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World-Premiere Musical

TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix

May 9 - June 9, 2024

Book and lyrics by EllaRose Chary 
Music and lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn
Directed by Sherri Eden Barber
Co-Production with Moxie Theatre

**Please note we are no longer requiring masks in our theater. Masks are still encouraged to help keep our performers and audience members safe, but they are not required.**

TL;DR: THELMA LOUISE: DYKE REMIX World Premiere Musical Book and Lyrics by EllaRose Chary Music and Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn Directed by Sherri Eden Barber

TL;DR in the Press

About the Show

Winner of the 2021 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre Writing.

T and L drive their 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible off the edge of the Grand Canyon. Suspended in mid air, the two discover their authentic selves and embark on a queer odyssey that defies conventions and dares to ask: “Why do strong female characters always gotta die?” Aided by a kick-ass Riot Grrrl band, T and L attempt to sort out their new identities, how those identities impact their relationships with each other, and seek out the gay happy ending they’ve always deserved.

Interviews with the Team of TL;DR!

The Cast of TL;DR

Show Details

TL;DR Preview Party @ Gossip Grill: April 14, 4 – 6 PM
Diversionary Theatre is hosting a Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix Preview Party in SoCal’s Best Women’s Bar, Gossip Grill!
Event Details:
Cost: Free!
Location: 1220 University Avenue, San Diego, CA (Gossip Grill)
What to expect: Meet the cast, learn about the show, play some games & win some prizes! 

Thelma & Louise Trivia & Movie Screening: May 4, 7 PM
Location: Clark Cabaret & Bar
Join us for a screening of the beloved and iconic film that started it all! The film stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as Louise & Thelma, two friends who embark on a road trip that ends up in unforeseen circumstances. We’ll also play a round of Thelma & Louise trivia and the winner will receive a pair of free tickets to TL;DR!

Disidentifying with Thelma & Louise: A Conversation With the Writers of TL;DR: May 12, 3:30 PM
Location: Diversionary Mainstage Theatre 
Join us after the matinee on May 12th for a conversation with writers EllaRose Chary and Brandon James Gwinn, as well as Dr. M. Myrta Leslie Santana from UC San Diego, about the ideas and themes in TL;DR, including how LGBTQIA+ individuals “disidentify” with mainstream cultural objects, de- and re-coding them with renewed queer meaning.

Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise Movie Screening and Q&A: May 20, 7 PM
Location: Clark Cabaret & Bar
Join us for a screening of the documentary Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise (2017), where we will be joined by the film’s director, Jennifer Townsend, for a Q&A following the movie. Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise weaves an authentic and powerful portrait of the profound impact that the 1991 film had on fans and critics at the time of its release–and how it continues to resonate in the #MeToo era.
Free admission. Click here to reserve your seats!

Lavender Menace: Radical Lesbian Feminisms and TL;DRMay 26, 3:30 PM
Location: Clark Cabaret & Bar
Join us after the matinee on May 26th for a conversation with Resident Dramaturg Jesse Marchese about the history of lesbian activism and the radical feminist movements that inspired some of the themes and ideas in TL;DR!

Queercore Workshops 
Co-produced with Lambda Archives at the Clark Cabaret & Bar

Saturday, May 25, 6:00 PM 
(Wo)Manifesto Creation Workshop

Saturday, June 1, 6:00 PM
Zine Making Workshop

In the spirit of radical lesbian feminism and the punk “queercore” movement that inspired TL;DR; join us for a series of workshops that explore the creation of (wo)manifestos and zine making. Start your own revolution with us! We’ll provide the tips and art supplies – you bring your passion and imagination! Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Limited availability so please RSVP as soon as possible, and no later than May 20th.

To attend either or both workshops, please RSVP here.

Daily: Before and after performances
Come to the show early to enjoy our Clark Cabaret, open one hour before the show time and will remain open after the show.

Low-Cost Previews: May 9 – 17

First Friday for the Military: May 10, 8:00 PM
Complimentary tickets for active duty and veterans.

GSA/Youth Nights: May 10, 8:00PM & May 17, 8:00 PM
Free tickets for students.

Pre-Show Event Backstage Thursday: Director’s Happy Hour: May 16, 6:00 PM
Join Director Sherri Eden Barber, writers EllaRose Chary and Brandon James Gwinn, and other members of TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix artistic team in the Clark Cabaret for a chance to chat before the show! Pre-show event begins at 6pm, performance at 7pm.

Opening Night: May 18, 8:00PM

Pre-Show Event Backstage Thursday: Designer Spotlight:  May 23, 6:00 PM
Join us in Clark Cabaret before the show to meet the Design Team and hear the influences and process involved. A fun pre-show experience! The pre-show event starts at 6:00pm before the 7pm performance

Pay-What-You-Will & Industry Night: June 03, 7:00 PM

Daily: Before and after performances
Come to the show early to enjoy our Clark Cabaret, open one hour before the show time and will remain open after the show.

Sophia Araujo-Johnson T
Sara Porkalob L
Steph Lehane Cubby/Drums
Faith Carrion Henrietta/Aux Instruments 
Lyric Boothe Marie/Guitar
MG Green Blazer/Bass

EllaRose Chary – Book and Lyrics(she/hers) is a writer and advocate for inclusion in media. She likes telling stories with music and building community through artistic practice. She is a Richard Rodgers Award Winner, Drama League Nominee, Dramatists Guild Fellow, Ars Nova Uncharted resident, O’Neill NMTC Finalist/Incubator Resident, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Triple R Resident, a New Georges Affiliated Artist and Jam Member, Relentless Award Honorable Mention, and recipient of the Anna Sosenko and multiple NAMT Frank Young Foundation grants. Diversionary Theater is producing the World Premiere of her musical TL;DR: THELMA LOUISE; DYKE REMIX in 2024. She has been a guest lecturer and production studio lead artist at Harvard University in the Theater, Dance and Media department. Her debut album, PLACE AND TIME was released in December 2021 and featured in “The Advocate.” She believes the future of theater is universal healthcare.

Brandon James Gwinn – Music and Lyrics(he/they) is a Drama League nominated and Richard Rodgers Award and Bistro Award winning composer-lyricist, performer, pianist and producer, and Winner of the Broadway World Award for Best Piano Bar Entertainer. A LiveNation artist, Brandon opened for Trixie Mattel’s North American Tour and appears in MOVING PARTS on Netflix. Solo albums: BULLIT (Queer Global Arts Festival Winner) & NOT TOO LATE Music producer: TWO BIRDS & ONE STONE (Billboard #1) by Trixie Mattel, LOVE FOOL by Alexis Michelle for Broadway Records, PLACE & TIME. Theatre: THE SEANCE MACHINE (The Tank, Obie-Award) TL;DR. THELMA LOUISE; DYKE REMIX (Richard Rodgers Award, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, UArts Polyphone Festival, O’Neill, NAMT), COTTON CANDY & COCAINE (Theatre C), QUEER.PEOPLE.TIME. (Catwalk Residency), MATCHMAKER MATCHMAKER, I’M WILLING TO SETTLE (A.R.T., NYMF) SMALL TOWN STORY (Village Originals, Seattle. World Premiere: American Theatre Group) Residencies: Ars Nova, Dramatists Guild Fellow, Roundabout Space Jam, Catwalk. Proud Recording Academy Grammy Voter, Local 802 AFM and ASCAP. MFA NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Represented by @brandojamesmusic

Sherri Eden Barber – Directoris a director, Artistic Director of Ricochet Collective, and Resident Director of Hamilton on the West Coast. Recent productions include Tiny Beautiful Things with Nia Vardalos (Pasadena Playhouse), To Let Go and Fall (Theater Latté Da), Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution (Development on European Tour), Happily After Ever (Ricochet Collective – 59E59, Edinburgh Fringe), good friday (The Flea Theater), Only You Can Prevent Wildfires (Ricochet Collective – Teatro Circulo), Gordy Crashes (Ricochet Collective – IRT), Mr. Landing Takes A Fall (The Flea), Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis (The Beckett), 24 Hour Plays on Broadway with Pablo Schreiber, Laverne Cox, and Melanie Griffith (American Airlines Theatre).

E. Renée GamezMusical Director – Music Director/Keys (they/them) is a music director and keyboardist based in NYC. While in San Diego, Ren music directed productions of LITTLE WOMEN and MISS YOU LIKE HELL and conducted collegiate wind ensembles year-round. Ren was also music director for the 2019 La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival production of ALLEGORY. They wrapped their first national tour as MD/Key 1 for SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL in 2022. After a successful run as MD/Key 1 for ON YOUR FEET! at the Engeman Theater, they were brought in to rehearse the 2nd national tour of ON YOUR FEET! alongside director Luis Salgado and music supervisor Clay Ostwald (Miami Sound Machine). Ren was recently Off-Broadway as Associate MD/Keys 2 for the musical adaptation of THE HARDER THEY COME at The Public. Since then, they have music directed AIDA at STAGES St. Louis, NEXT TO NORMAL at Greenbrier Valley Theater, LIZZIE at TheaterWorks Hartford, and ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Montclair State University. MM Conducting, San Diego State University; BA Music Education, Fresno State. Cheers!

Steven Leffue Sound Design
Annelise Salazar Co Lighting Design
Colby Freel Co Lighting Design
Chanel Mahoney Costume Design
Yi-Chien Lee  Scenic Design
Sierra Projection Design
Leah Osterman Props Design


We are no longer requiring masks in our theater. Masks are still encouraged to help keep our performers and audience members safe, but they are not required.

NOTE: This policy is subject to change at any moment to reflect changing local, state, and federal regulations. Please return before your scheduled performance date to see our most recent policy.

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