zoo is the wildly uplifting exploration of psychology, zoology and what it is that truly defines a family.   [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”] Marc Acito (Playwright) won the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play with his comedy Birds of a Feather, which had its world premiere at the Hub Theatre in Fairfax, Virginia. Marc returned to the Hub to create a stage adaptation of his first book How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater, which won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, was an Editors’ Choice for The New York Times, and a Top Teen Pick by the American Library Association. Translated into five languages the author cannot read,

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The Kron Repertory

February 9th – March 19th, 2017 Presented for the first time in Rotating Repertory* By Lisa Kron Directed by Kym Pappas and Rosina Reynolds *In Repertory means that 2.5 MINUTE RIDE and WELL will be presented in alternating performances on the Diversionary Mainstage Wednesday through Sunday. We encourage you to see BOTH shows by using Code 2Shows and get a discount when ordering! [maxbutton id=”38″] If you already have a package and would like to select your performance, please log-in. Production Sponsors: Rob Granat & Al Mazur [tabs][tab title=”Show Info”] Returning to San Diego for the first time since its celebrated World Premiere, this inventive solo show is a roller coaster adventure through the playwright’s family album, focusing on her relationship with her Father, a Holocaust survivor. Swirling through three disparate yet strikingly resonant experiences of a trip to Auschwitz, a Brooklyn wedding and an annual outing to an Ohio Amusement Park, a disarming story emerges about the ties that bind a family and a compelling portrait of a honorable man.This pioneering Broadway comedy begins as a reverent study of the playwright’s chronically ill Mom and her extraordinary ability to heal a racially divided community despite her inability to make herself well. But when the playwright’s carefully crafted characters start having opinions of their own, theatrical hell breaks loose threatening to unravel the entire story. This uproariously funny and magical memoir reveals how we heal ourselves is not always the best medicine for those we love. [maxbutton id=”38″] [/tab][/tab] [tab title=”Matt’s Memo”]

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DIVERSIONARY TO HOST PARENT’S NIGHT OUT TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Contact: Cara Hanhurst, Connectivity Manager 619-220-6830 x 105 Press@Diversionary.org November 8th, 2016 : For Immediate Release San Diego, CA DIVERSIONARY TO HOST PARENT’S NIGHT OUT TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON John Wells III as “Jonny” and Rachael VanWormer as “Charlotte”. Photo by Simpatika WHAT: Diversionary announces a brand new program for Moms and Dads: Parent’s Night Out! At this busy time of year, the historic LGBTQ theatre will offer an antidote to holiday madness – a relaxing night out  as a gift for parents attending THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX. Complimentary on-site childcare and activities will be offered to children ages 4-12. Reservations are required. “A drama with a funny bone.” That’s how the LA Times categorized Bathsheba “Bash” Doran’s play about the journey of a makeshift family. THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX follows Charlotte and Jonny as they tumble into their twenties confronting the mysteries of their own bodies and desires. Likewise, Charlotte’s parents face their own shifting perceptions about love and happiness. Traversing years, this provocative Southern Gothic romantic comedy peeks behind the curtain of sexuality and race to illuminate secrets of the heart and the fabric of a family. As a part of Diversionary Theatre’s 31st Season,  this San Diego Premiere was cited in The New York Times Top Ten List of 2015. WHEN: Friday, December 16th. Beginning at 6pm, Parents can drop children off and enjoy dinner with a special discount at Parkhouse Eatery right across the street from the theatre. While at dinner

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Lizard Boy : EXTENDED!

PRESS RELEASE: LIZARD BOY Contact: Cara Vacek Hanhurst Press@Diversionary.org (619) 220-6830 x 105 Due to Popular Demand, LIZARD BOY has extended an additional FOUR Performances! October 19th, 2016 San Diego, CA. For immediate release: Due to Popular Demand, LIZARD BOY has extended an additional FOUR Performances! Audiences can now catch this critical favorite through November 6th at Diversionary Theatre. Three best friends from Washington got together and decided to make a musical. The rest is history – or at least it will be when the cast of LIZARD BOY makes their San Diego debut at Diversionary Theatre this September. Kirsten deLohr Helland, Justin Huertas and William A. Williams make up the entire cast and band of LIZARD BOY, a fantastical comic-book rock concert-slash-theatrical explosion. Director Brandon Ivie originally staged the show at Seattle Repertory, and will return to stage it fresh for Diversionary. LIZARD BOY follows an unlikely hero in Trevor (Huertas), who hasn’t left his house in a year. After being disfigured in a freak accident as a child (A playground, kids, dragon blood… it was messy) he’s too uncomfortable with the way he looks to go out in public. But the night we meet Trevor he is motivated to take a chance: using Grindr as a lifeline he ends up meeting a cute stranger named Cary (William A. Williams) who does his best to get the shy guy to open up.  Weird doesn’t begin to describe the kind of night Trevor embarks upon, where he must confront a stranger from his dreams (Siren, played by Kirsten deLohr Helland) and

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Guest Blog Post: Lizard Like Me

By Taberah Joy Lizard Boy is a comic book musical that delights and charms. The protagonist, Trevor, is embarrassed and ashamed of his lizard skin. Because of shame and a broken heart, Trevor has not left his house in a year. Lucky for him today is MonsterFest, where everyone in town dresses like lizards. He can safely leave his home without being identified as an outsider. On this day, he decides to reconnect with the heartbreaker by perusing Tinder. He doesn’t find his past paramour, but he does find Cary. Cary greets Trevor at the door in his underwear, and Trevor retreats from his frontal assault. Because they both long for connection, Cary is able to woo Trevor and the audience with a silly love song. Along with love, there are lizards and dragons and dreams. Trevor draws someone he sees in a dream and later meets the flesh-and-blood woman at a club. The woman, Siren, is a lounge singer who is skeptical about the world and fears an imminent dragon takeover. She wants to enlist Trevor and his lizard power to save the planet. Trevor doesn’t believe he has any power. Trevor struggles with belief in himself and others, and the climax of the show reveals the challenges and beauties of being a human. Lizard Boy is sweet, silly, and earnest. The show is Trevor discovering his power, how his lizard skin is a strength, and how he used the lizard skin as a shield from actually connecting with

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SAN DIEGO PREMIERE: THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX

Contact: Cara Hanhurst, Connectivity Manager 619-220-6830 x 105 Press@Diversionary.org October 14th, 2016 : For Immediate Release SAN DIEGO PREMIERE:   WHAT: Diversionary announces the second show in its 31st season, The San Diego Premiere of THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX. WHO: Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow will direct the piece by Bathsheba Doran. The play stars Rachael Van Wormer, John Wells III, Mike Sears*, and Marci Anne Wuebben.* WHEN: November 25th – December 24th.  Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Approximately 2 hours long with one intermission. TICKETS: Currently available exclusively to package holders. Packages start at $65 – more information can be found at www.diversionary.org/subscribe. Single tickets go on sale to the public approximately one month before performances and range from $15-$45. Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military.  To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List: https://www.diversionary.org/mailinglist/ San Diego, CA “A drama with a funny bone.” That’s how the LA Times categorized Bathsheba “Bash” Doran’s 2015 play about the journey of a makeshift family, THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX. As a part of Diversionary Theatre’s 31st Season, this San Diego Premiere was cited in The New York Times Top Ten List of 2015. The play premiered in New York City under the Direction of Sam Gold, with a cast that included Diane Lane and Tony Shaloub. Diversionary’s production has nabbed the talents of Mike Sears (BIRDS OF A FEATHER, PARLOUR SONG), Rachael VanWormer (REGRETS

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Artist Ally Program

Sponsorship Options are: [tabs] [tab title=”Designer Ally $750 “] Designer Ally $750 —A Designer is the visionary creator behind the production that create the physical world of the play. They collaborate with the director and other designers to form the overall visual and aural concept for the production and create a brand new design for every Diversionary production. They must balance creativity with practicality as they negotiate the needs of the director, script, and budget. By becoming a Designer Ally, you unite with Diversionary to support high quality production values that transport the audience into the story being told. [/tab] [tab title=”Actor Ally $1,000 “] Actor Ally $1,000 — Actors are the heart and soul of any production. Night after night they perform for audiences embodying the emotions, celebrations and struggles of the characters they portray. They often make it look so easy, and we forget about the hours and hours of rehearsal and personal time memorizing lines needed to bring their characters to life. By becoming an Actor Ally, you unite with Diversionary to bring top tier talent to the stage who make you laugh and cry with them. [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”AEA Actor Ally $3,000“] AEA Actor Ally $3,000 ­— AEA is the professional union for actors. This union is notoriously difficult to join, and its membership expensive to maintain with annual dues. AEA Actors have a minimum they must be compensated set forth by their union. By becoming an Actor Ally, you unite with Diversionary to bring

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CAMILLE

Monday, September 19th at 8pm FREE Camille: A Travesty on La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas Fils  by Charles Ludlam Directed by James Saba Starring David McBean as Marguerite Gautier Tubercular courtesan Marguerite Gautier abjures her rich lover, Baron De Varville, and sells all her jewels and furnishings to live in the counry with her true love, poor young Armand Duval. Her heart is broken when he agrees to his father’s request to abandon her, and returning to her unhealthful life in Paris, she declines rapidly, but is reunited with Armand in a deathbed scene that provokes both laughter and tears. Directed by James Saba. Starring David McBean as Marguerite Gautier RESERVE ONLINE or call us at 619-220-0097

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The Mystery Of Love and Sex

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] November 25th – December 24th, 2016 Written by Bathsheba Doran Directed by Matt M. Morrow As Charlotte and Jonny tumble into their twenties confronting the mysteries of their own bodies and desires, Charlotte’s parents face their own perceptions about love and happiness. Traversing years, shifting relationships and unexpected outcomes, this provocative Southern Gothic romantic comedy peeks behind the curtain of sexuality and race to illuminate secrets of the heart and the fabric of a family. This performance is approximately 2 hours with one intermission. Recommended for audiences 16 and older : Adult themes, language, and nudity. Production Sponsor: Bob Haskell  [maxbutton id=”38″] If you already have a subscription and would like to select your performance, please log-in.  If you would like to be notified when single tickets go on sale to the public, please join our email list. [/tab] [tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] Bash Doran is hands down one of the most exciting emerging playwrights working in the American theatre today. Her writing is wise, funny, sophisticated and poignant. THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX is not only incredibly sexy and charming, it deals in big truths we all face in our relationship with ourselves and the ones we love. It’s a deeply moving story of a makeshift family’s journey to survive the years intact. There truly is something for everyone is this lovely, smart play. [maxbutton id=”38″] [/tab] [tab title=”About the Writer”] Bathsheba Doran’s play THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX received its world premiere at Lincoln Center this spring

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Beautiful Jerks: Mizerany’s [manhandled]

By Guest Blogger Michael Vegas Mussman If Franz Kafka were a choreographer, he might have created dances like those of Michael Mizerany.   In [manhandled], Mizerany’s newest dance for Diversionary, we see two men taking turns at falling down, writhing on the floor, struggling to move. Their agonized jerks reminded me of Kafka’s Gregor Samsa, the unlucky insect-man who desperately tries to sit himself upright. Long, awkward silences. One dancer is muscular, the other is more lithe. Both make grand, dramatic gestures, but it’s hard to know whether their moves fail, or they intentionally cut them short. These awkward leaps and falls accumulate, until the bigger man lies flat on stage. Now the slender dancer plants his feet on his partner’s torso. He gently glides up and down, like a new surfer learning to balance on a wave. Next, we’re off to Paris for Tous Les Memes. This flirtatious duet was the highlight of the show. A man and woman initiate a game of musical chair, accompanied by an Argentine valz. Then she steals his chapeau. Thus begins a cute tug of war over who will wear witch item of clothing. She ends up wearing his vest, at least a size too big for her. Surprise! The man’s hat reappears at the end. (I didn’t even notice it was missing.) These two dancers have stage presence and real chemistry with their audience and each other. In the third piece, Via Dolorosa, we find ourselves in a blue heaven. A female

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PRESS RELEASE: LIZARD BOY

Contact: Cara Vacek Hanhurst Press@Diversionary.org (619) 220-6830 x 105 DIVERSIONARY KICKS OFF 2016-17 SEASON WITH INDIE ROCK MUSICAL ABOUT A LIZARD BOY Monday, August 15th, 2016 San Diego, CA.   For immediate release: Three best friends from Washington got together and decided to make a musical. The rest is history – or at least it will be when the cast of LIZARD BOY makes their San Diego debut at Diversionary Theatre this September. Kirsten deLohr Helland, Justin Huertasand William A. Williams make up the entire cast and band of LIZARD BOY, a fantastical comic-book rock concert-slash-theatrical explosion. Director Brandon Ivie originally staged the show at Seattle Repertory, and will return to stage it fresh for Diversionary. LIZARD BOY follows an unlikely hero in Trevor (Huertas), who hasn’t left his house in a year. After being disfigured in a freak accident as a child (A playground, kids, dragon blood… it was messy) he’s too uncomfortable with the way he looks to go out in public. But the night we meet Trevor he is motivated to take a chance: using Grindr as a lifeline he ends up meeting a cute stranger named Cary (William A. Williams) who does his best to get the shy guy to open up.  Weird doesn’t begin to describe the kind of night Trevor embarks upon, where he must confront a stranger from his dreams (Siren, played by Kirsten deLohr Helland) and is challenged to transform from Freak to Hero. The show illuminates a fantastical comic book world where individuality is celebrated to the tune of a wild assortment of instruments from kazoos to

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Guest Blog : [manhandled]

By Diversionary Guest Blogger Taberah Joy Holloway [manhandled] is the story of two men in an unsteady alliance. One man wants to leave, and the other man wants him to stay. Michael Mizerany’s strength as a choreographer is his storytelling. Here he tells an age-old story of how people relate to one another. In this instance, his story involves two men in romantic relationship. However, the push/pull dynamic can apply across all relationship, intimate and otherwise. The piece begins in silence with lighting mimicking the blinds of a residential window. For me, the horizontal bars morphed into vertical ones. The resulting emotion is entrapment, not tranquil domesticity.  The dancers begin as bare as is polite in public. Though both dancers have Adonis-like bodies, the tenor of the piece is not sensual but more about power and control. The dancers begin almost naked to one another. Eventually, more clothing gets added, more protection, more separation. My favorite part of the piece is when one dancer surfs on top of the other. One man stands on the other’s chest and attempts to ride whatever wave they are on together. Talking to the dancing surfer after the performance, he said standing on an uneven body in the dark without a focal point was a challenge. In that way, his experience echoed the character he was playing who could not find sturdy footing or a steady gaze to leave the partnership that was not serving him. The next piece choreographed by Bradley Lundberg, Tous

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Mizerany’s [manhandled]

We sat down with choreographer/artistic director of COMPULSION DANCE & THEATRE to get the inside scoop on his next dance production at Diversionary Theatre, [manhandled]. Q: [manhandled] is a brand new duet featuring Nicholas Strasburg and Andrew Holmes.  Can you tell us a little bit about the piece? A: Unlike last year’s duet, Uncoupling, where the characters reveled in their extreme dysfunction, [manhandled] looks at another not-so-compatible couple, but this time, the duo’s relationship is falling apart.  One is restless and wants to leave; the other can’t fathom life without the other.  Thus begins the physical and emotional manhandling.   Q:  With Uncoupling and now [manhandled], many of your dances deal with relationships combined with a strong narrative.  What first attracted you to this type of dancemaking? A: I entered college as a theatre major.  As part of the major, I had to take a dance class.  Well, that was it.  I changed my major to dance.  People thought I was insane.  I had never danced before but, somehow, I knew it was the right decision. The storytelling and character aspects of my work are in direct relation to my theatrical background. Q: Man Clan was very well received last year and will be restaged in [manhandled]. What made you decide to do this piece again? A:  This was a piece that had been simmering on the backburner for a while. I’m so glad I finally had the chance to bring in to the stage. Sometimes we get stuck in

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Lizard Boy

[tabs][tab title=”Show Info”] September 29th-November 6th, 2016 Book, Music & Lyrics by Justin Huertas Directed by Brandon Ivie Run time: 95 minutes with no intermission // Please note: This production includes the use of strobe lights Part comic book. Part musical horror tale. Part Lizard. Part Boy. From its acclaimed production in Seattle comes a radically original musical that will set San Diego ablaze.  Legend has it that from the ashes of Mount St. Helens emerged a monster with mysterious powers that changed one boy’s life forever. Freak or hero? Trevor better find out before it’s too late. This indie-folk-rock-concert-coming-of-age-love-story about the power of individuality will shatter your notions of what a musical can be! If you already have a package and would like to select your performance, please log-in.   Production Sponsors: Anna Curren, Carol Ann Flanagan, and Darrell Netherton & Robert Wheeler [/tab] [tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] LIZARD BOY comes to us direct from its World Premiere production at Seattle Rep this season, making our production its encore. I’ve been tracking this show since its World Premiere was announced, and when I finally saw the production I was blown away by its bold originality and dynamic approach to storytelling. Huertas uses the fantastical Comic Book form, but does so in a completely earnest way that is utterly engaging. AND this three-hander puts a new twist on triple threat, with the cast becoming their own band, accompanying themselves on a wild assortment of instruments from ukelele to kazoo to guitar to cello. LIZARD

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Diversionary Theatre presents [manhandled] as a part of its 2016-2017 Cabaret Series

Contact: Cara Hanhurst Press@Diversionary.org (619) 220-6830 x 105 Monday, July 11th, 2016 San Diego, CA Diversionary Theatre presents [manhandled] as a part of its 2016-2017 Cabaret Series [manhandled] Presented by Michael Mizerany August 11th – August 14th Renowned choreographer Michael Mizerany (bare: a pop opera, A New Brain), returns to the Diversionary stage with [manhandled], a provocative dance program from his company Compulsion Dance & Theatre. Mizerany, a long-time collaborator of Diversionary Theatre, says he was inspired to create the piece after people-watching in airports: “It was fascinating to see the variety of relationships being mishandled and, on occasion, manhandled. The newer parts of the program will interpret those relationships with a quirky, modern feel, while the rest of the show embraces contemporary dance.” [manhandled] is a visually stunning and viscerally potent evening featuring the premiere of a new duet, two critically acclaimed works (one with a gender twist), and a piece by guest artist Bradley R. Lundberg. Dancers include David Wornovitzky, Nicholas Strasburg, Brittany Taylor, Bradley R. Lundberg, Andrew Holmes, Martin Anthony Dorado, and Nikki Dunnan. This not-to-be-missed special event is one weekend only and is expected to sell out. Special events around the performance include: Opening Night Performance: Thursday, August 11th at 7pm Post-show talk-back with the company: Saturday, August 13th, approximately 9pm Performance Dates and Times : Thursday, August 11th at 7pm Friday, August 12th at 8pm Saturday, August 13th at 2pm & 8pm Sunday, August 14th at 2pm & 7pm This piece contains partial male nudity

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[manhandled]

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] August 11th – August 14th, 2016 Renowned choreographer Michael Mizerany (bare: a pop opera, A New Brain), returns to the Diversionary stage with [manhandled], a provocative dance program from his company Compulsion Dance & Theatre. [manhandled]  is a visually stunning and viscerally potent evening featuring the premiere of a new duet, two critically acclaimed works (one with a gender twist), and a piece by guest artist Bradley R. Lundberg. This not-to-be-missed special event is one weekend only and is expected to sell out. This piece contains partial male nudity and is recommended for ages 18+ August 11th at 7pm August 12th at 8pm August 13th at 2pm and 8pm August 14th at 2pm and 7pm    [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Michael Mizerany is the artistic director for Compulsion Dance & Theater. At Diversionary: Hot Guys Dancing, Altar Boyz, (Noah Longton Productions), Dooley, Divine Sister, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue, Scrooge In Rouge, Thrill Me, bare: A Pop Opera, A New Brain and In The Va Va Voom Room. He moved to San Diego to join Malashock Dance and served as its Associate Artistic Director until 2013. Michael conceived and directed Malashock/RAW from 2010-2013. He has choreographed extensively, including, Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret, Grey Gardens, Ass, or A Midsummer Night’s Feverand Jesus Hates Me (Ion Theatre), Carnvial! and Suds (The Coronado Playhouse), Spring Awakening, When The Rain Stops Falling and Stupid Fucking Bird (Cygnet Theatre), The Full Monty (New Village Arts), Trolley Dances (SDDT), Rent(Southwestern College),

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Diversionary Theatre Announces 2016/2017 Season & New Branding!

  Contact: Cara Vacek Hanhurst Press@Diversionary.org (619) 220-6830 x 105 DIVERSIONARY ANNOUNCES 2016/2017 SEASON AND NEW BRANDING! Monday, June 13th San Diego, CA.   For immediate release: Since 1986, Diversionary has been creating thoughtful work that celebrates the diversity and strength of the LGBT Family. The third-oldest LGBT theatre in the country ended it’s 30th Anniversary season with the critically lauded and challenging World Premiere Musical of THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR.   Season 31 continues Diversionary’s legacy of creating groundbreaking and intimate work. Under the helm of Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow, Diversionary’s next season begins this September, and has been carefully curated to continue the theater’s history of creating work that is a diverse reflection of the community.   With this season, Diversionary welcomes lesser-heard voices by slating four pieces by female playwrights. Morrow describes his second season: “I’m elated to give desperately needed opportunities to female playwrights. I’ve also focused on comedic work, with the goal of infusing some levity into what is sure to be a turbulent election year – there is nothing like the redemptive power of laughter. The five stories selected for production celebrate who we are, who we become, and how we create family. Our community will undoubtedly find itself reflected on the Diversionary stage.” The Season also brings with it a fresh look for thirty year-old theatre. San Diego graphic design firm SIMPATIKA was engaged to rejuvenate Diversionary’s branding while paying respect to the resilient history of the organization. Morrow was thrilled to unveil the branding at the 30th Anniversary Gala on April 1st. He says

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Diversionary Theatre Announces: 7 week Acting Workshop for LGBT Seniors 5/31-7/16

Contact: Skyler Sullivan Education Associate Cell: 619-220-6830 x106 | E-mail: ssullivan@diversionary.org What: Diversionary Theatre is proud to announce a new program for older artists When: Tuesdays nights 7-9PM, and Saturday afternoons 11-1PM  May 31st to July 16th Where: Diversionary Theatre Black Box Theatre How: $350 for the entire class, and can be reserved at www.diversionary.org or by calling 619-220-6830. Scholarships available. Diversionary Theatre Announces: 7 week Acting Workshop for LGBT Seniors 5/31-7/16 San Diego, CA (April 10th, 2016) –The staff, board, and community of Diversionary Theatre, America’s third oldest LGBT theatre, are proud to present “The Silver Squad“. Everyone has a story to tell. Diversionary Theatre invites LGBTQ Seniors to join its first-ever performance ensemble The Silver Squad that will culminate in a showcase presentation during the  2016 Pride Festival. Beginning May 31st, The Silver Squad will meet twice a week at Diversionary over a seven-week period to train in storytelling, acting, improv, and writing. The squad will then create their own ensemble-based show to share with the community. The entire community will be invited to attend the special presentations during the San Diego Pride Festival, July 15 & 16 at Diversionary Theatre. It’s like Coming Out all over again, but this time way more fun! Gain confidence, make new friends, and learn about the art of theatre as we create a supportive environment to explore your creative voice, and connect with others in The Silver Squad. “I am thrilled to be offering this unique experience to San Diego’s lifetime learners. I

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Celebrating 30 Years

[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”13″ gal_title=”Gala Slideshow”] Dear Friends, Thank you for making DARING DECADENCE: Celebrating 30 Years of Diversionary Theatre such an astounding success! The room was packed full of friends new and old to celebrate this seminal moment for our historic company, and the passion for Diversionary was palpable. We are thrilled to report that we reached our fundraising goal with this event, capping a net of $45,000 to support the production of ambitious LGBT theatre that challenges, provokes and entertains the San Diego community, and progressive arts education programming. We owe our success to the outpouring of love and generosity from you, our community. We are so grateful for your loyal support. Your generosity has launched Diversionary’s next 30 years with love and confidence! Congratulations, and thank you!   Warmly,              Matt M. Morrow                                                                                                  Todd Nelms Executive Artistic Director                                                                                                     Board President Thank you to our DARING DECADENCE Sponsors:

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DARING DECADENCE: Diversionary Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Fundraiser and First-Annual Fritz Klein Awards.

What: Diversionary Theatre Announces 30th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser: Daring Decadence. When: April 1st, 2016.  6pm- VIP Reception, 6:30pm – Doors Open. Where: The Shiley Suite, Central Library. 330 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 How: Individual tickets range from $99.00-$250.00 and are available at www.diversionary.org or by calling 619-220-6830. Beth Malone and Deborah S. Craig Master of Ceremony: Deborah S. Craig (Amazon’s Transparent, original Broadway Cast of Spelling Bee) Live performance by: Beth Malone (Broadway’s Fun Home) The Fritz Klein Award will be presented to Tom Reise. The National Fritz Klein Award will be presented to James Obergefell. Gala Co-Chairs: Melanie Peters & Dean Rutherford San Diego, CA (February 9th, 2016) –The staff, board, and community of Diversionary Theatre, America’s third oldest LGBT theatre, are hosting a very special Gala event: Daring Decadence: Celebrating 30 Years of Diversionary Theatre on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Shiley Suite at the San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd). DARING DECADENCE is a vital part of Diversionary Theatre’s overall annual fundraising plan and celebrates three decades of producing 140 Mainstage Productions of daring and provocative LGBT theatre exploring the bravery of a community bent on defining its place in history. Funds raised will go toward the continued effort to foster the next generation of LGBT voices and produce daring provocative theatre that challenges, provokes, entertains, and educates the San Diego community.  “I’m thrilled to celebrate three decades of Diversionary Theatre.  There has never been a more exciting time to be part of Diversionary and the LGBTQ movement.  This celebration will honor our rich legacy as the

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Dan-Guerrero

¡Gaytino!

¡Gaytino! September 8 – October 1, 2006 Diversionary Theatre will add Dan Guerrero’s solo show ¡Gaytino! to it’s 2006-2007 season. The play with music, which just had a critically-acclaimed run in Los Angeles as part of the Center Theatre Group’s “Solomania” festival, will open on September 8 and run through October 1. The Los Angeles Times called Guerrero “a lovable wit” and a “delightful emcee of his own journey.” The Orange County Register described him as a “boundless force of nature that explodes with a playful performance” and The Los Angeles Daily News as “a man who will move you.” “We are so excited to be able to bring this production to the community,” said Dan Kirsch, Executive & Artistic Director of Diversionary. “I saw the final L.A. performance of ¡Gaytino! and knew it would resonate with our audiences. Dan Guerrero has a great story to tell about being Mexican American and gay – it’s timely, it’s family and it’s fun.” Said Guerrero about his recent run in Los Angeles, “I’m thrilled the Center Theatre Group produced the world premiere of my play. I’m equally thrilled that Dan Kirsch invited me to the Diversionary, an important theatre in one of my favorite cities, San Diego.” The Center Theatre Group runs the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre, where !Gaytino! had its inaugural run produced by Center Theater Group. ¡Gaytino! is written and performed by Dan Guerrero, and directed by Diane Rodriguez. From Mariachi to Merman.

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Valhalla

September 8 – October 2, 2005 About the Show Paul Rudnick’s new comedy “Valhalla” will open Diversionary Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Year on September 8. The comic epic, by the author of “Jeffrey” and “In & Out”, will be directed by San Diego and Diversionary favorite Tim Irving. “Valhalla” intertwines two stories: the life of Ludwig of Bavaria, the 1880’s Mad King responsible for building a series of storybook castles inspired by Wagnerian operas, and the fictional adventures of James Avery, a wild Texas teenager of the 1940s. These two iconoclasts are tracked from childhood through their deaths. The play explores questions of beauty and madness, as both Ludwig and James pursue lives of operatic passion, bringing them in contact with such diverse figures as a high-school quarterback, the prettiest girl in Dainsville, Texas, most of the characters of “Lohengrin,” and princess Sophie, who declares herself “the loneliest humpback in Europe.” “Valhalla” is a comic epic, confronting the price to be paid for wanting, and getting, everything you dream of. “Valhalla” opened in the spring of 2004 at the New York Theater Workshop. Of that production, the New York Daily News described it as “…full of funny moments.” Time Out said “…a dizzy, brisk diptych that connects 19th-century Bavaria to 1940s Texas in a unified field theory of gayness.” And the Village Voice said “…a juggling act skillful enough to revive vaudeville.” Creative Team Playwright: Paul Rudnick Director: Tom Irving Design: David Weiner Lighting: Mia Bane Jacobs Costumes: Shulamit Nelson Sound:

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Christopher Shinn’s NOW OR LATER: The First Rehearsal

Diversionary’s Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow leads the cast of NOW OR LATER through their first rehearsal. This politically provocative West Cost Priemere runs at Diversionary Theatre through March 13th, 2016. Tickets are available at https://www.diversionary.org/noworlater Video by Jonathan Hammond Productions February 11th – March 13th In a hotel penthouse on election night, the returns are delivering good news for the Democratic Presidential candidate and his family. Sequestered in a downstairs room, the soon-to-be President’s son watches as controversial photos of himself at a college party explode over the internet, potentially sparking an international incident. This incisive and politically provocative new play takes on religion, freedom of expression, and the dangers of an increasingly interconnected global community.

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IN THE VA VA VOOM ROOM with Michael Mizerany

We sat down with director/choreographer Michael Mizerany to speak about his newest production for Diversionary Theatre’s Cabaret Series, IN THE VA VA VOOM ROOM How is this production different from HOT GUYS DANCING? HOT GUYS DANCING is basically a contemporary dance concert where IN THE VA VA VOOM is inspired by burlesque (neo-burlesque) and cabaret.  The dance is sensual; the humor is raucous; and content can range anywhere from politically incorrect to down right bawdy. Another big difference will be the addition of an Emcee who will introduce the specialty acts, regale the audience with boisterous song, and will serve as the purveyor of everything that is delightfully decadent.   What types of acts will be featured IN THE VA VA VOOM ROOM? There are a wide variety of acts crossing multiple genres including contemporary, musical theatre, arco/adagio, line-dancing and even a hula hoop artist. For example, Travis Ti, Michael Smeltzer and Jessica Avila will tempt you with their piece Two Ladies, a mischievous and erotic acro/adagio number that includes titillating ménage à tois acrobatics, sensual dancing and eye-popping striptease.   What kind of songs will the Emcee sing? I don’t want to give too much away but he will sing to tracks as well as accompanying himself on the banjolele (part banjo, part ukulele). The play list ranges from torch songs to cabaret standards to outlandish parody. The Emcee is played by the always terrific Justin Tuazon-Martin.  I worked with Justin when I choreographed SCROOGE IN ROUGE at Diversionary

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In the Va Va Voom Room

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] January 7th – January 10th, 2016 From the daring provocateur who brought us HOT GUYS DANCING, Michael Mizerany’s evening of contemporary Burlesque will dazzle, titillate and set January ablaze on the Diversionary Mainstage! January 7th @ 7pm January 8th @ 8pm January 9th @ 6pm & 10pm January 10th @ 2pm    [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”]   Choreographers: Michael Mizerany Michael Mizerany is the artistic director for Compulsion Dance & Theater.  He moved to San Diego to join Malashock Dance and served as its Associate Artistic Director until 2013.  Michael conceived and directed the popular dance series Hot Guys Dancing and conceived and directed Malashock/RAW from 2010-2013. He has choreographed extensively, including Altar Boyz, (Noah Longton Productions), Dooley, Divine Sister, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue, Scrooge In Rouge, Thrill Me, bare:  A Pop Opera and A New Brain (Diversionary Theatre), Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret, Grey Gardens and Ass, or A Midsummer Night’s Fever (Ion Theatre), Carnvial! and Suds (The Coronado Playhouse), Spring Awakening (Cygnet Theatre), The Full Monty (New Village Arts), Trolley Dances (SDDT), Rent (Southwestern College), West Side Story (J*Company) and Threepenny Opera (UCSD). Michael has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the LA Stage Scene Award for Outstanding Choreography for Altar Boyz, bare: A Pop Opera and A New Brain, The Blue Ribbon Choreography Award for Suds and the Bravo San Diego Award for Outstanding Choreographer of 2012 and recently received a 2015 nomination for his contemporary work Man Clan. He was nominated for

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A Divine Evening With Charles Busch

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”]   Tuesday, October 14th Wednesday, October 15th 8pm Diversionary Theatre and MA4 present the inimitable Charles Busch in an all-new show. The two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and drag legend brings an eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past. Accompanied by his dashing longtime musical director, Tom Judson, Charles combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret. • $25-$35 Reserved Seating • $15 Per Person Food/Drink Minimum • Doors Open At 6pm • No Refunds/Exchanges Located at Martini’s Above 4th|Table + Stage.   [/tab] [tab title=”About Charles Busch”] CHARLES BUSCH is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, one of the longest running plays in the history of Off-Broadway. His play, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, ran for nearly two years on Broadway, won the Outer Circle Critics’ John L. Gassner Award for playwriting and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. For two seasons, he appeared as Nat Ginzburg on the HBO series OZ and is the author of the autobiographical novel, Whores of Lost Atlantis. Busch has directed two films; the Showtime short subject, Personal Assistant, and a feature, A Very Serious Person, which won an honorable mention at the Tribeca Film Festival. Due to

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Leni Riefenstahl

Amazons and Their Men Playwright Jordan Harrison based his play on the life of the complex German filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl. Our Artistic Associate, Anthony Methvin, has culled together some quotes and historical information to help add context to your experience watching the play. “I am one of the millions who thought Hitler had all the answers. We only saw the good things; we did not know about the bad things to come. What have I ever done? I never intended harm to anyone. I do not know what I should apologise for. I cannot apologise, for example, for having made the film Triumph of the Will – it won the top prize. All my films won prizes.” -Leni Riefenstahl “(Triumph of the Will) was a totally unique and incomparable glorification of the power and beauty of our movement.” -Adolf Hitler “Really, if I start a work I forget food. I forget that I am a woman. I forget my dress, I only see my work. I forget because I am fascinated by my work.” -Leni Riefenstahl “Artistically she is a genius, and politically she is a nitwit.” -Liam O’Leary, film historian “Death does not frighten me. I’ve known so many peaks and troughs – enough for three lifetimes.” -Leni Riefenstahl, aged 97 Sources: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (ushmm.org) leni-riefenstahl.de “Leni Riefenstahl (Helene Riefenstahl) was a German dancer, actress, and film director best known for her imposing propaganda films in support of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party. Born in Berlin

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Man Clan

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] MAN CLAN Thursday, August 6th –August 9th One of San Diego’s most accomplished choreographers, Michael Mizerany (known to Diversionary audiences for his work on bare: a pop opera, Thrill Me, and A New Brain) presents an electrifying night of dance with the West Coast Premiere of his company, Compulsion Dance & Theatre! Man Clan features the premiere of two pieces choreographed by Mizerany. The title work, Man Clan, is a satirical and sometimes overtly provocative look at issues that are decidedly male and features four of San Diego’s most prominent dancers. The second premiere, Uncoupling, is a take no prisoners duet that showcases Mizerany’s dynamic choreography, powerful partnering and high-flying lift work. Rounding out the program are critical and audience favorites Via Dolorosa and the Lester Horton Award-winning solo Bump in the Road. Man Clan contains mature content including adult themes and partial male nudity.         [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”About Man Clan”] Dancers include Marty Anthony Dorado, Bradley R. Lundberg, Chad Ortiz, Erica Ruse and Nicholas Strasburg. Michael Mizerany is the artistic director for Compulsion Dance & Theater.  He moved to San Diego to join Malashock Dance and served as its Associate Artistic Director until 2013.  Michael also conceived and directs the popular dance series Hot Guys Dancing and Dancer Briefs, conceived and directed Malashock/RAW from 2010-2013 and Sweat! for San Diego Dance Theatre (SDDT). He has choreographed extensively, including Altar Boyz, (Noah Longton Productions), Dooley, Divine Sister, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue, Scrooge In Rouge, Thrill Me, bare: a pop opera and A

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A New Brain : BRILLIANT…IMAGINATIVE…PITCH PERFECT

Diversionary Theatre welcomed a full house to the Opening Night of A NEW BRAIN this weekend. Special thanks to Soltan Banoo, our Events Partner, and Kaleb Scott Photography. The reviews have been rolling in, and critics are loving the final show of our 2015 Spring Season! Check out photos from our Opening Night event here! San Diego Reader’s Critic’s Pick!  “Strassburger, Finn and Lapine have made A New Brain a laugh-filled accomplishment with no shortage of unvarnished truth.”                                                                         – San Diego Story “Brilliant direction + imaginative choreography + ten terrific performances = more than enough reason for a road trip to San Diego to catch Diversionary Theatre’s pitch-perfect intimate staging of William Finn’s rarely revived A New Brain.” – Stage Scene L.A  

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The Skivvies
Lauren Molina

The Skivvies

THE SKIVVIES PRIDE WEEKEND – FOUR SHOWS ONLY! Friday, July 17 @ 8pmSaturday July 18 @ 5pm & 9pmSunday July 19  @ 2pm Celebrate Pride at Diversionary with this “musically thrilling, undie-rock duo” in their San Diego Premiere! The Award-winning NYC singer-actors Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley don’t just perform “stripped down” arrangements of popular songs; they literally strip down to their underwear to perform eclectic mash-ups while accompanying themselves on an array of instruments from the cello to the glockenspiel. Local San Diego guest stars join this dynamic duo on stage to knock your socks off with their powerful abs and powerful harmonies! About The Skivvies The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, award-winning NYC singer/actor/musicians performing stripped down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals. Not only is the music stripped down – cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica – but the Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. The Wall Street Journal calls them “smart, sophisticated…ingenious,” and Out Magazine says, “The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al- parody and part sexy burlesque…and unusual explosion of satire and sultry.”  People Magazine recently named The Skivvies “The Most Playful Performers” in The Most Talked about Bodies of 2014 issue.  The New York Times calls them “a hot musical comedy duo specializing in unexpected arrangements, incongruous mashups, and of course, highly toned displays of skin.”  Sports Illustrated named them their “Favorite New Band.” Molina (Broadway’s Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd, Mary Zimmerman’s Candide – Helen Hayes Award, Marry Me A Little) and Cearley (Broadway First National All Shook

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Open Mondays FREE event: Broadway Backwards

Monday, June 8th at 7pm FREE Join us for our next Open Mondays FREE event: Broadway Backwards, a one-night only concert featuring San Diego’s favorite performers singing songs written for the opposite gender. That’s right: women singing songs written for men and men singing songs written for women. Broadway Backwards is not just another concert of popular songs; it’s an event celebrating the gay and lesbian community, their friends, and families.   To reserve, please call 619-220-0097, or click here to reserve your seats online through our website.   

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SDSU Night at Diversionary

SDSU Students and Educators are invited to SDSU NIGHT at Diversionary Theatre on Thursday, May 21st! Enjoy a performance of Diversionary’s newest musical, “A New Brain,” at a special discounted price of $5 What: “A New Brain” Music and lyrics by William Finn and book by William Finn and James Lapine “A New Brain” is a smart, funny and life-affirming musical from the writers who brought us “Falsettos” and “Into the Woods.” It tells the story of Gordon Schwinn, a talented young composer who finds his life suddenly interrupted by a life-threatening brain illness and is forced to face the realization that he could die with his greatest song still inside him. An eccentric assortment of characters guide Gordon through a psychological fantasia where he finds the greatest music he can create lives within the relationships around him. Where: Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd When: Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 pm Tickets: Use the code “SDSU5” to purchase $5 tickets for the performance on Thursday, May 21st. For other select performances, use the code “SDSUNEW” to receive $10 tickets. You must present a valid SDSU Red ID on the night of the performance to receive this discount. If you do not have an SDSU ID, you can use the  “SDSUNEW” code for $20 seats. There is a fee of $3 for web orders, $1 for phone, and no fee with cash or check at the box office. Click Here for  more information, or call 619-220-0097.

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#4545ParkArts

We are excited to announce the creation of a San Diego LGBT Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CPAC) and we need YOUR input!   The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, Diversionary Theatre and Lambda Archives of San Diego are proud to collaborate on this exciting community initiative that will celebrate LGBTQ art, history and culture for generations to come. In fact, the CPAC is the location where Diversionary Theatre and Lambda Archive will continue to bring great art, education, and entertainment to the community.We invite you to join us at an upcoming meeting at Diversionary Theatre: · Wednesday, May 27 at 11 a.m. · Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. · Sunday, June 7 at 4 p.m. Can’t make it to a community meeting? Share your comments and feedback online.All feedback collected will be presented to the CPAC task force, which will in turn develop its recommendations for presentation to the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Board of Directors, to determine the best way to proceed with fulfilling the vision of a CPAC.Our building at 4545 Park Blvd. has already been a center for LGBT arts and culture for more than two decades. The creation of the CPAC will enhance our mission and programming, as well as continue to deliver quality entertainment, increase educational opportunities and memorable moments that engage and inspire audiences, honor LGBTQ culture, respect diversity, nurture collaboration and drive economic vitality. We hope you will join our staff and board of directors at these community meetings that are important to our future as well

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Bright Half Life

  October 29th-November 29th, 2015 From an anonymous elevator ride, through a steamy workplace romance, heartburn, children, family, skydiving, and Ferris wheels, Vicky and Erica’s relationship is revealed through snapshot scenes ricocheting back and forth over a 40 year period. Time collapses, expands, flips, and somersaults in this dynamic exploration of what comprises a life with another person. Production Sponsor: Anna Curren & Bob Meinzer Matt’s Memo I’m proud Diversionary obtained the rights to the very first regional production of this play after its celebrated run Off-Broadway this spring at The Women’s Project. Tanya’s writing is fresh, funny, sensual, and poignant. Not to mention it’s a wonderful vehicle for two superb actresses to demonstrate their chops! This stunning inter-racial love story between two women is told out of order, taking the audience on an adventure ride through their life, revealing the humanity of what it means to share a life.   Rin Ehlers Sheldon [ERICA] is over the moon to be collaborating with Diversionary Theatre for the first time.  Elsewhere: Dry Blood (Bloody Knuckles Productions); Sinking Nation (Stand Up 8 Productions);  Madama Butterfly (Creighton Orpheum); Preemptive (Black Playwright’s Project); The Nutcracker (New Village Arts); Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream, King John (Intrepid).  Creative Director of Stand Up 8 Productions. Rin Ehlers Sheldon graduated a Nota McGreevy scholar from Indiana University. Her acting career began 19 years ago in a tour of Gypsy, where she played a toreadorable and hasn’t taken a year off since.  When she is not performing, Rin can be found behind the camera as a cinematographer and director.     Bri Giger [VICKY]

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A Civil War Christmas

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] December 10th, 2015 – January 3rd, 2016 It’s 1864, and the coldest Christmas Eve in years is whipping through the streets of Washington DC and along the banks of the Potomac River. A country stands torn in two as the President plots his next move, his wife visits convalescing soldiers, an escaped slave finds her freedom, and a young rebel comes face to face with his sworn enemy. This uplifting musical pageant by Pulitzer Prize–winner Paula Vogel weaves together a stunning tapestry of a community courageously weathering our country’s deepest crisis, showing us that hope, humor and peace are innate to being American. Production Sponsors: Rob Granat & Al Mazur Darrell Netherton & Robert Wheeler [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] Matt’s Memo Paula Vogel is not only one of our greatest living Lesbian playwrights, she is one of the greatest living playwrights – Period. Her panoramic look at America in A Civil War Christmas is as sweeping as it is intimate, and refreshingly humorous and contemporary. This exclusive concert event is an inspirational and profound alternative to celebrate the holiday season [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”The Playwright”] About The Playwright Paula Vogel received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, as well her second OBIE for her play How I Learned to Drive. Ms. Vogel won the 2004 Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the OBIE for Best Play

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Now or Later

[tabs] [tab title=”Show Info”] February 11th – March 13th In a hotel penthouse on an imagined election night in 2008, the returns are delivering good news for the Democratic Presidential candidate and his family. Sequestered in a downstairs room, the soon-to-be President’s son watches as controversial photos of himself at a college party explode over the internet, potentially sparking an international incident. This incisive and politically provocative new play takes on religion, freedom of expression, and the dangers of an increasingly interconnected global community. Production Sponsor: Bob Haskell [/tab] [tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] Ready for election season? I’ve been in love with Shinn’s work since I read his first produced play, FOUR, back in 2000. Now or Later continues Shinn’s remarkable aptitude for melding whip-smart dialogue, sculpted characters and big ideas. Here he whirls together the strained relationship between a father and his gay son with the searing relationship between free speech and the Islamic Faith. The result is a jaw-dropping play that will leave you spinning.[/tab] [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”About The Playwright”] Christopher Shinn is one the most produced young LGBT playwrights in America. His work has premiered in London at the Royal Court, and Stateside on Broadway at Roundabout Theatre, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, South Coast Rep, among others. He is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, OBIE Award for Playwrighting, and the Robert Chesley Award. His play Dying City was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Now or Later marks Christopher’s first production at Diversionary Theatre. http://www.christophershinn.com  

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The Boy Who Danced On Air

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] May 5th – June 12th, 2016 This brave and compelling new musical reveals the clandestine yet persistent tradition in Afghanistan of Bacha Bazi, where wealthy men purchase boys from poor families, train them as dancers, and parade them at parties as their property. Paiman and Feda have spent their young lives confined within this tradition. But when they meet by chance and develop feelings for one another, they embark on a journey towards a new life in uncharted territory. This astonishing contemporary fable reveals a country teetering on collapse, torn between yesterday and tomorrow, and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm Approximately 2 hours with one intermission Production Sponsors: Rob Granat and Al Mazur  THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR is generously supported by: The Witt/Matheny Fund @ The National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre, with funding from Kathryn & Raymond Harbert www.namt.org The Dramatists Guild Fund [/tab][tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] Matt’s Memo I’ve been following the development of this exciting piece of musical theatre for three years. This complex new work may sound dark and treacherous, but the story about a budding romance between two teen Afghan boys will absolutely win your heart. Their story, juxtaposed to a centuries-old tradition that continues to be epidemic provides an arresting glimpse into this secluded part of the world. The music and dance at the core of this uncompromising new piece

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Amazons and Their Men

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] September 3rd – October 4th Go behind the scenes of The Frau’s next masterpiece: A film adaptation of a mythic Amazon Queen’s love-and-war affair with Achilles. But as a real war brews outside the doors of her sound stage, history’s most notorious filmmaker must choose between her artistic ideals and the fascist regime bankrolling her career. Art and war collide in this darkly comic and subversive new play inspired by the life of Leni Riefenstahl, auteur of Triumph of the Will. Production Sponsor: Jerry Smithson     [/tab] [tab title=”Matt’s Memo”] Matt’s Memo I’ve always been fascinated with Leni Riefenstahl. As one of the very first female film directors, she pioneered film techniques we still use today (she invented the dolly and crane shot!). As an artist she was brilliant. Her propaganda film Triumph of the Will was mandatory viewing across Germany in the lead up to World War II, and it’s widely credited for brainwashing the German people to Nazi ideals. Even though Hitler was a close friend of Leni, she herself was never a member of the Nazi party, and claimed even during the war she was only interested in art. Still, after the war, she was convicted of being a Nazi “Fellow Traveler” at Nuremberg and was never to work professionally again. Continuing to work in obscurity,making films of the African Nubian people, and then scuba diving films well into her 80’s, Leni lived to be an astounding 101. In a sort

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2015-2016 Season

Diversionary Theatre’s 2015-2016 Season is packed with World and West Coast Premieres. Unparalleled in its diversity, skill and innovation, Diversionary’s intimate Mainstage is teeming with new plays and musicals never before seen in San Diego. Go behind the scenes of The Frau’s next masterpiece: A film adaptation of a mythic Amazon Queen’s love-and-war affair with Achilles. But as a real war brews outside the doors of her sound stage, history’s most notorious filmmaker must choose between her artistic ideals and the fascist regime bankrolling her career. Art and war collide in this darkly comic and subversive new play inspired by the life of Leni Riefenstahl, auteur of Triumph of the Will. Matt’s Memo: I’ve always been fascinated with Leni Riefenstahl. As one of the very first female film directors, she pioneered film techniques we still use today (she invented the dolly and crane shot!). As an artist she was brilliant. Her propaganda film Triumph of the Will was mandatory viewing across Germany in the lead up to World War II, and it’s widely credited for brainwashing the German people to Nazi ideals. Even though Hitler was a close friend of Leni, she herself was never a member of the Nazi party, and claimed even during the war she was only interested in art. Still, after the war, she was convicted of being a Nazi “Fellow Traveler” at Nuremberg and was never to work professionally again. Continuing to work in obscurity,making films of the African Nubian people, and then scuba diving

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Free Open Mondays

[tabs ][tab title=”Upcoming Open  Mondays”] Diversionary Theatre presents Open Flame  (The Zoom Edition) Open Flame is a free storytelling event presented by Diversionary Theatre. It’s a chance for our community to gather around the proverbial campfire and spin stories inspired by a unique theme or community at each event. Tune in to listen, or sign up to share a story of your own.  Storytellers must sign up in advance, and prepare a five minute story based on that event’s theme.  Cozy up to our fire for a fascinating evening of stories as diverse as the members of our community who share them. Coming up in September, we will be offering two different storytelling events: [accordions ][accordion title=”September 14th” load=”hide”] September 14th, 7pm-8pm BIQTPOC Stories (Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, People of Color) Storytellers identifying as persons of color only please. Event details: At Diversionary we believe that voices of color matter. At this event, we are making space for BIQTPOC voices specifically to share their stories. Only BIQTPOC storytellers will be programmed, however, we encourage our entire community to tune in to hear their stories! BIQTPOC storytellers will be asked to prepare a five minute story or spoken word piece to share with the community live on zoom. Any theme welcome.  [/accordion] [accordion title=”September 21st” load=”hide”] September 21st, 7pm-8pm Covid Slam!  All storytellers welcome Event details: Join us for an evening of COVID-19 inspired stories. Do you need to speak about it? Rant and rave about it? Or laugh about it?

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The Facts of Life Teaser Video!

Written by Jamie Morris (also Mrs. Garrett), FACTS is a stage version of the hit 80s sitcom that you’d never see on network TV! Rated R for RAUNCHY, this FAXXX has a simple premise. The girls have to raise money to keep Mrs. G at Eastland…so they become hookers! In this scene from the 08 run in LA, Kelly Mantle plays Blair, Brooks Braselman plays Natalie. Eastland will never be the same! The Facts of Life opens at Diversionary Theatre on April 2nd! Tickets can be purchased at www.diversionary.org. More information can be found here. [maxbutton id=”31″]   The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode    By Jamie Morris (Mommy Queerest, Re-Designing Women) Mrs. Garrett and her girls find themselves in a wet-and-sticky wicket when their beloved Eastland School is scheduled to close due to budget cuts. To save their beloved alma mater, the girls resort to anything and everything to make ends meet in this high-energy parody of the vintage coming-of-age sitcom.

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Bev Nap is Back!

Diversionary Theatre is so pleased to welcome back the AMAZING Bev Nap Productions, under the helm of tour-de-force actor/writer/director Jamie Morris. Bev Nap will be joining us to present two cabaret productions : The Facts of Life and The Silence of the Clams! Get Tickets before they sell out for this very limited engagement! HELLO SAN DIEGO!!! I am so thrilled to come back to your lovely city and to the fabulous DIVERSIONARY THEATRE with 2 of my plays! First up on April 2 is THE FACTS OF LIFE: THE LOST EPISODE. You may remember we played the Diversionary back in 2012 and we had a blast. Well, we are back! I will be joined by the same talented cast, Charlie Logan as JO, Kevanne Coleman as Tootie, and Tony Houck as Blair. We will be joined by Ashton Shawver as Natalie. Ashton was my Suzanne Sugarbaker in “Re-Designing Women” last spring. Rehearsals are underway and we are spicing up the girls from Eastland. I can’t wait to put on that fat suit and piled-high red wig as Mrs. Garrett. Four days after we close FACTS we open THE SILENCE OF THE CLAMS on April 23 and run for two weeks. Get ready for a creepy comedy! Charlie and I will be joined by Chad Peterson (Maryjo in “Re-Designing Women”) as Clarice. I will play Hannibal and Charlie is literally everyone else from the movie! So there you have it. Two completely different parodies. Get ready for a silly night – or two- at one

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Two-Headed

Next up in our Open Mondays Series: Join us for a free reading of Two-Headed, by Julie Jensen. Monday, March 30th at 7:00 PM In 1857 Utah, a local Mormon militia butchered over one hundred West-bound pioneer families in what came to be known as the Mountain Meadow Massacre. The mass murder haunts Mormon daughters Lavinia and Hettie as they grow from friends, to mothers, to sister-wives, over a span of 40 years. Tethered to their polygamous doctrine and to the men who killed in its name, TWO-HEADED reveals a unique bond between two women as they attempt to reconcile their faith and the truth of their relationship.

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Melanie Chen Makes Babies Cry

To make a baby cry, you need: 1. Wireless Transmitter 2. Wireless Receiver 3. Small (but powerful) Speaker 4. Life-like Baby Doll Diversionary is thrilled to have Melanie Chen on board as sound designer for Baby with the Bathwater!She has designed over 50 productions in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. As the sound designer for Baby with the Bathwater, Melanie is in charge of all music and sound effects in the production. For this show, she has compiled a distinctly 80’s playlist to reflect the setting and time period and has created a variety of sound effects. One of the most frequent and recognizable sound effects was the crying of the Helen and John’s beautiful newborn baby. Chen used wireless technology to make a prop baby sound as convincing as a human baby. Cues from the script helped Chen determine where to include a variety of baby sounds,  including crying, laughter, and gurgling. A small speaker allowed these sounds to emit from the baby itself, making its frequent crying outbursts all the more realistic. See Melanie’s sound cue sheet here Melanie’s select West Coast credits include Plays by Young Writers Festival 2015 with Playwrights Project,Pericles: Prince of Tyre with the USD MFA Program, Summer Shakespeare Intensive 2014 (The Old Globe); A Streetcar Named Desire (University of San Diego); Uncle Vanya (Pomona College); Animals Out of Paper (East West Players), Dance of the Holy Ghosts (Ubuntu Theatre Company in Oakland); Freud’s Last Session, Word by Ira Gershwin,Romance/Romance, Faded Glory, Mandate Memories, Becoming Cuba (North Coast Rep); Passion, Bug, reasons to be pretty, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Grey Gardens, Blasted, Angels in

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“Working on a Durang play will teach you about humanity…”

Diversionary Theatre is thrilled to have Andrew Oswald on board as the director of Baby with the Bathwater, our first main stage production of the Spring 2015 season. We sat down with Andrew to discuss his love of Christopher Durang plays, transitioning from actor to director, and why he can’t wait to bring “Baby” to San Diego audiences. Q: This is your Directorial debut at Diversionary Theatre! Why now and why Baby with the Bathwater? A: I have been waiting for the moment to direct my first show in San Diego and I wanted to be sure I established myself as an actor in this town first. Last summer I presented several ideas to the Diversionary and they decided Baby with the Bathwater was the right fit for them at this time. The Diversionary has been very kind to me. The first full production I did as an actor in San Diego was with them in The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler. So I am excited to have my first directing opportunity happen with them as well. Christopher Durang is one of the foremost gay playwrights of our time and I was shocked that the Diversionary had never done any of his plays! I love Durang and so I wanted to change that. I had recently seen Vanya, and Sonia, and Masha, and Spike and I saw a gentler, more forgiving, optimistic side to Durang then I had seen in any of his recent plays and I also saw a

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Backstage Thursdays for Baby with the Bathwater

Want to have even MORE fun at Diversionary? Join us for Backstage Thursdays! We’ll have a special event designed to draw you into the production and have some fun. The best part? It’s included in your ticket price! We’ve teamed up with Wang’s of North Park to off you some delicious treats! P.S. Backstage Thursdays are also great for Groups!   First Thursday – March 12th, 2015 Designer Spotlight  Join us in Fritz’s Lounge before the show to meet the Creative Team, see a display of the concepts used in producing the show and hear the influences and process involved. Hosted hors d’oeuvres and drink specials round out a fun pre-show experience! The party starts at 6:00 PM! Second Thursday – March 19th, 2015 Fritz’s Happy Hour with the Director Beginning at 6:00 PM, Join  Director Andrew Oswald in Fritz’s Lounge for hosted hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, and a chance to chat before the show! Here’s your chance to hear about the guiding vision of each Main Stage show, and ask questions. Third Thursday – March 26th, 2015 Next Act! Next Act is your opportunity to mix and mingle with the stars of the upcoming show, A New Brain!  They’ll be available to answer questions about the production, and you’ll benefit from complimentary appetizers and some awesome drink specials! Even better?  An exclusive discount off the next show’s tickets, available only to Next Act patrons! The party starts at 6:00 PM, with a 7:00 PM performance. [maxbutton id=”31″]

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Meet J. Tyler Jones!

  J.TylerJones [THE YOUNG MAN] is excited to be making his Diversionary debut. Tyler was most recently seen in New Fortune Theatre Company’s Henry V. He has also performed locally with Moxie (Mud Blue Sky, Counterweight), Intrepid (Macbeth), La Jolla Playhouse (Accomplice: San Diego), ION (Punk Rock), National Comedy Theatre, and others. Tyler is a proud graduate of the Florida State University School of Theatre.

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Meet Kailey O’Donnell!

  Kailey O’Donnell is a San Diego native, and is so excited to make her Diversionary debut!  Past roles include Oklahoma (Laurey) at the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre; 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne) at Candlelight Pavillion;  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia) at Premire Productions at The Welk Resort;  The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pickles) at The San Diego Repertory Theatre;  Mame (Pegeen Ryan/Dancer) at The San Diego Lyric Opera;  Sweeney Todd (Johanna) at Pacco Arts;  The Secret Garden (Lily) at California Youth Conservatory.  Kailey would like to thank her family (especially her parents for such unbelievable support!) and friends, and most importantly the production team for this freakin’ awesome opportunity!

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Meet Shana Wride!

  Shana Wride was last seen at Diversionary when she directed Boys and Girls in Early 2014.  In addition to directing at Diversionary, Shana has appeared in The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler and Next Fall. She was recently seen as Beatrice in Intrepid Shakespeare’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. Other acting credits include: Faded Glory and Broken Glass (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Private Lives (Cygnet Theatre–San Diego Critic’s Circle Craig Noel Award); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Festival, Los Angeles); Indoor/Outdoor (The Colony Theatre); Macbeth, Fen, Wooden Breeks, Measure for Measure (Open Fist Theatre); Women Who Steal, A Christmas Carol, Suds, Working, Six Women with Brain Death (San Diego Repertory Theatre); Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Love’s Labor’s Lost (Idaho Shakespeare Festival); Heidi Chronicles and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Gaslamp Quarter Theatre); New, Shadowy Waters, No Time Like the Present (Sledgehammer Theatre). Additional Directing credits include: Walter Cronkite is Dead (San Diego Repertory Theatre);  Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins (Diversionary Theatre); Or (Moxie Theatre); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Compass Theatre); Mistakes Were Made and coming up in the spring of 2015, The Whale (Cygnet Theatre). While living in Los Angeles, she co-hosted the nationally syndicated radio show, “Women Aloud” with actor/comedienne Mo Gaffney.

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“Casa del Haha on the Rocks”

A Diversionary Benefit Cabaret!   It’s time for a new comedy cabaret fiesta at Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage! This one-night-only premiere installment of Casa del Haha will bring audiences back for another long-awaited evening of hysterical sketch deliciousness, as well as some exquisite musical entertainment. So join your favorite spicy mustached Host Señor Phil and the rest of his talented crop of local comedic performers for a wild Monday night out for a great cause: Diversionary Theatre! Featured performers: Phil Johnson, Samantha Ginn, David McBean, Tony Houck, and Brian Mackey. Ticket Price: $15. To reserve call: 619-400-4500 today. All proceeds of this evening goes directly to Diversionary Theatre! Come laugh the night away for a great cause. Get Tickets  

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Diversionary Volunteers Honored

Last month, we had the great pleasure of nominating two volunteers for the San Diego Performing Arts League’s  Annual Star Awards.  The STAR Awards honor local volunteers who donate their time to cultural institutions in San Diego. Seth Jones and Todd Nelms were both nominated by Diversionary. In October 2013 and at the beginning of a period of transition for Diversionary Theatre, then Board Trustee Todd Nelms volunteered to step in and assist with day-to-day operations and the task of re-organization. Over the following twelve months, Todd worked tirelessly to inspire staff, refine operations, evaluate procedures, find areas for improvement and most importantly keep theatre alive at 4545 Park Blvd. For his devotion, energy and inspiration, we enthusiastically nominated Todd Nelms for the 22nd Annual Star Awards! Among the very first to join our “Guest Stars” program, Seth Jones has helped with everything from assisting with check-in at show time, to cleaning carpets, to painting sets, to hauling trash and everything in between, all with a willing spirit and a great sense of humor. Additionally, Seth travels up to two hours on public transportation each way to volunteer, often leaving the theatre at 10:00 pm to begin the journey home. For his hard work, dedication, humor and passion, as well as his friendship, we were pleased to nominate Seth Jones as an Emerging Star! Learn More About Volunteering

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Brian Mackey in Baby with the Bathwater

  You may recognize Brian Mackey from his other appearances at Diversionary Theatre in The Pride, The Little Dog Laughed,  and Corpus Christi.  Elsewhere he has been seen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, A Christmas Carol, The Glass Menagerie, History Boys (Cygnet – Resident Artist); All My Sons, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical, An Enemy of the People (Intrepid – Company Member); Twelfth Night (Lamb’s Players); In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (San Diego Rep); A Christmas Carol, Little Women (North Coast Rep); In the Heat of the Night, The Woolgatherer, Bash: Latter-Day Plays, Jack Goes Boating, All in the Timing, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath (ion theatre company); Born Yesterday (AVO Playhouse); Night Sky (Mo’olelo); The Heidi Chronicles, Julius Caesar (New Village Arts); Side Man (BANG!). Brian was awarded the 2011 Craig Noel Award for Actor of the Year.

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Meet Amanda Sitton!

    We welcome Amanda Sitton back to Diversionary Theatre! Amanda is taking on the role of Helen in our upcoming production of Baby with the Bathwater by Christopher Durang. Amanda was also see in Twilight of the Golds and A Bright Room Called Day at Diversionary.  Selected theatre credits include: Fair Use, Torch Song Trilogy, Maple and Vine, Glass Menagerie, Man From Nebraska, It’s A Wonderful Life, Las Meninas (Cygnet Theater, Resident Artist), Road To Mecca, Doubt (SD Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Outstanding Featured Performance), A Christmas Carol (San Diego Rep), Voice of the Prairie, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Collected Stories, Amy’s View (North Coast Rep), Comedy of Errors, Four Dogs and a Bone, Be Aggressive, Golden Boy (SD Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Outstanding Lead Performance), Dancing at Lughnasa , Sailor’s Song, Crimes of the Heart, Three Sisters (New Village Arts), Hysterical Blindness (Backyard Productions), The Gingerbread Lady (Renaissance Theater Co.), The Terrible Girls (Fringe Festival NYC). Ms. Sitton received her BA in Theatre from UCSD. [maxbutton id=”31″]

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Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t

Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t by Bixby ElliotSunday, February 1st at 7:00 PM FREE What if the man who issued the Emancipation Proclamation was a Friend of Dorothy? That’s what 17-year old Cal suspects, and he is bound and determined to find proof as he sets out on a whimsical journey that takes him all the way to Washington D.C. Along the way, Cal finds a deeper understanding of his own identity and his relationship to his family as he wildly re-imagines the life of the most revered President in history. FEATURING: Geoffrey/Abe………………………….Skyler Sullivan Susan/Mary Todd…………………..Wendy Waddell Buck/Joshua/Derickson……..…….Connor Sullivan Cal……………………..…………………..Michael Parrott Skylor…………………..…………………Bryan Banville Patti, et. al……………………….………Kerry McCue  [maxbutton id=”32″] About the Playwright Bixby Elliot‘s work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Seattle and Edinburgh. His plays include Blueprint (world premiere NYC: SPF), Abraham Lincoln was a Fa**ot (finalist: O’Neill Theater Conference 2010, New Dramatists, Seven Devils Development Conference, winner: Pandora New Play Competition) and Girl You Know It’s True (semi-finalist: O’Neill Conference 2011, Princess Grace Award). Other plays include Birds Do It (semi-finalist: Princess Grace Award), Treasure Island, FL (semi-finalist: O’Neill Conference 2012, winner: SouthernRep New Play Festival), PN1923.45 LS01 volume 2: The Book Play (New York Premiere: NYC International Fringe Festival), Hotel Oracle (New York premiere: Walkerspace/SoHo Rep) and I Am Not Peter Pan (New York premiere: Cherry Lane Theater; Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Best of Fest). Bixby holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University, is a proud company member of InViolet Rep and is co-curator of The Brooklyn

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An Interview with Evan Tando

Diversionary Theatre’s quarterly fundraiser, The Big Gay Improv Show, is fast approaching! We can’t wait to see what outrageous scenes our local improvisers have in store for us and to hear stories from guest monologists from the LGBT community. We sat down with one of our monologists, Evan Tando, to discuss his deep roots in San Diego and why he can’t wait to be a part of The Big Gay Impov Show. Tell us a little bit about who you are. My name is Evan Tando and I was born and raised in San Diego. I’m a second generation San Diegan so I’ve got deep roots here. I grew up going to high school in Rancho Penisquitos and have lived here all my life except for college. I graduated from USC in 1998 and from there I kind of got side tracked to have a little fun and I actually worked for Music Trader here in San Diego for a little while- if anyone remembers back in the day when we used CDs. After I was done being sidetracked I got back into what I went to school for- real estate and loans. It keeps me pretty busy every day. I’m married and have two kids and live in North Park. As a native San Diegan, what is it about the San Diego LGBT community that makes it so special to you? I think here the cool thing about the LGBT community here is that it is pretty diverse. There

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The Big Gay Improv Show

[tabs ][tab title=”Show Info”] The Big Gay Improv Show A Diversionary Theatre Fundraiser The Big Gay Improv Show is a quarterly fundraiser at Diversionary Theatre. A team of San Diego’s finest improvisers present a montage of hilarious scenes that are totally made up on the spot and inspired by the real life stories of two guest monologists from the LGBT community. About the Creator of THE BIG GAY IMPROV SHOW: Peggy Walkush is a REALTOR who discovered improv during her second mid-life crisis, training at National Comedy Theater and Finest City Improv. She is currently an ensemble member of The World According To…, Lead Candy and the gender-bending Stache, where she performs in drag. Peggy produced The Boob Show, a comedy fundraiser to fight breast cancer, and The Big Gay Improv Show. She also enjoys making short films.   [maxbutton id=”38″] [/tab][tab title=”Upcoming Shows”] Tue. April 19 at 7 PM Tue July 12 at 7 PM $10 in advance, $12 at the door [maxbutton id=”38″] [/tab] [tab title=”Photos”]                   [maxbutton id=”38″]   [/tab][tab title=”Fun Stuff”] Interview with Peggy Walkush, creator of The Big Gay Improv Show [maxbutton id=”38″] [/tab] [/tabs]          

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Meet Erica Buechner

Q & A with choreographer Erica Buechner about her new work for Hot Guys Dancing. Can you tell us a little bit about your background and training? I have trained and performed in San Diego for close to 20 years, with the fortune of working with most local modern dance companies and several individual artists. I have been making dances for over 10 years. I recently received my MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Getting my Master’s has opened up my artistic perspectives in amazing new ways. It was well worth the time, and money, and loans, and sleepless nights, and tears, and… What is your process when you are making a new work? I would have to say that my process starts with getting curious about a concept; some idea that I would like to see explored through movement. I try not to limit my ideas in any way, such as music, movement vocabulary, theatrical elements, etc. As I create, I continually ask myself, “What is needed for this dance,” not questions like, “What would I like to see,” or “What do I think others would want to see?” Then I have to just trust that something will come into fruition. It usually does. Can you tell us about your work for HGD? What is it about? For this piece I am working with the concept of viewer vs. voyeur. As viewers of dance, we love to watch intimate, sensual duets that spark our desires for touch

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A Q+A with Michael Mizerany

We sat down with choreographer/director Michael Mizerany to speak about his work for Hot Guys Dancing.   Tell us a little bit about your duet Let Me Into Your Skin? Let Me Into Your Skin was commissioned by Diversionary Theatre in 2011 for their Dance/Theatre series.  It is based on the play Beautiful Thing, a play the theater produced in 2006 directed by Rosina Reynolds. Though the main thrust of the play is a coming out story, I decided to focus on the burgeoning romance between the two young men. Did the “coming out” plotline not interest you? I wouldn’t say it didn’t interest me, I just felt it had been done before.  I wanted to tell a more universal story.  This duet looks at first love: that first touch, getting lost in your partner’s eyes, a soft lingering kiss and all the apprehension, nervousness and excitement it entails. No matter what your orientation, everyone remembers their initial crush, the butterflies in your stomach and the joy in your heart.  As they say, love is universal. Tell us about your new solo called Via Dolorosa? Via Dolorosa is Latin for “the sorrowful way”, which describes the more traditional version of The Stations of the Cross.  This solo is based on the fifteen scenes from the time Christ is condemned to death, stripped, crucified, laid in the tomb and resurrected. What inspired you to use The Stations of the Cross? As a child, I went to parochial school and The Stations

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An Interview with John Paul Lawson

Lawson will be one of the featured dancers in our upcoming production of Hot Guys Dancing. Where did you receive your training? I started dancing at age 4 at Jean Hart Academy of Dance in Poway, California. I began mostly in ballet, undergoing Royal Academy of Dance examinations every year from Pre-Primary to Grade 5 when I grew more interested in other dance styles. Continuing my passion throughout college, I took ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary dance classes at Palomar College. Soon thereafter I branched out to dancing under the direction of different choreographers in San Diego. What was the rehearsal process like for LET ME INTO YOUR SKIN? The rehearsals for LET ME INTO YOUR SKIN have been a wonderful learning experience under the direction of Michael Mizerany. Rehearsals are paced, yet productive. Michael is excellent in demonstrating what it is that he is looking for, and gives notes that are articulate and easy to understand. The process has been both difficult and rewarding. I have enjoyed learning and experiencing the new movement and partnering involved with this piece and I am thrilled to perform it with Chad Ortiz at this year’s show. LET ME INTO YOUR SKIN is inspired by the play BEAUTIFUL THING and was commissioned by Diversionary Theater in 2011. Can you tell us a little about theme or plot of the dance? From my perspective, the dance is about two young, fairly inexperienced gay men and the internal struggles they face to be with one

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Discovering Truman

From Gay San Diego Morgan M. Hurley | Editor     Todd Blakesley has been dabbling in and studying the art of theater his entire life, mostly in San Diego. He’s acted in plays at Moxie, Intrepid Shakespeare, San Diego Repertory Theatre, North County Repertory Theatre, read with dozens of playwrights, and when he’s not acting or reading, he’s worked as a dramaturg developing new projects. In the 1970s, Blakesley even owned his own small theater, the Crystal Palace in Mission Beach, where he and colleagues wrote and produced original work for five years. In all those years of artistic stewardship, it never once occurred to Blakesley to take on the role of Truman Capote. After all, at a full 7 inches taller than the 5 foot 3 inch — but larger-than-life — late celebrity novelist, he never really seemed to “fit the bill.” That is until this year, when friend and director Derek Livingston suggested he try out for Diversionary Theatre’s upcoming one-man show, “Tru.” “In many ways, casting for a one-person show differs little from casting a multi-character show,” Livingston said. “However, I have to make sure that the actor has a natural facility for storytelling and a chemistry that reaches into the audience as opposed to just a chemistry with another actor or actors. Further, that actor has to have a theatrical presence to hold our attention while also being honest enough that we believe him.” Livingston said he’d worked with Blakesley long enough to know he

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It’s the most wonderful time …of the rehearsal process…

“If I’m having a bad day in rehearsal, I’ll sleep with my script” Nina Arianda It’s tech weekend for the final show of Diversionary’s 2014 Season. For those of you that have never experience the exhaustive magic of tech, it’s name is self-summarizing. Tech is the opportunity for all the technical designers of a show to adjust and fine tune all of the “non-acting” moments of a show. Each Tech period is a little different, depending on the demands of the show, but that’s the jist of it.  That amazing scene change you saw with a gorgeous wash of blue on the stage? Tech. The moment on the stage where you hear a champagne pop cork, or the rush of a babbling brook makes you feel like you’re on the farm too? Tech.   When the actor changed costumes completely in the course of thirty seconds behind a palm tree? Also, tech. Usually these rehearsals are fifteen to twenty hours of work over the course of a weekend. Everyone gets together in the darkness of some theatre, crosses their fingers, and push a lot of buttons. There’s a lot of stopping and starting, tons of HOLD PLEASE, and really dumb inside jokes….(can you move that spike tape nine inches please?)…There are lots of snacks to fuel everyone, even more coffee, and an amazing sense of comraderie that you really don’t find anywhere else. It’s like taking a really long car ride with a bunch of aqauintances, and coming out of

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Backyard Fruit : a Q&A with Andy Corren

Next in our Open Mondays Series : Backyard Fruit. Get Tickets. What is Backyard Fruit? Tell us a little about the play. Backyard Fruit was conceived over ten years ago as an homage to the many dignified women and men and those in between/on the other side, who were forced by the accident of their birth to live lives of social, sexual and geographic compromise. That is: stay quiet or in the closet. The national debate on same-sex marriage has stormed across our country like an out-of-control wildfire of love. It has been a long time in coming, and is most welcome – unless you live in the former Confederate States of America. Some rural communities welcome these changes. But in most of the rural, Southern communities, where folks make it their business to know everybody else’s, the lives of gay people remain very much oppressed, ridiculed, hidden, or, worse, the target of outright hostility. Custom, culture & religion have for centuries dictated that men stay closeted; that closeted men marry; that Christian families expel their gay children; and that gay women stay in any type relationship with a man, even an abusive one. All of these things can be the sad truth of the daily life of a gay man or woman in my home state. The South is not a terrible place. But some pretty terrible things continue to happen there to gay people, most every day. But some wonderful things happen, too. The courage and compassion and

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amazon Smile

  Smile and help Diversionary!   Shop online? Even a little? Use your cents wisely with Amazon Smile 🙂 Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Diversionary Theatre Productions, Inc. whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. How to participate 1. Use this link to be taken to the Amazon Smiles page 2. You’ll be prompted to select Diversionary Theatre as your chosen charity 3. Shop away, and .5 % of your purchase will be donated back to Diversionary! Thank you for supporting your local theatre!

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A New Brain

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] May 21 – June 21, 2015 Diversionary Mainstage ProductionSan Diego Premiere A New Brain                  By William Finn (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and James Lapine (Into the Woods) Directed by Kim Strassburger    Run Time : 1:45 minutes, with no intermission. Late seating ends 15 minutes after performance begins. Flashing and flickering lights are used during this performance. When Gordon, a talented young composer, finds his life suddenly interrupted by a life-threatening brain illness, he is forced to face the realization that he could die with his greatest song still inside him. An eccentric assortment of characters guide Gordon through a psychological fantasia where he finds the greatest music he can create lives within the relationships around him.     Production Sponsors: Rob Granat and Al Mazur [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] A New Brain By William Finn and James Lapine Tom Zohar [GORDON SCHWINN] Previously seen at Diversionary in Harmony, Kansas (Julian), [title of show] (Jeff), Twist! (The Dodger), Yank! A New Musical (Stu; recipient of Patté Award for Outstanding Performance), Torch Song Trilogy (David) and Bunbury (Hartley). Other credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip) at La Mirada Theatre; Sweeney Todd (Tobias), The History Boys (Posner) and The Little Foxes (Cal) at Cygnet; Zhivago (Swing) at the La Jolla Playhouse; Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Einstein), This is Our Youth (Warren) and Three Sisters (Andrey) at New Village Arts; The Light in the Piazza (Ensemble) at Lamb’s Players; Old Wicked Songs (Stephen),

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The Silence of the Clams

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] Click calendar for seat availability and to purchase tickets. April 23 – May 3  Diversionary Cabaret San Diego Premiere The Silence of the Clams By Jamie Morris (Mommy Queerest, Re-Designing Women) This irreverent romp strips everything tasteful from of the Academy Award-winning horror classic! You won’t want to miss the butch FBI agent, Clarice Starling, track down serial killer Buffalo Bill before he completes his infamous “Woman Suit.” But first, to get to Bill, she has to face down the mack daddy of murderers: Dr. Hannibal Licked-her! [maxbutton id=”31″] [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Jamie Morris as Hannibal Chad Peterson as Clarice Charlie Logan as literally everyone else! [/tab][tab title=”Photos”] [/tab] [/tab][tab title=”Fun Stuff”] Gay San Diego Preview Article : Clamoring for the Queens [/tab] [/tabs] [tabs ]

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The Facts of Life

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] April 2 – 19, 2015 Diversionary Cabaret The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode    By Jamie Morris (Mommy Queerest, Re-Designing Women)    Mrs. Garrett and her girls find themselves in a wet-and-sticky wicket when their beloved Eastland School is scheduled to close due to budget cuts. To save their beloved alma mater, the girls resort to anything and everything to make ends meet in this high-energy parody of the vintage coming-of-age sitcom.   [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Jamie Morris as Mrs. Garrett Charlie Logan as JO Kevane Coleman as Tootie Tony Houck as Blair Ashton Shawver as Natalie [/tab] [tab title=”Photos/Video”] [/tab] [/tab] [tab title=”Press Release”] “The cast and designers of Facts of Life: The Lost Episode have triumphed by doing low comedy with high production values. “ -Dallas Observer   BevNap Productions Presents: The Facts of Life A Diversionary Cabaret! Saturday, March 21st, 2015 (San Diego, CA) – The Dallas Voice calls him the “master of the drag-spoof” and the Dallas Observer says he “hasn’t met a classic TV sitcom he didn’t want to turn into an R-rated, cray-cray gay romp.” Comedy parody playwright Jamie Morris returns to San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre with back-to-back runs of two of his most popular plays,The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode, and The Silence of the Clams. First up on April 2 for a three week run is Morris’ musical comedy twist of one of the most popular sitcoms from the 80s, The Facts of Life. His “Lost Episode” features – as does

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Baby with the Bathwater

Show Info February 26 – March 29, 2015 Diversionary Mainstage Baby with the Bathwater By Christopher Durang (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) Directed by Andrew Oswald Helen and John Dingleberry are woefully unprepared for parenthood. In a series of wildly hilarious scenes, their offspring struggles to define himself and find his place in the world. This classic Durang dives face first into the absurd waters of how, for better or worse, family makes us who we are. Cast & Creative Amanda Sitton [HELEN] Selected theatre credits include: Fair Use, Torch Song Trilogy, Twilight of the Golds (Diversionary Theater), A Bright Room Called Day (Backyard Productions/Diversionary Theater), Maple and Vine, Glass Menagerie, Man From Nebraska, It’s A Wonderful Life, Las Meninas (Cygnet Theater, Resident Artist), Road To Mecca, Doubt (SD Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Outstanding Featured Performance), A Christmas Carol (San Diego Rep), Voice of the Prairie, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Collected Stories, Amy’s View (North Coast Rep), Comedy of Errors, Four Dogs and a Bone, Be Aggressive, Golden Boy (SD Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Outstanding Lead Performance), Dancing at Lughnasa , Sailor’s Song, Crimes of the Heart, Three Sisters (New Village Arts), Hysterical Blindness (Backyard Productions), The Gingerbread Lady (Renaissance Theater Co.), The Terrible Girls (Fringe Festival NYC). Ms. Sitton received her BA in Theatre from UCSD. Brian Mackey [JOHN] Previously at Diversionary: The Pride, The Little Dog Laughed, As Much As You Can, Corpus Christi. Elsewhere: The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, A Christmas Carol, The Glass

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2015 Hot Guys Dancing

Jan 2-11, 2015Hot Guys Dancing Heat up your January! Conceived and directed by Michael Mizerany (bare, Thrill Me), HOT GUYS DANCING features some of the area’s most dynamic and daring choreographers and dancers. Back by popular demand, this third installment in Diversionary’s Cabaret debuts a brand new program of visually stunning and viscerally potent dance. [maxbutton id=”31″] [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”]     Conceived and directed by Michael Mizerany (Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue), Hot Guys Dancing will feature work by Michael, Melissa Adao, Erica Buechner, Ami Ipapo and Caryn Marie Glass (The Movement Initiative), and Kevin Williamson (Los Angeles). Hot Guys Dancing features performances by Angel Acuna, Martin Anthony Dorado, Brent Fuchigami, Nick Keomahavong, John Paul Lawson, Michael Manguino, Jayden Phong Nguyen, Jaime Nixon, Chad Ortiz, Nathaniel Perez, Julio Velasquez and Kevin Williamson.   Photos by Raymond Elstad Michael Mizerany is the artistic director for Compulsion Dance & Theater which will debut at Southern Illinois University in February 2015.  He moved to San Diego to join Malashock Dance and served as its Associate Artistic Director until 2013.  In addition to Hot Guys Dancing, Michael conceived and directed Malashock/RAW from 2010-2013 and Sweat! for San Diego Dance Theatre (SDDT). He has choreographed extensively, including two critically acclaimed contemporary works for Diversionary Theater, Far From Eden and Let Me Into Your Skin, as well as the musical theater productions of Altar Boyz, (Noah Longton Productions), Dooley, Divine Sister, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue, Scrooge In Rouge, Thrill Me and bare: 

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Tijuana Hace Teatro

We had the great privilege of welcoming members from the Tijuana Hace Teatro group this past Sunday, October 26th Diversionary is one of the local San Diego theatres to offer tickets to the group. We look forward to working with THT in the future! “This new connection is the opportunity to start opening doors in the strong geographic point that is the Tijuana-San Diego border, in order to have a cultural exchange with these theatrical experiences. This will also influence the way theater is being made as well as how it is being perceived,” said Ramón Verdugo, Tijuana Hace Teatro co-director” -LGBT Weekly   For More information on Tijuana Hace Teatro visit their website  

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Meet Andy Collins…

 ….Now playing Harry and Harriet in SheRantulas! Andy Collins(Harry/Harriet) has been seen at Diversionary Theatre in Pippin, Twist, The Break Up Notebook, The Daddy Machine, Valhalla, Falsettos, Jeffrey and The Rocky Horror Show. Some of his other credits include: Company, Assassins, Cabaret, The Matchmaker, My Fair Lady, Pageant (Cygnet Theatre);Gypsy, Parasite Drag (ion Theatre); Guys & Dolls (Lambs Players); The Full Monty, Bye Bye Birdie (SD Musical Theatre).

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‘Tru’ – Up Next @ Diversionary!

Tru   By Jay Presson Allen Directed by Derek Livingston   Starring Todd Blakesley   *November 20th – December 21st*              It’s Christmas time in 1975. Spend the evening with illustrious author Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In Cold Blood) as he confides his deepest secrets and motley life story.            An excerpt from Tru’s book, Answered Prayers has recently been published in Esquire Magazine, and his socialite friends are turning their backs in droves.       Tru is a deep look into the complex life of Truman Capote -his mischievous spirit, his life long search for love,  and the downward spiral that began at the pivotal moment in time illustrated in the play.             This award winning production originally starred Robert Morse (you may recognize him from Mad Men)  as Truman Capote, in a play adapted from the author’s own words.  Morse won both a Tony and Drama Desk Award for his performance. In 1992, Morse won an Emmy for the adaptation of Tru  done for the PBS Series, American Playhouse.   The Los Angeles Times said in 1991 that,  “…Allen’s script is intentionally fixed on Capote before he skidded into his decline. It is not maudlin, though the self-deprecation is discernible behind the words. The writing is wry, economical, skillfully indirect, acerbic and when called upon, judiciously vulgar.”       Diversionary Theatre is pleased to offer our audiences Tru as the final production of our 2014 season. Tickets are currently available to Subscribers Only, and will open for public sales on

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Meet Tony Houck!

Welcome back, Tony! You may remember Tony as Miss Gulch in our cabaret, Miss Gulch Returns, or perhaps from last season’s production of Scrooge in Rouge. Tony was also our talented Music Director for both bare: a pop opera, and Thrill Me. We’re delighted to have him reprise his role as Suzie in She-Rantulas!    Tony Houck (Suzie) has been performing at Diversionary since 2008. He was last on stage not as an actor but as music director for bare: a pop opera. He has also music directed and accompanied Thrill Me and Marry Me a Little.  He co-wrote a raunchy cabaret show with the stunning Ms. Jacque Wilke called Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue. Other Diversionary credits include: Miss Gulch Returns (@ Martinis Above Fourth); The Further Adventures of HeddaGabler;Pippin; Harmony, Kansas; Next Fall; [title of show]; Twist; Yank!;Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins; Dear Harvey; Scrooge in Rouge, for which he has received a Craig Noel Award (2008) and LA Scenie (2012) award for his performance as Lottie Obligato and a LA Scenie (2012) award for direction of the show. Diversionary Cabaret credits include: Heather and Tony: We Might Be Cousins; Senor Phil’s Casa del Haha; Facts of Life: The Lost Episode. Elsewhere, Tony appeared as Helga in Cygnet Theater’s award winning Cabaret. He is a graduate of AMDA. Thanks and love to Kweesha, Bev, Nana, Kevane, Monty and all my family. Look for www.tonyhouck.com coming soon.

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Meet Tony Houck!

Welcome back, Tony! You may remember Tony as Miss Gulch in our cabaret, Miss Gulch Returns, or perhaps from last season’s production of Scrooge in Rouge. Tony was also our talented Music Director for both bare: a pop opera, and Thrill Me. We’re delighted to have him reprise his role as Suzie in She-Rantulas!   Tony Houck (Suzie) has been performing at Diversionary since 2008. He was last on stage not as an actor but as music director for bare: a pop opera. He has also music directed and accompanied Thrill Me and Marry Me a Little.  He co-wrote a raunchy cabaret show with the stunning Ms. Jacque Wilke called Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue. Other Diversionary credits include: Miss Gulch Returns (@ Martinis Above Fourth); The Further Adventures of HeddaGabler;Pippin; Harmony, Kansas; Next Fall; [title of show]; Twist; Yank!;Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins; Dear Harvey; Scrooge in Rouge, for which he has received a Craig Noel Award (2008) and LA Scenie (2012) award for his performance as Lottie Obligato and a LA Scenie (2012) award for direction of the show. Diversionary Cabaret credits include: Heather and Tony: We Might Be Cousins; Senor Phil’s Casa del Haha; Facts of Life: The Lost Episode. Elsewhere, Tony appeared as Helga in Cygnet Theater’s award winning Cabaret. He is a graduate of AMDA. Thanks and love to Kweesha, Bev, Nana, Kevane, Monty and all my family. Look for www.tonyhouck.com coming soon.

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 Peggy Walkush  & Big Gay Improv

Diversionary Theatre welcomes Peggy Walkush and her brain child – The Big Gay Improv Show. We sat down with Peggy and discussed our new partnership, and what this  new quarterly addition to the Diversionary calendar will hold for our patrons. What is The Big Gay Improv Show? Who will enjoy this show? What can we look forward to if we buy a ticket? TBGIS is a fully improvised show where guest monologists share stories from their life and then improvisers use those stories as inspiration for silly and bizarre scenes totally made up on the spot. Everyone who enjoys laughing will enjoy TBGIS – you don’t have to be LGBT – you just have to be a fun loving person who likes to laugh!  Audience members can look forward to getting to know two fascinating members of our community better, hearing their coming out stories, and then watching alternate versions of that reality played out on stage. Come with an open heart and mind and ready to laugh!   Why this partnership with Diversionary, and why now? I’ve been an out lesbian in San Diego since 1986 so I have come to many Diversionary theater productions over the years. Now that I am on the performing end of things, it feels great to be able to donate my time to give back and help raise money for the theater.   You’ve expressed that there aren’t a lot of Gay Improvisers in town – are you hoping this show will have an effect on that? Yes

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Industry Night for #SheRantulas

Calling all Arts Leaders Join us on Monday, October 13th at 8:00 PM for our Monday performance of #She-Rantulas We love producing theatre here at Diversionary, but we equally love going to theatre! It can be difficult to see performances when you’re “in the biz,” and so many theatres have introduced Industry Nights into their calendars – performances on Mondays (when the theatre is dark) to allow entertainment professionals to see what their peers are up to in the community. Our industry nights are always a blast, so we encourage you to use code SDARTS to book your seat – they’re only $10 – $15, depending on where you sit.  Katie Sapper, Gabi Leibowitz and Charlie Gange at the opening night of bare: a pop opera. Photo by Kaleb Scott Purchase Tickets

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Costume Contests at Diversionary

Wear Your Costume All Month Long!  Come to She-Rantulas and participate in one of our costume contests – and win cool prizes!   10/10 8:00 PM 10/17 8:00 PM 10/24 8:00 PM 10/31 8:00 PM & Midnight Prizes include : Free drinks at the bar, tickets to future Diversionary shows, She-Rantulas T-shirts, concessions vouchers, and more!  Get Tickets

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Meet Melinda!

      Meet Melinda from She-Rantulas From Outer Space – in 3D!   Melinda Gilb (Flora, Gladys, Daisy, Maria, Roberta, Louella) is proud to be making her debut at Diversionary. After 32 years as a professional actor some of her credits include Singin’ in the Rain (Original Broadway cast); Back to Bacharach and David (Original Off-Broadway cast); Suds (Original cast and co-author); Joseph Papp’s The Pirates of Penzance (1st National tour); Original Mama Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Always Patsy Cline (Old Globe);Walter Cronkite is Dead (San Diego Theatre Critics nomination- Best Actress),The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Miss Witherspoon (San Diego Rep), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Craig Noel Award- Best Actress), Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly (Starlight Theatre); Miss Hannigan in Annie, The Smell of The Kill,The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (North Coast Rep);Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Dirty Blonde, The Receptionist (Cygnet Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Welk Resort Theatre); The Melinda and Steve Show (with Steve Gunderson in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego). Television- Featured on The Full Wax and Ruby Takes a Trip (BBC-1); Guest star on Becker (CBS). Favorite role, Mama to her 10-year-old son, Knight.

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Musical Madlibs : Disney Edition

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] From Our Open Mondays Series… Musical Madlibs : Disney Edition This show is rated R for adult language and themes.   October 20th, 2014 We’re rewriting the rules of musical theatre…and we need your help!   Remember those fabulous little tablet-style Mad Lib booklets where you used to add your own words into a pre-written story? Usually in the car on road trips or late night at a slumber party when everyone was feeling cheeky and all the underwear had been frozen? We are adding some of San Diego’s best musical theatre performers to the magic of Mad Libs, shaking, and serving. Now we need you to come (armed with some of your bluest vocabulary) and fill in the blanks on some of your favorite Disney songs. Let’s make some lyricists blush!   [maxbutton id=”5″] [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Coming Soon!            [/tab]   [/tab] [/tabs]

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Next Act with Ruff Yeager -10/9

Part of our Backstage Thursday Events   Get Tickets Join us on Thursday, October 9th beginning at 7:00 PM for our first She-Rantulas Backstage Thursday : Happy Hour with the Director! Meet the creative direction behindShe-Rantulas, Ruff Yeager. Ruff will be available to answer questions before the show, and chat about upcoming projects. Our Events Partner for She-Rantulas, Brabant Bar and Cafe, will be providing delicious appetizers, and our bar will boast $1 off all drinks from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Backstage Thursdays are included in your ticket price, so come a bit early and mingle with us – and maybe try one of our She-rantula Blood Cocktails – back by popular demand!   Get Tickets

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Join us for the first ever BIG GAY IMPROV SHOW!

A Fundraiser for Diversionary Theatre $10 in advance $12 at the door Get Tickets         Join us on Monday, October 20th at 8 pm for The Big Gay Improv Show at Diversionary Theatre!  A team of San Diego’s finest improvisers present a montage of hilarious scenes that are totally made up on the spot and inspired by the real life stories of two guest monologists from the LGBT community. Our guest monologists for this show are LGBT activist “Big Mike” Phillips and renowned artist Liz Jardine.  Featured improvisers are Peggy Walkush, Amy Lisewski, Martha Barnette, Maria Angelella,  and Mike Schramm.  This show is a fundraiser for Diversionary Theatre. Big Mike Phillips is co-owner of Harvey Milk’s American Diner, an avid photographer and LGBT activist/philanthropist.  He was born in Germany, and after being adopted, moved to the US at age 5. He came to San Diego in 1989 to stay with his best friend, Tino, who was diagnosed with AIDS. Tino passed away only 3 months later, but made Big Mike promise to stay in San Diego for at least one year. Twenty five years later, he’s still here, having co-founded numerous organizations including the Rob Benzon Foundation, Developing In Gardening (DIG) for people with HIV and AIDS living in Africa and Grocery Hearts for Mama’s Kitchen. Liz Jardine is one of the art industry’s most in-demand artists and owner of Jardine Studio in Hillcrest. Liz’s original paintings, posters and exclusive collections can be found in homes, offices and hotels around the world.  Liz grew up

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Meet the Cast of “She-Rantulas”

Meet Phil Johnson, who plays Betty in She-Rantulas from Outer Space – in 3D!     Phil Johnson (Betty)  played in Les Miserables on Broadway & on tour, the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard; & the 1st National Company of Miss Saigon. Locally: Man Who Came to Dinner (SD Critics Circle Craig Noel Award) at Coronado Playhouse; Midsummer Night’s Dream (Craig Noel Award) at Intrepid Shakespeare; Pageant, Mistakes Were Made & Little Shop of Horrors atCygnet Theatre; Hound of the Baskervilles (Original solo show) & Putnam County Spelling Bee at North Coast Repertory; The Sunshine Boys atScripps Ranch Theatre; How The Grinch Stole Christmas at theOld Globe; Forever Plaid at Theatre in Old Town; and Pete n’ Keely at Lamb’s Players. Also: ‘Casa del Haha with Senor Phil’ (original sketch comedy show) at Diversionary and North Coast Rep.  

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Chrissy Burns Will Direct Stop Kiss

Stop Kiss  Monday, 9/29 at 8:00 PM  Get Tickets to Stop Kiss “Sometimes there is no parade. No sit down with the parents. Sometimes love just finds its way into our hearts regardless of sexual orientation and free from labels.  “   As part of our Open Mondays Series, Diversionary will present a reading of Diana Son’s play, Stop Kiss. This series is a playground for artists and an open house for audiences to come and see some of their favorite actors and singers perform without a net. All Open Mondays events are free and open to the public with general admission on a first-come, first served basis. In Stop Kiss, two young women in New York meet. Callie is holding down a job as a radio traffic reporter when she meets Sara, a Midwesterner who, against her parents’ wishes, has moved to the city to teach third-grade students in the Bronx. Both have boyfriends, but as they get to know each other, their shared experiences and sense of humor create a strong bond. They feel a growing, unspoken attraction for each other and finally kiss. And that one innocent kiss sets off a savage gay-bashing. The tragic consequences of the kiss at the center of this powerful drama serve as both an indictment of hatred and a moving study of the perils inherent in living life fully. Chrissy Burns  (you may remember her from the first Mainstage show of our 2014 Season, Boys and Girls)  sat down with Diversionary to discuss the play, which will be

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Beth Accomando and  Katie Schoolov preview last year’s production of She-Rantulas From Outer Space – in 3D! Purchase Tickets  

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Brabant Cafe : BooTS & BooBS & BeeR

  Located at the corner of 30th and Juniper, local South Park eatery Brabant is teaming up with Diversionary on special events forShe-Rantulas from Outer Space -in  3D! Brabant will be catering our Halloween Party event between our 8:00 PM and Midnight showings, as well as our Backstage Thursday event on 10/9, Happy Hour with Director Ruff Yeager. Brabant is an authentic Belgian – style pub, and boasts an impressive beer selection. We look forward to tasting what one Facebook reviewer called, “bomb diggity” food! This Saturday, September 27th from 2:00 PM – Close, Brabant will be hosting a Fundraiser, BooTS & BooBS & BeeR. This event will showcase “Deliria,” a twist on a strong blonde ale from the makers of Delirium Tremens. This beer was brewed by professional women brewers in Belgium! BooTS & BooBS & BeeR will support the efforts of the Pink Boots Society (An organization promoting the education and development of women in the beer bizz-particularly on the brewing side) and Beer for Boobs (Populated by the staff of White Labs, they “raise yeast by day and stomp out breast cancer by the mile”, financially supporting the efforts of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure). 15% of all sales will be split between these two great groups!

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Volunteer Orientation 9/30

Acting Executive Director  and Board President Todd Nelms with Patron Services Staff Member Seth Jones, General Manager Matt Harding, Bar Manager Derrol Murphy, and Patron Services staff member Blair Robert Nelson Volunteer Orientation Join us on Tuesday, September 30th at 7:00 PM for a Volunteer Orientation! This is your opportunity to learn more about being part of Diversionary.  We’ll give you a tour of the theatre, as well as introduce you to some current Guest Stars! Please RSVP in  advance to Cara@diversionary.org RSVP

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Backstage Thursdays : Next Act!

Join us on September 18th for Backstage Thursdays : Next Act! This is your opportunity to meet some of the cast and production team of our upcoming Cabaret, She-Rantulas from Outerspace – in 3D! Plumeria Vegetarian Restaurant, our Event Partner forRegrets Only, will be providing delicious appetizers. We’ll also be hosting drink specials at the bar. The best part? Admission to Next Act! is included in the cost of your ticket to Regrets Only! 

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Diversionary Theatre is pleased to announce Mr. Matt Morrow as our new Executive Artistic Director.

Below is a letter from Board President and Acting Executive Director, Todd Nelms, welcoming Matt to the Diversionary family.  Dear Diversionary Theatre Patrons & Friends, On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Diversionary Theatre’s staff, I am excited to announce that we have selected Mr. Matt Morrow to join the Diversionary team as our new Executive Artistic Director.  Matt accepted the Board’s offer and will take his place at the helm of Diversionary in mid-November, bringing to the job extensive experience in directing, financial development, and a stint as the Associate Artistic Director of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre Company. Matt was selected after a months-long search that started with our receiving almost 60 resumes from as far away as Hong Kong and South Africa.  We were thrilled to realize the reputation and scope of Diversionary’s work and see the high quality of applications it produced.  After an initial screening of those applications, the Search Committee, led by Board Vice President Darrell Netherton and composed of 3 board members (Darrell, Tamara Keller and myself) and well respected members of the San Diego arts community (Marcus Overton, Camille Davidson, Bill Eadie, Rob Granat and Larry Baza), met in July to identify the top 10 candidates.   The top candidates were then interviewed via phone, and the top 3 candidates (“the best of the best” in our view) came to the theater to meet with the staff, the Search Committee and the entire board. After this extensive screening & review process, the Search Committee recommended Matt

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Stop Kiss – Tickets are Free for our Next Open Mondays Event

    As part of our  2014 Open Mondays Series, Diversionary Presents : Stop Kiss. This workshop is free to the public, but requires a reservation. Stop Kiss by Diana Son Monday, 9/29 at 8:00 PM Directed by Chrissy Burns Featuring Rae Henderson and Sarah Errington One unexpected kiss divided their lives into before and after. Two young women in New York meet. Callie is holding down a job as a radio traffic reporter when she meets Sara, a Midwesterner who, against her parents’ wishes, has moved to the city to teach third-grade students in the Bronx. Both have boyfriends, but as they get to know each other, their shared experiences and sense of humor create a strong bond. They feel a growing, unspoken attraction for each other and finally kiss. And that one innocent kiss sets off a savage gay-bashing. The tragic consequences of the kiss at the center of this powerful drama serve as both an indictment of hatred and a moving study of the perils inherent in living life fully. Get Tickets

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Meet Kerry McCue!

KERRY MCCUE (Tibby McCullough) is new to San Diego, having relocated from Phoenix, AZ, and this is her first show with Diversionary Theatre.  She recently appeared in Broken Glass and Perfect Wedding at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

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Cocktails and Furrytails
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Cocktails & Furrytails was a huge success!

Thanks for your help in making their FUNdraiser Event a HUGE success! Please join the Cocktails & Furrytails Community Page on Facebook for all the  Event photos, as well as upcoming FUN informal gatherings throughout the year for pets and LGBT friends!

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Meet Charles Maze!

CHARLES MAZE – (Jack McCullough) previously performed at Diversionary in Poster Boys.  His recent shows include The Car Plays and Detained In the Desert at La Jolla Playhouse.  Charles also performed with ion, SDMT, 10th Ave, Moxie & New Village Arts.  He is SAG-AFTRA and trained at RADA.  Charles can be seen in episodes of Mad Men and Ray Donovan, pilots for Damaged Goods and Scorpion, and national commercials.  Juicy details can be found at CharlesMaze.com.  Thank you to Steve Stevens, Sr. at The Stevens Group, Nanci Washburn at Artist Management Agency, and the wonderful management team at ActorInsight.com.  

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Regrets Only is “Frothy, Fun, Fabulous”

“If you don’t see this frothy, fun, fabulous production, you will have only regrets! Everyone loves a wedding, especially when it brings out all the best in melodrama, murderous comments and mirth as it does in the featured family and friend, and a maid.”

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Cocktails and Furrytails

Our loyal theatre supporter, Ed Ruegg is the creator of Cocktails & Furrytails, a fun and fantastic event hosted by members of the LGBT community.

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TRU

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] TRU November 20 – December 21, 2014 Written by Jay Presson Allen TRU offers a look into the mind of Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In Cold Blood), one of America’s most controversial and colorful authors, as he swims in social shunning by his elite Manhattan friends following Esquire Magazine’s publication of a gossip-filled chapter from his never-to-be finished work: Answered Prayers. Set in the writer’s New York City apartment the week before Christmas 1975, the lonely Capote broods about his life and career in this one-man tour de force adapted from the author’s own words and works. TRU opened on Broadway in 1989, where it ran at the Booth Theatre for nearly 300 performances and received multiple awards including a Tony for best solo performance, and a Drama Desk Award for best one-man show.   An herbal cigarette is smoked in this performance. [maxbutton id=”5″] [/tab] [tab title=”Calendar of Events”]     Discounted Preview performances: November 20th- 28th. A Night With Truman at Martini’s Above 4th I Table and Stage : November  25th. Opening Night Black & White Ball Reception: November 29th. FilmOut Screening of “Murder by Death”: December 3rd. Backstage Thursday events (featuring behind-the-scene talks with the director and designers) December 4th, 11th, & 18th.   Book Club night: December 5th.   Industry night: December 8th.     [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] TODD BLAKESLEY  (Truman Capote)- A native San Diegan, Todd has worked in every strata of theater from administrative to creative: Festival Coordinator for the San Diego International Fringe Festival now entering its

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She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D Written by Ruff Yeager and Phil Johnson Directed by Ruff Yeager To avoid fainting, keep telling yourself it’s only a play… October 1 – November 2, 2014 Just in time for Halloween, Phil Johnson and Ruff Yeager bring us a hilarious send-up of the femme fatales and B-movie horror stories of the 1950s. When a horror-horde of monster-mutants invades Small Town U.S.A., one All-American Mother must face the truth about her little Suzie and destroy her evil Web of Terror. There will be carnage! There will be destruction! There will be men in women’s clothing! The Management requests that you PLEASE not reveal the SHOCKING final scene to friends or family members, and guarantee to BURY YOU without charge if you die of FRIGHT during She-Rantulas from Outer Space-in 3D! [maxbutton id=”5″]                   [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Tony Houck (Suzie) has been performing at Diversionary since 2008. He was last on stage not as an actor but as music director for bare: a pop opera. He has also music directed and accompanied Thrill Me and Marry Me a Little.  He co-wrote a raunchy cabaret show with the stunning Ms. Jacque Wilke called, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue. Other Diversionary credits include: Miss Gulch Returns(@ Martinis Above Fourth); The Further Adventures of HeddaGabler; Pippin; Harmony, Kansas; Next Fall; [title of show]; Twist; Yank!; Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins; Dear Harvey; Scrooge in Rouge, for which

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bare: a pop opera

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] Bare: A Pop Opera Music by Damon Intrabartolo. Book and Lyrics by Jon Hartmere. A contemporary rock musical about identity, sexuality, and religion. July 2 – August 3, 2014 A group of teens in a Catholic boarding school wrestle with big questions about who they love, who they are, and who they answer to. As these young people take the leap from adolescence to adulthood, despite the fear of what’s on the other side, they must learn to look for the answers within themselves. [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] CHRIS BONA (Zack) Is excited to be making his Diversionary Theatre debut in the role of Zach with an amazing show like Bare: A Pop Opera. A Temecula native, Chris is also a graduate of AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts Los Angeles with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Past Credits include Mulan at Tuacahn Center for the Arts (Qian-Po), The Wild Party at Performance Riverside (Mr. Black), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at The Welk (Protean), and recently Guys and Dolls at The Avo Playhouse (Nicely-Nicely Johnson). Thank you to Noah for emailing me back about this wonderful opportunity. To my family, all my AMDA friends, The Seery’s and Michael for all their love and support! MITCHELL CONNELLY (Matt) is proud to be making his professional debut with Diversionary Theatre and the cast of bare. He is a recent graduate of Coronado School of the Arts and will attend University

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Miss Gulch Returns!

Miss Gultch Returns! Discover the truth behind the ultimate enemy of Dorothy. In this musical exploration of a stereotype, a gay performer trades identities with the infamous curmudgeon Miss Gulch, now liberated from her two-dimensional, sepia-toned moorings on the screen. She wrestles with an old Hollywood stereotype in her new, unlikely profession – cabaret entertainer in a Judy-Garland-obsessed world. This musical comedy is a valentine to the romantically disenfranchised, who can find a new spokesperson in the ultimate spinster, Miss Gulch. April 2, 3, 5, & 6, 2014 at Martinis Above Fourth | Table & Stage Upcoming Content includes: InDepth Articles Embedded Videos Partner Images and Links Student Educator Diversionary loves to make our productions into a learning experience!  Contact us for special prices to bring your class to any performance or special Student Matinees.  Student tickets are available with a valid, school-issued student or educator ID.

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B Squared

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] B Squared Spend a night of silly song & dance with a man from San Diego who enjoyed earning his smile lines. March 28 & 29, 2014 at 8pm Starring Brad Bradley, a Broadway veteran with 7 Broadway credits, B Squared is a musical evening that goes beneath the surface, but just barely. The show shares the journey of a young boy struggling with his sexuality to the life of a fully realized dream. Making a great career as a Broadway Chorus boy, then understudy, then scene-stealing sidekick, Brad ventures into the world of a leading man (and has his own scene-stealing sidekick Joshua Zecher Ross to contend with.) With music by Stephen Lynch, Stuart McMeans, Weird Al Yankovic, Sam Harris, Johnny Rogers, Family Guy, Christopher Dallman, Cole Escola, William Finn & Irving Berlin Starring Brad Bradley With Musical Direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross Directed by Tony Spinosa [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Content is not yet available for this production. [/tab] [tab title=”Photos”] Content is not yet available for this production. [/tab] [tab title=”Press & Reviews”] Content is not yet available for this production. [/tab] [tab title=”Cool Stuff”] Upcoming Content includes: InDepth Articles Embedded Videos Partner Images and Links   Student Educator Diversionary loves to make our productions into a learning experience!  Contact us for special prices to bring your class to any performance or special Student Matinees.  Student tickets are available with a valid, school-issued student or educator ID. [/tab] [/tabs]

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Boys and Girls

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] Boys and Girls Written by Tom Donaghy A human comedy about family drama. February 20 – March 23, 2014 Two couples in their early thirties, one lesbian and one gay, who have a complicated history of love and loss, struggle to overcome overwhelming obstacles in order to grow up, settle down, and raise a child. But not necessarily in that order. [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] B&G Bios Faeron Adams is a San Diego native. She is so happy to return to Diversionary for this production. Favorite previous roles: a maniacal sock puppet in Learn to be Latina (Diversionary), a bunny-obsessed crazy neighbor (SDSU student film),  and an intolerant stage manager (Vista’s Broadway Theater).  Diversionary: Learn to be Latina, When Last We Flew. Coronado Playhouse: The Man Who Came to Dinner, A Roman Holiday, If the Shoe Fits. Playwrights Project: Performing Artist. Chrissy Burns is thrilled to be back at Diversionary! She was last seen on this stage as the saran wrap girl, Casey, in The Break Up Notebook. Chrissy hasworked as an actor in dozens of theatrical productions at venues throughout the US including Moxie,Fritz, Starlight, CCT, SRT, PCPA Theaterfest, and many more. Most recently she was seen in the long running 80‘s hit MiXtape with Lambs Players Theater. Her favorite roles include Queenie in The Wild Party, Sheila in Hair & Anytime Annie in 42nd Street. She is also a multi award winning Director with productions including Chicago, Ruthless! The Musical, 42nd Street, Sweet Charity & Nunsense. She

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Hot Guys Dancing

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] January 9 – January 12, 2014 Three of the southland’s most dynamic and daring choreographers will be showcased in Hot Guys Dancing, Diversionary Cabaret’s visually stunning and viscerally potent dance series. Yes, there are guys, and yes, they are HOT and yes, they will be dancing up a storm. Conceived and directed by Michael Mizerany (Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue), Hot Guys Dancing will feature work by Mizerany, Blythe Barton and Khamla Somphanh. [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Content is not yet available for this production. [/tab] [tab title=”Photos”] Content is not yet available for this production. [/tab] [tab title=”Press & Reviews”] Content is not yet available for this production. [/tab] [tab title=”Cool Stuff”] Upcoming Content includes: InDepth Articles Embedded Videos Partner Images and Links   Student Educator Diversionary loves to make our productions into a learning experience!  Contact us for special prices to bring your class to any performance or special Student Matinees.  Student tickets available with a valid, school issued student or educator ID.  Find out more here! [/tab] [/tabs]

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Re-Designing Women

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] Re-Designing Women May 29-June 15, 2014 Playwright Jamie Morris (Mommie Queerest, The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode, and The Silence of the Clams) “ is at it again with his latest comedy parody. This time around he spoofs another popular 1980s sitcom, sending up the gals of the Sugarbaker Design Firm in Atlanta. The West Coast Premiere of: Re-Designing Women opens May 29 for a three-week run! Plagued by the faltering economy, Atlanta-based Sugarbaker Design Firm is on the brink of collapse when vapid ex-beauty queen Suzanne has an idea to save the business by pitching a reality show to Andy Cohen, the hot-shot producer from the BRAVO network.  Soon camera crews are following the antics of the four Southern belles, their ex-con delivery man Anthony, and their daffy family friend Bernice. The producers get more than they bargain for with plenty zany footage of Julia’s highly-charged tirades, MaryJo’s cocktail-infused, tell-all testimonials, and Charlene’s hillbilly, down-home, there’s-got-to-be-a-point-to-these-stories. Soon their world is turned upside down with infighting and jealousy as everyone gets a taste of fame and fortune that could ruin their perfect sitcom existence. “Re-Designing Women”  does not incorporate actual episodes; rather, Morris puts his original twist, a current, up-t0-date look on the beloved sitcom -which has been off the air from 21 years – with cameos from some of today’s hottest reality show stars. [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Content is not yet available for this production. [/tab] [tab title=”Photos”] Content is not yet available for

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Regrets Only

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] Written by Paul Rudnick (Author of Jeffrey, In & Out) A bubbling comedy about the politics of marriage. August 21 – September 21, 2014 In Manhattan, where modern life and marriage are never less than complicated, a high-powered lawyer, his socialite wife, and their fabulously successful friend, a noted fashion designer, clash over the issue of gay marriage. This inevitably leads to a drastic protest with hilarious consequences for all.         [maxbutton id=”5″] [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] JESSICA JOHN (Director) has had a long-time love affair with Diversionary Theatre. As founder and Executive Artistic Director of Backyard Productions, she co-produced the award-winning A Bright Room Called Day with Diversionary Theatre in 2005 (*2005 KPBS Patte Award for ‘Best Ensemble’), directed the recent all-male ‘Open Mondays’ reading of Steel Magnolias and acted in Diversionary’s The Pride, as well as the Diversionary/Moxie co-production of Pulp. Other select San Diego productions include her direction of Deathtrap and A Perfect Wedding at Scripps Ranch Theatre and acting in multiple theatres around town including Ion Theatre: Shining City and Angels In America; North Coast Repertory Theatre: School For Lies, Lend Me a Tenor and A Shayna Maidel; Cygnet Theatre: (Resident Artist): Private Lives, Noises Off (SD Critic’s Circle – Best Ensemble), Mauritius, Love Song, Desire Under the Elms, Communicating Doors (Patte – Best Production),Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (SD Playbill – Best Actress) and Burn This (SD Critic’s Circle – Best Actress); Moonlight Theatre at the Avo: Born Yesterday, The Mousetrap, Barefoot in the Park and Ring Round the Moon; Oceanside Theatre Company: Lost in Yonkers; New Village Arts:The Playboy of the Western World (Patte – Best Actress); and Renaissance Theatre: A View from the Bridge (SD Critic’s

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Thrill Me

[tabs ] [tab title=”Show Info”] Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story A San Diego Musical Premiere! Book, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff Directed by Bret Young Musical direction by Tony Houck Choreography by Michael Mizerany April 24-May 25, 2014 Starring: Michael Parrott & Scott Nickley A killer musical about love and manipulation. The year is 1924. Chicago. Two wealthy college kids sign a contract in blood, and lure a young boy to his death. These men are filled with demons – one is obsessed with crime, and the other with sex. Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story is based on the shockingly true tale of the infamous couple Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. This dangerous and titillating musical production draws on Leopold’s 1958 parole hearing as the framework to dramatize the series of events that led two rich law students to be forever remembered as ‘the thrill killers’. Diversionary Theatre is impassioned to indulge in a darker aesthetic by bringing this electrifying and critically-acclaimed piece to our audiences. [/tab] [tab title=”Cast & Creative”] Scott Nickley (Richard Loeb) is excited to be performing at Diversionary for the first time. He most recently appeared in A Funny Thing Happened at the Way to the Forum at The Lawrence Welk Theatre. Other favorite roles include Trip Wyeth (Other Desert Cities), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), The Cat (Seussical), and Axel Hammond (The Nerd). He would like to thank his friends and family for always being supportive in all his endeavors. Special thanks to

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